Reviews

Revisiting NETWORK (1976)

By John H. Foote (****) Perhaps the most acutely aware film of the decade about the future of television, Sidney Lumet’s lacerating film Network foreshadowed what TV has become, which is a series of reality programs. Incredibly, it was predicted thirty years before reality programming took over the major three networks. Written by Academy Award…

The Man Who Laughs – EVOLUTION OF THE JOKER

 By Nick Maylor “If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!” – The Joker (From Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke) The Joker was created by Jerry Robinson, Bob Kane and Bill Finger. While credit for the Joker’s creation is disputed, as is the case with Batman himself, Bill…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Charlie Chaplin in THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)

By Nick Maylor Charles Chaplin was a Master of Physical comedy. Countless hours of footage of him in character as “The Tramp” serve as testimony to the notion that he was perhaps the greatest slapstick performer in history. Chaplin was also a writer, director, producer and composer for much of his famous works. In his first…

The Philadelphia Story and High Society – Two Movies, One Story

By Craig Leask Many may not know this, but the play The Philadelphia Story (and it’s subsequent film adapation in 1940 and musical remake entitled High Society in 1956) was inspired by the true-life Helen Hope Montgomery Scott (1904–1995), a Philadelphia socialite known for her mischievousness shenanigans and high-spirited flirtations. She was the daughter of…