Short Ends and Leader

January 2015

When B’s Get an A-Minus: ‘Island in the Sky’ and ‘Betrayed’

Although their DVD releases are bare-bones, Island in the Sky and Betrayed both benefit from their recent restorations from Fox and Warner archives.


Double Take: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Double Take examines Errol Flynn's classic take on this vigilante archer: a bold, impudent rascal that speaks treason fluently, capturing hearts when he isn't shooting arrows into them.


‘The Emerald Jungle’ Jars You Out of Your Assumptions About Multiculturalism

In its examination of issues of multiculturalism, The Emerald Forest continues to acquaint complacent Americans to troubling geopolitical issues 30 years after its release.


‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Deserves to Win Almost All the Oscars ‘Boyhood’ Doesn’t

Ralph Fiennes holds civilization together with little more than his impeccable manners and mustache in Wes Anderson’s absurdist dollhouse of a tragicomedy.


‘The Long Goodbye’ in the City of Angels and Demons

Robert Altman's '70s noir is a terrific, sad, and mischievous movie.


Why the ‘Selma’ Snub Matters

Because of its unjustified snubbing, Selma and the artists involve now face an uphill battle in the movie industry they never should have to face.


The 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Over the next 12 months, we will be bombarded with all manner of proposed cinematic spectacle. Here are the 20 films we are most looking forward to.


Double Take: Mean Streets (1973)

Starting today at PopMatters, "Double Take" does for film what "Counterbalance" does for music. Film geeks Steve Leftridge and Steve Pick regularly examine the "500 Greatest Films Ever Made".


‘Between God, the Devil and a Winchester’ Is the Spaghetti Western Take on ‘Treasure Island’

This subpar spaghetti western struggles to keep the magic of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel alive.


Victim Blaming in the 1950s: ‘Witness to Murder’

This entry in the '50s noir cycle is an exercise in paranoia from a woman's point of view.


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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

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"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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