Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
The Greatest Show on Earth - inside

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

The winner of the 1952 Academy Award for Best Picture earns its reputation as one of the worst of the best, an incongruent mix of spectacle and sap.
Days of Heaven - inside

Days of Heaven (1978)

Often called one of the most beautiful films ever made and also one of the most confounding, "Days of Heaven" is actually both.

The Wild One - inside

The Wild One (1953)

Based on a trumped-up story that Hollywood trumped one further, "The Wild One" was a spectacularly influential film without being a particularly good one.
Third Man on the Mountain - inside

Third Man on the Mountain (1959)

Mountain climbing is foolhardy and a worthless endeavor, but it does make for some beautiful adventure films.

Zardoz - inside

Zardoz (1974)

The 1974 loopy cult classic is known as a stoner flick, but writer/director John Boorman actually has some profound things to say amidst the silliness.
Eye of the Needle - inside

Eye of the Needle (1981)

Ken Follett's giddy page-turner is adapted into a listless and dull film, part chase picture and part mushy romance.

The Final Countdown - inside

The Final Countdown (1980)

Even as a schmaltzy low-budget military/sci-fi mashup, "The Final Countdown" feels cheap and lazy.
Cromwell - inside

Cromwell (1970)

The 1970 biopic tries too hard to turn Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I of England into antagonists.