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Revisiting THE KING OF COMEDY (1983)

(***) Chilling Today Because of Plausibility By John H. Foote Though dismissed by some critics upon release in 1983, through the years Martin Scorsese’s rather chilling, cautionary tale The King of Comedy (1983) has gained in prominence and is now recognized as one of the director’s best films. Released three years after a fan shot John Lennon dead outside…

John’s FINAL (locked in stone) Oscar Nominee Predictions

By John H. Foote Before the Golden Globes weighed in with their annual hardware fest later on January 6, I decided to jump the gun and list my predictions for this year’s Oscar nominations early, two and a half weeks early. Sure, I could have waited for the results of the Globe ceremony, the SAG winners and the…

Producers Guild of America (PGA) Nominations Announced

By John H. Foote Ten films were nominated for Best Picture today by the PGA making their Oscar chances a whole lot better. BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, A Quiet Place, Roma, Vice, Green Book and the expected Oscar juggernaut A Star is Born. The nominations for Bohemian Rhapsody must be considered a…

Revisiting ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)

By John H. Foote (****) When Richard Nixon was re-elected President in 1972, he rode into office on the wave of the greatest landslide in American political history. Did he know just 18 months later, disgraced, he would resign the Presidency under the cloud of the Watergate affair? I think Nixon thought his substantial achievements in the Oval…

Revisiting A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)

By John H. Foote (****) When Tennessee Williams wrote The Glass Menagerie, he drew heavily on his own life, his past and the result was the birth of the neo realistc American theatre. A Streetcar Named Desire would blow the lid off that movement and, together with Arthur Miller’s Death Of a Salesman, make the late forties the…