Short Ends and Leader

February 2017

On Truth and Dark Turns in ‘Tickled’

The tickling wormhole seems to be getting deeper...


Crooks, Cops, Rocks and Airplanes: ‘The Sicilian Clan’

After being mostly buried for decades, a Eurocrime caper emerges into the Blu.


Paranoia’s on the Wing in ‘No Highway in the Sky’

James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich star in an early airplane disaster picture.


America Needs Willy Wonka Now More Than Ever

Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka embodies all the qualities America seeks in a leader these days.


Rediscovered ‘Something Wild’ Is a Provocative Button-Pusher

This is a daring independent film about the damages wrought by an unspeakable crime.


January 2017

Hart of the Western: ‘Wagon Tracks’

William S. Hart is the original strong silent type.


Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in ‘Medousa’

A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.


One for All and All for Doug: ‘The Three Musketeers’ Is a Fairbanks Star Vehicle

Douglas Fairbanks has charm in spades, or swords, and D'Artagnan's cross of naïve bumpkin and brash youth is a perfect role for him.


December 2016

Two Cursed Creatures: ‘The Undying Monster’ and ‘The Lodger’

John Brahm's handsome expressionist thrillers get Blu-ray upgrades.


‘Doc Savage’ and ‘Time After Time’, As Seen Through Older Eyes, Now

We can see, now, that Nicholas Meyer learned the lesson of George Pal's Time Machine, even if Pal didn't.


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'Supernatural': Mary Comes Clean, Gavin Goes Home in the Middling "Family Feud"

// Channel Surfing

"The episode reveals some key plot points in a family-themed episode that resolves itself far too easily.

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