Revisiting

DAME MARGARET RUTHERFORD AS THE INCOMPARABLE MISS MARPLE

By Craig Leask While there have been many, MANY movie and television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Mysteries with multiple women playing the lead character (Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan, and Julia McKenzie), I must admit my favorite by far playing the role is Margaret Rutherford as she brings her own…

THE GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF THE EIGHTIES: #4

By John H. Foote 4. REDS (1981) Watching Warren Beatty’s massive epic Reds on the big screen at the beautiful University Theatre in downtown Toronto for the first time, I remember being awed. The entire film seemed to be so intelligent, so perfectly written. And Beatty as director had captured all the intimate moments between…

THE GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF THE EIGHTIES: #5

By John H. Foote 5. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983) The greatest film ever about the relationships between mothers and daughters. Directed, produced and written by first time feature film director James L. Brooks, the film is as close to perfection as a film can be. No stranger to creating, Brooks had been responsible for the…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: VAL KILMER IN THE DOORS (1991)

By Marie-Renee Goulet I can’t imagine a more daunting task for an actor than to portray someone as well known as Jim Morrison. He is surrounded by myths he created himself; he lied about his life before joining The Doors declaring his parents dead (they weren’t) and two siblings nonexistent. Morrison acted a lot and…

THE BEST COMEDIES OF THE YEAR: THE THIRTIES

By Alan Hurst The is the first in a series where I’ll attempt a very subjective selection of the best film comedy of each year – from the thirties up to present day. I’m starting with the thirties and the advent of both sophisticated and screwball comedies, as opposed to the dizzying physical and slapstick…