Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
The culmination of the Spaghetti Western genre, "The Good, the Bad and Ugly" is more a continuation of an ethos than a literal sequel.
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.
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.
Emblematic of everything bad about its cinematic era, "Flat Top" crash-lands into mediocrity and predictability.
"Gentleman Jim" is a Hollywood-hooey depiction of the iconic fighter, with decent boxing scenes and a wearying romance.
This 1954 British WWII romance/adventure contains two admirable halves that never quite mesh together.
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" exists in a quavery dimension between silliness and sobriety that is largely impenetrable.
"The Man Who Never Was" is a smartly told heist story folded into a World War II movie.
A tremendous adaptation of the Herman Melville drama whose singular Academy Award nomination feels like a great oversight.
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.
Dismissed unfairly as "the Clinton movie" back in 1998, "Primary Colors" emerges after a decade-and-a-half as a top-shelf political drama.
This forgotten and criminally underrated Western from 1980 is notable for its stylized violence and terse, organic characterizations.
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.