Revisiting

Revisiting HUSH … HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964)

By Alan Hurst Released in late 1964 in time to qualify for Oscar consideration, Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte is many things: creepy, funny, campy, and probably the best example of Grand Dame Guignol there is with two older but still fabulous stars, an unbalanced central character, severed hands and heads popping up, stray meat…

Revisiting BULWORTH (1998)

By John H. Foote BULWORTH (1998) (****)       “You got to be a spirit…don’t need no more ghosts.” – Homeless man (Amiri Baraka), Bulworth (1998) How was this ignored? A single Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay when this lacerating, often searing comedy deserved so much more. One of the finest films in Warren…

Revisiting THE LEGEND OF LIZZIE BORDEN (1975)

By Alan Hurst It’s hard to overstate the impact of TV films of the 1970’s. All the major networks had multiple “Movie of the Week” nights and there were also special event movies that usually featured more prestigious casts and bigger budgets. It was also the decade that saw the birth of the “Miniseries” –…

Revisiting THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007)

By John H. Foote THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) (****) Paul Thomas Anderson first came to my attention for his extraordinary roller-coaster ride through the seventies and eighties pornography industry Boogie Nights (1997) in which we saw first hand how porn went from being an underground industry shot on expensive 16mm to a massive business…

Revisiting THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1964)

By Alan Hurst Tennessee Williams had a spectacular run on Broadway from the mid-forties to the late fifties and the inevitable film versions of his plays also enjoyed varying degrees of critical and box office success. Key film successes from Williams work included A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Rose Tattoo (1955), Cat on a…