Short Ends and Leader

December 2014

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.


Not Even a Big Speech Can Save ‘Government Girl’

This RKO item will appeal to fans of Olivia de Havilland and those with a sociological interest in wartime propaganda, but few others.


‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is Dull, and Dumb, and Duller

A 20 years too late sequel with some sporadically funny stuff measured out across an ever decreasing level of interest.


October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

//Mixed media