Tag: Drama

Oscar Retro – RAGING BULL (1980)

By John H. Foote How did it lose Best Picture, Best Director? In 1989, at the end of the decade, Premiere Magazine, that wonderful now defunct movie magazine polled the nations top film critics to ask them what was the best film of the eighties? To no ones surprise, they voted Martin Scorsese’s searing boxing…

COMING HOME – The REAL Best Picture of 1978

By John H. Foote  COMING HOME (1978) (****) Hal Ashby was a bonafide free spirit, a hippy who hated the system that held the power of making movies. He loved making movies, loved it with an unbridled passion, but he hated the suits that held the power to making those movies. During his most fruitful…

OSCAR RETRO: OPEN RANGE (2003) (****)

By John H. Foote SNUBBED ENTIRELY, BUT MASTERFUL NONETHELESS… Kevin Costner won an Academy Award for Best Director for his western epic Dances with Wolves (1990), which won six other Oscars including Best Picture, and saw the likable star nominated for Best Actor. This was very near the beginning of his career, when his baseball…

REVIEW: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Criterion Blu-Ray Edition (****)

By John H. Foote When The Silence of the Lambs (1991) swept the major Oscars, Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay, there was some griping about Jodie Foster winning again, just three years after winning for a The Accused (1988). Let me state here and now, her Clarice Starling is the heart and soul…

Backseat (2018) Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale

By Nick Maylor Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are responsible for my favourite Saturday Night Live recurring sketch. The sketch sees various men sitting at a bar drinking obscenely large vats of whisky. Will Ferrell would be joined by a variety of guests like Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, David Koechner, Tim Meadows and (more recently)…