• 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 […]

    psycho 2
  • 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 […]

    batman garrick hagon harold
  • 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 […]

    dune steps
  • Lawrence Of Arabia: A Desert Odyssey

    “All men dream, but not equally…” T.E.Lawrence  The word “epic” is bandied about too easily these days. Along with its running mate “awesome”, its value has been cheapened by everyday use. But certain films have cause to claim that word as their primary definition, for no other will suffice – such a film is Lawrence […]

    lawrence of arabia windscreen
  • Full Metal Jacket Diary? There’s An App For That

    Actor Matthew Modine has come up with a great ipad must have for movie lovers everywhere – an app version of his limited edition Full Metal Jacket Diaries, which was released in 2005 as a metal-encased book, limited to 20,000 copies. Modine played Pvt. Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam war drama Full Metal Jacket, which […]

    full metal jacket app
  • Galaxy Quest Retrospective Video Essay

    Here is a great video essay from Oliver Harper, one of his “Retrospective” series, this time on Star Trek flavoured sci-fi comedy, Galaxy Quest, where the faded stars of a cancelled sci-fi show are mistaken for heroes of the National Space Exploration Administration ship Protector, by aliens in need of their ass-kicking skills. In reality, […]

    galaxy quest
  • Rogue One And The Star Wars Saga Shot Comparisons

    We’ve heard a lot about how the visual style of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One was intentionally more visceral at times, more hand-held and gritty than the classical structure of George Lucas’ original saga. Lucasfilm encouraged Edwards to bring the semi-improvisational, as it happens type sensibility from his low-budget debut Monsters to Rogue One – an approach […]

    star wars rogue one mirroring
  • Anton Furst – Hell’s Architect

    The Gotham City of Burton’s Batman was a very ominous place to be. Each tower on the broken horizon seemed to resemble an arm reaching out to the heavens for some form of redemption, each street seemed to lead to avenues of peril, and each sidewalk had gusts of smoke emanating from it like souls leaving […]

    AntonFurst-2
  • Spy-Fi, Oh My – Alias’ Kick-Ass Sydney Bristow

    In honour of the trailer for the awesome Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, here’s a Carla Darko tribute to producer J.J. Abrams’ TV super agent, Sydney Bristow of Alias, played with gusto by Jennifer Garner. While it’s great to see so many tough and resourceful women in the Mission: Impossible series, precious few get to headline […]

    alias 1
  • Unsung Heroes: Silent Running’s Drones

    After the success of Easy Rider in 1972, Universal Studios gave five first time directors a shot to make their first full length feature on $1 million dollars, with complete creative control. Douglas Trumbull, after a fruitful collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, chose to write and direct another science fiction film. Only rather than […]

    silent running
psycho 2

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 […]

Off
batman garrick hagon harold

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 […]

Off
dune steps

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 […]

Off
lawrence of arabia windscreen

Lawrence Of Arabia: A Desert Odyssey

“All men dream, but not equally…” T.E.Lawrence  The word “epic” is bandied about too easily these days. Along with its running mate “awesome”, its value has been cheapened by everyday use. But certain films have cause to claim that word as their primary definition, for no other will suffice – such a film is Lawrence […]

Off
full metal jacket app

Full Metal Jacket Diary? There’s An App For That

Actor Matthew Modine has come up with a great ipad must have for movie lovers everywhere – an app version of his limited edition Full Metal Jacket Diaries, which was released in 2005 as a metal-encased book, limited to 20,000 copies. Modine played Pvt. Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam war drama Full Metal Jacket, which […]

Off
galaxy quest

Galaxy Quest Retrospective Video Essay

Here is a great video essay from Oliver Harper, one of his “Retrospective” series, this time on Star Trek flavoured sci-fi comedy, Galaxy Quest, where the faded stars of a cancelled sci-fi show are mistaken for heroes of the National Space Exploration Administration ship Protector, by aliens in need of their ass-kicking skills. In reality, […]

Off
star wars rogue one mirroring

Rogue One And The Star Wars Saga Shot Comparisons

We’ve heard a lot about how the visual style of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One was intentionally more visceral at times, more hand-held and gritty than the classical structure of George Lucas’ original saga. Lucasfilm encouraged Edwards to bring the semi-improvisational, as it happens type sensibility from his low-budget debut Monsters to Rogue One – an approach […]

Off
AntonFurst-2

Anton Furst – Hell’s Architect

The Gotham City of Burton’s Batman was a very ominous place to be. Each tower on the broken horizon seemed to resemble an arm reaching out to the heavens for some form of redemption, each street seemed to lead to avenues of peril, and each sidewalk had gusts of smoke emanating from it like souls leaving […]

Off
alias 1

Spy-Fi, Oh My – Alias’ Kick-Ass Sydney Bristow

In honour of the trailer for the awesome Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, here’s a Carla Darko tribute to producer J.J. Abrams’ TV super agent, Sydney Bristow of Alias, played with gusto by Jennifer Garner. While it’s great to see so many tough and resourceful women in the Mission: Impossible series, precious few get to headline […]

Off
silent running

Unsung Heroes: Silent Running’s Drones

After the success of Easy Rider in 1972, Universal Studios gave five first time directors a shot to make their first full length feature on $1 million dollars, with complete creative control. Douglas Trumbull, after a fruitful collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, chose to write and direct another science fiction film. Only rather than […]

Bad Behavior has blocked 6423 access attempts in the last 7 days.