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Reeling Backward

Reviews of older films.

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King & Country (1964)

This forgotten anti-war film is thematically similar to Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” and stands out for its beautifully bleak photography. Continue reading

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Angels One Five (1952)

A war picture in which you barely get any glimpse of war, “Angels One Five” is a subpar British WWII drama. Continue reading

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Good Will Hunting (1997)

Despite frequent jokes about its authorship, “Good Will Hunting” remains one of the most vibrant, original screenplays of the 1990s. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Eyes Without a Face (1960)

“Eyes Without a Face” is revered as a seminal bit of proto-horror, but not by me. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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.” Continue reading

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