• Simianside Special – Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off

      Now here’s a curiosity I never knew existed. You may think Star Wars spearheaded the whole movie tie-in merchandising craze, but it was actually Planet Of The Apes that led the way with action figures and such. What I didn’t know though was that live stage shows of original, specially scripted Planet Of The Apes […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Rogue One’s Vader Unleashed

    Wired have a cool video interview up where Rogue One director Gareth Edwards discusses the creation of that awesome moment in the finale to the film, where Darth Vader unleashes the full fury of the Force against Leia’s rebels in his attempt to stop the Death Star plans being taken. It almost wasn’t in the […]

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  • Mad Max Fury Road First Look

    “My name is Max. My world is fire, and blood.” Attendees at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con were offered T-shirts bearing the bold legend “Comic-Con 2014 belongs to the mad.” They weren’t kidding. The teaser shown at the event went online last night, and the response has been ecstatic. I’m going straight out after this […]

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  • Top 10 Worst James Bond Films

      10. Quantum of Solace How do you follow an action packed and exciting rejuvenation of James Bond? With the filmic equivalent of a weak piss into an empty water bottle that you then throw from a car during a tired camping trip. Not a terrible film by any means, just incredibly MEH. Bond spends […]

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  • Bond Without Borders: The Trailblazing “Reboot” Of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    “The lasting impact of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is that it showed that a James Bond film could be made without Sean Connery in the lead role. The producers maintained that audiences came to the films to see James Bond, not necessarily the actor playing him.” — Bruce Scivally, The Digital Bits. Unjustly dismissed […]

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  • The Lord Of The Rings: 21 Classic Moments

    In honour of Peter Jackson’s imminent return to Middle-Earth with The Hobbit, we at Cinetropolis would like to celebrate his earlier modern classic set in that world, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. It is a benchmark fantasy saga, surely destined to be as well loved as Star Wars. Our classic moments are in the order they appear […]

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  • The Carcrash of Dr. Moreau

    The motorway of film is full of wrecks at the side of the road. There are often disasters and more often than not there is an innate fascination on behalf of the viewer to want to rubberneck and see where and when it all went wrong. The most bewitching examples are usually the ones in which all is […]

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  • Blonde Ambition: Reinventing Bond

    When MGM and EON obtained the rights to Casino Royale, it was akin to getting their hands on the Holy Grail. With Kevin McClory and his rival bids no longer dogging their heels, the way was clear to deliver Bond the way the world was used to seeing him. Except…why not go back to the […]

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  • First Glimpse of the Magic Hour: A Beginner’s Look at Malick’s The Thin Red Line

    I’ve been involved, off and on, with the story of The Thin Red Line in various incarnations for about six months now. I spent nearly a month alone weeding through the massive, dense, spectacular original novel by James Jones. Then watched the 1964 film adaptation. Then found a draft of the screenplay by Terrence Malick, […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Alien

    The Chestburster scene, Shepperton studios 2001: A Space Odyssey on one level considers the birth, ascent and re-birth of mankind into a “star child”, gazing serenely upon the Earth and us, the viewer, with untold possibilities. Alien represents the Freudian nightmare tucked away in the recesses of the mind, a disturbing perversion of birth: life […]

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apes circus_hoffman2

Simianside Special – Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off

  Now here’s a curiosity I never knew existed. You may think Star Wars spearheaded the whole movie tie-in merchandising craze, but it was actually Planet Of The Apes that led the way with action figures and such. What I didn’t know though was that live stage shows of original, specially scripted Planet Of The Apes […]

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Scene Is Believing: Rogue One’s Vader Unleashed

Wired have a cool video interview up where Rogue One director Gareth Edwards discusses the creation of that awesome moment in the finale to the film, where Darth Vader unleashes the full fury of the Force against Leia’s rebels in his attempt to stop the Death Star plans being taken. It almost wasn’t in the […]

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mad max fury road

Mad Max Fury Road First Look

“My name is Max. My world is fire, and blood.” Attendees at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con were offered T-shirts bearing the bold legend “Comic-Con 2014 belongs to the mad.” They weren’t kidding. The teaser shown at the event went online last night, and the response has been ecstatic. I’m going straight out after this […]

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Top 10 Worst James Bond Films

  10. Quantum of Solace How do you follow an action packed and exciting rejuvenation of James Bond? With the filmic equivalent of a weak piss into an empty water bottle that you then throw from a car during a tired camping trip. Not a terrible film by any means, just incredibly MEH. Bond spends […]

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Bond Without Borders: The Trailblazing “Reboot” Of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

“The lasting impact of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is that it showed that a James Bond film could be made without Sean Connery in the lead role. The producers maintained that audiences came to the films to see James Bond, not necessarily the actor playing him.” — Bruce Scivally, The Digital Bits. Unjustly dismissed […]

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lotr trilogy poster

The Lord Of The Rings: 21 Classic Moments

In honour of Peter Jackson’s imminent return to Middle-Earth with The Hobbit, we at Cinetropolis would like to celebrate his earlier modern classic set in that world, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. It is a benchmark fantasy saga, surely destined to be as well loved as Star Wars. Our classic moments are in the order they appear […]

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The Carcrash of Dr. Moreau

The motorway of film is full of wrecks at the side of the road. There are often disasters and more often than not there is an innate fascination on behalf of the viewer to want to rubberneck and see where and when it all went wrong. The most bewitching examples are usually the ones in which all is […]

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Blonde Ambition: Reinventing Bond

When MGM and EON obtained the rights to Casino Royale, it was akin to getting their hands on the Holy Grail. With Kevin McClory and his rival bids no longer dogging their heels, the way was clear to deliver Bond the way the world was used to seeing him. Except…why not go back to the […]

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thin red line 01

First Glimpse of the Magic Hour: A Beginner’s Look at Malick’s The Thin Red Line

I’ve been involved, off and on, with the story of The Thin Red Line in various incarnations for about six months now. I spent nearly a month alone weeding through the massive, dense, spectacular original novel by James Jones. Then watched the 1964 film adaptation. Then found a draft of the screenplay by Terrence Malick, […]

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alien-chestburster11-602x363

Scene Is Believing: Alien

The Chestburster scene, Shepperton studios 2001: A Space Odyssey on one level considers the birth, ascent and re-birth of mankind into a “star child”, gazing serenely upon the Earth and us, the viewer, with untold possibilities. Alien represents the Freudian nightmare tucked away in the recesses of the mind, a disturbing perversion of birth: life […]

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