Posts Tagged ‘Reeling Backward’
At once disturbing, funny and fascinating, "Chuck & Buck" is exactly the sort of movie people make at the training grounds of their careers.
This would-be epic Western just doesn't have the narrative heft and distinctive characters to be more than a serviceable tale of squabbling fathers and sons.
John Ford's final Western, an elegy for the American Indian and an apology for his role in their depiction as savages, is discordant and dull.
Following in the wake of counterculture road pictures "Easy Rider," "Vanishing Point" and "Two-Lane Blacktop," "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry" is the sellout poseur.
Aside from Peter Ustinov's vamping turn as Emperor Nero and a handful of other interesting supporting characters, "Quo Vadis" is a botched big-budget epic.
A crime procedural of a prison movie that seems overly familiar until you realize how much other films, like "The Shawshank Redemption," have borrowed from it.
Epic more in aesthetics than scope, "How the West Was Won" used Cinerama to try and lure audiences back into the theaters at the close of the Golden Age.
An overlong, overly maudlin example of Golden Age filmmaking, a four-hankie weepie — I laughed, I cried, I couldn't wait for it to end.