Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
The Ten Commandments - inside

The Ten Commandments (1956)

by Christopher Lloydon August 25, 2014
Cecil B. DeMille's great epic is a prime example of Hollywood cheese spectacle, at once haughty and glorious.
The Duke of West Point - lede

The Duke of West Point (1938)

by Christopher Lloydon August 18, 2014
A largely forgotten work, "The Duke of West Point" is one of the earliest of films about young men at a military academy.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

by Christopher Lloydon August 11, 2014
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" is one of those Great Movies that assumed its mantle of greatness without ever escaping the fact that it's merely good.

Orlando (1992)

by Christopher Lloydon August 4, 2014
Sally Potter's gentle, gorgeous and surprisingly funny adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel launched Tilda Swinton's career.

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

by Christopher Lloydon July 28, 2014
A courtroom drama in the British tradition, "Witness for the Prosecution" stars Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich but features Charles Laughton at his best.

The Westerner (1940)

by Christopher Lloydon July 14, 2014
Despite some handsome production values and an Oscar-winning performance by Walter Brennan, the tone of "The Westerner" tumbles all over the prairie.

Advise & Consent (1962)

by Christopher Lloydon July 7, 2014
This lightly regarded film deserves to be remembered as a superior political drama, featuring a bunch of terrific actors letting it fly.

The Paper Chase (1973)

by Christopher Lloydon June 30, 2014
A tale of an imagined adversarial relationship between teacher & pupil, "The Paper Chase" shows what is most important in life is often hard to see at the time.

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

by Christopher Lloydon June 23, 2014
This gentle 1956 comedy-drama may be a little lightweight, but it's an eye-pleasing glimpse of Quaker life and challenges.

Silverado (1985)

by Christopher Lloydon June 16, 2014
I've always adored this revisionist Western, even as I can't decide whether it intentionally wades into parody or not.