• Star Wars Redux: Practical Magic

    The internet has Star Wars fans in a quandary, with leaked snaps surfacing of grungy costumes and practical, weather beaten sets from the Abu Dhabi location of  Episode VII, and now Han Solo’s ride, The Millenium Falcon, under construction at a secret location. This, combined with the giant practical creature (operated by five internal puppeteers, it’s rumoured), […]

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  • Star Wars Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye Story Conference

    In the midst of fraught  post-production on Star Wars, George Lucas was planning ahead. As we reported in our previous The Great Unmade: Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye, Lucas was hedging his bets. He wasn’t convinced that his space opera would be a great success, and considered using his ghost author for the novelization, Alan […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: Captain America The First Avenger

    Like scrawny Steve Rogers before his super-soldier transformation, Captain America The First Avenger (punctuation, anyone?) punched above its weight and expectations to deliver a rousing, refreshing new spin on the superhero film, with a meta-twist. Yet it’s dismissed amongst the modern Marvel stable, audiences more keen to see a grittier, modern Cap in The Winter Soldier. It was always […]

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  • Rik Mayall – A Tribute

    The word “beloved” is bandied around a lot these days. As such it’s become less of a word and when a word like that is used with such frequency, it tends to lose its meaning. Same goes when someone is described as a “national treasure”. We have had, and still have, a few of them. However in […]

    Actor and comedian Rik Mayall, whose big break came in 1982 with the cult BBC sitcom The Young Ones
  • Sympathy For The Devil? Michael Palin Discusses Brazil’s Jack Lint

    The following is an interview with Michael Palin originally intended for the the Voyager Criterion Collection 1996 Laserdisc release of Brazil. Parts relating to his discussion of his friendly torturer Jack Lint are presented here – you can read the full interview which goes into Terry Gilliam’s working method, and struggles to get Brazil released […]

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  • Sharks Don’t Die: The Making of Jaws 3D

    Just when you thought it was safe to look at this website, just when you thought you could swim with dolphins and throw grenades around like there’s no tomorrow, we interrupt that feeling of safety and security to bring you an important message. Jaws 3D did happen and there is a behind the scenes documentary […]

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  • Christopher McQuarrie Gets Verbal On The Usual Suspects

    Below is  a brilliant in depth interview with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie on his break out Sundance success, The Usual Suspects. If you still haven’t seen it, spoilers abound! Christopher McQuarrie was born in 1968 in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, where he attended high school with director Bryan Singer. He spent his first year out of […]

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  • From 2001 To Gravity, Via Chris Hadfield And Space Oddity

    Remember that cool video astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield posted of him performing Bowie’s Space Oddity in the International Space Station? After the time limit on his permission from Bowie’s people to post it expired, he took it down from his You Tube page. He has now made it a private video. However! You can still […]

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  • Moving Pictures: Reservoir Dogs

    Moving Pictures was  a BBC TV show devoted to film that ran from 1991 to 1996. Presented by Rock Follies screenwriter Howard Schuman, each program was composed of several short films on different cinematic subjects. Recently an excerpt devoted to the then recently released Reservoir Dogs, featuring Quentin Tarantino eagerly discuss his background, influences and […]

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  • Getting Carter: Retracing The Film’s Locations

    Here’s a nice little film by four young college students originally made in 2003 as coursework, retracing several of the iconic locations from classic grim British crime thriller, Get Carter. The lads (Ashley Dean , Gary Edge, Tom Whyman, and Andy Clegg) take us to such spots as: . The Las Vegas Boarding House, where Carter (Michael Caine) […]

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sw tpm real set

Star Wars Redux: Practical Magic

The internet has Star Wars fans in a quandary, with leaked snaps surfacing of grungy costumes and practical, weather beaten sets from the Abu Dhabi location of  Episode VII, and now Han Solo’s ride, The Millenium Falcon, under construction at a secret location. This, combined with the giant practical creature (operated by five internal puppeteers, it’s rumoured), […]

star wars splinter of the mind

Star Wars Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye Story Conference

In the midst of fraught  post-production on Star Wars, George Lucas was planning ahead. As we reported in our previous The Great Unmade: Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye, Lucas was hedging his bets. He wasn’t convinced that his space opera would be a great success, and considered using his ghost author for the novelization, Alan […]

Captain America 5

Reappreciation Society: Captain America The First Avenger

Like scrawny Steve Rogers before his super-soldier transformation, Captain America The First Avenger (punctuation, anyone?) punched above its weight and expectations to deliver a rousing, refreshing new spin on the superhero film, with a meta-twist. Yet it’s dismissed amongst the modern Marvel stable, audiences more keen to see a grittier, modern Cap in The Winter Soldier. It was always […]

Actor and comedian Rik Mayall, whose big break came in 1982 with the cult BBC sitcom The Young Ones

Rik Mayall – A Tribute

The word “beloved” is bandied around a lot these days. As such it’s become less of a word and when a word like that is used with such frequency, it tends to lose its meaning. Same goes when someone is described as a “national treasure”. We have had, and still have, a few of them. However in […]

brazil palin 4

Sympathy For The Devil? Michael Palin Discusses Brazil’s Jack Lint

The following is an interview with Michael Palin originally intended for the the Voyager Criterion Collection 1996 Laserdisc release of Brazil. Parts relating to his discussion of his friendly torturer Jack Lint are presented here – you can read the full interview which goes into Terry Gilliam’s working method, and struggles to get Brazil released […]

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Sharks Don’t Die: The Making of Jaws 3D

Just when you thought it was safe to look at this website, just when you thought you could swim with dolphins and throw grenades around like there’s no tomorrow, we interrupt that feeling of safety and security to bring you an important message. Jaws 3D did happen and there is a behind the scenes documentary […]

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Christopher McQuarrie Gets Verbal On The Usual Suspects

Below is  a brilliant in depth interview with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie on his break out Sundance success, The Usual Suspects. If you still haven’t seen it, spoilers abound! Christopher McQuarrie was born in 1968 in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, where he attended high school with director Bryan Singer. He spent his first year out of […]

hadfield_space_oddity

From 2001 To Gravity, Via Chris Hadfield And Space Oddity

Remember that cool video astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield posted of him performing Bowie’s Space Oddity in the International Space Station? After the time limit on his permission from Bowie’s people to post it expired, he took it down from his You Tube page. He has now made it a private video. However! You can still […]

reservoir dogs 2

Moving Pictures: Reservoir Dogs

Moving Pictures was  a BBC TV show devoted to film that ran from 1991 to 1996. Presented by Rock Follies screenwriter Howard Schuman, each program was composed of several short films on different cinematic subjects. Recently an excerpt devoted to the then recently released Reservoir Dogs, featuring Quentin Tarantino eagerly discuss his background, influences and […]

get carter street

Getting Carter: Retracing The Film’s Locations

Here’s a nice little film by four young college students originally made in 2003 as coursework, retracing several of the iconic locations from classic grim British crime thriller, Get Carter. The lads (Ashley Dean , Gary Edge, Tom Whyman, and Andy Clegg) take us to such spots as: . The Las Vegas Boarding House, where Carter (Michael Caine) […]

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