Revisiting

Revisiting THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? (1969)

By John H. Foote (****) Nominated for nine Academy Awards, Best Actress (Jane Fonda), and Best Director (Sydney Pollack) among them, it was snubbed for Best Picture despite the second most nods of the year, just one behind Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). Easily among the best five films of the year, its reasons…

Why I Love MARY POPPINS (1964)

By Alan Hurst For many around my age, Walt Disney’s production of Mary Poppins (1964) represented their first movie-going experience. It was magical in 1964, and again on future viewings during subsequent re-releases in 1973 and 1980. And with the advent of home video, it’s been a staple in many libraries as well (and for…

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…