Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
How the West Was Won - featured

How the West Was Won (1962)

Epic more in aesthetics than scope, "How the West Was Won" used Cinerama to try and lure audiences back into the theaters at the close of the Golden Age.
The Last Time I Saw Paris - featured

The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

An overlong, overly maudlin example of Golden Age filmmaking, a four-hankie weepie — I laughed, I cried, I couldn't wait for it to end.

Duck You Sucker - featured

Duck, You Sucker! (1971)

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 - featred

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.

Big Trouble in Little China - featured

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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.
How to Marry a Millionaire - featured

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Though its social mores are horribly outdated, "How to Marry a Millionaire" is a colorful and vivid portrait of a bygone era.

Cleopatra - featured

Cleopatra (1963)

Grand and gaudy, magnificent and indulgent, "Cleopatra" deserves much better than its current status as a cinematic punchline.
East of Eden - featured

East of Eden (1955)

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.

The Agony and the Ecastasy - featured

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

A surprisingly effective piece of old-school Hollywood "Great Man" mythologizing, with Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison reining in their hammy personas.
The Driver - featured

The Driver (1978)

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.

Up the River - featured

Up the River (1930)

One of John Ford's earliest sound pictures, the jailbird comedy "Up the River" first introduced audiences to Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy.
When Willie Came Marching Home - featured

When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)

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, Linda Hunt, Mel Gibson, 1982, (c) MGM/courtesy Everett Collection

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

"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.
None But the Brave - featured

None But the Brave (1965)

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.