Revisiting

Revisiting THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004)

By John H. Foote (****) I loved every second of this magical film. No humbug here folks, this was pure enchantment. Though The Polar Express has its detractors, humbugs among us, I thought director Robert Zemeckis, his computer artists, his sound and sound engineers, editors, cinematographers, musicians and songwriters, designers, and his wonderful actors captured…

REVISITING THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE (1984)

By John H. Foote (***) In the early eighties the most exciting new actors in movies were Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, William Hurt, and Robin Williams. By the end of the decade, Williams was working steady, doing impressive work consistently. Hurt, having won an Oscar and three consecutive nominations could not draw an audience, while…

Blu Ray Review: CRUISING (1980)

By John H. Foote (***) One of the most intensely controversial and criminally under appreciated films of the eighties finally makes its way to Blu Ray. Cruising, perhaps the last great film from Academy Award winning director William Friedkin, has been released leaving a handful of seventies films including the searing Looking for Mr. Goodbar…

REVISITING ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980)

By Alan Hurst Released in the fall of 1980, Robert Redford’s Ordinary People was greeted with laudatory reviews, strong box office and easily found its place as the front runner at that year’s Academy Awards. It’s only in retrospect that people have questioned its win as Best Picture over Martin Scorsese’s searing Raging Bull, but…