Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
While certainly entertaining, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" seems now less a groundbreaking film and more a minor way station on the way to grander animated ambitions.
Roger Corman's penultimate film as a director is one of his most ambitious, a fictional take on the Red Baron and the unheralded pilot who killed him (maybe).
This revisionist Western is notable for its stern, uncaring anti-hero played by Paul Newman and a more compassionate view of American Indians.
An early progenitor of the big-budget action spectacular, "Hell's Angels" is astonishing during the flying combat scenes and embarrassing on the ground.
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.