Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
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MOVIE REVIEWS
 
Toy Story - inside

The Metaphysics of Toy Story, Part I

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.
Malta Story - inside

Malta Story (1953)

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.

Captain Fury - inside

Captain Fury (1939)

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.
Watch on the Rhine - inside

Watch on the Rhine (1943)

It earned a slew of Oscar nominations, but "Watch on the Rhine" defied expectations — in a bad way.

The Verdict - inside

The Verdict (1982)

If there's a greater actor in a better role than Paul Newman in "The Verdict," I haven't met it.
From Here to Eternity - inside

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Best remembered for that iconic kiss on the beach, "From Here to Eternity" actually belongs to Montgomery Clift and his bold, sideways performance.

The Great Gatsby - inside

The Great Gatsby (1974)

A production design in search of a movie, "The Great Gatsby" is a curiously bloodless adaptation of the iconic Fitzgerald novel.
A Town Like Alice - inside

A Town Like Alice (1956)

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.

Sink the Bismarck - inside

Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

This well-done World War II film takes an almost documentary-like look at the battle to destroy the mighty German warship.
The Enchanted Cottage - inside

The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

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 - inside

Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

"Beyond the Time Barrier" is a prime example of low-budget mid-century cheese. It can only be enjoyed ironically.
Slap Shot - inside

Slap Shot (1977)

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.

The Wraith - inside

The Wraith (1986)

A strange and silly slice of Hollywood cheese, "The Wraith" is what happens when a neat idea gets run over by the '80s.
The Man with the Golden Arm - inside

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

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.