Revisiting

REVISITING HELL — APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

By John H. Foote                  “They train young men to drop fire on people, but their                  commanders won’t allow them to write fuck on their airplanes,                  because it is obscene.” – Kurtz (Marlon Brando) The University Theatre sat on Bloor Street in Toronto, standing like a massive cathedral for cinema, a church to…

OSCAR RETRO – THE APOSTLE (1997) – How did Robert Duvall lose Best Actor?

By John H. Foote THE APOSTLE (1997) (****) Imagine being Robert Duvall in 1984. He had by then won an Oscar and awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics as Best Actor and was hailed as one of the greatest actors in American film history. He had appeared…

MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006) – An Unappreciated Masterpiece

By John H. Foote (****) The first film Sofia Coppola directed after her brilliant, career altering Lost in Translation (2003) was her dream project on the young queen, Marie Antoinette. Armed with an Oscar for her Screenplay, and a nomination for Best Director for Lost in Translation (2003), The first American woman to be so…

Oscar Retro – RAGING BULL (1980)

By John H. Foote How did it lose Best Picture, Best Director? In 1989, at the end of the decade, Premiere Magazine, that wonderful now defunct movie magazine polled the nations top film critics to ask them what was the best film of the eighties? To no ones surprise, they voted Martin Scorsese’s searing boxing…

COMING HOME – The REAL Best Picture of 1978

By John H. Foote  COMING HOME (1978) (****) Hal Ashby was a bonafide free spirit, a hippy who hated the system that held the power of making movies. He loved making movies, loved it with an unbridled passion, but he hated the suits that held the power to making those movies. During his most fruitful…