• “Crying In The Chapel” – American Graffitti’s Snapshot of A Modesto Youth

    The Atlantic has published a 1979 article from their vaults (The Man Who Made Star Wars), and it’s a fascinating read about George Lucas’ Modesto youth, his time at film school, and early career, culminating of course at the time with the then recent success of Star Wars. Below is an extract detailing the making […]

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  • The Great Unmade? Gary Whitta’s “Replicant”, Starring Ryan Gosling

    With the news that Ryan Gosling is to co-star in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, Gary Whitta, screenwriter of The Book Of Eli, After Earth, and the first draft screenwriter on the first of the new stand-alone Star Wars films, tweeted his own pitch from 2012 for a “Gosling-powered Blade Runner sequel.” And he kindly […]

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  • Meet BB8: Star Wars The Force Awakens’ Scene Stealer

    Here is BB8 introduced at the Star Wars Celebration event today, in advance of the screening of the second teaser for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. The tumbling “ball-droid” is actually a real, practical effect. I can’t even tell how his head doesn’t just roll off. Amazing ingenuity from the designers. Has […]

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  • A Tribute to Tom Mankiewicz

    In 1974 Alexander Salkind, Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (European uber producers) bought the rights to Superman from DC comics. The Salkinds and Spengler’s approach to making movies was very much like Real Madrid or Manchster City’s approach to football. You sign big names to the project and the rest will fall into place. They […]

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  • Guilty pleasures: Highlander

    Highlander, one of Cannon films more genuinely entertaining films of the 1980’s, takes the Joseph Campbell hero myth and spins it in a dazzling, centuries spanning, rock video styled fantasy. A fantasy that culminates in a fin de siecle clash of Titans in a decadent, decayed, eighties New York. More bang for your buck than […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Daredevil Corridor Fight

    The corridor fight from Netflix’s Daredevil episode “Cut Man” is an early, confident contender for one of the best scenes of the year on any screen, big or small. And yes, it is one take – they had to film it 7 to 8 times to get the fluid, bruising, exhausting tussle you see in […]

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  • When Auteurs Collide: 2001: An Interstellar Odyssey

    Here is a 2001: A Space Odyssey and Interstellar mash-up / comparison, by Jorge Luengo Ruiz, scored to Johanne Strauss’ The Blue Danube, famously used by Kubrick to soundtrack the delicate docking procedure of spacecraft in his film. But hang on! Also below are two interesting and apropos uses of Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar score overlayed with […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: The Wild Bunch

    A hundred and more bullets for the General Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch is the film alliterative praise was made for: bold, balletic, ballistic, and bloodily beautiful. If Sir Christopher Frayling described Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West as “something to do with death” then add “life” to that imprimatur and slap […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Biggs Darklighter

    They say that heroes are born, not made. Sadly, some heroes end up on the cutting room floor. This month’s unsung hero is Biggs Darklighter, Luke’s Tatooine pal, the rebel with the shortest ever career path, and proud bearer of the baddest ‘tache outside of Magnum P.I. Before the Special Edition Star Wars release in […]

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  • The Great Unmade? Kerry Conran’s John Carter Of Mars

    John Carter (Of Mars) is a property, based on the century-old Edgar Rice Burroughs high fantasy/science fiction adventures, that was knocking around for some time, waiting for someone to lick it into shape. Director Andrew Stanton’s take (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) sadly failed to connect with a mass audience, and the rights have now slipped out […]

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american graffiti 1

“Crying In The Chapel” – American Graffitti’s Snapshot of A Modesto Youth

The Atlantic has published a 1979 article from their vaults (The Man Who Made Star Wars), and it’s a fascinating read about George Lucas’ Modesto youth, his time at film school, and early career, culminating of course at the time with the then recent success of Star Wars. Below is an extract detailing the making […]

Place-Beyond-the-Pines-Starring-Ryan-Gosling

The Great Unmade? Gary Whitta’s “Replicant”, Starring Ryan Gosling

With the news that Ryan Gosling is to co-star in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, Gary Whitta, screenwriter of The Book Of Eli, After Earth, and the first draft screenwriter on the first of the new stand-alone Star Wars films, tweeted his own pitch from 2012 for a “Gosling-powered Blade Runner sequel.” And he kindly […]

sw the force awakens bb8

Meet BB8: Star Wars The Force Awakens’ Scene Stealer

Here is BB8 introduced at the Star Wars Celebration event today, in advance of the screening of the second teaser for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. The tumbling “ball-droid” is actually a real, practical effect. I can’t even tell how his head doesn’t just roll off. Amazing ingenuity from the designers. Has […]

tom-mankiewicz-580_58419a

A Tribute to Tom Mankiewicz

In 1974 Alexander Salkind, Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (European uber producers) bought the rights to Superman from DC comics. The Salkinds and Spengler’s approach to making movies was very much like Real Madrid or Manchster City’s approach to football. You sign big names to the project and the rest will fall into place. They […]

highlander-quad-poster

Guilty pleasures: Highlander

Highlander, one of Cannon films more genuinely entertaining films of the 1980’s, takes the Joseph Campbell hero myth and spins it in a dazzling, centuries spanning, rock video styled fantasy. A fantasy that culminates in a fin de siecle clash of Titans in a decadent, decayed, eighties New York. More bang for your buck than […]

daredevil corridor fight

Scene Is Believing: Daredevil Corridor Fight

The corridor fight from Netflix’s Daredevil episode “Cut Man” is an early, confident contender for one of the best scenes of the year on any screen, big or small. And yes, it is one take – they had to film it 7 to 8 times to get the fluid, bruising, exhausting tussle you see in […]

interstellar 2001

When Auteurs Collide: 2001: An Interstellar Odyssey

Here is a 2001: A Space Odyssey and Interstellar mash-up / comparison, by Jorge Luengo Ruiz, scored to Johanne Strauss’ The Blue Danube, famously used by Kubrick to soundtrack the delicate docking procedure of spacecraft in his film. But hang on! Also below are two interesting and apropos uses of Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar score overlayed with […]

the wild bunch

Scene Is Believing: The Wild Bunch

A hundred and more bullets for the General Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch is the film alliterative praise was made for: bold, balletic, ballistic, and bloodily beautiful. If Sir Christopher Frayling described Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West as “something to do with death” then add “life” to that imprimatur and slap […]

biggs darklighter

Unsung Heroes: Biggs Darklighter

They say that heroes are born, not made. Sadly, some heroes end up on the cutting room floor. This month’s unsung hero is Biggs Darklighter, Luke’s Tatooine pal, the rebel with the shortest ever career path, and proud bearer of the baddest ‘tache outside of Magnum P.I. Before the Special Edition Star Wars release in […]

JC30

The Great Unmade? Kerry Conran’s John Carter Of Mars

John Carter (Of Mars) is a property, based on the century-old Edgar Rice Burroughs high fantasy/science fiction adventures, that was knocking around for some time, waiting for someone to lick it into shape. Director Andrew Stanton’s take (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) sadly failed to connect with a mass audience, and the rights have now slipped out […]

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