Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’

The Metaphysics of Toy Story, Part II

Continuing his rumination on the metaphysics of the Pixar world of toys, Chris looks at love, politics, religion and death of Woody, Buzz & Co.

The Metaphysics of Toy Story, Part I

From life to death, from breath to dreams, the metaphysics of Pixar's "Toy Story" movies are a fascinating example of how films maintain their internal logic.

Malta Story (1953)

Though it wasn't the film to do it, "Malta Story" helped Alec Guinness on his thespian's journey from "funny little man" to dramatic lead.

Captain Fury (1939)

A reliably entertaining knockoff of "The Adventures of Robin Hood," with a merry band of outlaws giving it to the corrupt landlord in 1800s Australia.

Watch on the Rhine (1943)

It earned a slew of Oscar nominations, but "Watch on the Rhine" defied expectations — in a bad way.

The Verdict (1982)

If there's a greater actor in a better role than Paul Newman in "The Verdict," I haven't met it.

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Best remembered for that iconic kiss on the beach, "From Here to Eternity" actually belongs to Montgomery Clift and his bold, sideways performance.

The Great Gatsby (1974)

A production design in search of a movie, "The Great Gatsby" is a curiously bloodless adaptation of the iconic Fitzgerald novel.