Film Talk

Why I Love MARY POPPINS (1964)

By Alan Hurst For many around my age, Walt Disney’s production of Mary Poppins (1964) represented their first movie-going experience. It was magical in 1964, and again on future viewings during subsequent re-releases in 1973 and 1980. And with the advent of home video, it’s been a staple in many libraries as well (and for…

5 Villainous Movie Characters People Need to Stop Idolizing

By Nick Maylor Many of our cinematic “heroes” perform questionable acts and exercise poor judgment. In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf had a sense of self-awareness when he proclaimed about Frodo: “I’ve sent him to his death.” Well, he kind of did, didn’t he? We all know the hobbits live, but maybe the Eagles should…

New Eastwood Film THE MULE Gets December Release

By John H. Foote Warner Brothers announced today that the new Clint Eastwood film The Mule will be released in December. In the past, an Eastwood release in December could mean Oscar. Never forget that Million Dollar Baby (2004) was a late December release and snatched the Oscar from The Aviator (2004) and Martin Scorsese.…

10 Historical Figures Who Deserve Biopics and the Actors that Should Play Them

By Nick Maylor Biopics are huge business these days. When done well, they will often appear with a notable presence during the awards seasons; with many actors and actresses taking home Oscar gold for their appearances in them. Several historical figures of note have yet to (to my satisfaction) be given their due treatment in…

The Innovations of CITIZEN KANE

By John H. Foote The Godfather Part II (1974) is arguably the greatest of American films, with its astounding artistry and complex themes, followed by The Godfather (1972), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) , On the Waterfront (1954), Raging Bull (1980), Schindlers List (1993), Apocalypse Now (1979)The Wizard of Oz (1939), and The Searchers (1956), each…

Elizabeth Taylor – A Look Back at Some Essential Performances

By Alan Hurst She was a major screen presence from the mid-forties with her breakthrough in National Velvet (1945) until her screen career wound down after The Mirror Crack’d (1980). She made a few successful forays into television in the seventies and eighties, always generating significant buzz. She was a tabloid sensation from the first…