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Entitled: SS-GB

James Bond writers Purvis and Wade’s alternate history SS-GB, based on the 1978 novel by thriller writer Len Deighton (The Ipcress File) is somewhat timely, what with the emboldening of the right in the wake of Brexit and Trump. Set in November 1941, the BBC 5 part series reimagines a successful resolution to the Battle Of […]

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Entitled: The Wild Geese

There is a reason that The Wild Geese feels like a Bond film. Although it doesn’t feature 007 and has absolutely no elements of him, some of the same crew worked on it, including future Bond director John Glen and the incumbent Bond at that time Roger Moore. The other major similarity, which really gives the […]

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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Score

Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice is shaping up to be more than a dust-up on screen. Critics, fans and casual movie goers are drawing lines in the sand-box and throwing their toys out of the pram in on-line spats about whether it rocks, or makes them want to retch. It’s certainly the most divisive […]

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Entitled – Gladiator Alternate Opening

“Strength And Honour.” Nothing quite expresses so bluntly and poetically the brute power of ancient Rome than Nick Livesey’s original, abandoned approach to the opening of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Given the script for the first quarter of the film and the wheatfield rushes of star Russell Crowe as Roman General Maximus brushing his fingers through […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: The Score

Now that  Star Wars The Force Awakens is on general release, Disney and LucasFilm have released John Williams’ sublime score, avoiding spoilers by not releasing it earlier. The soundtrack is one hour and 17 minutes, and includes  music for the alien menagerie of Maz Kanata’s hideaway, written by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, in collaboration with director […]

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Entitled: Goldfinger

Here’s a “Dink” -y little fact for you – the “golden girl” upon whom is projected scenes of James Bond derring-do in the titles to Goldfinger is actress and pin-up model Margaret Nolan, who plays masseuse Dink, sent off by James with a spank to the backside when he needs to discuss “man talk” with […]

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Scoring The Chase: The Music Of Mad Max: Fury Road

One of the many amazing elements of Mad Max: Fury Road is the incredible score, a riot of “an insane rock opera” according to composer Junkie XL, AKA Tom Holkenborg. One that at times fuses with the immense drum / guitar rig that powers Immortan Joe’s Warboys on their chase after Max, Furiosa and the […]

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Entitled: Daredevil Netflix Show

The latest  Netflix show to wow audiences is Marvel’s Daredevil, a live action series in which attorney Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with incredibly heightened senses, seeks to protect his neighbourhood of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen (post-The Avengers “incident”), in and out of the court room. Murdock […]

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Entitled: Marco Polo

Marco Polo is a major new Netflix show on the eponymous Venetian explorer’s adventures in the court of Kublai Khan, the Mongol founder of the Yuan dynasty in 13th century China. As exotic as Game Of Thrones, yet grounded in a relatability – young Marco (Lorenzo Richelmy) is described by director Daniel Minahan (Dead Wood, […]

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Entitled: The Terminator

The opening titles to James Cameron’s The Terminator are preceded by a prologue with opening text that outlines the nucleus of what is at stake in the film ahead. Over a cold, blue grey desolate future battleground, sleek automated machines, in the air and, on the ground, grinding human skulls into the dust, sweep remorselessly […]

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