Short Ends and Leader

June 2015

Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.


A Gift Opens the Way: A Reflection on Todd Haynes

As a director, Todd Haynes crafts ambitious films that bring elite skill out of his actors.


Yul Brynner’s Dash Is Balder Than Most in ‘Kings of the Sun’ and ‘Taras Bulba’

Kings of the Sun and Taras Bulba aren't "good", but then again, of what use are movies if you haven't a high tolerance for balderdash?


‘It Follows’ Is a Mixtape in Movie Form

In It Follows, director David Robert Mitchell collects many of the best shards and slivers from the refuse heap of the '80s and recombines them into something of great gloss.


Orson Welles Is Still Having the Last Laugh in ‘Magician’

Chuck Workman's Magician presents a vision of a man who made an equitable bargain with his genius and enjoyed a life larger than most of us could imagine.


‘Inside Out’ and Pixar’s Girl Problem

For a company that's so smart and artistically oriented, Pixar's treatment of women has been rather shabby. With Inside Out, however, things could be looking up for the animation studio.


‘Buddy Goes West’ Is an Unambitious Bud Spencer Comedy With an Excellent Morricone Score

Buddy Goes West is an unsophisticated comedy, but sometimes an easy and fun viewing is exactly what you want.


10 Classic “So-Bad-They’re-Good” Films

Success sticks out in memory, but so too do failures -- especially the bad ones. Here are ten films that fall so flat on their face that you can't help but hit rewind.


When Murder Gets Zany: The Malone Mysteries

These B-grade comedy mysteries are paired together in a DVD double feature, despite their obvious differences.


Double Take: Lost in Translation (2003)

As Bill Murray's character sings, "It was fun for awhile, but there's nothing more than this." Is there more to Sofia Coppola's 2003 character study? Double Take takes a look.


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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

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"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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