Short Ends and Leader

July 2014

Tourneur’s Lovely Fragility in ‘Experiment Perilous’ and ‘Berlin Express’

In Experiment Perilous and Berlin Express, Tourneur is interested in desires and ideals—the optimistic as well as the dark.


‘Dangerously They Live’ Is a Weak Script Drenched in Atmosphere

The plot holes in Marion Parsonnet's script suggest that this film, too, is living dangerously.


Ranking the ‘Planet of the Apes’ Films

They represent some of the best (and worst) movie metaphors in the history of cinematic speculative fiction. Here's how we rate the Apes' films, from worst to first.


The Men Who Play Games in ‘The Man Who Lies’ and ‘Eden and After’

In Alain Robbe-Grillet's cinema, one ought to be wary of men who play games.


The ‘Dawn’ of Something Amazing

As with much art, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes signposts situations we'd otherwise ignore or try to avoid, provides insights, and provokes questions. This film, like all great art, is alive, vital, and transcendent.


Revisiting ‘Garden State’ 10 Years Later

Despite the film’s hipster soundtrack and depiction of twenty-something malaise, it ultimately embraces the human spirit and all of the sentimentality that goes with it.


‘Boyhood’ Is the ‘400 Blows’ of Its Era

When coming of age movies are measured years from now, Boyhood will be the benchmark for artistic achievement and cinematic scope.


‘Ruthless’ Is About Men and Ways of Life

Ruthless reveals a message about capitalism that, if ubiquitous, rings true.


‘Ramrod’ Is a Western of Doubles

Andre De Toth's noir-ish western, Ramrod, is notable for its examination of doubles; almost every character has someone else who matches their identity.


‘Operation Petticoat’ Is Too Tightly Buttoned

Operation Petticoat, one of post-war America's more popular war flicks, is an example of the era's basically conservative teases.


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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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