Short Ends and Leader

October 2016

Was ‘On the Town’ the First Film Musical Shot On Location?

On the Town: seminal in its use of on-location photography? Yes. The best remembered film musical for this reason? Yes. The first Hollywood musical to shoot this way?

September 2016

I’m Going to Kill You: ‘Johnny Guitar’ Gets the Class Treatment

One tends to watch this film open-mouthed in wonder at the forceful dialogue, the colorful imagery, and the sheer emotional punch of its women.

Unexpected Deaths and Hideous Trousers in ‘Kamikaze 89’

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the whole show.

After Images: Poland’s 41st Gdynia Film Festival

From painters to interrogators, some of the finest films at Gdynia Film Festival 2016 dramatized real-life figures from the country’s past.

Spread the News Silently: ‘Dr. Mabuse’ and ‘The Captive’

Fritz Lang and Cecil B. DeMille couldn't have done it without their female collaborators.

TIFF 2016: ‘LBJ’, ‘Message from the King’ and ‘Blue Jay’

Of Presidents and high-school lovers: TIFF 2016 ends with misunderstood leaders, missing family, and missing the past.

Bad Bedside Manners in ‘The Horrible Dr. Hichcock’

Perverse and perfervid and splendidly overripe.

TIFF 2016: ‘Deepwater Horizon’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Carrie Pilby’ and ‘The Magnificent Seven’

Kids in America: Day 7 at TIFF stays firmly in the land of the brave for two very different coming-of-age stories, an oil disaster and plenty of shooting.

TIFF 2016: ‘The Ornithologist’ and ‘Goldstone’

Escaping the city: Day 6 wandered off towards trials and tribulations in Portuguese forests and the Australian outback

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//Mixed media

The Anti-Zen of 'Thumper'

// Moving Pixels

"There is no tranquility in the music, only menace.

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