Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
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MOVIE REVIEWS
 
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.