Film Design

The Big Apple in The Movies – Part 2

By Craig Leask This is the second part to my piece on The Big Apple in The Movies. To read part 1, click here. Ghostbusters (1984) Ghostbusters was released in 1984, grossing $238 million in the US and $291 million worldwide. The success of the film launched a media franchise, which included action figures, a…

Iconic Mid-Century Architecture in Films – Part 2

By Craig Leask As mentioned in Mid-Century Modern – Part 1, Mid-Century Modern (MCM) is an architectural design and decorating style based upon clean lines, clear expanses of glass, open sight lines, a blurring of interior and exterior spaces and a complete lack of clutter. MCM was in its prime, from the mid-1940’s to the mid -1970’s…

Hello, Dolly! – The Sets Behind the Massive Musical

By Craig Leask Much like the Cleopatra (1963) filming fiasco and its nearly devastating effect on the financial stability of 20th Century Fox Studios, Hello, Dolly! (1969) nearly accomplished the same thing by practically bankrupting the same studio, not through a lack of planning and over paying its actors as with Cleopatra, but by vastly…

The Best Film Adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Nick Maylor  So far this December, Alan, Craig, Melissa, and John have all listed their favourite/must-see Christmas/Holiday films. Alan and I also threw a spotlight on television specials we hold dear. When I was asked to do a list of my top 5 Christmas movies, I found myself at the inescapable truth that at…

Malevolent Architecture: The Real Locations of Horror Movies

By Craig Leask In movies, haunted houses and castles are traditionally isolated locations: perched on stormy hilltops, swampy bayous, or located on vast, overgrown estates, separated from society (or anyone who can offer help to those in peril). A mountainous resort, closed for the winter, requiring a caretaker, lonely empty mansions being investigated or hosting…

Iconic Mid-Century Architecture in Films

Above: “The Vandamm Residence North by North West: (1959)” By Craig Leask Mid-Century Modern (MCM) is an architectural design and decorating style based upon clean lines, clear expanses of glass, open sight lines, a blurring of interior and exterior spaces and a complete lack of clutter.  The style was developed and made popular by architects of the time,…

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…