Short Ends and Leader

November 2015

‘Lost Girl’ and ‘Phantom’ Got Those Silent Upgrade Blu’s

Two silent classics travel from nitrate to VHS to HD Blu-rays, regaining something of their forgotten glory.


‘Pitfall’ and ‘Flaxy Martin’ Have Diametrically Opposed Femmes Fatales

Pitfall presents a clammy credibility and a grasp of grown-up behavior; whereas Flaxy Martin is a plot full of unpleasant people in an unpleasant world of big-city corruption.


Double Take: Sons of the Desert (1933)

Double Take has gotten themselves into another fine mess: If one Steve is going to discuss Laurel and Hardy's Sons of the Desert alone, the other Steve is going to do it with him.


Murder and Marriage in the Hollywood ‘30s

In these three '30s-era films we see the wise-cracking reporter role subverted, the stereotyped melodrama played out, and a sympathetic, Pre-Code eye toward adultery.


Jimi Hendrix’s Spiritual High

As the world went to Hell in 1970, Jimi Hendrix took his listeners to Heaven.


October 2015

Where the Hell Is Joe Strummer’s Car?

One of Joe Strummer's most frustrating moments is dissected for music lovers, one more time, in I Need a Dodge.


12 Criterion Capsules: Good Cinematic Medicine

As Criterion continues to unleash its Blu-rays of eclectic film classics at a mad pace, we continue trying to keep up with so many riches.


Double Take: ‘Yojimbo’ (1961)

When the fighting gets this bad, they don't bother with coffins. Double Take takes sides on Akira Kurosawa's 1961 classic, Yojimbo.


Altered States of Cinema, or Movies to Hallucinate By

The short films collected in Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 offer something to confuse, astound, bore, and dazzle any viewer.


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'Cube Escape' Is Free, Frustrating, and Weirdly Compelling

// Moving Pixels

"The Cube Escape games are awful puzzle games, but they're an addicting descent into madness.

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