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March 2014

Why the Oscars Will Never Matter Again… Ever.

So instead of taking a stand, instead of separating it out from the various guilds and journalistic organizations to be its own entity, the Oscars have become much more like the competition, and nothing turns a specialty into a generality quicker than conforming.


Harold Ramis (1944 - 2014): Empathy for the Rebel

Harold Ramis’s oeuvre comprised a Hall of Justice for the nerds; people old enough to know there are no super heroes, but young enough to realize we could use them from time to time.


February 2014

Hildegarde Withers Mystery Collection

Withering lines, dithering cops.


I See Wacky, Weird Dead People: ‘Odd Thomas’

Odd Thomas is a hoot - a half-baked hoot but a hoot nonetheless. It's fun, occasionally inventive, and infused with the teeming good nature of its actors and its maker.


‘Hairbrained’ Has Its Quirk in the Right Place

(T)here is something sweet and satisfying about this underdog dramedy, especially when it's brains, not brawn or beauty that ultimately wins the day.


Jesus Wept: ‘Son of God’

On TV, this tired old material might work. On the big screen, it's dwarfed by its own insignificance.


If I Had a Ballot: My Picks for the 2014 Academy Awards

I don't get to vote for them, but here are my choices for the Best of 2013 circa the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


The 2014 SEALs - Short Ends and Leader’s Annual Film Awards

As the final word on Awards Season 2013, here is SE&L'S selections for the best (and not Oscar Nominated) films and filmmakers of the past year.


A Not So “Fantastic” Four?

The announced casting of the new Fantastic Four reboot has Messageboard nation in a tizzy. So what else is new?


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