• 2001 A Space Odyssey Stars in Screening Q & A

    In a few short weeks, as part of the BFI’s sci-fi Days of Fear And Wonder season, a brand new  remastered print of Stanley Kubrick’s sublime epic, 2001 A Space Odyssey will begin an extended run. The film will also be shown nationwide by BFI Audience Network participating cinemas. Meanwhile in Toronto, the Stanley Kubrick […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Pat Roach

    The term “gentle giant” is often a cliche only because it is true. And it very much applied to 6ft 5in Pat “Bomber” Roach: Birmingham born gentleman of the wrestling ring, writer, and also actor / stunt performer, who played many heavies in genre films. This in contrast to his  cornerstone role as the sensible […]

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  • ‘Scuse Me While I whip This Out – Indiana Jones And His Unusual Weapon

    I’m not quite sure if there was a single inspiration for Indiana Jones’ use of a bullwhip – maybe the Zorro serials. Whatever the thought process, its use in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and subsequent films has become iconic. Whether he’s using it to snatch a gun out of a treacherous guide’s hand, hold back an […]

    indy whip
  • Jon’s Top 10 of 2014

        Ahem. Is…is this thing still on? I know I haven’t posted in months and while I want to bring up a ton of excuses the biggest of all those would be that time is truly a revelator. However with the year winding down I feel like I wanted to share with you my […]

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  • The Great Unmade?: Who Discovered Roger Rabbit / Toon Platoon

      Even cartoons get the blues. After raking in the dollars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was surely as deserving of a sequel as any mainstream studio film. However, rivalry between production partners Disney and Amblin Entertainment, escalating costs and disputes over the script, plugged Roger Rabbit before he could interact with hapless humans again. A […]

    Roger Rabbit toon patrol
  • Martin Scorsese In Conversation

    After Martin Scorsese delivered the 42nd  Jefferson Lecture in April last year, he sat down for a conversation with Jim Leach, the outgoing Chairman of America’s National Endowment for the Humanities, which conducts the lectures. The following is their record of that conversation.   JIM LEACH: I want to ask you about place, which, of course, […]

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  • Composed #1 – Top 10 Jerry Goldsmith Scores

    There is no question, that in terms of productivity and memorable film scores, John Williams is the person that everyone would immediately think of. He has been responsible for some of the greatest scores every produced. From the E.T. Theme to the Raiders march, from the Superman theme to Jaws, from Harry Potter to the whole of […]

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  • Terrence Malick: The Art Of Voiceover

    No film-maker employs voiceover quite like Terrence Malick, or as often. Sometimes it can seem naive, like Sissy Spacek’s Holly in Badlands (“One day, while taking a look at some vistas in Dad’s stereopticon, it hit me that I was just this little girl, born in Texas, whose father was a sign painter, who only […]

    To The Wonder
  • The Prisoner: Failure Is The Only Option

    What do we want? Information. You won’t get it…oh, you know the drill. Few TV series have provoked so much debate, interest, and even downright outrage as Patrick McGoohan’s  The Prisoner (for he did indeed orchestrate almost every detail of the show)  in 1967. A paean to liberty, a Rand-ian blueprint, metaphysical exploration of the […]

    the prisoner free-for-all
  • Scene Is Believing: From Jaws To Jones

    I saw the Jaws restoration on the big screen this weekend, and naturally, it was dazzling. So many little details and nuances lept out at me anew. One scene in particular though, which has been remarked upon many times as a neat piece of character shading, reminded me of a scene in Steven Spielberg’s later […]

    jaws brody and son
2001 -a-space-odyssey-1968-006-conversation-inside-pod

2001 A Space Odyssey Stars in Screening Q & A

In a few short weeks, as part of the BFI’s sci-fi Days of Fear And Wonder season, a brand new  remastered print of Stanley Kubrick’s sublime epic, 2001 A Space Odyssey will begin an extended run. The film will also be shown nationwide by BFI Audience Network participating cinemas. Meanwhile in Toronto, the Stanley Kubrick […]

raiders planefight

Unsung Heroes: Pat Roach

The term “gentle giant” is often a cliche only because it is true. And it very much applied to 6ft 5in Pat “Bomber” Roach: Birmingham born gentleman of the wrestling ring, writer, and also actor / stunt performer, who played many heavies in genre films. This in contrast to his  cornerstone role as the sensible […]

indy whip

‘Scuse Me While I whip This Out – Indiana Jones And His Unusual Weapon

I’m not quite sure if there was a single inspiration for Indiana Jones’ use of a bullwhip – maybe the Zorro serials. Whatever the thought process, its use in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and subsequent films has become iconic. Whether he’s using it to snatch a gun out of a treacherous guide’s hand, hold back an […]

boyhood_still

Jon’s Top 10 of 2014

    Ahem. Is…is this thing still on? I know I haven’t posted in months and while I want to bring up a ton of excuses the biggest of all those would be that time is truly a revelator. However with the year winding down I feel like I wanted to share with you my […]

Roger Rabbit toon patrol

The Great Unmade?: Who Discovered Roger Rabbit / Toon Platoon

  Even cartoons get the blues. After raking in the dollars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was surely as deserving of a sequel as any mainstream studio film. However, rivalry between production partners Disney and Amblin Entertainment, escalating costs and disputes over the script, plugged Roger Rabbit before he could interact with hapless humans again. A […]

scorsese wolf

Martin Scorsese In Conversation

After Martin Scorsese delivered the 42nd  Jefferson Lecture in April last year, he sat down for a conversation with Jim Leach, the outgoing Chairman of America’s National Endowment for the Humanities, which conducts the lectures. The following is their record of that conversation.   JIM LEACH: I want to ask you about place, which, of course, […]

normal_JerryGoldsmith1-PLM

Composed #1 – Top 10 Jerry Goldsmith Scores

There is no question, that in terms of productivity and memorable film scores, John Williams is the person that everyone would immediately think of. He has been responsible for some of the greatest scores every produced. From the E.T. Theme to the Raiders march, from the Superman theme to Jaws, from Harry Potter to the whole of […]

To The Wonder

Terrence Malick: The Art Of Voiceover

No film-maker employs voiceover quite like Terrence Malick, or as often. Sometimes it can seem naive, like Sissy Spacek’s Holly in Badlands (“One day, while taking a look at some vistas in Dad’s stereopticon, it hit me that I was just this little girl, born in Texas, whose father was a sign painter, who only […]

the prisoner free-for-all

The Prisoner: Failure Is The Only Option

What do we want? Information. You won’t get it…oh, you know the drill. Few TV series have provoked so much debate, interest, and even downright outrage as Patrick McGoohan’s  The Prisoner (for he did indeed orchestrate almost every detail of the show)  in 1967. A paean to liberty, a Rand-ian blueprint, metaphysical exploration of the […]

jaws brody and son

Scene Is Believing: From Jaws To Jones

I saw the Jaws restoration on the big screen this weekend, and naturally, it was dazzling. So many little details and nuances lept out at me anew. One scene in particular though, which has been remarked upon many times as a neat piece of character shading, reminded me of a scene in Steven Spielberg’s later […]

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