Film Talk

PODCAST #014 – GREATEST PERFORMANCES (BEST ACTRESS)

By Nick Maylor On this episode of the podcast, John and I discuss the 15 greatest performances by a female actor in a leading role. Check out our official YouTube channel for all of our podcasts. Nick MaylorNick is an actor/writer/comedian/musician from Hamilton, ON Canada. Having been a film nut since the early days of…

PODCAST #013 – THE PENN IS MIGHTIER

By Nick Maylor On this episode of our podcast, John and I discuss the acting and directing careers of Oscar-winner Sean Penn. Check out our official YouTube channel for all of our podcasts. Nick MaylorNick is an actor/writer/comedian/musician from Hamilton, ON Canada. Having been a film nut since the early days of his life, Nick…

REVISITING THE BIG CHILL (1983)

By Craig Leask In 1983 the age of the Yuppie was just beginning its rise. Thirty-something individuals had become focused and obsessed with success and all of the material trappings that came along with it. These are the same people who had protested in the 1960’s against established institutions, conformity and all things government, and…

PODCAST #012 – LEGENDARY LEONARDO

By Nick Maylor On our latest episode, John and I discuss the career of Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio. Check out our official YouTube channel for more episodes. Nick MaylorNick is an actor/writer/comedian/musician from Hamilton, ON Canada. Having been a film nut since the early days of his life, Nick has had an obsession with cinema and…

Revisiting THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004)

By Nick Maylor I believe that Biblical films often work best when they establish a mythical, fantastical or otherwise otherworldly setting or tone. I believe Mel Gibson’s passion project (no pun intended) about the final hours in the life of Jesus does this successfully via two mechanisms. The first is the ambience created by having…

10 GREAT MOVIE THEMES

By Alan Hurst Any list of the great film themes will include major achievements like Maurice Jarre’s sweeping score for Lawrence of Arabia (1962); Max Steiner’s romantic theme for Gone With the Wind (1939); John Williams’ adventure tinged work for Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977) and E.T The Extra-Terrestrial (1982); Elmer Bernstein’s panoramic The Magnificent…

REVISITING CASUALTIES OF WAR (1989)

By John H. Foote (****) Ten years after Apocalypse Now (1979) rolled on movie screens, the definitive film about the war in Vietnam, three years after Oliver Stone’s powerful Oscar winning Platoon (1986) came Brian De Palma’s incendiary film about the conflict in Southeast Asia, Casualties of War (1989). Having read the article upon which…

REVISITING THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988)

By John H. Foote (****) Released in late summer 1988 after screenings in New York and Rome caused an explosion of controversy, the film was supposed to play the Toronto International Film Festival, still known in 1988 as The Festival of Festivals. However, when word leaked out of the screenings that director Martin Scorsese had…

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…