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May 2013

Bombs Away: Predicting the Summer 2013 Flops

Our choices for five Summer films that (probably) won't live up to expectations, artistically or commercially.


Don’t Open That Door! #44: ‘The Mummy’ (1959)

Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: Peter Cushing gets wrapped up in an ancient curse in The Mummy.


Stark Realities: ‘Iron Man 3’

As a modern commentary, as a piece of pop culture popcorn pizzazz, Shane Black has started the Summer 2013 season off well.


Don’t Open That Door! #40: ‘Invisible Invaders’ (1959)

Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: humanity reels from a threat it can’t see in Invisible Invaders


Why I Love Tilda Swinton… Now

Late to the party when it comes to Ms. Swinton, this is my mea culpa for not recognizing her greatness before now.


April 2013

SE&L’s Best/Worst Films of Spring 2013

After a less than promising start, Spring 2013 redeemed itself, sort of. Here's Short Ends and Leader's choices for the five best, and worst, films of the January through April movie malaise.


Jim VanBebber and the Return of ‘The Manson Family’

After nearly a decade in the DVD wilderness, Jim VanBebber's incredible The Manson Family is being roadshowed around the country. In this interview, the filmmaker talks about his past, his present, and his propensity for film.


The Audience’s ‘Pain’ Offers No Entertainment ‘Gain’

(This movie is) Michael Bay talking down to his audience, addressing previous criticisms about excess and hyperbole by offering equal amounts of both.


Why Rob Zombie Is the Quentin Tarantino of Horror

The rocker turned filmmaker is just as genuine, and just as good, as his Oscar winning counterpart and for many of the same cinematic reasons.


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