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Easter viewing at home

By Nevil Gibson | March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

The lack of Easter-themed movies at the cinema has been exacerbated by Hollywood’s freeze on big-budget movies in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. The central event of the Christian religion has been sidelined since the epics thrived in the 1950s and 1960s. These biblical classics are still available through … Read More about Easter viewing at home

Madness of the heart

By Nevil Gibson | March 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Movies on mental illness will inevitably be judged by one’s own experience, whether close or casual. This degree of scrutiny hasn’t deterred film-makers from tackling this tricky subject. In decades past, movies set in mental institutions could be viewed as too remote to make an accurate judgment, given they were … Read More about Madness of the heart

Hanks is on a mission

By Nevil Gibson | March 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The classic Hollywood man-on-a-horse western has all but disappeared, a victim of changing attitudes toward America’s colonial past and the rewriting of history according to modern trends. That decline started after the 1970s, which produced the last movies depicting heroic pioneer settlers as positive and progressive. Baddies always existed in … Read More about Hanks is on a mission

Awards season boosts choice

By Nevil Gibson | February 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

The annual Hollywood awards season is late arriving, but that doesn’t mean it has lost its impact or importance. In fact, it has suddenly brought more choice for both big screen and home viewing. The delay, of course, is Covid-19 related, as most cinemas in North America, Europe, and much … Read More about Awards season boosts choice

Ghosts in the Opera House

By Nevil Gibson | February 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

The essence of any great ghost story is the ambiguity of whether the supernatural could be a real presence, or is purely in the mind. Henry James wrote The Turn of the Screw as a magazine serial in 1898. It was an instant success, possibly because it was an easy … Read More about Ghosts in the Opera House

Streaming sweetens summer cinema

By Nevil Gibson | January 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

The fallout from Covid-19 has proved disastrous for the local box office at a time when moviegoing should be at its peak, boosted by Hollywood Oscar hopefuls. But with studio production still languishing, and continuing pandemic lockdowns around the world, cinemas are having their worst year in decades. In New … Read More about Streaming sweetens summer cinema