sky-payday.co.uk

Reeling Backward

Reviews of older films.

Page 1 of 3812345...102030...Last »
4 yaps

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. Continue reading

Tags: , , , , , , ,

5 yaps

My Life As a Dog (1985)

One of my personal touchstone films, “My Life As a Dog” showed an American teenager how vibrant and alive foreign cinema can be. Continue reading

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

3.5 yaps

Urban Cowboy (1980)

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. Continue reading

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4.5 yaps

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

A movie about a vexing mystery that cares not a whit about solving it; rather, it’s a dreamy contemplation of the power of the puzzle itself. Continue reading

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 yaps

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4.5 yaps

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

4.5 yaps

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 yaps

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 yaps

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Page 1 of 3812345...102030...Last »