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December 2007

Past Perfect: Network (1976)

In celebration of Sidney Lumet’s recent triumph Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, SE&L takes a look back at one of the director’s seminal ‘70s masterpieces.


Surround Sound: Block Busting (Transformers/Saw IV/The Return of the King: The Complete Recordings)

Hollywood is obsessed with the epic. They can’t get enough of the ‘bigger is better’ mindset when it comes to moviemaking. At one time,


‘Bourne’ Again

With the DVD version of the Summer hit The Bourne Ultimatum arriving at stores this week (11 December), it’s time to look back on the entire Bourne film franchise to date. Within the context of the new digital package’s throng of special features (commentary track, making-of materials, documentaries on the amazing special effects), one can look at the three films together and see a cohesive attempt to transcend the trappings of the traditional action film.


Killer Snakes

When film fans think Hong Kong, their mind typically envisions martial arts mania, dedicated shaolin’s kicking period piece butt with a highly skilled and


The Three Stooges Collection Volume 1: 1934 - 1936

They represent the last word in physical comedy, their surefire slapstick a crazy cut above everyone who would eventually try and imitate their art. While


Friday Film Focus - 07 December 2007

For the weekend beginning 30 November, here are the films in focus: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead [rating: 8] Before the Devil Knows You’re


‘Devil’ Re-Establishes Lumet’s Legacy

Sidney Lumet has made some of the greatest films of the modern era, stellar works with titles like Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, and The


Film ‘Savages’ Poor Treatment of the Elderly

It’s a crime how we treat the elderly in America. Disposable, burdensome, and no longer warranting dignity, we warehouse the old in an odd


‘Compass’ Gets Lost Along the Way

Have no fear, Tolkien lovers—Phillip Pullman is not about to steal the big screen title from our beloved Lord of the Rings. The greatest


In Praise of ‘Pirates’

What is it about the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy that causes so much critical consternation? In some corners, the films are viewed in the


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