Film Talk

REVISITING FUN WITH DICK AND JANE (1977)

By Craig Leask As we approach what looks to be another global recession, and probably not our last, I started thinking about how economic hardships such as these have been handled in the movies. There are many – from documentaries through to movies based on real events and people to full on creative endeavors. Movies…

REVISITING CASABLANCA (1942)

By Craig Leask Casablanca was one of those movies which that, for whatever reason, just lucked out more due to circumstance then planning. No one involved in making Casablanca had any idea the film was going to end up becoming a highly successful American classic, with the most identifiable quotes and ranked by Roger Ebert as…

REVISITING SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

As far as I’m concerned Some Like it Hot is a perfect comedy. Part screwball, part spoof of 1930’s gangster films, part romance, part musical, and filmed in glorious black and white at the iconic beachfront Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. Throw in the flawless chemistry of the perfectly cast leads – Tony Curtis,…

SPIELBERG WITHDRAWS FROM INDIANA JONES 5

By John H. Foote In a shocking move that will send shockwaves through the film industry, two-time Academy Award winning Best Director Steven Spielberg has withdrawn from directing the upcoming fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise. The move caught everyone associated with the series off guard, most specifically star Harrison Ford, who had announced…

NIAGARA (1953) AND THE LONGEST FILMED WALK IN CINEMATIC HISTORY

By Craig Leask It began with an idea. Producer Charles Brackett had a strong desire to make a picture set around Niagara Falls – and not about honeymooning couples. It ended with box office success and the record for the longest filmed walk in the history of cinema. A record that still stands to this…