Revisiting

REVISITING SHIRLEY VALENTINE (1989)

By Craig Leask Shirley Valentine is a 1989 British romantic comedy which follows forty-something Shirley Valentine through a comedic mid-life crisis as she revisits and rediscovers the dreams of her youth and her innocent love of life. The film (and play) addresses the questions: “What happened to the high school rebel full of dreams of…

REVISITING THE BIG CHILL (1983)

By Craig Leask In 1983 the age of the Yuppie was just beginning its rise. Thirty-something individuals had become focused and obsessed with success and all of the material trappings that came along with it. These are the same people who had protested in the 1960’s against established institutions, conformity and all things government, and…

Revisiting THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004)

By Nick Maylor I believe that Biblical films often work best when they establish a mythical, fantastical or otherwise otherworldly setting or tone. I believe Mel Gibson’s passion project (no pun intended) about the final hours in the life of Jesus does this successfully via two mechanisms. The first is the ambience created by having…

REVISITING CASUALTIES OF WAR (1989)

By John H. Foote (****) Ten years after Apocalypse Now (1979) rolled on movie screens, the definitive film about the war in Vietnam, three years after Oliver Stone’s powerful Oscar winning Platoon (1986) came Brian De Palma’s incendiary film about the conflict in Southeast Asia, Casualties of War (1989). Having read the article upon which…

REVISITING THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988)

By John H. Foote (****) Released in late summer 1988 after screenings in New York and Rome caused an explosion of controversy, the film was supposed to play the Toronto International Film Festival, still known in 1988 as The Festival of Festivals. However, when word leaked out of the screenings that director Martin Scorsese had…