Film Talk

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…

Why is FIRST MAN Not Soaring this Awards Season?

By John H. Foote Walking out of the screening for First Man at TIFF, I was not alone in my effusive praise for this extraordinary film. More than one critic was heard stating they had just seen this year’s Best Picture winner and, quite frankly, I agreed with them. Yet after several major awards being announced First…

Avengers 4 Titled “AVENGERS: ENDGAME”. Teaser Trailer Released

By Nick Maylor The long-awaiting first look at the fourth Avengers film Avengers: Endgame was released this morning and gave us a sense of where the film picks up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. The surviving Avengers have regrouped at their base in upstate New York. Tony Stark is adrift in space with “no hope of…

How Do the Globe Nominations Shake Up the Oscar Race?

By John H. Foote Noticeably absent this morning from the major Nominations was First Man, the dazzling Neil Armstrong biography directed by Oscar winner Damien Chazelle. I saw First Man at TIFF and adored it, believing it to be easily among year’s best three films and Damien Chazelle’s greatest accomplishment. Yet, it has been decidedly…

Julie Andrews: A Look Back at Her Essential Performances

By Alan Hurst With the release this year of Mary Poppins Returns (2018) there has been a resurgence of interest around the original Mary Poppins (1964) and Julie Andrews’ performance in that classic film. It’s the film that launched Andrews’ movie career and within a year she had overtaken both Doris Day and Elizabeth Taylor…

CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019) Trailer Reaction

By Nick Maylor While Marvel Studios has been incredibly secretive about when they will drop the first teaser for the yet untitled fourth Avengers film, we just got served a piping-hot dish of superhero sauce with this action-packed look at Captain Marvel (2019) In the trailer, we see Carol Danvers’ flashbacks to her life on Earth along with a…

Viggo Mortensen and the “N-Word” – SERIOUSLY!?

By John H. Foote At an American Film Institute screening of the superb film Green Book, Actor Viggo Mortensen, a genuinely compassionate, kind man uttered the dreaded “N” word. He did so in explaining that the word was commonly used in the sixties, particularly in the American South. I have interviewed Mortensen and liked him…