Oscar Retro

The 10 Best Performances of Robert Duvall — AMERICAN ACTING ICON

By John H. Foote In 1981, the New York Times declared him Americas greatest actor. Long before that, before his great success on film, acting guru Sanford Meisner said, “There are two great actors in America, the first is Brando, whose best work is behind him, the second is Robert Duvall.” In that same piece,…

Best Actress: My “Should Have Won” from 1950-59

By Alan Hurst As we’ve said before, sometimes the Oscars get it very right, and sometimes they miss the mark. With the advantage of hindsight, here is a look back at the Best Actress Oscars awarded during the fifties – the winners, the should have been winners, and some alternate nominees. These are always fun…

Revisiting DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

By John H. Foote Dances with Wolves (1990) (****) The American western had been all but dead when the superb mini-series Lonesome Dove was broadcast on network television in 1988. Based on Larry McMurtry’s sprawling cattle drive novel, the film was made with major actors such as Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, each in…

Revisiting THE REVENANT (2015)

By John H. Foote THE REVENANT (****) For his visceral, stunning performance in The Revenant (2015), Leonardo Di Caprio finally won a long overdue Academy Award for Best Actor, and the truth is, he deserved it in every way. His near silent performance was easily the best performance of the year, a startling work of…

Revisiting THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007)

By John H. Foote THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) (****) Paul Thomas Anderson first came to my attention for his extraordinary roller-coaster ride through the seventies and eighties pornography industry Boogie Nights (1997) in which we saw first hand how porn went from being an underground industry shot on expensive 16mm to a massive business…