• The Empire Strikes Back Vintage Documentary Unearthed

    It’s hard to believe that more making of footage from the Star Wars saga remains to be discovered, but fresh gold is still being dug up from the vaults. The latest is French journalist Michel Parbot’s fly on the wall footage from the sets and Norway location of The Empire Strikes Back. Previously this material was shown on […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: Heaven’s Gate

    Heaven’s Gate, Michael Cimino’s grand, epic retelling of the Johnston County War in the Wyoming of 1892, has become a byword for profligacy and headstrong vanity. In truth, based on a notorious early review that examined everything but the film on screen, vexatiously fixated on scurrilous rumour and annoyance at being kept in the dark. Cimino’s […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Mission Impossible 2

    Apart from a few familiar tropes of both the spy genre as influenced by the James Bond series (infiltrating glamorous Ferrero Roche-laden ambassador’s receptions with a slinkily dressed lovely in disguise) and obvious hangovers from its TV origins (the masks, tech, baffling diversions) the Mission Impossible series of films could not be more different from […]

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  • The Swimmer: Not Waving But Drowning

    On a beautiful Autumn Sunday morning in upstate Connecticut, a middle-aged virile man, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) emerges from the trees. Clad only in swimming trunks, he approaches old friends gathered around their back yard pool. Greeted warmly but with some surprise, he announces cheerily that he intends to swim home via a chain of similar pools in […]

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  • Spy-Fi, Oh My – Alias’ Kick-Ass Sydney Bristow

    In honour of the trailer for the awesome Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, here’s a Carla Darko tribute to producer J.J. Abrams’ TV super agent, Sydney Bristow of Alias, played with gusto by Jennifer Garner. While it’s great to see so many tough and resourceful women in the Mission: Impossible series, precious few get to headline […]

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  • The Sleeping Dogs – Movie Comebacks That No One Wanted

    If there is one thing in Hollywood that you can always be sure of, money talks. If something makes money, it will always be revisited. No matter how diluted it becomes. If it makes more than it cost to produce, they will flog that horse until it resembles a tube of Pritt Stick. Take the […]

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  • Barmy Fluid!: A Tribute to Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door

    Look, just because my second name is Jolly doesn’t mean I have to be jolly all the fucking time! Farces based on mistaken identity can often be incredibly tiresome, and more often than not lazy and exhausting. Scenes can play out with seemingly endless percussive tedium, with the obvious end game inexplicably alluding everyone. It all makes […]

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  • The Great Unmade? Not Tonight, Josephine: Kubrick’s Napoleon

    Kubrick. Napoleon. Two outstanding generals in their own fields, a marriage of subject and auteur that director Stanley Kubrick believed would be “the greatest film (n)ever made.” But endless preparation, research and writing would, not for the last time, leave him behind the  competition. In Dino De Laurentiis’ rival picture, he met his own Waterloo. The idea of a […]

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  • Simianside Special – Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off

      Now here’s a curiosity I never knew existed. You may think Star Wars spearheaded the whole movie tie-in merchandising craze, but it was actually Planet Of The Apes that led the way with action figures and such. What I didn’t know though was that live stage shows of original, specially scripted Planet Of The Apes […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Escape To Athena

    USOnly Live Twice Yes I know Roger Moore wasn’t in the James Bond film whose title I’m playing on here, but the bad joke fits the melting pot of moussaka that is Lew Grade’s Escape To Athena, a comedic WWII caper in the Greek islands, with a cavalcade of slumming B-list stars, clearly only in it […]

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The Empire Strikes Back Vintage Documentary Unearthed

It’s hard to believe that more making of footage from the Star Wars saga remains to be discovered, but fresh gold is still being dug up from the vaults. The latest is French journalist Michel Parbot’s fly on the wall footage from the sets and Norway location of The Empire Strikes Back. Previously this material was shown on […]

heavens gate 1

Reappreciation Society: Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate, Michael Cimino’s grand, epic retelling of the Johnston County War in the Wyoming of 1892, has become a byword for profligacy and headstrong vanity. In truth, based on a notorious early review that examined everything but the film on screen, vexatiously fixated on scurrilous rumour and annoyance at being kept in the dark. Cimino’s […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Mission Impossible 2

Apart from a few familiar tropes of both the spy genre as influenced by the James Bond series (infiltrating glamorous Ferrero Roche-laden ambassador’s receptions with a slinkily dressed lovely in disguise) and obvious hangovers from its TV origins (the masks, tech, baffling diversions) the Mission Impossible series of films could not be more different from […]

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The Swimmer: Not Waving But Drowning

On a beautiful Autumn Sunday morning in upstate Connecticut, a middle-aged virile man, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) emerges from the trees. Clad only in swimming trunks, he approaches old friends gathered around their back yard pool. Greeted warmly but with some surprise, he announces cheerily that he intends to swim home via a chain of similar pools in […]

alias 1

Spy-Fi, Oh My – Alias’ Kick-Ass Sydney Bristow

In honour of the trailer for the awesome Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, here’s a Carla Darko tribute to producer J.J. Abrams’ TV super agent, Sydney Bristow of Alias, played with gusto by Jennifer Garner. While it’s great to see so many tough and resourceful women in the Mission: Impossible series, precious few get to headline […]

die_hard_4_th

The Sleeping Dogs – Movie Comebacks That No One Wanted

If there is one thing in Hollywood that you can always be sure of, money talks. If something makes money, it will always be revisited. No matter how diluted it becomes. If it makes more than it cost to produce, they will flog that horse until it resembles a tube of Pritt Stick. Take the […]

Rikmayallmrjolly_zps8b0242c2

Barmy Fluid!: A Tribute to Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door

Look, just because my second name is Jolly doesn’t mean I have to be jolly all the fucking time! Farces based on mistaken identity can often be incredibly tiresome, and more often than not lazy and exhausting. Scenes can play out with seemingly endless percussive tedium, with the obvious end game inexplicably alluding everyone. It all makes […]

kubrick

The Great Unmade? Not Tonight, Josephine: Kubrick’s Napoleon

Kubrick. Napoleon. Two outstanding generals in their own fields, a marriage of subject and auteur that director Stanley Kubrick believed would be “the greatest film (n)ever made.” But endless preparation, research and writing would, not for the last time, leave him behind the  competition. In Dino De Laurentiis’ rival picture, he met his own Waterloo. The idea of a […]

apes circus_hoffman2

Simianside Special – Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off

  Now here’s a curiosity I never knew existed. You may think Star Wars spearheaded the whole movie tie-in merchandising craze, but it was actually Planet Of The Apes that led the way with action figures and such. What I didn’t know though was that live stage shows of original, specially scripted Planet Of The Apes […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Escape To Athena

USOnly Live Twice Yes I know Roger Moore wasn’t in the James Bond film whose title I’m playing on here, but the bad joke fits the melting pot of moussaka that is Lew Grade’s Escape To Athena, a comedic WWII caper in the Greek islands, with a cavalcade of slumming B-list stars, clearly only in it […]

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