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From 2001 To Gravity, Via Chris Hadfield And Space Oddity

Remember that cool video astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield posted of him performing Bowie’s Space Oddity in the International Space Station? After the time limit on his permission from Bowie’s people to post it expired, he took it down from his You Tube page. He has now made it a private video. However! You can still […]

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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Here’s a nice little film by four young college students originally made in 2003 as coursework, retracing several of the iconic locations from classic grim British crime thriller, Get Carter.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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Merry Christmas – A Shane Black Tribute

“An action movie should, like any other, follow the narrative traditions of literature. That means there should be subtlety, a slow build and a gradual bringing together of all the separate threads of the plot. To see all of it coming together slowly is very rewarding for the audience.” – Shane Black Or, alternatively, you […]

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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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Vanishing Point: Existential Drift

“The car’s the star,” director Richard Sarafian believed of Vanishing Point, miffed that the studio overruled his choice of Gene Hackman as leading man. They made him cast Barry Newman as the delivery driver who evades the police across multiple State lines, to deliver a White Dodge Challenger in record time. What Sarafian didn’t get was, […]

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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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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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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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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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Western , Italian Style

There’s far more to the Spaghetti Western sub-genre than the films of Sergio Leone (Spaghetti Western was a term he despised). His were simply the more polished end of a rough and ready take on America’s frontier history. Hundreds of European westerns were made from the 1960’s (their heyday) up to the the 1980s, many […]

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