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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.

The Top 10 Filmmakers from Chinese Territories Working Today

Think Hong Kong and Taiwanese cinema is all martial arts and crime movies? Well, that's part of its allure, but these 10 auteurs prove there is more to the industry than action and thrillers.

‘Oblivion’ and the Copycat Accusations

Oblivion reminds you of other science fiction films? Really? Maybe you know too much about the genre to enjoy a decent example of same.

Breaking the Cycle: ‘Upstream Color’

For all its impenetrable possibilities, the most obvious thing one can say about Upstream Color is that it is great.

Don’t Open That Door! #39: ‘The Day the World Ended’ (1955)

Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: planet Earth ain't big enough for the five of us (plus a few more) in The Day the World Ended.

What the MTV Movie Awards Tell Us About the State of Cinema

Not much. Or put another way, not much that we didn't already know. Yet, the MTV Movie Awards have argued that, more than any other mainstream celebration of cinema, they have their finger on the pulse of the under 30 populace.

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