Short Ends and Leader

August 2008

‘Tropic’ Blunder

We hear it all the time, that comedy cop out meant to assuage the offender of all implied guilt: “It’s just a joke.” Be


Danny O.D.: Too Much McBride?

That’s it. I’ve had it. I am officially at my character actor capacity. Nothing personal on the man in question, but after a


Funk Soul Brother: Isaac Hayes (1942 - 2008)

He was Black Moses, creator of some stellar Hot Buttered Soul. He gave Shaft his Oscar winning authority, and broke down color barriers in the


American Slapstick Vol. 2

When we think of classic comedy, especially from the era before sound, slapstick stands as the main significant form. Sure, there were works with witty


Cinematic Titanic: The Wasp Woman

According to the reports, it was a rather surreal Comic-con for the members of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 mythos. With almost everyone involved in the


Grindhouse Wannabe More ‘Hell’ than ‘Ride’

There is is a big difference between legitimate cool and faked cool. The real thing is hard to define and rather ephemeral. It exudes off


Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)

It sounds beautifully naïve - the notion that if one man could get everyone in the world to sing together, there’d be a


‘Pineapple Express’ is Some Bad Ass Weed

For some reason, the stoner fails to get the same cinematic respect as other substance abusing characters. The alcoholic and the heroin addict are usually


Surround Sound: Outsiders (Life Before Her Eyes/ Definitely Maybe/ Promotion/ Before the Rains)

Not every composer gets to add the soundtrack to a major motion picture. With so many small movies out there, and so many potential musicians,


Goodbye, Woody

The divorce has been coming for some time now. We’ve been separated for years, but it’s only recently that I’ve even considered


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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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