Film Talk

TWO CHRISTMAS FAVOURITES

By Melissa Houghton Home Alone 2, Lost in New York (1992) I’ve added this Home Alone sequel to my list of essential Christmas movies. A great escape film and a joy to see New York gussied up during the holidays. Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) does it again and accidentally boards a flight to New York while his family is Florida-bound. With…

Revisiting BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016)

By Nick Maylor Having recently revisited Man of Steel (2013) it seemed only logical to continue with the films of the DCEU. This one is renowned for the bad reviews it received during its theatrical run and that is a symptom of a larger problem that has been prevalent at Warner Brothers when it comes…

Great Performances: TARON EGERTON in ROCKETMAN (2019)

By Nick Maylor As the end of the year approaches and Oscar nominations are right around the corner, I cannot help this unpleasant premonition I am having: Taron Egerton will likely be snubbed for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. As we’ve discussed, the competition for the Best Actor statue is some of the stiffest in…

Revisiting THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

By Nick Maylor It’s long been my contention that Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (1843) is the greatest story ever told. It has been adapted for the stage and screen countless times, often in musical form. Some carolers appear in the original novella and music has often…

Revisiting THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004)

By John H. Foote (****) I loved every second of this magical film. No humbug here folks, this was pure enchantment. Though The Polar Express has its detractors, humbugs among us, I thought director Robert Zemeckis, his computer artists, his sound and sound engineers, editors, cinematographers, musicians and songwriters, designers, and his wonderful actors captured…

New York Film Critics Awards Full of Surprises

By John H. Foote The unpredictable New York Film Critics Circle announced their awards today, once again surprising us with some of their choices. The Irishman won the Best Picture Award from the New York Film Critics, the most prestigious of the Critics groups passing out year-end awards. This marks the second consecutive year that…

10 Things THE IRISHMAN Changed/Omitted from the Book “I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES”

By Nick Maylor The best film of the year (perhaps the decade), Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (2019) was adapted from Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa. The book has been analyzed and criticized for those who claim that Frank Sheeran’s first-hand accounts…

Marvel’s INFINITY SAGA (2008-2019) — All 23 Films RANKED

By Nick Maylor I’m not a huge fan of making these big lists. Ranking stuff, in general, is tricky. Many films are simply “apples” that often get compared with “oranges”. The Marvel Cinematic Universe features so many films that span several genres. The first two decades of this century have seen a cinema that is…