Revisiting

Revisiting GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002)

(***) By John H. Foote This massive, flawed epic was delayed a full year after 9/11, Miramax believing it was immoral to release the film at Christmas, just four months after terrorists brought down the World Trade Centre. Those towers figure prominently in the films’ closing moments, so the delay made sense. However who knew anything about the…

Revisiting THE KING OF COMEDY (1983)

(***) Chilling Today Because of Plausibility By John H. Foote Though dismissed by some critics upon release in 1983, through the years Martin Scorsese’s rather chilling, cautionary tale The King of Comedy (1983) has gained in prominence and is now recognized as one of the director’s best films. Released three years after a fan shot John Lennon dead outside…

Revisiting ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)

By John H. Foote (****) When Richard Nixon was re-elected President in 1972, he rode into office on the wave of the greatest landslide in American political history. Did he know just 18 months later, disgraced, he would resign the Presidency under the cloud of the Watergate affair? I think Nixon thought his substantial achievements in the Oval…

Revisiting A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)

By John H. Foote (****) When Tennessee Williams wrote The Glass Menagerie, he drew heavily on his own life, his past and the result was the birth of the neo realistc American theatre. A Streetcar Named Desire would blow the lid off that movement and, together with Arthur Miller’s Death Of a Salesman, make the late forties the…