LIFE

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Rating Title/Year Author
A Married Couple (1969) Richard Schickel It is on the simplest verbal level that the movie, with its frank naturalism, grabs us. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Boys in the Band (1970) Richard Schickel One leaves it exhausted, as one does all rubberneck excursions, but neither emotionally elevated nor intellectually enlightened. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Tropic of Cancer (1970) Richard Schickel In this pretty film an important essence is lost, and it is ironic that the spoken Miller prose keeps reminding us of what we are missing. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Loudon Wainwright It struck me at the tine and it strikes me now that Dr. Strangelove is a brilliant and edifying, even a moral, movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Best Man (1964) Richard Oulahan "There is nothing like a good, dirty, low-down political fight to bring the roses to your cheeks." says the film's ex-President. As an excellent facsimile of the real thing... The Best Man wins. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
All These Women (1964) Richard Oulahan All These Women is stylish, nutty, slapstick entertainment, and its deep meanings, subtleties and symbolisms are best left to the avant-garde. Approached with a vacant mind and a sense of humor, it can be a lot of fun -- even for a square. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Lilith (1964) Richard Oulahan What lifts this film out of the ordinary -- and makes it worth the trip to the theater -- is the lilting performance of Jean Seberg as Lilith. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Girl With Green Eyes (1964) Ann Flaherty It's a refreshing treat. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Z (1969) Richard Schickel What's so great about Director Costa-Gavras' simple, forceful reconstruction of the event is its understatement. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Marooned (1969) Richard Schickel The special effects are swell and I ended up feeling nice and tense despite myself. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Happy Ending (1969) Richard Schickel Disgusting. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Gaily, Gaily (1969) Richard Schickel It's a likable movie, but an unsatisfying one. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Reivers (1969) Richard Schickel A rambling and pointless movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
John and Mary (1969) Richard Schickel Under Peter Yates' tasteful direction, it turns out to be a mildly chic, mildly engaging little thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Un monde nouveau (1966) Richard Schickel It remains a disappointment, as any self-consciously imitative film must be, but it is never a total lie. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
What's New, Pussycat? (1965) Richard Schickel It is a witless attempt to cash in on the spirit of Camp which now blights our laud. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Ship of Fools (1965) Richard Schickel The result, in both book and movie, is a Ship without buoyancy and with an alarming tendency to wallow in heavy seas. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Darling (1965) Richard Schickel I hope that Darling, Schlesinger, will finally establish him where he belongs -- in the very first rank of the younger directors. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970) Richard Schickel In short, Stanley Sweetheart is a piece of cold, if ill-calculated, cynicism that tries to cover its tracks by zapping us with all sorts of visual tricks and trips. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Rider on the Rain (1970) Richard Schickel From the artful sensitivity of Forbidden Games to the sophisticated scares of Purple Noon to the slack shallowness and childlike elaborateness of plot on view here is a far fall for a man of talent. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Too Late the Hero (1970) Richard Schickel One can't help but feel we've been slogging through this movie jungle since childhood. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) Richard Schickel The resurrection of cliches is always a dubious proposition, but the revival of ones that were vulgar from the start strikes me as little short of insanity. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Made for Each Other (1971) Richard Schickel Some of its set pieces are rough-cut, crudely set gems. They are honest, artless and strangely moving, perhaps because they evoke laughter touched by the bitter universal experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) Richard Schickel The nicest thing about [Minnie and Moskowitz] is its refusal to generalize or to impose a meaning on the humble, familiar people it makes us care so much about. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
A Clockwork Orange (1971) Richard Schickel The film, though surprisingly faithful to the plot line of the novel, is entirely faithless to its meaning. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Gypsy Girl (1965) Richard Schickel It is merely what it is -- an atypical film about atypical people living in what is now an atypical environment. But it is also, as movies run today, atypically honest, modest and humane. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) Richard Schickel Ultimately, the film has a powerful emotional impact, but it is achieved the hard way -- through the mind rather than the viscera -- and only in Its own good time. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) Richard Schickel It's a fine, tough, funny movie, distinguished by Furie's extraordinary feel for empty spaces and the empty people that inhabit them, by strong acting, most of all by the success with which it makes an unfamiliar milieu familiar. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Adalen 31 (1969) Richard Schickel Adalen '31 leaps with life and with a marvelous variety of incident. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
The Family Way (1967) Richard Schickel It takes intelligence to find genuine drama within the common lot, and real sensitivity to make of it something as consistently touching and funny as The Family Way. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
The Last Picture Show (1971) Richard Schickel It transcends and transforms its near-banal material partly because it contains, all the way through the cast, some of the best acting you're likely to see this \ear, mostly because it is so sensitive to the details of time and place. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Roald Dahl As a study in suspense, this film must surely be a kind of classic. It is also a perfect demonstration of the fact that the most effective suspense is invariably created in a low key and without any violence at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
The Hot Rock (1972) Richard Schickel One enters the theater with great expectations. And one leaves muttering '"Promises, promises.'' EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
The Boy Friend (1971) Richard Schickel It is an acute, duplicitous, discomfiting movie whose message, finally, is that all times are tough for the people who must live through them, and glow golden only for those who survive them, or imagine them. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
The Emigrants (1971) Richard Schickel The Emigrants is one of the great movies about this country, about America as an idea, America as an experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Wild in the Streets (1968) Richard Schickel A movie entirely made by untrustworthy-older 30s, it is an attempt to cram into an antique philosophical and esthetic frame a phenomenon that had, long before they began shooting, transcended that frame. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019