Short Ends and Leader

November 2008

The Beatles in ‘Help!’

In commemoration of PopMatters’ look at the 40th Anniversary of The Beatles “White” album, Short Ends and Leader looks back at our review from November 2007 of the Fab Four’s farcical masterwork, Help!

Weekend Rewind - 14 November 2008

It’s a strange weekend for film fans. Unless you’re enamored of a certain British secret agent and his contemporary post-modern reimagining, you’re


He’s that old friend we hardly recognize anymore, that middle aged idol that’s, apparently, going through a bit of a creative and cultural

‘Chokher Bali’ - A Grain of Sand in the Eye (2003)

It often seems like India makes more movies than any other country.  Though many are made at the low-cost, formulaic, “flash-and-bang” manner of the

Surround Sound: Supplements (Spooks/Appaloosa/Max Payne/ The Express)

A soundtrack, by its very definition, is a supplement. It’s not meant to overshadow the movie, or make a statement separate from the vision

Just Say No - The Will Smith/Steven Spielberg Remake of ‘Oldboy’

Right now, it’s only a rumor, and if the gods of film are paying attention, here’s hoping it stays that way. Granted, Variety

Cinematic Titanic: Legacy of Blood

Has it really been 20 years? Was it really just two decades ago when a local Minnesota UHF station, desperate for some cheap weekend programming, hired

Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Three Disc Special Edition

If you ask Guillermo Del Toro what his most personal films are, the answer seems obvious - at first. The Devil’s Backbone was a

‘What Just Happened?’ Nothing Worth Watching!

Hollywood hates poking fun at itself. While it’s handled its fair share of good natured cinematic ribbing, once we get to the seething scalding

The Admirable Crichton: Michael Crichton (1942 - 2008)

Michael Crichton was a big man, and not just in stature. At 6’ 9”, he definitely did tower above his peers - at Harvard where he graduated

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//Mixed media

A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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