Reviews

Revisiting THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? (1969)

By John H. Foote (****) Nominated for nine Academy Awards, Best Actress (Jane Fonda), and Best Director (Sydney Pollack) among them, it was snubbed for Best Picture despite the second most nods of the year, just one behind Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). Easily among the best five films of the year, its reasons…

Why I Love MARY POPPINS (1964)

By Alan Hurst For many around my age, Walt Disney’s production of Mary Poppins (1964) represented their first movie-going experience. It was magical in 1964, and again on future viewings during subsequent re-releases in 1973 and 1980. And with the advent of home video, it’s been a staple in many libraries as well (and for…

REVIEW — JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS (****)

By John H. Foote (****) Jane Fonda did not just break down doors for actresses and activists, she kicked them off the hinges and burst through. One of the most exciting interviews of my career was speaking with Fonda. Whip-smart, hyper-alert, one of the smartest people I had ever encountered, it was a genuine pleasure.…

Book Review – Peter Jackson and The Making of Middle Earth by Ian Nathan

(****) By John H. Foote For the record, I love The Lord of the Rings trilogy on screen. Peter Jackson put such artistry, craft, love and passion into those first three films, they remain extraordinary fantasies, and the finest trilogy ever put on screen.  Ian Nathan’s new book is a consistently fascinating account of the…