Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
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.
"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.