Reeling Backward
Women in Love - featured

Women in Love (1969)

The biggest problem with the horribly dated "Women in Love" is that it pushes the female characters off to the side.
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Reeling Backward: Little Shop of Horrors

The joy in watching, and rewatching, “Little Shop of Horrors” is that the cast has fun right along with the audience.


Reeling Backward: Nashville

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.
Time Limit - featured

Time Limit (1957)

A well-intentioned military drama that wears its emotions too openly, "Time Limit" was Karl Malden's only effort in the director's chair.

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness - inside

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

This romantic drama features the incomparable Ingrid Bergman, and also plenty of old-school Hollywood BS.
Walkabout - inside

Walkabout (1971)

Often described as one of the most beautiful films ever made, though I couldn't completely forgive "Walkabout" for violating its own emotional integrity.

The Black Sleep - lede

The Black Sleep (1956)

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.
Born Yesterday - inside

Born Yesterday (1950)

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.

1900 - inside

1900 (1976)

Known more for its length and sexual content than anything else, "1900" is a sprawling, flawed film that still constitutes a worthy cinematic experience.
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Presumed Innocent (1990)

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.

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Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Andrew Jarecki's exploration of an infamous child molestation case is really about the concept of reality versus perception, the knowable and the confounding.
The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah - inside

The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)

A classic example of mid-century ersatz Hollywood cheese, brazenly attempting to rip off a spectacularly successful film on the cheap.

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Germany, Year Zero (1948)

The last of Roberto Rossellini's neorealist WWII trilogy explores the desolation of the defeated in post-war Berlin.
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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

This WWII romance/adventure, twice nominated for an Academy Award, deserves more of a reputation than its current forgotten status.