• Star Wars The Force Awakens Sounds Supercut

    Star Wars The Force Awakens didn’t disappoint when it came to sound editing and design – as well as the familiar “Pew ! pew!” blaster fire and Mouse droids, a whole host of other, new, auditory phrasings laid open a world both old and new, to delight, excite and enchant audiences in a Galaxy far, […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: The Graduate

    “Montage, gotta have a montage.” So mocked Team America, but sometimes a montage can illuminate and encapsulate a film’s themes in a single sublime sequence. There are several themes to The Graduate: rebellion vs conformity, the obvious sex comedy, Oedipal rage even; but it is also about youthful lassitude, ennui. The miracle is how brilliantly […]

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  • Dick Tracy: Tunes, Toons and Goons

    “Everywhere I look, it’s Tracy, Tracy, Tracy!” So slammed Al Pacino’s gangster Big Boy Caprice in 1990’s Dick Tracy. But why is it not remembered as fondly as its comic book / toontastic predecessors, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Batman? Could it be the age old truism of style over substance? Dick Tracy as a […]

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  • Merry Christmas – A Shane Black Tribute

    “An action movie should, like any other, follow the narrative traditions of literature. That means there should be subtlety, a slow build and a gradual bringing together of all the separate threads of the plot. To see all of it coming together slowly is very rewarding for the audience.” – Shane Black Or, alternatively, you […]

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  • The Wrath Aquatic: How Zissou Reflects Khan’s Kirk

    I recently re-watched The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou in its entirety for the first time since its original release. This time around I found it a more entertaining, less wilfully obtuse experience, relaxed in its own world building and themes, weighty beneath the whimsy. There is quite a bit one could discuss about the […]

    the life aquatic group
  • Ralph McQuarrie: A Tribute

      Here at Cinetropolis, we are massive Star Wars fans. So it was with great sadness we learned of the death of artist Ralph McQuarrie yesterday at the age of 82. Ralph was the man who George Lucas turned to when he needed to explain his vision to studio executives in 1976, as he tried […]

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  • Sunset Boulevard & Double Indemnity Illustrate Billy Wilder’s Screenwriting Tips

    In the book Conversations With Wilder, Hollywood’s legendary writer / director spoke candidly with young turk Cameron Crowe about his lengthy career. As a contract writer at Paramount Studios, Wilder had grown disenchanted with the way his scripts were directed. He became a director as a means to an end. The decision coincided with a […]

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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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  • Forget About It Sanchez, It’s Rushmore

    Wes Anderson’s films often seem to exist in hermetically sealed bubbles of wilful whimsy, with a measure of sangfroid and melancholia just beneath. One environment perfectly skewed to such an approach is that of our school days. Although you’ve never had school days like these. With Rushmore, the curtains open, as if in one of […]

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  • From The Films Of Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Music Of Patrick Doyle

    As part of the 14th Belfast Film Festival, I was lucky enough to attend a very special live concert of the music of Patrick Doyle, hosted by the BBC at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. The occasion marked the 25th anniversary of the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration between Patrick and Sir Ken, when Belfast’s […]

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star wars the force awakens trooper

Star Wars The Force Awakens Sounds Supercut

Star Wars The Force Awakens didn’t disappoint when it came to sound editing and design – as well as the familiar “Pew ! pew!” blaster fire and Mouse droids, a whole host of other, new, auditory phrasings laid open a world both old and new, to delight, excite and enchant audiences in a Galaxy far, […]

The_Graduate 4

Scene Is Believing: The Graduate

“Montage, gotta have a montage.” So mocked Team America, but sometimes a montage can illuminate and encapsulate a film’s themes in a single sublime sequence. There are several themes to The Graduate: rebellion vs conformity, the obvious sex comedy, Oedipal rage even; but it is also about youthful lassitude, ennui. The miracle is how brilliantly […]

dick tracy 6

Dick Tracy: Tunes, Toons and Goons

“Everywhere I look, it’s Tracy, Tracy, Tracy!” So slammed Al Pacino’s gangster Big Boy Caprice in 1990’s Dick Tracy. But why is it not remembered as fondly as its comic book / toontastic predecessors, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Batman? Could it be the age old truism of style over substance? Dick Tracy as a […]

lethal weapon

Merry Christmas – A Shane Black Tribute

“An action movie should, like any other, follow the narrative traditions of literature. That means there should be subtlety, a slow build and a gradual bringing together of all the separate threads of the plot. To see all of it coming together slowly is very rewarding for the audience.” – Shane Black Or, alternatively, you […]

the life aquatic group

The Wrath Aquatic: How Zissou Reflects Khan’s Kirk

I recently re-watched The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou in its entirety for the first time since its original release. This time around I found it a more entertaining, less wilfully obtuse experience, relaxed in its own world building and themes, weighty beneath the whimsy. There is quite a bit one could discuss about the […]

ralph mcquarrie star wars matte

Ralph McQuarrie: A Tribute

  Here at Cinetropolis, we are massive Star Wars fans. So it was with great sadness we learned of the death of artist Ralph McQuarrie yesterday at the age of 82. Ralph was the man who George Lucas turned to when he needed to explain his vision to studio executives in 1976, as he tried […]

billy wilder sunset boulevard

Sunset Boulevard & Double Indemnity Illustrate Billy Wilder’s Screenwriting Tips

In the book Conversations With Wilder, Hollywood’s legendary writer / director spoke candidly with young turk Cameron Crowe about his lengthy career. As a contract writer at Paramount Studios, Wilder had grown disenchanted with the way his scripts were directed. He became a director as a means to an end. The decision coincided with a […]

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 […]

rushmore (1)

Forget About It Sanchez, It’s Rushmore

Wes Anderson’s films often seem to exist in hermetically sealed bubbles of wilful whimsy, with a measure of sangfroid and melancholia just beneath. One environment perfectly skewed to such an approach is that of our school days. Although you’ve never had school days like these. With Rushmore, the curtains open, as if in one of […]

Patrick doyle~0

From The Films Of Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Music Of Patrick Doyle

As part of the 14th Belfast Film Festival, I was lucky enough to attend a very special live concert of the music of Patrick Doyle, hosted by the BBC at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. The occasion marked the 25th anniversary of the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration between Patrick and Sir Ken, when Belfast’s […]

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