Reviews

REVISITING THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE (1984)

By John H. Foote (***) In the early eighties the most exciting new actors in movies were Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, William Hurt, and Robin Williams. By the end of the decade, Williams was working steady, doing impressive work consistently. Hurt, having won an Oscar and three consecutive nominations could not draw an audience, while…

RICHARD JEWELL JUMPS INTO OSCAR RACE

By John H. Foote On May 31, next year Clint Eastwood, two-time Academy Award winning Director, two-time Academy Award winning producer, two-time DGA winner and twice nominated for Best Actor turns 90. 90! His new film Richard Jewell is another superbly crafted example of cinematic storytelling, which Eastwood mastered four decades ago. And once again…

Blu Ray Review: CRUISING (1980)

By John H. Foote (***) One of the most intensely controversial and criminally under appreciated films of the eighties finally makes its way to Blu Ray. Cruising, perhaps the last great film from Academy Award winning director William Friedkin, has been released leaving a handful of seventies films including the searing Looking for Mr. Goodbar…

Review: A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

By John H. Foote (***) Watching Tom Hanks emerge into one of American cinema’s greatest actors has been nothing but a pleasure. From his breakthrough as the man child in Big (1988), to his two consecutive Academy Award-winning performances as the AIDS afflicted lawyer in Philadelphia (1993) and the idiot savant stumbling through American history…

REVISITING ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980)

By Alan Hurst Released in the fall of 1980, Robert Redford’s Ordinary People was greeted with laudatory reviews, strong box office and easily found its place as the front runner at that year’s Academy Awards. It’s only in retrospect that people have questioned its win as Best Picture over Martin Scorsese’s searing Raging Bull, but…