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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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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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Forgiven, Not Four-gotten – Recalling Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four

Here’s a film that doesn’t quite fit into our “Great Unmade” slot, yet, unless you have a bootleg copy, or catch it on YouTube, you’ll never see this unloved, bastard offspring of the Marvel universe. Seemingly Doomed (pun intended) from the start, Roger Corman’s Concorde-New horizons Pictures was tasked by rights holders Neue Constantin Films, […]

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Batman Begins -“Beautiful Lie” Alternate Opening

One of the strongest elements of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the visual style created by director Zack Snyder and cinematographer Larry Fong. That, and elements of Hans Zimmer and Junki XL’s score. With that in mind, Anton Volk has decided to edit an alternate opening to Christoper Nolan’s Batman Begins along the same […]

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Catcher In The Wry: When The Rom-Com Went Retro

Ever since the first caveman dragged his mate back to the cave, men and women have seemingly been at loggerheads. In the fifties and sixties, sex comedies were all the rage, and the reigning queen was Doris Day. She embodied the emancipated but starry-eyed woman who butts heads with pig-headed alpha males like James Garner […]

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Michael Caine Teaches Screen Acting

To mark Sir Michael Caine’s 81st birthday, we’ve dusted off the only class act he’s interested in – where he’s the guv’nor, and annoying middle class drama students pipe down an’ listen, mush. And remember, if you get angry then upset, you have to do the voice when it cracks, and goes quiet, see? Now, […]

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Smokey IS the Bandit: Man or Myth?

In 1983 the powers that be at Universal wanted a third addition to the very popular Smokey and the Bandit series. The only problem was that Burt Reynolds (and director Hal Needham) were not interested in taking the Bandit for another spin. When the two main central forces of a successful franchise do not wish […]

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Harry’s Game: Sic Transit Spooks

My tribute from the vaults to the late lamented [Spooks] “Global terrorism, Islamic extremists, all phone-tap resources plus Echelon pointed at the Middle East, and now the old enemy looks like it’s rearing its ugly head…and it’s such a beautiful morning…” So opined Sir Harry Pearce, KBE, head of MI5’s Section D (counter-terrorism), in the very […]

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Unhappy Life Day – The Star Wars Holiday Special

Many people doubt the existence of Bigfoot. There are copious stories of what Bigfoot looks like, what he is supposed to be and there is even grainy film footage of him. Many people just dismiss Bigfoot witnesses as opportunists trying to fool people into believing what is essentially just a myth. George Lucas would like you to believe that […]

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Getting Carter: Retracing The Film’s Locations

Here’s a nice little film by four young college students originally made in 2003 as coursework, retracing several of the iconic locations from classic grim British crime thriller, Get Carter. The lads (Ashley Dean , Gary Edge, Tom Whyman, and Andy Clegg) take us to such spots as: . The Las Vegas Boarding House, where Carter (Michael Caine) […]

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