Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
The Truman Show - inside

The Truman Show (1998)

Peter Weir's eerily prescient take on the invasive nature of media made good use of Jim Carrey's early manic comic persona.
Two Thousand Women - inside

Two Thousand Women (1944)

This ill-conceived comedy renders the greatest conflict in the history of mankind into a slamming-doors farce with gushy romance and cartoon villains.

Eyes Without a Face - lede

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

"Eyes Without a Face" is revered as a seminal bit of proto-horror, but not by me.
Hangmen Also Die - lede

Hangmen Also Die! (1943)

Despite its impressive pedigree and recent restoration, "Hangmen Also Die!" works better as a piece of WWII propaganda than as a coherent film.

The Hands of Orlac - inside

The Hands of Orlac (1924)

Beautiful to look at but horridly dated narratively, "The Hands of Orlac" exists now as a museum piece; watching it, we experience not its power but its echo.
The Night of the Iguana - lede

The Night of the Iguana (1964)

"The Night of the Iguana" shows the limitations of its stage roots; movies tend to feel claustrophobic if they're not on the move.

The Ballad of Cable Hogue - thumb

The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

What do you do after blowing up the Western genre? If you're Sam Peckinpah, you make the silly — yet slyly consequential — "The Ballad of Cable Hogue."
Rock n roll High School - inside

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

The low-budget musical comedy from the house of Roger Corman is fun and frothy in a dimwitted sort of way.