Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
From life to death, from breath to dreams, the metaphysics of Pixar's "Toy Story" movies are a fascinating example of how films maintain their internal logic.
Though it wasn't the film to do it, "Malta Story" helped Alec Guinness on his thespian's journey from "funny little man" to dramatic lead.
A reliably entertaining knockoff of "The Adventures of Robin Hood," with a merry band of outlaws giving it to the corrupt landlord in 1800s Australia.
It earned a slew of Oscar nominations, but "Watch on the Rhine" defied expectations — in a bad way.
If there's a greater actor in a better role than Paul Newman in "The Verdict," I haven't met it.
Best remembered for that iconic kiss on the beach, "From Here to Eternity" actually belongs to Montgomery Clift and his bold, sideways performance.
A production design in search of a movie, "The Great Gatsby" is a curiously bloodless adaptation of the iconic Fitzgerald novel.
This 1956 drama is a harrowing and terrific portrayal of female POWs during World War II. Too bad the central romance seems pointlessly tacked on.
This well-done World War II film takes an almost documentary-like look at the battle to destroy the mighty German warship.
It might have been another mushy midcentury romance if not for the way "The Enchanted Cottage" focuses on the disfigurement of WWII soldiers.
"Beyond the Time Barrier" is a prime example of low-budget mid-century cheese. It can only be enjoyed ironically.
Often called one of the greatest sports comedies of all time, "Slap Shot" is the rare movie that is contemptuous of the modern state of its sport.
A strange and silly slice of Hollywood cheese, "The Wraith" is what happens when a neat idea gets run over by the '80s.
A daring and bleak depiction of drug addiction and descent, "The Man with the Golden Arm" is the sort of movie that can end on a sour note but still seem hopeful.