Short Ends and Leader

January 2009

This ‘Waltz’ is a Disturbing Dance with Death

It’s an exercise in memory, an attempt to recall the unfathomable and unimaginable. It’s animation taking the place of atrocity, the literal spoils


Critical Confessions: Part 14 - The Art of Backlash

To me, backlash is the most interesting, and unnerving, of commercial responses. When something is popular, there will always be those who think the well-accepted


Obama & More Critical Commentary on Cultural Imperialism in 2008’s ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

The Day the Earth Stood Still was rich in contemporary and relevant social criticism despite the regurgitating an apocalypse narrative and re-hashing Keanu Reeves as another prophetic savior.


Songs Without Borders - The Variety and Appeal of Shankar, Eshaan, and Loy

All over the world, from Bombay to Jackson Heights, NY to Southall, London, to Kuala Lumpur, more than 200,000 people listen to Indian film music a


The Darkest (K)Night

It’s been interesting to read the reaction to the Academy Award nominations this past Thursday (22 January). Naturally, most of the discussion has centered on


Dead & Buried (1981): Blu-ray

It’s hard to reinvent archetypes. By their very nature, they are so representative of a concept or idea that they tend to wholly define


Yellow Fangs (1990)

Quick - what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Sonny Chiba? Martial arts? Japanese bad-assness? The Street Fighter?


2012: Science or Superstition (2008)

World War I. World War II. The Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cold War. The Rapture. The Harmonic Convergence. Y2K. And now, 2012. It seems like


The Race is (G)On(e): Oscar Surprises and Snubs

Wow… Just…wow. We critics LOVE to lambast the Oscars, arguing that they get it wrong so frequently that their annual misguided message to moviemakers


The 2009 Academy Award Nominations

As announced this morning here are the nominations for the 2009 Academy Awards (review links appear after a specific film’s first mention): Best Picture: The


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