Short Ends and Leader

August 2013

‘Trapeze’ (1956)

The swinging triangle.

‘Zandy’s Bride’ (1974)

The bride comes to Big Sur.

‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Was (Almost) Worth the Wait

We have certain expectations within the genre and Levine lets them slip by, with only an occasional comment.

Enjoy the Silence: ‘Prince Avalanche’

Like nature, reclaiming the charcoal stumps and twigs, these two are starting to reorder and reestablish their lives. Eventually, they'll be fine. For now, they're a work in progress.

Pop Goes the World in ‘One Direction: This Is Us’

This may be nothing more than a smart, strategic piece of PR, but thanks to the individual capturing the commerce, we get more than mere hyperbole.

Don’t Open That Door! #54: ‘Creature with the Atom Brain’ (1955)

Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: dead mobsters just don't know how to stay dead in Creature with the Atom Brain.

The Dumbing Down of International Films (So You Don’t Have to Think)

Like a nosy parent who swears only they know what's best for you, Harvey Weinstein is once again telling established, award winning filmmakers what HE believes an American audience will tolerate.

‘The Muppet Movie’ Remains a Work of Timeless Joy

There is no denying the spell cast by The Muppet Movie. You just unconsciously smile while watching it.

The 10 Most Annoying Characters in Film History

Like cinematic fingernails on a motion picture chalkboard, here are 10 examples of characters so grating that Italian restaurants should use them on their wheels of Parmesan.

Death and Defiance: ‘The Act of Killing’

On the one hand, Congo and his pals are pure, unadulterated evil. Yet they all worked in a system which still embraces them to this day, to an ends where everyone agrees the means were justified.

July 2013

June 2013

//Mixed media

Ubisoft Understands the Art of the Climb

// Moving Pixels

"Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Grow Home epitomize the art of the climb.

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