Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
Like a lot of Sergio Leone's films, "Duck, You Sucker!" has some big ideas lurking beneath a gaudy facade of violence and miscreant behavior.
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)
This 1965 piffle is a reminder that big-budget movie-making for pure entertainment existed long before the blockbuster era.
An overpriced, goofy doof of a movie, "Big Trouble in Little China" laid low a lot of careers, but made some cult fans along the way.
Though its social mores are horribly outdated, "How to Marry a Millionaire" is a colorful and vivid portrait of a bygone era.
Grand and gaudy, magnificent and indulgent, "Cleopatra" deserves much better than its current status as a cinematic punchline.
John Steinbeck's sprawling book doesn't translate perfectly to the screen, but James Dean's transformative performance makes "East of Eden" a watershed film.
A surprisingly effective piece of old-school Hollywood "Great Man" mythologizing, with Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison reining in their hammy personas.
Walter Hill's second directorial film helped end Ryan O'Neal's career & stunted Isabelle Adjani's but its stylistic influence on films like "Drive" is obvious.
One of John Ford's earliest sound pictures, the jailbird comedy "Up the River" first introduced audiences to Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy.
A fairly forgettable war comedy filled with goofball slapstick, except it was directed by the great John Ford at the height of his powers.
"The Year of Living Dangerously" is a grand and grim reminder of our capacities for hope and despair, and that you don't need a lot of words to convey big ideas.
Frank Sinatra's only effort in the director's chair resulted in a ham-handed anti-war film with noble intentions but a complete lack of subtlety.
A misguided attempt to recapture magic in a bottle, "Some Came Running" is a poor vehicle for Frank Sinatra and a narrative mess.
This largely forgotten melodrama takes a bold look at marital infidelity and divorce, starring the great Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.