Revisiting

Oscar Revisit: Jaws (1975) – A Seventies Masterpiece

By John H. Foote No one expected Jaws (1975) to be what it became, the highest grossing film of all time (at that time), a critical sensation, the launching of a gifted new director, and an instant classic. Overnight, and I mean literally overnight, the film was the most talked about cinematic event in North…

Oscar Revisit: THE GREAT GATSBY (1974)

By John H. Foote (**) One of the greatest disappointments of the seventies was the much awaited adaptation of The Great Gatsby (1974) which audiences, and the industry believed would be the definitive film version of the greatest of Americans novels. Jay Gatsby lost the love of his life because he did not have wealth, not only wealth,…

Revisiting REDS (1981)

By John H. Foote (****) There is, in Warren Beatty’s remarkable film Reds, a moment that defines journalist John Reed. While covering Pancho Villa in Mexico, he rises during a battle and chases a horse drawn wagon, reaching out to touch it, but does not quite do so. That was John Reed, forever chasing history, forever wanting to…

Revisiting FOUR ROOMS (1995)

By Clarisse Tenreiro Anthology films have always been appealing to my need of narrative variety. The concept of offering the viewer a combination of short stories that, within their differences, see themselves connected through a common theme or premise is without a doubt an exciting prospect. Additionally, when directed by various individuals, it gives the…