Tag: Fantasy

The Best Film Adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Nick Maylor  So far this December, Alan, Craig, Melissa, and John have all listed their favourite/must-see Christmas/Holiday films. Alan and I also threw a spotlight on television specials we hold dear. When I was asked to do a list of my top 5 Christmas movies, I found myself at the inescapable truth that at…

Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (**)

By John H. Foote If there is one aspect of the Harry Potter universe that I think was criminally underappreciated it was the production design. Audiences were plunged into worlds described by Miss Rowling in her splendid books, and the wizards within Hollywood had created. Hogwarts Castle was a miracle of engineering and fantastical designs…

Revisiting KING KONG (2005)

By John H. Foote KING KONG (2005) (****) In 2005 I saw one better film than the remake of King Kong (2005) and that was Brokeback Mountain (2005). Peter Jackson had tried to remake King Kong in 1996 before his success, and Academy Awards for his sublime The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but he was…

Returning to Oz…Again and Again

It was Easter, 2001. I had been in the hospital since Valentine’s Day, three and a half weeks of that in a coma, and had been transferred from Sunnybrook Trauma to the St. John’s Rehab Hospital. Hit head on, I had been choppered to Sunnybrook with life-threatening injuries, long story, not for here. Easter Sunday,…