Short Ends and Leader

August 2015

‘The Crimson Cult’ with Demented Dreams

When Boris Met Christopher, and Barbara Got Green.


The Dissolution of War in ‘Beyond Zero’

A dream or collective memory mediated by dying nitrate into a mournful musical space.


Franco Shadows Franco in These Two Strange Films

The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus and The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein illustrate what bad things can happen when you have too much time on your hands.


Green Hair Is a Beacon for Peace in Wartime in ‘The Boy With Green Hair’

The titular Boy With the Green Hair becomes something of a statement for the tumultuous feelings of Americans during World War II.


July 2015

‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ These Old Hollywood A-Listers Don’t Usually Sing

This featherweight, all-star WWII fundraiser looks great in its new Blu-ray edition.


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.


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Hitchcock's 'Suspicion', 'I Confess' and 'The Wrong Man' Return in Blu-ray

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"These three films on DVD from Warner Archives showcase different facets of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliance.

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