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Revisiting TRUE GRIT (2010)

By John H. Foote (****) The American western was a rarity in the New Millennium, but those made tended to be created with care and absolute love and respect for the genre. Thought to be extinct after the debacle that was Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate (1980) the genre bounced back with two Academy Award winning Best Pictures. The…

DGA Nominations Announced

By John H. Foote The Directors Guild Of America Awards tend to be the greatest of the pre-cursor awards and nominations that best help gauge the Oscar race. Still two weeks out from Oscar nomination nomination, with the Golden Globes having shaken everything up, the announcement of the nominations for the Directors Guild Of America Awards should calm…

Revisiting GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002)

(***) By John H. Foote This massive, flawed epic was delayed a full year after 9/11, Miramax believing it was immoral to release the film at Christmas, just four months after terrorists brought down the World Trade Centre. Those towers figure prominently in the films’ closing moments, so the delay made sense. However who knew anything about the…

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…

Golden Globes as Loopy as Ever

By John H. Foote Did the Golden Globe Awards just become irrelevant? The Hollywood Foreign Press is one of the more bizarre award groups in Hollywood, known to accept bribes, known to be star lovers who will use their press credentials to get close to the actors. Sharon Stone gifted each of them with expensive…

John’s FINAL (locked in stone) Oscar Nominee Predictions

By John H. Foote Before the Golden Globes weighed in with their annual hardware fest later on January 6, I decided to jump the gun and list my predictions for this year’s Oscar nominations early, two and a half weeks early. Sure, I could have waited for the results of the Globe ceremony, the SAG winners and the…

Producers Guild of America (PGA) Nominations Announced

By John H. Foote Ten films were nominated for Best Picture today by the PGA making their Oscar chances a whole lot better. BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, A Quiet Place, Roma, Vice, Green Book and the expected Oscar juggernaut A Star is Born. The nominations for Bohemian Rhapsody must be considered a…

Revisiting ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)

By John H. Foote (****) When Richard Nixon was re-elected President in 1972, he rode into office on the wave of the greatest landslide in American political history. Did he know just 18 months later, disgraced, he would resign the Presidency under the cloud of the Watergate affair? I think Nixon thought his substantial achievements in the Oval…