I started this Film with Foote column because I worry about the education of younger film buffs. I do not think many of them see films made before the year they were born. Lecturing Film History in Ontario, Canada I walk into a lecture and ask if anyone has seen
Sitting through Oz the Great and Powerful was an exercise in tedium, one of those films that almost has me questioning why I do what I do. It is terrible. It is not great, nor is the spell it is supposed to cast over the audience powerful. The film starts
Editor’s Note: Welcome to the newest feature on Screen Invasion! John Foote will be taking a deeper look at a film every week from the past or present. He’ll discussed and review the films for better or worse and dig in to the history of the film’s making, the end result,
With another year in which the best film of the years did not win the Academy Award as Best Picture, I spent some time wondering, endlessly what the Academy Award for Best Picture should stand for, what should it mean? It is after all the most important film award in
In this, the first of two articles, I am going to list the finest work of some of the best actors in cinema, in fact let me go further, I am going to state what I believe to be their finest performance, period. Bold? Yes, arrogant even? Sure but something
At the risk of looking foolish I am sticking to my gut feeling in my oscar predictions and going with the films that, 1) I truly think will win, and 2) a couple of choices I believe should win. From the moment the nominations were announced it has been a
Will Lincoln win best picture at this year’s Oscars? Could we be heading for something akin to the Oscars for the year 1974? Going into the big night, Chinatown (1974) and The Godfather Part II (1974) each had eleven nominations, but Chinatown (1974) had recently won the Golden Globe Award
There was a time in the eighties when it was actually fashionable, acceptable even, to attack the work of Steven Spielberg, and believe me it was done more often than I care to remember. I never understood it because I have always believed Spielberg to be among our finest filmmakers.
In the early 80s’, the New York Times ran a feature story on character actor Robert Duvall proclaiming him the “American Olivier” which I thought was nonsense as he was so much finer an actor than Olivier but the piece was written by a critic who revered the British actor.
By John H. Foote Do you think they have looked over the list of nominees, admitted their obvious errors and would be interested in doing it all over again? Do you think they have watched the Golden Globes, the BFCA and Producers Guild with keen interest, wondering how they blew
By John H. Foote She has what the late, great film critic Pauline Kael once called “bite you on the nose talent”, which she used when describing seeing Sean Penn for the first time in a major role. For me, it was more like seeing Meryl Streep for the first
By John H. Foote In the seventies Bruce Dern was among the most reliable character actors at work, giving an array of performances that should have landed him at least one Oscar for Best Actor and another for Supporting Actor. Add to that another nomination for supporting actor and you
By John H. Foote There was a time in the fifties and early sixties when many of the major blockbusters drew their stories from the Bible. Some of these films were among the most famous of the day and remain iconic in film history for their sheer size and scope.
By John H. Foote It happens every year. Inevitably there is one film (or more) that deserves to be nominated for Best Picture but for whatever reason misses the list, to be re-discovered by generations of audiences later and celebrated as the work of art it always was. Look
By John H. Foote Who else might have been deserving? In the history of the Academy Awards, since 1927, no single actor has managed to win three Academy Awards for Best Actor. Nine have won twice, while Jack Nicholson has won twice for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting
By John H. Foote In a nice surprise, Universal announced that Steven Spielberg‘s Academy Award winning masterpiece Schindler’s List (1993) will be released on Blu-Ray March 5. This marks another major Spielberg film to come to Blu-Ray within a year, as Jaws (1975), E.T. (1982) and the Indiana Jones films