TIFF 2018

Review: THE FRONT RUNNER (**)

By John H. Foote Never did I appreciate Rex Harrison for his talent. He talked his songs, could not dance and barely got by as an actor. That Oscar for My Fair Lady (1964) was brought to him given the tide of goodwill that came to George Cukors film. Harrison did nothing for me, and…

Review: OUTLAW KING (***)

By John H. Foote This film, which I saw at TIFF really does deserve a big screen release, which Netflix backed out of. It seems they are also second guessing the promised big screen release of Roma, expected to be a major Oscar player. Needless to say without big screenplay, the Oscars will evaporate. What…

REVIEW: THE HATE U GIVE (***)

By John H. Foote THE HATE U GIVE (***) Before I get into the body of this review I must acknowledge and thank Tricia Williams, an old friend from college, where we both studied acting. Trish was good, making a career or it, while I followed my heart to film criticism, always addicted to movies.…

Green Book Takes People’s Choice at TIFF

By John H. Foote In a huge swelling of love, Green Book has been named the People’s Choice Award Winner at TIFF. The surprise winning film was adored by all who saw it, a beautiful, compassionate, warm often very funny film about the unlikely friendship between a tough bouncer and a gifted musician. Hired to…

TIFF Review – A Private War

(**) By John H. Foote Again a performance is the driving force of this biopic dealing with hellion war correspondent Marie Colvin. Famously killed in action in Syria, Colvin was a fearless woman, one of a kind. More and more we are seeing great female performances, they are dominating the Oscar race at the moment,…

TIFF Review – FAHRENHEIT 11/9

(**) By John H. Foote Michael Moore’s style, I find abrasive, exploitive and sometimes cruel. What he did to poor Charlton Heston in Bowling for Columbine (2003) was nasty. He blindsided a clearly confused actor suffering with Alzheimer’s and did nothing to endear himself to audiences in doing so. Still his film won an Oscar…