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November 2007

Darabont’s ‘Mist’ Defies Description

The indirect partnership of author Stephen King and writer/director Frank Darabont remains one of film’s most fascinating. Somehow, after crafting several genre scripts


Nothing ‘August’ About this Saccharine Slop

Music is given credit for a lot of things. It forms the soundtrack of our lives, has charms to soothe the savage breast, and expresses


King Me Again!

For the week of Thanksgiving (at least for those of us here, in America), SE&L will look back at some of the stories from earlier in the year which suddenly have renewed relevance.

With Frank Darabont’s adaptation of The Mist hitting theaters tomorrow, it’s time to reflect on the other Stephen King works in desperate need of a big screen translation.


Rolling in the ‘Cloverfield’ Again

For the week of Thanksgiving (at least for those of us here, in America), SE&L will look back at some of the stories from earlier in the year which suddenly have renewed relevance.

In the case of the J.J. Abrams-produced mystery project, there’s an official title and a new trailer. Oddly enough, very little about the project has changed.


Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 12

It remains the single most significant debate in the series’ otherwise stable history. While many consider it to be a minor, or even moot point,


Paprika

Since it first became popular in the early ‘80s (at least to previously uninformed Western eyes), anime has functioned as a reminder of how imaginative


Friday Film Focus - 16 November 2007

For the weekend of 16 November, here are the films in focus: No Country for Old Men [rating: 9] Shockingly effective and incomprehensibly great, No Country for


Cutting Edge Tech Spectacle Surrounds ‘Beowulf’

The reason we respond to myth is simple. The epic paints the plainest of universal pronouncements – good vs. evil, right vs. wrong – in images so


‘Magorium’‘s Magic Undermined by Unevenness

Whimsy is a tenuous cinematic element. Apply it too thickly, and audiences recoil under its treaclely tenets. Not enough, and viewers will wonder what the


Deconstructing Dylan is ‘There’‘s Biggest Challenge

When it was first announced that Todd Haynes, the idiosyncratic mind behind the deconstructionist dramas Safe and Far from Heaven, was tackling the life and


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