Sadly, yet another distinguished film critic was put down last Friday when LA Weekly shed veteran scribe Ella Taylor.

Taylor was one of Village Voice Media's few remaining full-timers, with reviews syndicated nationally alongside those of her editor Scott Foundas. The chain had largely left LA Weekly alone in its periodic, system-wide purges that began two years ago at its New York flagship; Taylor follows ex-LAT critic Carina Chocano and numerous Hollywood Reporter staffers in the most recent round of movie-beat bloodshed. Join us in a moment of silence, followed by our best wishes and amplified dread at increased contributions by Luke Y. Thompson.