• The Good German: Play it Again, Soderbergh

    Of all the film styles in all the world, Steven Soderbergh chose in 2006 to adapt Joseph Kanon’s novel The Good German as a faux- noir, emulating the techniques and styles of Hollywood’s golden age, with no modern concessions. It wasn’t exactly pitched that way to Warner Brothers though. He told Empire, “I said, OK, […]

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  • Judge Minty Fan Film Now Completed

    Judge Minty, the long in development labour of love fan film which has recently been touring comic festivals, has finally been released on line, and we have it for you below. The film, about an over the hill Judge who takes the long walk into The Cursed Earth, stars artist Greg Staples in a cameo […]

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  • Terminator 2: Appetite For Destruction

    With Teminator Genisys due out soon, here’s a look back at Creator James Cameron’s legacy, and the tipping point for, as it puts it, the soulless spectacle of CGI driven films that have followed. Although Cameron uses technology with intelligence and restraint in the film, have other film-makers been so judicious? And is he to […]

    terminator 2
  • Sympathy For The Devil? Raiders Of The lost Ark’s Belloq

    The best heroes get the best villains. In Indiana Jones’s case, not just Nazi’s, but the smooth, urbane French archaeologist who works with them to uncover the lost Ark of the Covenant; “a shadowy reflection” of himself. Rene Belloq, played by Paul Freeman, is a wily character, letting Indy (Harrison Ford) do all the hard work […]

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  • Breaking The Fourth Wall: A Movie Supercut

    Breaking the fourth wall, the practice of a character in a film addressing the viewer directly, by word or glance, can be a tricky move to pull off successfully. Via Press play, here is a supercut of some of the best, 54 films in total. One it doesn’t include sadly, is a subtle one from Apocalypse […]

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  • Blockbuster Soundtracks: An Audiovisual Essay

    Below is a short audiovisual essay by Ella Finch “exploring the emergence of pop soundtracks (Ghostbusters) in the new era of Hollywood blockbusters (’80s), and the evolution of ‘epic’ music scores (John Williams), becoming cult and key commercial points of films.” As John Williams is quoted in an interview with Film Score Monthly in 1977, “I […]

    john williams conducting
  • Sheer Magnetism – Sir George Martin & Live & Let Die (Interview)

      In 1973 James Bond was about to change. Long gone where the Martinis, the Walther PPK and the Scottish accent. Bond was now English, drinking bourbon whiskey, smoking cigars and carrying a Magnum. Though none of these changes stuck with the Bond films that followed, they are part of what makes Live and Let Die a Bond […]

    Sir George Martin
  • Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes

    Below is Jon Ronson’s 2008 documentary, in which the journalist and documentarian (The Men Who Star At Goats, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed) is invited to the late director Stanley Kubrick’s estate by his widow Christiane to examine the treasure trove of research material and more curious memos and instructions that he methodically logged in […]

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  • An Interview With Stanley Kubrick (1969) From “The Film Director As Superstar”

    Below is a brilliantly far ranging and lengthy interview with Stanley Kubrick, carried out after the completion of 2001: A Space odyssey, and while he was still researching his planned biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte. Many thanks to @LaFamiliaFilm and his site, Cinephilia And Beyond  for originally sourcing this piece. Excerpted from “The Film Director as Superstar” (Doubleday and […]

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  • Blackhat: (Cyber)Mannhunter

    Michael Mann doesn’t make films that pander to Americans. Or at least, that’s the impression suggested to anyone even vaguely familiar with the métier of Jean-Pierre Melville or Jean-Luc Godard. His heroes are slick professionals, recalling the aloofness of the nouvelle vague: colossi walking amidst the dreamers and dilettantes of the day. With Blackhat and […]

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the good german

The Good German: Play it Again, Soderbergh

Of all the film styles in all the world, Steven Soderbergh chose in 2006 to adapt Joseph Kanon’s novel The Good German as a faux- noir, emulating the techniques and styles of Hollywood’s golden age, with no modern concessions. It wasn’t exactly pitched that way to Warner Brothers though. He told Empire, “I said, OK, […]

judge minty

Judge Minty Fan Film Now Completed

Judge Minty, the long in development labour of love fan film which has recently been touring comic festivals, has finally been released on line, and we have it for you below. The film, about an over the hill Judge who takes the long walk into The Cursed Earth, stars artist Greg Staples in a cameo […]

terminator 2

Terminator 2: Appetite For Destruction

With Teminator Genisys due out soon, here’s a look back at Creator James Cameron’s legacy, and the tipping point for, as it puts it, the soulless spectacle of CGI driven films that have followed. Although Cameron uses technology with intelligence and restraint in the film, have other film-makers been so judicious? And is he to […]

raiders belloq

Sympathy For The Devil? Raiders Of The lost Ark’s Belloq

The best heroes get the best villains. In Indiana Jones’s case, not just Nazi’s, but the smooth, urbane French archaeologist who works with them to uncover the lost Ark of the Covenant; “a shadowy reflection” of himself. Rene Belloq, played by Paul Freeman, is a wily character, letting Indy (Harrison Ford) do all the hard work […]

annie hall 4th wall

Breaking The Fourth Wall: A Movie Supercut

Breaking the fourth wall, the practice of a character in a film addressing the viewer directly, by word or glance, can be a tricky move to pull off successfully. Via Press play, here is a supercut of some of the best, 54 films in total. One it doesn’t include sadly, is a subtle one from Apocalypse […]

john williams conducting

Blockbuster Soundtracks: An Audiovisual Essay

Below is a short audiovisual essay by Ella Finch “exploring the emergence of pop soundtracks (Ghostbusters) in the new era of Hollywood blockbusters (’80s), and the evolution of ‘epic’ music scores (John Williams), becoming cult and key commercial points of films.” As John Williams is quoted in an interview with Film Score Monthly in 1977, “I […]

Sir George Martin

Sheer Magnetism – Sir George Martin & Live & Let Die (Interview)

  In 1973 James Bond was about to change. Long gone where the Martinis, the Walther PPK and the Scottish accent. Bond was now English, drinking bourbon whiskey, smoking cigars and carrying a Magnum. Though none of these changes stuck with the Bond films that followed, they are part of what makes Live and Let Die a Bond […]

kubrick -boxes-5

Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes

Below is Jon Ronson’s 2008 documentary, in which the journalist and documentarian (The Men Who Star At Goats, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed) is invited to the late director Stanley Kubrick’s estate by his widow Christiane to examine the treasure trove of research material and more curious memos and instructions that he methodically logged in […]

kubrick lolita bts

An Interview With Stanley Kubrick (1969) From “The Film Director As Superstar”

Below is a brilliantly far ranging and lengthy interview with Stanley Kubrick, carried out after the completion of 2001: A Space odyssey, and while he was still researching his planned biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte. Many thanks to @LaFamiliaFilm and his site, Cinephilia And Beyond  for originally sourcing this piece. Excerpted from “The Film Director as Superstar” (Doubleday and […]

blackhat 1

Blackhat: (Cyber)Mannhunter

Michael Mann doesn’t make films that pander to Americans. Or at least, that’s the impression suggested to anyone even vaguely familiar with the métier of Jean-Pierre Melville or Jean-Luc Godard. His heroes are slick professionals, recalling the aloofness of the nouvelle vague: colossi walking amidst the dreamers and dilettantes of the day. With Blackhat and […]

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