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THE GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF THE EIGHTIES: #3

By John H. Foote 3. TOOTSIE (1982) The final three films of the eighties are interchangeable depending on the day. Each is exquisite, bold filmmaking, each could top the list of the greatest of the decade. Farce depends on mistaken identity, near discovery, narrow misses, and outrageous characters. But what happens if the characters are…

DAME MARGARET RUTHERFORD AS THE INCOMPARABLE MISS MARPLE

By Craig Leask While there have been many, MANY movie and television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Mysteries with multiple women playing the lead character (Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan, and Julia McKenzie), I must admit my favorite by far playing the role is Margaret Rutherford as she brings her own…

THE GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF THE EIGHTIES: #4

By John H. Foote 4. REDS (1981) Watching Warren Beatty’s massive epic Reds on the big screen at the beautiful University Theatre in downtown Toronto for the first time, I remember being awed. The entire film seemed to be so intelligent, so perfectly written. And Beatty as director had captured all the intimate moments between…

THE GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF THE EIGHTIES: #5

By John H. Foote 5. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983) The greatest film ever about the relationships between mothers and daughters. Directed, produced and written by first time feature film director James L. Brooks, the film is as close to perfection as a film can be. No stranger to creating, Brooks had been responsible for the…