• Batman – The Suit

    An element that would have to be 100% full proof if Batman were to be taken seriously at all in Burton’s dark world, would be the suit. Batman had come a long way since 1966 and it was time to bring him into the 1980s and welcome him into the dark. The basic design of […]

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  • Nakatomi Plaza – Live Free And Dream Hard?

    “Welcome to the party, pal!” Yes, on this date, July 15 1988, action movies changed forever. Move over Arnie and Sly, Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis, in his big screen breakout role) is an accidental hero, the proverbial “fly in the ointment, the pain in the ass.” In L.A to visit his estranged wife Holly […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Star Cops

    Back in 1987 BBC2 screened a small screen cousin of the “hard” sci-fi of Outland, Moon, and more recently, Gravity, that fiendishly married the police procedural with the then “anything’s possible” concept of high frontier exploration – Star Cops. The show was the brainchild of Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who scripting maestro, Chris Boucher. He’d […]

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  • Unsung heroes: Drew Struzan, The Name On The Poster

    Remember when a poster really sold the promise of a good time at the movies? When that one sheet of an iconic character, maybe even one you hadn’t got to know yet, but just knew looked intriguing, could get your heart racing? Chances are it was painted by the Don of movie poster artists, Drew […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: Year Of The Dragon

    No-one does excess quite like Michael Cimino (Heaven’s Gate, The Deer Hunter). And when you factor in a co-writing credit by Oliver Stone and a hey-day bruising performance by Mickey Rourke, you get crimeland / cop procedural drama Year Of The Dragon. Light the touchpaper and step back, because “This isn’t the Bronx or Brooklyn. […]

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  • New Kid in Town: Predator 2

      As the dust settled within the giant crater in Val Verde, and Anna and Dutch got to the chopper. One thing was for sure, we would be seeing that “ugly mutha fu*ker” again. A sequel was as inevitable as a cabinet minister being captured when flying on the wrong side of da border. The […]

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  • The Steadicam And The Shining: Vintage American Cinematographer Article

      Below is a vintage article from the August 1980 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, on the use of Garrett (spelt Gareth in the article) Brown’s invention, the steadicam, still often erroneously credited as a Stanley Kubrick invention, in The Shining. Seen in the maze photograph below operating the rig is Ken Weston, officially the […]

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  • The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 2

    Following part one of my read-thru, with his second draft, dated January 1975, George Lucas began stripping down his massive manuscript of ideas and refocusing them into something much more budget conscious and achievable for the time. The Skywalker is a prophetic figure, a man who learned how to manipulate the spiritual fabric of reality […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: The Wicker Man

    “Don’t you see that killing me is not going to bring back your apples?” “People call The Wicker Man a horror movie,” Christopher Lee (Lord Summerisle) says, “but it isn’t really, it’s far more subtle and sophisticated than that. Horror is about decay; The Wicker Man is about an opposition of values, the struggle to achieve […]

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  • Staircases To Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

    You may recall we previously brought you news of The Elstree Project, an oral history project designed to record, preserve and share the memories of people who have worked at the studios of Elstree and Borehamwood. Well, one of their interview docs, a 55 minute film on the making of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining has been […]

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Batman – The Suit

An element that would have to be 100% full proof if Batman were to be taken seriously at all in Burton’s dark world, would be the suit. Batman had come a long way since 1966 and it was time to bring him into the 1980s and welcome him into the dark. The basic design of […]

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die-hard-1988

Nakatomi Plaza – Live Free And Dream Hard?

“Welcome to the party, pal!” Yes, on this date, July 15 1988, action movies changed forever. Move over Arnie and Sly, Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis, in his big screen breakout role) is an accidental hero, the proverbial “fly in the ointment, the pain in the ass.” In L.A to visit his estranged wife Holly […]

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star cops collage

Guilty Pleasures: Star Cops

Back in 1987 BBC2 screened a small screen cousin of the “hard” sci-fi of Outland, Moon, and more recently, Gravity, that fiendishly married the police procedural with the then “anything’s possible” concept of high frontier exploration – Star Cops. The show was the brainchild of Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who scripting maestro, Chris Boucher. He’d […]

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drew struzan montage 2

Unsung heroes: Drew Struzan, The Name On The Poster

Remember when a poster really sold the promise of a good time at the movies? When that one sheet of an iconic character, maybe even one you hadn’t got to know yet, but just knew looked intriguing, could get your heart racing? Chances are it was painted by the Don of movie poster artists, Drew […]

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The Great Unmade? Charley’s War

  Charley’s War, the brilliant WWI comic strip from author Pat Mills and artist Joe Colquhoun that featured in the pages of Battle Picture Weekly, has been beautifully reprinted in hardback volumes for several years. The final volume is expected around November this year. This is a modest and timely appreciation of that monumental work: as […]

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Reappreciation Society: Year Of The Dragon

No-one does excess quite like Michael Cimino (Heaven’s Gate, The Deer Hunter). And when you factor in a co-writing credit by Oliver Stone and a hey-day bruising performance by Mickey Rourke, you get crimeland / cop procedural drama Year Of The Dragon. Light the touchpaper and step back, because “This isn’t the Bronx or Brooklyn. […]

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New Kid in Town: Predator 2

  As the dust settled within the giant crater in Val Verde, and Anna and Dutch got to the chopper. One thing was for sure, we would be seeing that “ugly mutha fu*ker” again. A sequel was as inevitable as a cabinet minister being captured when flying on the wrong side of da border. The […]

the shining garrett brown

The Steadicam And The Shining: Vintage American Cinematographer Article

  Below is a vintage article from the August 1980 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, on the use of Garrett (spelt Gareth in the article) Brown’s invention, the steadicam, still often erroneously credited as a Stanley Kubrick invention, in The Shining. Seen in the maze photograph below operating the rig is Ken Weston, officially the […]

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star wars 1

The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 2

Following part one of my read-thru, with his second draft, dated January 1975, George Lucas began stripping down his massive manuscript of ideas and refocusing them into something much more budget conscious and achievable for the time. The Skywalker is a prophetic figure, a man who learned how to manipulate the spiritual fabric of reality […]

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the wicker man

Scene Is Believing: The Wicker Man

“Don’t you see that killing me is not going to bring back your apples?” “People call The Wicker Man a horror movie,” Christopher Lee (Lord Summerisle) says, “but it isn’t really, it’s far more subtle and sophisticated than that. Horror is about decay; The Wicker Man is about an opposition of values, the struggle to achieve […]

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