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February 2015

10 Oscar Winners (and the Films They Should Have Won For)

Sometimes, the Academy Awards a consolation prize of sorts for getting it wrong in a previous year. Here are 10 examples of this phenomenon.


“Cauldron of Blood” Chews the Scenery and Leaves the Bones

This quietly kinky and off-the-wall horror flick is one of the late, great Boris Karloff's last times in front of a camera.


Two Italian Horror Films Capture Women Struggling Against Institutional Sexism

From luxurious estates (The Long Hair of Death) to mental asylums (Slaughter Hotel), these two Italian scare flicks depict women fighting against institutional power and sexism.


As the Death Knell for the Oscars Resounded in Our Ears, the Academy Did Little to Stop the Eulogy

Oscars 2015 reminded everyone that while there's room for massive improvement, the AMPAS is at least capable of some self-reflection and response to criticism.


Double Take: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Double Take wraps its mind around Charlie Kaufman's fractured tale of love, loss, memory, and hair dye. Does this film have the whole human race pegged?


‘4 Dollars of Revenge’ Is the Spaghetti Western That Concludes With a Swordfight

The only distinctive marker of this otherwise drab film is that it trades in guns for swords.


The 2015 SEALS - Short Ends and Leader’s Annual Film Awards

As the awards season prepares to wind down, Short Ends and Leader sizes up those not in Academy competition with our annual preferential picks.


In Memorial of American Sniper’s First Awards Season Victim: Unbroken

Clint Eastwood's look at Chris Kyle's legacy as American's deadliest marksman claimed its first Awards Season victim: the other war story.


Double Take: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)

Marishka had a little lamb, and everywhere that Ivan went Marishka seemed to go. This week's Double Take tries to untangle Sergei Parajanov's Soviet masterpiece of color, culture, and calamity.


‘Mother Is a Freshman’ Is a Study in Dwindling Fortitudes

This movie, which mines the dated territory of professor/student relationships, trivializes education while looking swank.


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