Revisiting

REVISITING CASUALTIES OF WAR (1989)

By John H. Foote (****) Ten years after Apocalypse Now (1979) rolled on movie screens, the definitive film about the war in Vietnam, three years after Oliver Stone’s powerful Oscar winning Platoon (1986) came Brian De Palma’s incendiary film about the conflict in Southeast Asia, Casualties of War (1989). Having read the article upon which…

REVISITING THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988)

By John H. Foote (****) Released in late summer 1988 after screenings in New York and Rome caused an explosion of controversy, the film was supposed to play the Toronto International Film Festival, still known in 1988 as The Festival of Festivals. However, when word leaked out of the screenings that director Martin Scorsese had…

REVISITING THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2007)

By John H. Foote (****) Let’s start by stating throughout this article the film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford will be known as just Assassination for obvious reasons. I was in a full theatre the first time I saw this film, in the excellent Special Presentation category, my favourite, at…

REVISITING FUN WITH DICK AND JANE (1977)

By Craig Leask As we approach what looks to be another global recession, and probably not our last, I started thinking about how economic hardships such as these have been handled in the movies. There are many – from documentaries through to movies based on real events and people to full on creative endeavors. Movies…