Short Ends and Leader

November 2014

‘Gold Is Where You Find It’ Mines for Technicolor

This film is, above all, a technical accomplishment, but it has languished since its 1938 release.


Not Even a Big Speech Can Save ‘Government Girl’

This RKO item will appeal to fans of Olivia de Havilland and those with a sociological interest in wartime propaganda, but few others.


‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is Dull, and Dumb, and Duller

A 20 years too late sequel with some sporadically funny stuff measured out across an ever decreasing level of interest.


If Not for the Terrifying, Sustained Threat of Sexual Assault, ‘The Last Gun’ Would Be Emotionless

This spaghetti western is clearly a prelude to Sergio Bergonzelli's later sexploitaiton films.


Joan Crawford Retains a Fierce Sense of Control in ‘I Live My Life’

I Live My Life is a film that lands in the lineage of the '30s films about the screwball comedy derived from marital bickering.


Films That Went From Bombs to Beloved: 20 - 11

Not every cinematic bomb remains forgettable. Sometimes, a failure is just a gemstone in disguise that will only reveal itself well past the release date.


In ‘The White Tower’, A Mountain Is More Than a Mountain

All of the climbers in White Tower allegorize their treks up the mountain to some extent.


‘Big Hero 6’ Earns a Big Thumb’s Up

While fans of the possible franchise might feel cheated, Big Hero 6 proves that Disney did the right thing by bringing Marvel into its multi-billion dollar,


In ‘The Bounty Killer’, Tomas Milian Plays a Victim Turned Victimizer

Eugenio Martin's 1966 spaghetti western is a thrill ride all the way to the close, which features one of the most dramatic death scenes in the genre.


‘Nasty Habits’ Is an Allegory in Search of a Story

Nasty Habits tries too hard to be a Nixonian allegory set in a pseudo-convent, forcing its plot parallels onto places they don't belong.


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'Staircase' Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

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"Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.

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