• Triple Bill: Captains Courageous

      In the first of an occasional theme, we look at films that, thematically, visually, organically, fit together as an ideal triple bill. A BLT sandwhich of films, if you will. I’d like to kick things off with three films that mesh together in several interesting ways, all high adventures of the best kind: Master […]

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  • Re-appreciationSociety: Tales of The Gold Monkey

    When is a rip-off not a rip-off? When a TV show is unsuccessfully pitched until the successful film it is supposedly based on causes it to be greenlit. If adventure “homage” has a name, it must be Tales Of The Gold Monkey. Donald P Bellisario is something of a legend in American television history. The writer […]

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  • Unscene Is Believing: The Empire Strikes Back

    In which C3PO is a bad-ass In The Empire Strikes Back, a whole sub-plot about Wampas (the type of monster that attacks Luke out on patrol on his Tauntaun) infiltrating the rebel base on the ice planet of Hoth was mooted, even filmed, but the scenes didn’t make the final cut. If they had, maybe […]

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  • The Trouble With Movie Trains – A Top Ten

    To celebrate the release of Runaway Train, a cracking tale of escaped convicts on er, a runaway train, on dual format Blu-ray and DVD on 22 July, here is a subjective top 10 of perilous train journeys. All aboard! 10. Murder On The Orient Express 1974 Hercule Poirot has cause to regret snow on the track as […]

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  • Archive Interview: George Miller on Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

      Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a curio in the Mad Max canon – with a softening of the violence, a tribe of kids akin to The Lost Boys, and a Tina Turner power ballad. In October 1985 Anne Billson interviewed director George Miller for Time out (he actually shared the load with George Ogilvie, […]

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  • Caddyshack: The Inside Story

    Yes folks, a full length documentary from 2009. Interviews with Michael O’Keefe, Scott Colomby, the late Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase, Cindy Morgan, John F. Barmon Jr., John Murray, Ann Ryerson, Rusty Lemorande, Kenny Loggins, and others. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/nY8TNywytFk Originally posted 2015-04-01 22:11:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  • Rambo: First Blood Is The Deepest

    The real location of Hope, a failed logging town in British Columbia in the late Autumn of 1981, plays ironic host to the fugitive travails and battle of wills between hard-nosed Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy) and drifter John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), a haunted Vietnam vet, in First Blood. This sombre actioner and character study, by […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Psycho

      The shower scene, Psycho Not for nothing was Alfred Hitchcock known as “The master of suspense.” On reading the proof of Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho, he immediately ordered his assistants to buy up every copy they could find. He knew, in this pre-pre-internet age, that surprise and word of mouth about the shocks he […]

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  • Garrick Hagon Remembers Batman

    Did you know that the harassed tourist father at the beginning of Tim Burton’s Batman is Garrick Hagon, AKA Luke Skywalker’s Tattooine best bud, Biggs? We only discovered this recently. Attempts to contact Mr Hagon for our #89Batweek celebrations were unsuccessful, but fortunately Batmanonline interviewed him back in 2009. You can read the full (short) interview […]

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  • 30 Years Of Hurt: David Lynch Before Dune Bugged Him

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the making and release of David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction opus, Dune. Pretty much panned on its release and later dismissed by Lynch, it has few defenders, though I number myself among them. In October 1984, Paul Mandell interviewed a then enthusiastic Lynch on […]

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Triple Bill: Captains Courageous

  In the first of an occasional theme, we look at films that, thematically, visually, organically, fit together as an ideal triple bill. A BLT sandwhich of films, if you will. I’d like to kick things off with three films that mesh together in several interesting ways, all high adventures of the best kind: Master […]

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Re-appreciationSociety: Tales of The Gold Monkey

When is a rip-off not a rip-off? When a TV show is unsuccessfully pitched until the successful film it is supposedly based on causes it to be greenlit. If adventure “homage” has a name, it must be Tales Of The Gold Monkey. Donald P Bellisario is something of a legend in American television history. The writer […]

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Unscene Is Believing: The Empire Strikes Back

In which C3PO is a bad-ass In The Empire Strikes Back, a whole sub-plot about Wampas (the type of monster that attacks Luke out on patrol on his Tauntaun) infiltrating the rebel base on the ice planet of Hoth was mooted, even filmed, but the scenes didn’t make the final cut. If they had, maybe […]

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The Trouble With Movie Trains – A Top Ten

To celebrate the release of Runaway Train, a cracking tale of escaped convicts on er, a runaway train, on dual format Blu-ray and DVD on 22 July, here is a subjective top 10 of perilous train journeys. All aboard! 10. Murder On The Orient Express 1974 Hercule Poirot has cause to regret snow on the track as […]

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Archive Interview: George Miller on Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

  Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a curio in the Mad Max canon – with a softening of the violence, a tribe of kids akin to The Lost Boys, and a Tina Turner power ballad. In October 1985 Anne Billson interviewed director George Miller for Time out (he actually shared the load with George Ogilvie, […]

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Caddyshack: The Inside Story

Yes folks, a full length documentary from 2009. Interviews with Michael O’Keefe, Scott Colomby, the late Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase, Cindy Morgan, John F. Barmon Jr., John Murray, Ann Ryerson, Rusty Lemorande, Kenny Loggins, and others. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/nY8TNywytFk Originally posted 2015-04-01 22:11:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Rambo: First Blood Is The Deepest

The real location of Hope, a failed logging town in British Columbia in the late Autumn of 1981, plays ironic host to the fugitive travails and battle of wills between hard-nosed Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy) and drifter John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), a haunted Vietnam vet, in First Blood. This sombre actioner and character study, by […]

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Scene Is Believing: Psycho

  The shower scene, Psycho Not for nothing was Alfred Hitchcock known as “The master of suspense.” On reading the proof of Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho, he immediately ordered his assistants to buy up every copy they could find. He knew, in this pre-pre-internet age, that surprise and word of mouth about the shocks he […]

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Garrick Hagon Remembers Batman

Did you know that the harassed tourist father at the beginning of Tim Burton’s Batman is Garrick Hagon, AKA Luke Skywalker’s Tattooine best bud, Biggs? We only discovered this recently. Attempts to contact Mr Hagon for our #89Batweek celebrations were unsuccessful, but fortunately Batmanonline interviewed him back in 2009. You can read the full (short) interview […]

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30 Years Of Hurt: David Lynch Before Dune Bugged Him

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the making and release of David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction opus, Dune. Pretty much panned on its release and later dismissed by Lynch, it has few defenders, though I number myself among them. In October 1984, Paul Mandell interviewed a then enthusiastic Lynch on […]

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