• A Sort Of Tribute: Meteor

    Before the Bayhem of Armageddon, pre-dating the drama of Deep Impact, there was 1979’s Meteor! (a film that would be improved, Airplane! style, by an exclamation mark and a heavy does of humour). To my young eyes back then it was an awesome concept– a meteor fragment five miles wide, sheared off Orpheus, the largest asteroid in the belt, by a […]

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  • Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

    Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

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  • Evolve or Die: Jurassic Park 3

    Dr. Grant: With the best intentions? Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions. In Steven Spielberg’s seminal 1993 blockbuster, Jurassic Park, it was established that Raptors where clever. They could open doors, fall off of ladders, run into reflective surfaces and hack into Unix systems to access the full […]

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  • Deliverance: The Cast Looks Back

    In 1972 director John Boorman adapted John Dickey’s chilling novel Deliverance, in which four privileged city boys come up against the primal power of nature as they attempt to navigate the treacherous  Cahulawassee river, seeking to ride the rapids before the whole area is flooded by dam construction, and evade the locals whose wrath they have incurred. […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: The Making Of Blake’s 7

    Have we got a treat for you! In 2003, an in-depth documentary with loads of interviews and behind the scenes goodies on the BBC1 science-fiction series Blake’s 7 was made for the DVD box set, but for some reason it was never included in the final release. Blake’s 7 ran on TV from 1978 to […]

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  • The Field: An Irish Lear

    Come not between the dragon and his wrath Before his return to the big screen in Jim Sheridan’s The Field, Richard Harris often surprised Joe and Josephine public by being very much still attached to this mortal coil. But Sheridan was wary of the hellraiser after so long a break. “I did so many bad movies in […]

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  • Making Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy – A BTS Gallery

    Christopher Nolan’s Bruce Wayne / Batman has grappled with such weighty issues as survivor guilt, the ethics of vigilantism and the escalation that inevitably follows, and the consequences of a life that, as star Christian Bale felt, is “entirely directed by pain, holding on to that pain. It’s about making the decision to continue [being […]

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  • Children Of Men – Every Shot 45 Seconds Or Longer

    A while back a lot of sites were sharing a video detailing “Spielberg’s “one-ers” – long, flowing takes by the director in several of his films. Our friend Larry Wright compiled his own video some time before that, on every take in Alfonso Cuaron’s Children Of Men lasting 45 seconds or longer, in anticipation of […]

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  • Entitled: Watchmen

    The opening titles of Watchmen, set to Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, serve as both prologue, and multiple meta-references to a skewed history of the 20th Century, ushered in by real-life costumed crime-fighters. The sequence incorporates floating titles over director Zack Snyder’s stylised time lapse slide show, spanning the 1930’s to 1985. Vintage […]

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  • Why Props Matter – A Video Essay

    From filmmaker Rishi Kaneria, we have his first video essay, examining the use of hand props in film, and their sometimes overlooked significance. From his narration: “Great props can transcend the boundaries of the films they are in and become legendary icons of cinema and pop culture. They can show the progress of mankind. Or reveal the […]

    why props matter
meteor poster

A Sort Of Tribute: Meteor

Before the Bayhem of Armageddon, pre-dating the drama of Deep Impact, there was 1979’s Meteor! (a film that would be improved, Airplane! style, by an exclamation mark and a heavy does of humour). To my young eyes back then it was an awesome concept– a meteor fragment five miles wide, sheared off Orpheus, the largest asteroid in the belt, by a […]

star-wars-death-star-matte

Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

jp3f

Evolve or Die: Jurassic Park 3

Dr. Grant: With the best intentions? Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions. In Steven Spielberg’s seminal 1993 blockbuster, Jurassic Park, it was established that Raptors where clever. They could open doors, fall off of ladders, run into reflective surfaces and hack into Unix systems to access the full […]

deliverance1

Deliverance: The Cast Looks Back

In 1972 director John Boorman adapted John Dickey’s chilling novel Deliverance, in which four privileged city boys come up against the primal power of nature as they attempt to navigate the treacherous  Cahulawassee river, seeking to ride the rapids before the whole area is flooded by dam construction, and evade the locals whose wrath they have incurred. […]

blake

Reappreciation Society: The Making Of Blake’s 7

Have we got a treat for you! In 2003, an in-depth documentary with loads of interviews and behind the scenes goodies on the BBC1 science-fiction series Blake’s 7 was made for the DVD box set, but for some reason it was never included in the final release. Blake’s 7 ran on TV from 1978 to […]

the field 4

The Field: An Irish Lear

Come not between the dragon and his wrath Before his return to the big screen in Jim Sheridan’s The Field, Richard Harris often surprised Joe and Josephine public by being very much still attached to this mortal coil. But Sheridan was wary of the hellraiser after so long a break. “I did so many bad movies in […]

batman tdkr nolan batcave

Making Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy – A BTS Gallery

Christopher Nolan’s Bruce Wayne / Batman has grappled with such weighty issues as survivor guilt, the ethics of vigilantism and the escalation that inevitably follows, and the consequences of a life that, as star Christian Bale felt, is “entirely directed by pain, holding on to that pain. It’s about making the decision to continue [being […]

children of men 2

Children Of Men – Every Shot 45 Seconds Or Longer

A while back a lot of sites were sharing a video detailing “Spielberg’s “one-ers” – long, flowing takes by the director in several of his films. Our friend Larry Wright compiled his own video some time before that, on every take in Alfonso Cuaron’s Children Of Men lasting 45 seconds or longer, in anticipation of […]

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watchmen opening

Entitled: Watchmen

The opening titles of Watchmen, set to Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, serve as both prologue, and multiple meta-references to a skewed history of the 20th Century, ushered in by real-life costumed crime-fighters. The sequence incorporates floating titles over director Zack Snyder’s stylised time lapse slide show, spanning the 1930’s to 1985. Vintage […]

why props matter

Why Props Matter – A Video Essay

From filmmaker Rishi Kaneria, we have his first video essay, examining the use of hand props in film, and their sometimes overlooked significance. From his narration: “Great props can transcend the boundaries of the films they are in and become legendary icons of cinema and pop culture. They can show the progress of mankind. Or reveal the […]

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