• Scene Of The Crime: The A-Team

      The A-Team’s big screen incarnation of 2010 is a poor shadow of the fun and escapism of Stephen J. Cannell’s original TV show. Heck, it barely even features the iconic, rousing theme tune. It has a few cool set pieces like the parachuting tank and the prison van break out, but overall it’s loud […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Firefox

    Clint Eastwood’s Cold War thriller Firefox (1982), based on the novel by Craig Thomas, has a bit of a rep as a plodding spy film, partially enlivened by some fancy model work dog fights in the third act. Rewatching it the other night, it struck me that the minutiae of the set-up, evasions and manoeuvres […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Judge Dredd

      Is Stallone’s take on the Mega-City cop drokking good, or just plain drek? On the matter of Guilty Pleasures, I AM THE LAW! Judge Dredd lingered in development hell from as far back as 1980 before it burst onto screens in 1995. Trying to get the tone of the character and his world right […]

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  • The Force In Rogue One: A Stealth Presence

    Much has been made of how the story threads and protagonists of Rogue One A Star Wars Story exist and strive to win against the Imperial horde in a world without Jedi, without The Force. A concept, a religion, already slipping into distant memory. Yet The Force subtly weaves its way throughout heroine Jyn Erso’s […]

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  • Entitled: The Wild Geese

    There is a reason that The Wild Geese feels like a Bond film. Although it doesn’t feature 007 and has absolutely no elements of him, some of the same crew worked on it, including future Bond director John Glen and the incumbent Bond at that time Roger Moore. The other major similarity, which really gives the […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Inglorious Basterds

    Death Laughs At 24 Frames Per Second Inglorious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino’s most playfully cinephilic, meta-textual wish fulfillment fantasy – cinema as world changer. Quite literally, despite the bumbling “Basterds” independent addition to the night’s entertainment. It is Shosanna / Emmanuelle (Mélanie Laurent) who’s will shall triumph over those of the higher echelon Nazis, including Hitler […]

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  • Tarkin Care Of Business: Rogue One’s Digital Peter Cushing

    One of the most exciting, groundbreaking and controversial elements of Rogue One A Star Wars Story, is the inclusion of a character, Grand Moff Tarkin, played in the original Star Wars by the now deceased Peter Cushing. Controversial, because the method used was a CG scan of his face over a physically similar actor (Holby […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: Piece of Cake

    Author Derek Robinson credits LWT’s 1988 adaptation of his WWII RAF novel Piece Of Cake with reviving a work he felt he had put four years work into for little return. The excellent novel has remained in print ever since, yet perversely, I’m sure few now remember this piece of television brilliance. Piece Of Cake tells the tale […]

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  • Star Wars Original Trilogy: 20 Classic Moments

      May the fourth be with you! It’s that time of year when Star Wars fans celebrate all things Star Wars related. To mark the date, we at Cinetropolis want to share 20 classic moments across the original trilogy: Star Wars Ep.IV: A New Hope (ANH), The Empire Strikes Back (ESB), and Return Of The Jedi (ROTJ). Not […]

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  • Worst Sellers: The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu-Manchu

    Sometimes it is very hard to say goodbye, more often than not a short wave, or fleeting glimpse stays in the memory longer than a heartfelt hug or a protracted chat. In terms of signing off of your film career, Peter Sellers had left the perfect goodbye with the last shots of Being There. As […]

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Scene Of The Crime: The A-Team

  The A-Team’s big screen incarnation of 2010 is a poor shadow of the fun and escapism of Stephen J. Cannell’s original TV show. Heck, it barely even features the iconic, rousing theme tune. It has a few cool set pieces like the parachuting tank and the prison van break out, but overall it’s loud […]

firefox 1

Guilty Pleasures: Firefox

Clint Eastwood’s Cold War thriller Firefox (1982), based on the novel by Craig Thomas, has a bit of a rep as a plodding spy film, partially enlivened by some fancy model work dog fights in the third act. Rewatching it the other night, it struck me that the minutiae of the set-up, evasions and manoeuvres […]

judge dredd glare

Guilty Pleasures: Judge Dredd

  Is Stallone’s take on the Mega-City cop drokking good, or just plain drek? On the matter of Guilty Pleasures, I AM THE LAW! Judge Dredd lingered in development hell from as far back as 1980 before it burst onto screens in 1995. Trying to get the tone of the character and his world right […]

star-wars-rogue-one-jyn-and-mother-still

The Force In Rogue One: A Stealth Presence

Much has been made of how the story threads and protagonists of Rogue One A Star Wars Story exist and strive to win against the Imperial horde in a world without Jedi, without The Force. A concept, a religion, already slipping into distant memory. Yet The Force subtly weaves its way throughout heroine Jyn Erso’s […]

The Wild Geese Half Sheet

Entitled: The Wild Geese

There is a reason that The Wild Geese feels like a Bond film. Although it doesn’t feature 007 and has absolutely no elements of him, some of the same crew worked on it, including future Bond director John Glen and the incumbent Bond at that time Roger Moore. The other major similarity, which really gives the […]

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Scene Is Believing: Inglorious Basterds

Death Laughs At 24 Frames Per Second Inglorious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino’s most playfully cinephilic, meta-textual wish fulfillment fantasy – cinema as world changer. Quite literally, despite the bumbling “Basterds” independent addition to the night’s entertainment. It is Shosanna / Emmanuelle (Mélanie Laurent) who’s will shall triumph over those of the higher echelon Nazis, including Hitler […]

star-wars-rogue-one-tarkin-render

Tarkin Care Of Business: Rogue One’s Digital Peter Cushing

One of the most exciting, groundbreaking and controversial elements of Rogue One A Star Wars Story, is the inclusion of a character, Grand Moff Tarkin, played in the original Star Wars by the now deceased Peter Cushing. Controversial, because the method used was a CG scan of his face over a physically similar actor (Holby […]

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Reappreciation Society: Piece of Cake

Author Derek Robinson credits LWT’s 1988 adaptation of his WWII RAF novel Piece Of Cake with reviving a work he felt he had put four years work into for little return. The excellent novel has remained in print ever since, yet perversely, I’m sure few now remember this piece of television brilliance. Piece Of Cake tells the tale […]

sw tesb vader luke

Star Wars Original Trilogy: 20 Classic Moments

  May the fourth be with you! It’s that time of year when Star Wars fans celebrate all things Star Wars related. To mark the date, we at Cinetropolis want to share 20 classic moments across the original trilogy: Star Wars Ep.IV: A New Hope (ANH), The Empire Strikes Back (ESB), and Return Of The Jedi (ROTJ). Not […]

M8DFIPL EC010

Worst Sellers: The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu-Manchu

Sometimes it is very hard to say goodbye, more often than not a short wave, or fleeting glimpse stays in the memory longer than a heartfelt hug or a protracted chat. In terms of signing off of your film career, Peter Sellers had left the perfect goodbye with the last shots of Being There. As […]

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