Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
The Good the Bad and the Ugly - inside

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

The culmination of the Spaghetti Western genre, "The Good, the Bad and Ugly" is more a continuation of an ethos than a literal sequel.
For a Few Dollars More - inside

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Though it's slim from a storytelling perspective, "For a Few Dollars More" kept the spaghetti Western party going until it could reach its culmination.

A Fistful of Dollars - inside

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

If John Ford used landscapes as the backdrop for his character-driven stories, then Sergio Leone's primary canvas was the human face — preferably ravaged.
Flat Top - inside

Flat Top (1952)

Emblematic of everything bad about its cinematic era, "Flat Top" crash-lands into mediocrity and predictability.

Gentleman Jim - inside

Gentleman Jim (1942)

"Gentleman Jim" is a Hollywood-hooey depiction of the iconic fighter, with decent boxing scenes and a wearying romance.
The Purple Plain - inside

The Purple Plain (1954)

This 1954 British WWII romance/adventure contains two admirable halves that never quite mesh together.

Where Eagles Dare - inside

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

One of the most bone-headed and turgid spy thrillers you're apt to see, containing a few neat stunts and the exceedingly rare quintuple-cross plot device.
The Warriors - inside

The Warriors (1979)

"The Warriors" exists in a quavery dimension between silliness and sobriety that is largely impenetrable.

The Man Who Never Was - inside

The Man Who Never Was (1956)

"The Man Who Never Was" is a smartly told heist story folded into a World War II movie.
Billy Budd - inside

Billy Budd (1962)

A tremendous adaptation of the Herman Melville drama whose singular Academy Award nomination feels like a great oversight.

The Bridge at Remagen - inside

The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

This 1969 World War II drama is a product of its time, in which souring American attitudes about Vietnam were reflected in movies about previous conflicts.
Primary Colors - inside

Primary Colors (1998)

Dismissed unfairly as "the Clinton movie" back in 1998, "Primary Colors" emerges after a decade-and-a-half as a top-shelf political drama.

The Long Riders - inside

The Long Riders (1980)

This forgotten and criminally underrated Western from 1980 is notable for its stylized violence and terse, organic characterizations.
Tokyo Story - inside

Tokyo Story (1953)

Ozu's 1953 family drama, often near or even at the top of lists of the greatest films of all time, is a major letdown.