Short Ends and Leader

December 2014

‘Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid’ Was Supposed to Make Italy’s Greatest Boxer a Movie Star

Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid is proof that the athlete-to-actor transition is no natural one, but it's worth seeing if your expectations aren't too high going into it.


‘Boy Meets Girl’ Is Brought Home by (Lloyd) Bacon

The sharp direction of Lloyd Baker, along with the ace acting of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien, makes this rat-a-tat '30s comedy a gem.


The 10 Best Films That Combine Live Action With Animation

Disney may have "invented" it, but here are ten examples where live action footage blended with animation to become a cinematic statement all its own.


The Songs of ‘They Shall Have Music’ Save the Sappy Melodrama

Sure, this is a melodramatic, but don't be ashamed of that swelling in your heart... the music really is that beautiful.


November 2014

The Five Most Important Films of Mike Nichols’ Career

He was more than just a filmmaker. With his passing at age 83, Mike Nichols leaves behind a legacy filled with awards and attitudes which influenced every medium he was involved in.


‘The Fighting Fist of Shanghai Joe’ Is One of the More Action-Packed and Violent Spaghetti Westerns

The stylized violence of kung fu and the lawless conflicts of the spaghetti western genre coalesce in this action-packed 1973 hybrid.


‘Jennifer’ Isn’t Exactly a Holy Terror

Sure, Jennifer is chock full of dimensionless characters, banal dialogue, and gratuitous nudity, but it's never boring.


Films That Went from Bombs to Beloved: 10 - 1

We wrap up our cinematic overview of former flops that became movie masterworks with a tantalizing Top 10 including three efforts now considered the greatest of all time.


‘Escape Me Never’ Couldn’t Escape the Production Code

The moral predicament of Escape Me Never rings as hollow from the start, making it watchable at best, but not swallowable.


‘Gold Is Where You Find It’ Mines for Technicolor

This film is, above all, a technical accomplishment, but it has languished since its 1938 release.


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'Full Throttle: Remastered' Is Both Updated and Dated

// Moving Pixels

"Full Throttle: Remastered is a game made for people who don't mind pixel hunting -- like we used to play.

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