• Entitled: The Untouchables

    When Brian De Palma relaunched an old TV series for the 80s he did it with sheer class. A powerful cast, a sumptuous score, and an opening title sequence that lived long in the memory. The titles were put together by Richard Greenberg of R/Greenberg Associates (Superman, Alien) and they are fantastically memorable considering they are just […]

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  • Celluloid Ran Through It – L.A’s 6th Street Bridge Closes

    On January 27, 2016 the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was closed down for upcoming demolition due to safety issues. The landmark, built in 1932 by architect Merrill Butler, is probably as well recognised to film devotees as any of its East Coast New York cousins. To mark the passing of this piece of celluloid […]

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  • Kubrick Homages Within Spielberg’s A.I: Artificial Intelligence

    It’s well known that Stanley Kubrick was a director who nurtured projects for a long time before even committing to film them. AI: Artificial Intelligence is the most well known of his projects that never got off the ground under his own steam, although Steven Spielberg completed the work under his aegis from beyond the […]

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  • Batman: The Making Of A Hero, And Shadows Of The Bat

    We couldn’t let #89BatWeek go by without a couple of great making of videos. And what’s even better, The Making Of A Hero, produced by Mindseye Films, isn’t even on the DVD release.  Enjoy, and as a bonus, on Shadows Of The Bat, you can practise your Spanish with the subtitles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WzbqFq0nw Originally posted 2014-06-26 […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Star Fleet

        If you were a kid in 1982, or maybe old enough to know better but didn’t care, you probably rushed downstairs on a Saturday morning to watch a Japanese space adventure puppet show, influenced by Thunderbirds and Star Wars. It had a theme song catchy enough to rival the music of both, that […]

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  • A Jedi Tribute To Richard Marquand

    Here’s a short video and audio compilation of interviews with Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand, a man unfairly maligned, being seen as under George Lucas’ thumb. Hopefully the recent excellent J W Rinzler book on the making of that film has gone some way to acknowledging the not inconsiderable input he had to the […]

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  • Schumacher’s Batman: Nipp(l)ed In The Bud

        Cast your mind back to 1997, and the technicolour gaudy glory that was Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. Despite almost dragging the series back to the camp theatrics of the Adam West / Burt Ward T.V show (nipples on costumes? Close-up pvc clad butts – really?), Warner Bros. were so confident with Schumacher’s […]

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  • Storage Wars: ILM’s Birth In A Warehouse, Far, Far Away

    John Dykstra. Denis Muren. Phil Tippett. Richard Edlund. These men, and the young guys and gals who toiled with them, were the corner stone of the modern age of movie effects, from inauspicious beginnings in an empty California warehouse, to the “go to” Skywalker Ranch magic maker of today. It all started with a little […]

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  • The Great Unmade? Star Wars: Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye

    Imagine if you will, Star Wars hasn’t taken off quite as well as we now know. George Lucas had a contingency plan. He approached writer Alan Dean Foster, who ghost wrote the novelization of Star Wars, to come up with a story that could be knocked out as a quickie screen sequel. That story became the first Star Wars spin-off novel, […]

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road Featurette

    That sound you hear is the tap-tap-tapping of HAPPY FEET (see what we did there?) to the wave of gushing reviews coming in for Mad Max: Fury Road. We’ve yet to see it here at Cinetropolis, but no doubt we’ll have plenty to say once we’ve drank it in. In the meantime, here’s a short […]

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Entitled: The Untouchables

When Brian De Palma relaunched an old TV series for the 80s he did it with sheer class. A powerful cast, a sumptuous score, and an opening title sequence that lived long in the memory. The titles were put together by Richard Greenberg of R/Greenberg Associates (Superman, Alien) and they are fantastically memorable considering they are just […]

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Celluloid Ran Through It – L.A’s 6th Street Bridge Closes

On January 27, 2016 the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was closed down for upcoming demolition due to safety issues. The landmark, built in 1932 by architect Merrill Butler, is probably as well recognised to film devotees as any of its East Coast New York cousins. To mark the passing of this piece of celluloid […]

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Kubrick Homages Within Spielberg’s A.I: Artificial Intelligence

It’s well known that Stanley Kubrick was a director who nurtured projects for a long time before even committing to film them. AI: Artificial Intelligence is the most well known of his projects that never got off the ground under his own steam, although Steven Spielberg completed the work under his aegis from beyond the […]

batman 89 keaton camera

Batman: The Making Of A Hero, And Shadows Of The Bat

We couldn’t let #89BatWeek go by without a couple of great making of videos. And what’s even better, The Making Of A Hero, produced by Mindseye Films, isn’t even on the DVD release.  Enjoy, and as a bonus, on Shadows Of The Bat, you can practise your Spanish with the subtitles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WzbqFq0nw Originally posted 2014-06-26 […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Star Fleet

    If you were a kid in 1982, or maybe old enough to know better but didn’t care, you probably rushed downstairs on a Saturday morning to watch a Japanese space adventure puppet show, influenced by Thunderbirds and Star Wars. It had a theme song catchy enough to rival the music of both, that […]

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A Jedi Tribute To Richard Marquand

Here’s a short video and audio compilation of interviews with Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand, a man unfairly maligned, being seen as under George Lucas’ thumb. Hopefully the recent excellent J W Rinzler book on the making of that film has gone some way to acknowledging the not inconsiderable input he had to the […]

Nic Cage-Scarecrow

Schumacher’s Batman: Nipp(l)ed In The Bud

    Cast your mind back to 1997, and the technicolour gaudy glory that was Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. Despite almost dragging the series back to the camp theatrics of the Adam West / Burt Ward T.V show (nipples on costumes? Close-up pvc clad butts – really?), Warner Bros. were so confident with Schumacher’s […]

ilm van nuys 2

Storage Wars: ILM’s Birth In A Warehouse, Far, Far Away

John Dykstra. Denis Muren. Phil Tippett. Richard Edlund. These men, and the young guys and gals who toiled with them, were the corner stone of the modern age of movie effects, from inauspicious beginnings in an empty California warehouse, to the “go to” Skywalker Ranch magic maker of today. It all started with a little […]

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The Great Unmade? Star Wars: Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye

Imagine if you will, Star Wars hasn’t taken off quite as well as we now know. George Lucas had a contingency plan. He approached writer Alan Dean Foster, who ghost wrote the novelization of Star Wars, to come up with a story that could be knocked out as a quickie screen sequel. That story became the first Star Wars spin-off novel, […]

FURY ROAD

Mad Max: Fury Road Featurette

That sound you hear is the tap-tap-tapping of HAPPY FEET (see what we did there?) to the wave of gushing reviews coming in for Mad Max: Fury Road. We’ve yet to see it here at Cinetropolis, but no doubt we’ll have plenty to say once we’ve drank it in. In the meantime, here’s a short […]

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