Short Ends and Leader

July 2015

Double Take: ‘The French Connection’ (1971)

You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.


‘Five Came Back’ Is an Unusual and Seminal Suspenser

This film feels like a template for subsequent multi-character airplane-disaster and crash projects, all the way down to Lost.


These ‘3-D Rarities’ Are Relaxing and Refreshing to the Eye

3D is consistently linked with what's "modern" and "futuristic", but as this excellent Flicker Alley release shows, it's been around for awhile.


I, Machine - Dziga Vertov Is ‘The Man with a Movie Camera’

Flicker Alley's Blu-ray release of five of his films reveals just how crucial the Ukranian-born, avant-garde filmmaker Dziga Vertov has become.


It’s ‘Hard to Be a God’ Is Hard to Believe It’s Science Fiction

Director Aleksei German declares that his film's hero parallels Putin's trap as a leader in that he'll have to kill somebody.


‘A Town Called Hell’ Divides the Argument Over What Is a Spaghetti Western

Blood and sweat, revolution and revenge, close-up shots and sun-baked sets, and anti-heroes and voluptuous vixens -- is that enough?


The Rich Are Different—Way Different—in ‘Society’

This movie has scenes that can never be unseen.


From Japan to Jekyll, You Can Find Exploitation in All Its Glory

These DVD/Blu-ray combo packs from Arrow Films offer the best presentations of films never on disc before.


Cops Flip-Flop in ‘Tip Top’

Tip Top tells the tale of two Internal Affairs agents, and Cagney and Lacey they ain't.


Eight Films That Didn’t Deserve Their Initial Reception

There are films that slipped through the cracks, not finding their stride upon release. Either these films baffled critics, were ignored by audiences, or became subjected to the whims of a cruel market.


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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

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"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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