Revisiting

Claudine (1974): Melissa’s Pick for Memorable Movie Mom

By Melissa Houghton Would we exist without mothers? That’s rhetorical. Real and fictional mothers- love, support, protect, nurture, provide for, shape and inspire us. But let’s not take mothers for granted; they also have needs and want some of the same things they selflessly give to their families and others. To all the moms, mom-dads,…

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

By John H. Foote (****) American outlaw Jesse James has been portrayed many times on the big screen by such actors as Tyrone Power, Robert Wagner, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farrell, but no one touches Brad Pitt’s performance as the gunman in this 2007 film. Pitt captures the unpredictability James was said to have possessed,…

Revisiting The French Connection II (1975)

By John H. Foote (****) John Frankenheimer was arguably the most underrated director in Hollywood through the sixties and seventies. His film Black Sunday (1977) remains among the finest movies ever made about international terrorism, and The Manchurian Candidate (1962) remains a seminal study of espionage and mind control. After The French Connection (1971), directed…

Bergman and Grant: Revisiting Notorious (1946) and Indiscreet (1958)

By Alan Hurst Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman only made two films together, but that indefinable thing called “chemistry” was front and centre in both. They first partnered in Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious when they were both at their glamourous 1940’s peak. They were teamed again 12 years later in Stanley Donen’s Indiscreet where they’re both…

Blackmail As A Driving Force

By Melissa Houghton In Christian teachings blackmail is not one of the seven deadly sins. Yet in film, the protagonist’s actions or thoughts stemming from non-virtuous behaviours such as pride, greed, lust or envy may serve as the underlying drivers of her motivation to commit other immoralities. In other words, the protagonist’s bad behaviour is…