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August 2007

On DVD - David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE (2006)

INLAND EMPIRE is a masterpiece. It is also an aggravating avant-garde amalgamation of incomplete ideas. It’s a brilliant distillation of David Lynch’s career

Short Cuts - In Theaters: Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)

Physical comedy is officially dead, and Rowan Atkinson killed it. Well, not the actor himself, but with his inexcusable desire to keep destroying the reputation

Viewer Discretion Advised: 25 August, 2007

Though it’s still officially several weeks off, SE&L senses that fall is finally on the horizon. Sure, it’s still stifling outside,

Short Cuts - In Theaters: Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)

Sometimes, you have to forgive a subject’s more sensational elements. While a documentary is supposed to be, first and foremost, a work of plainspoken

The Other: The Heather and Puggly Trilogy

Great comedy teams are not ‘born’. They do not arrive from the witticism womb fully formed and ready to rib tickle. No, what all classic

Surround Sound: Singer and the Song (Once/ You’re Gonna Miss Me/ Kurt Kobain About a Son)

We tend to forget how lonely and narrow the craft of songwriting can be, especially in these days of sour re-sampled ‘hits’ and hooks-by-committee creativity.

On DVD - Rob Zombie 3 Disc Collector’s Set (House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects)

Rob Zombie is a genre archivist. Name an obscure or forgotten horror/exploitation film from the ‘30s – ‘80s, and he’s probably seen it, memorized

The Front Page: Career Killers - Dead Directors and the Movies that Murdered Them

At one time, they were the toast of Tinsel Town, heirs apparent to the mantle maintained by Spielberg, Lucas, and the like. Among the Gods

On DVD - Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD

We critics love to throw around terms like “revisionist” and “deconstruction”. We do it mostly out of a lack of appropriate adjectives. When something comes

Short Cuts - In Theaters: The Invasion (2007)

In the world of monsters, the pod people of Invasion of the Body Snatchers were nothing more than second class zombies. While the undead slaughtered

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