• Keep Moving 007

    Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt didn’t do so much running after all in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. But he’s not the only spy on the block who can show us a clean pair of heels. Daniel Craig as James Bond gives literal meaning to the phrase, “active duty.” And ignore that ageist crack from Silva (“Your […]

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  • What The Hey? Calm Down Dear, It’s Cannon’s Captain America!

    In 1984, cigar chomping Cannon film tycoons Menaham Golam and Yorum Globus pony up a $225,000.00 five year deal with Marvel Comics for the rights to Spider-Man and Captain America. Cannon were renowned for their lavish advertising for many proposed films, one way of attracting investors before a single frame of film was committed. They […]

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  • Vive l’entente Bondiale!

    Ou… une célébration de la contribution des acteurs français qui ont joué dans des films de James Bond. There’s always been a special deliciousness in the way French actors have delivered their lines in Bond films. Maybe it’s the actor, maybe it’s the accent. Either way, they’ve left an indelible mark. With Léa Seydoux set […]

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  • Unscene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom

    Temple Of Doom scriptwriters Bill Huyck, Gloria Katz, and director Steven Spielberg deliberated over several iterations for the sequence where Indy, Willie and Short Round escape a poisonous night out in Shanghai’s Club Obi-Wan onboard a small cargo plane. Two ideas that didn’t make the final cut were an elaborate Mousetrap – like gag, and an […]

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  • Bickle’s Got Talent? The King Of Comedy

          In this age of television wannabes and quick fix celebs, it is fitting to look back at The King Of Comedy, Martin Scorsese’s prescient examination of the modern age’s obsession with fame, and a film he himself acknowledges as a sequel of sorts to Taxi Driver, another classic misfit story. Both have […]

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  • The Top 10 Most Underrated Movies

    I have a special place in my heart for the unnoticed under dog, and here, in my humble opinion, are the 10 best examples of under appreciated classics.   10. John Carter It’s easy to see why John Carter failed initially. The marketing department really screwed the pooch in handling such amazing material, on top […]

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  • Scoring The Chase: The Music Of Mad Max: Fury Road

    One of the many amazing elements of Mad Max: Fury Road is the incredible score, a riot of “an insane rock opera” according to composer Junkie XL, AKA Tom Holkenborg. One that at times fuses with the immense drum / guitar rig that powers Immortan Joe’s Warboys on their chase after Max, Furiosa and the […]

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  • Rawhead Rex: A sort of tribute

    Have you ever found anything under a stone? A bug? A woodlouse? What about a seven foot cross-eyed demon with a mullet? Rawhead Rex is a 1987 monster movie with a difference, it is rubbish. Based on a short story by Clive Barker which originally appeared in Volume 3 of his Books of Blood series. […]

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  • Crikey DM! David Jason’s Tribute To Cosgrove hall

    The relaunched Danger Mouse cartoon has seemingly won over a new generation of fans, and allayed fears of those who fondly remember the adventures of Britain’s other greatest secret agent, voiced by David Jason, and his bumbling assistant, Penfold (Terry Scott). So this is as good a time as any to listen to David Jason’s radio […]

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  • Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait, By John Boorman

    Lee Marvin was a star in his own firmament, a mass of contradictions and sensitivities, hidden beneath a rousing, ribald, flinty carapace. A wounded veteran of the bloody Pacific campaign in WW.II, a boozer and brawler, a poet and prince. It’s fair to say there has never been another actor quite like him. One man […]

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Keep Moving 007

Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt didn’t do so much running after all in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. But he’s not the only spy on the block who can show us a clean pair of heels. Daniel Craig as James Bond gives literal meaning to the phrase, “active duty.” And ignore that ageist crack from Silva (“Your […]

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captain america michael winner

What The Hey? Calm Down Dear, It’s Cannon’s Captain America!

In 1984, cigar chomping Cannon film tycoons Menaham Golam and Yorum Globus pony up a $225,000.00 five year deal with Marvel Comics for the rights to Spider-Man and Captain America. Cannon were renowned for their lavish advertising for many proposed films, one way of attracting investors before a single frame of film was committed. They […]

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600full-claudine-auger

Vive l’entente Bondiale!

Ou… une célébration de la contribution des acteurs français qui ont joué dans des films de James Bond. There’s always been a special deliciousness in the way French actors have delivered their lines in Bond films. Maybe it’s the actor, maybe it’s the accent. Either way, they’ve left an indelible mark. With Léa Seydoux set […]

Off
indy plane

Unscene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom

Temple Of Doom scriptwriters Bill Huyck, Gloria Katz, and director Steven Spielberg deliberated over several iterations for the sequence where Indy, Willie and Short Round escape a poisonous night out in Shanghai’s Club Obi-Wan onboard a small cargo plane. Two ideas that didn’t make the final cut were an elaborate Mousetrap – like gag, and an […]

king of comedy7

Bickle’s Got Talent? The King Of Comedy

      In this age of television wannabes and quick fix celebs, it is fitting to look back at The King Of Comedy, Martin Scorsese’s prescient examination of the modern age’s obsession with fame, and a film he himself acknowledges as a sequel of sorts to Taxi Driver, another classic misfit story. Both have […]

the_iron_giant2

The Top 10 Most Underrated Movies

I have a special place in my heart for the unnoticed under dog, and here, in my humble opinion, are the 10 best examples of under appreciated classics.   10. John Carter It’s easy to see why John Carter failed initially. The marketing department really screwed the pooch in handling such amazing material, on top […]

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mad max fury road guitarist

Scoring The Chase: The Music Of Mad Max: Fury Road

One of the many amazing elements of Mad Max: Fury Road is the incredible score, a riot of “an insane rock opera” according to composer Junkie XL, AKA Tom Holkenborg. One that at times fuses with the immense drum / guitar rig that powers Immortan Joe’s Warboys on their chase after Max, Furiosa and the […]

Rawhead Rex 4

Rawhead Rex: A sort of tribute

Have you ever found anything under a stone? A bug? A woodlouse? What about a seven foot cross-eyed demon with a mullet? Rawhead Rex is a 1987 monster movie with a difference, it is rubbish. Based on a short story by Clive Barker which originally appeared in Volume 3 of his Books of Blood series. […]

Off
danger mouse

Crikey DM! David Jason’s Tribute To Cosgrove hall

The relaunched Danger Mouse cartoon has seemingly won over a new generation of fans, and allayed fears of those who fondly remember the adventures of Britain’s other greatest secret agent, voiced by David Jason, and his bumbling assistant, Penfold (Terry Scott). So this is as good a time as any to listen to David Jason’s radio […]

Off
Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait, By John Boorman

Lee Marvin was a star in his own firmament, a mass of contradictions and sensitivities, hidden beneath a rousing, ribald, flinty carapace. A wounded veteran of the bloody Pacific campaign in WW.II, a boozer and brawler, a poet and prince. It’s fair to say there has never been another actor quite like him. One man […]

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