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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Here’s a nice little film by four young college students originally made in 2003 as coursework, retracing several of the iconic locations from classic grim British crime thriller, Get Carter.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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Pacino /De Niro “Dreamed Scenes”

Heat was great, wasn’t it? Those two titans of American cinema, De Niro and Pacino batting back and forth against each other (let’s forget Righteous Kill though). Imagine if they’d acted together more often. Well, thanks to this tribute by Adrian Iffrig, they do, as well as meta-comment on their own performances (a crying De […]

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Derelict: Fusing Prometheus With Its “Alien DNA”

Here’s an interesting exercise – Prometheus and Alien edited together, fusing Prometheus with, as Ridley Scott described the link between the two, its “Alien DNA”. As the editor Job Willins states: “Prometheus’ wasn’t exactly an Alien prequel, but this treats it as such by intercutting the events of Alien with Prometheus in a dual narrative […]

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Space Oddity: The Black Hole

  Now that Disney have bought Lucasfilm, will they plough ahead with their intended remake of Star Wars’ coat trailer, The Black Hole, or consign this imitators memory to the dustbin of history? The success of Star Wars took Hollywood by surprise in 1977, and suddenly science fiction films were hip again. Disney dusted off elements of 20,000 […]

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The Story Of The Day The Clown Cried – New BBC Documentary

Last year America’s Library Of Congress acquired a negative of Jerry Lewis’ infamous Holocaust “comedy drama” The Day The Clown Cried, on condition the film would not be screened until 2025. Now the BBC has released a new documentary on the film on YouTube (it will be broadcast at a later date). This is the […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road – We Don’t (?) Need Another Tribute

It’s been a week. Still thinking about how amazing Mad Max: Fury Road is? You’re not alone. Dedicated maniacs, including massive movie geek and funnyman Patton Oswalt have been putting their own tributes together, and we’ve compiled a few for you below, including Patton’s “deleted scene” where he played Immortan Joe’s “stand-up comedian”… Here’s a […]

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