• Reappreciation Society: Sleuth

    Watching Sleuth is like watching two peacocks dancing around on the front lawn of a country estate on a balmy summer’s day, their feathers in full flow, gleaming and sparkling in the hot summer sun – with seemingly no end to their beauty and hauteur. These are two men at the peak of their powers and this […]

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  • Entitled – Gladiator Alternate Opening

    “Strength And Honour.” Nothing quite expresses so bluntly and poetically the brute power of ancient Rome than Nick Livesey’s original, abandoned approach to the opening of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Given the script for the first quarter of the film and the wheatfield rushes of star Russell Crowe as Roman General Maximus brushing his fingers through […]

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  • Zack Snyder’s 10 Golden Rules Of Filmmaking

    Via moviemaker.com and on the eve of Man Of Steel’s opening, here are director Zack Snyder’s 10 golden rules of filmmaking, part of a regular series run by that site. 1. There are No Rules. Every job, every story, every shot is different. And each time you do it, it’s like doing it for the first […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

    “Ahoy, ahoy!” or “Ahoj, Ahoj!” as Lex Luthor, a son of East German , Czech -bordering parents possibly hailed Senators Finch and Barrows early on in Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice. I thought I’d share some interesting insight into the film from blogger Samuel Otten. Samuel’s blog, Comic And Screen focuses on comic book reviews and […]

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  • Intelligent Design: Creating The Terminator

    From a flop sweat fever dream it came to him – James Cameron’s Tech Noir nightmare. Sacked unceremoniously from his fledgling debut , Piranha 2: The Spawning, the hungry director, determined to make his mark after toiling as a special effects maestro at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, bought a one way ticket to Rome […]

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  • Carpenter is King – ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

    I have this obsession with early John Carpenter films, because they are in my mind, some of the best cinema ever made. The acting, the camera work, the home spun music, the originality, the make up and effects, the overwhelming sense of dread they all hold. I do admit that his later work is…well, different […]

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  • Apocalypse Now: Hearts of Darkness Doc

    Hearts Of Darkness, the no-holds barred documentary on the incredible making of Francis Coppola’s classic film Apocalypse Now, is taken from hours of footage by his long suffering wife, Eleanor, who faithfully followed the obsessed director on his quest. The finished documentary is edited by George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr. Eleanor said the idea came about because: […]

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  • Renegade Commentary: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

    What do you do when you can’t get hold of a commentary by a favourite director on one of his best films? Record your own, I suppose. Darren Dochterman, a 30-year veteran concept artist and visual effects artist, has done just that for not only Raiders of The Lost Ark, which we have embedded for […]

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  • “It’s a ghost film” The Shining at 35 Celebration

    Someone once said that some places are like people: some shine and some don’t. Well, the beautifully refurbished Odyssey Cinema in St. Albans definitely shone when it was the venue for the 35th anniversary reunion gathering for the cast and crew of The Shining on the 25th May.  Cinetropolis were asked along to cover the proceedings and so we entered […]

    The Shining Crew 35th Anniversary Reunion
  • Ken Adam: Designing 007

    Draw a Venn diagram making up the formative influences on the James Bond series, and a sizeable slice would be taken up by legendary designer Ken Adam. German born Sir Ken Adam OBE and his Jewish family escaped the Nazis in 1934. He went on to rival James Bond for derring-do exploits in the RAF […]

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Reappreciation Society: Sleuth

Watching Sleuth is like watching two peacocks dancing around on the front lawn of a country estate on a balmy summer’s day, their feathers in full flow, gleaming and sparkling in the hot summer sun – with seemingly no end to their beauty and hauteur. These are two men at the peak of their powers and this […]

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gladiator alt-title-sequence

Entitled – Gladiator Alternate Opening

“Strength And Honour.” Nothing quite expresses so bluntly and poetically the brute power of ancient Rome than Nick Livesey’s original, abandoned approach to the opening of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Given the script for the first quarter of the film and the wheatfield rushes of star Russell Crowe as Roman General Maximus brushing his fingers through […]

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Man-of-Steel-zack-snyder-image

Zack Snyder’s 10 Golden Rules Of Filmmaking

Via moviemaker.com and on the eve of Man Of Steel’s opening, here are director Zack Snyder’s 10 golden rules of filmmaking, part of a regular series run by that site. 1. There are No Rules. Every job, every story, every shot is different. And each time you do it, it’s like doing it for the first […]

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Batman v Superman lex

Scene Is Believing: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

“Ahoy, ahoy!” or “Ahoj, Ahoj!” as Lex Luthor, a son of East German , Czech -bordering parents possibly hailed Senators Finch and Barrows early on in Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice. I thought I’d share some interesting insight into the film from blogger Samuel Otten. Samuel’s blog, Comic And Screen focuses on comic book reviews and […]

The Terminator endo skeleton cameron concept

Intelligent Design: Creating The Terminator

From a flop sweat fever dream it came to him – James Cameron’s Tech Noir nightmare. Sacked unceremoniously from his fledgling debut , Piranha 2: The Spawning, the hungry director, determined to make his mark after toiling as a special effects maestro at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, bought a one way ticket to Rome […]

MondoAssault

Carpenter is King – ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

I have this obsession with early John Carpenter films, because they are in my mind, some of the best cinema ever made. The acting, the camera work, the home spun music, the originality, the make up and effects, the overwhelming sense of dread they all hold. I do admit that his later work is…well, different […]

apocalypse now coppola 1

Apocalypse Now: Hearts of Darkness Doc

Hearts Of Darkness, the no-holds barred documentary on the incredible making of Francis Coppola’s classic film Apocalypse Now, is taken from hours of footage by his long suffering wife, Eleanor, who faithfully followed the obsessed director on his quest. The finished documentary is edited by George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr. Eleanor said the idea came about because: […]

raiders-flying-wing-bts

Renegade Commentary: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

What do you do when you can’t get hold of a commentary by a favourite director on one of his best films? Record your own, I suppose. Darren Dochterman, a 30-year veteran concept artist and visual effects artist, has done just that for not only Raiders of The Lost Ark, which we have embedded for […]

The Shining Crew 35th Anniversary Reunion

“It’s a ghost film” The Shining at 35 Celebration

Someone once said that some places are like people: some shine and some don’t. Well, the beautifully refurbished Odyssey Cinema in St. Albans definitely shone when it was the venue for the 35th anniversary reunion gathering for the cast and crew of The Shining on the 25th May.  Cinetropolis were asked along to cover the proceedings and so we entered […]

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Ken Adam: Designing 007

Draw a Venn diagram making up the formative influences on the James Bond series, and a sizeable slice would be taken up by legendary designer Ken Adam. German born Sir Ken Adam OBE and his Jewish family escaped the Nazis in 1934. He went on to rival James Bond for derring-do exploits in the RAF […]

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