Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
Nothing could prepare viewers for “Nashville.” Robert Altman didn’t skewer or revise any film discipline. He invented his own. And the result was pure magic.
A well-intentioned military drama that wears its emotions too openly, "Time Limit" was Karl Malden's only effort in the director's chair.
This romantic drama features the incomparable Ingrid Bergman, and also plenty of old-school Hollywood BS.
Often described as one of the most beautiful films ever made, though I couldn't completely forgive "Walkabout" for violating its own emotional integrity.
A classic bit of mid-century horror cheese, with a few genuinely startling moments interrupted by long passages in which the characters explain the plot to each other.
A fun, romantic dash of a movie, "Born Yesterday" also has something to say and features one of the all-time iconic female comedic performances.
Known more for its length and sexual content than anything else, "1900" is a sprawling, flawed film that still constitutes a worthy cinematic experience.
Like the proverbial innocent man convicted of a crime he didn't commit, some great films get consigned to the worst punishment imaginable: being forgotten.
Andrew Jarecki's exploration of an infamous child molestation case is really about the concept of reality versus perception, the knowable and the confounding.
A classic example of mid-century ersatz Hollywood cheese, brazenly attempting to rip off a spectacularly successful film on the cheap.
The last of Roberto Rossellini's neorealist WWII trilogy explores the desolation of the defeated in post-war Berlin.
This WWII romance/adventure, twice nominated for an Academy Award, deserves more of a reputation than its current forgotten status.
One of my personal touchstone films, "My Life As a Dog" showed an American teenager how vibrant and alive foreign cinema can be.
A cynical studio ploy to ride John Travolta's song-and-dance stardom, "Urban Cowboy" is a totem for the urge to recreate America's pioneer legend.