Tag: Comedy

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…

Review: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (***1/2)

By Nick Maylor Much like The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse  is an animated superhero feature that is packed with laughs and will no doubt be warmly received by the kids. It is also reminiscent of The Lego Batman Movie in that the entire thing serves as an irreverent love-letter to the titular character(s), their history, and…

From Lucy to Raymond: Alan’s TV Christmas Favourites

By Alan Hurst This is an exercise in pure nostalgia. Just like my favourite Christmas movies were primarily released or filled with a 1940s sensibility, my favourite TV episodes with a Christmas theme are primarily from the sixties and seventies, with a few more recent additions. Most of these are things my sisters and I…

Julie Andrews: A Look Back at Her Essential Performances

By Alan Hurst With the release this year of Mary Poppins Returns (2018) there has been a resurgence of interest around the original Mary Poppins (1964) and Julie Andrews’ performance in that classic film. It’s the film that launched Andrews’ movie career and within a year she had overtaken both Doris Day and Elizabeth Taylor…