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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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Sympathy For The Devil? Gone Girl

Spoilers abound Gone Girl – not quite a mystery or thriller, not quite a straight satire on modern marriage either. It’s almost War Of The Roses without the slapstick; instead, a dash of De Palma, with Verhoeven’s va-va-voom, and a Hitchcock glacial blonde, pulling all the strings. In its delirious, mid-point bait and switch, and […]

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Shanghai Surprise: The Movie That Hobbled Handmade Films

For some reason, after a run of fairly succesful, low budget projects, Handmade Films decided in 1986 that they wanted a screwball comedy with some star wattage. What they got was a god-awful mess that blew up in their faces, and nearly scuppered them; Shanghai Surprise, a vanity project for Madonna and her then husband, the […]

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Blade Runner Retrospective Video Review

Another in Oliver Harper‘s “Retrospective” series, this 38 minute video looks back at the making of Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner. Enjoy.   Originally posted 2015-05-27 18:31:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Scene Is Believing: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Audiences and critics alike are having a blast with Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible installment, Rogue Nation (keep that second fiddle handy, Jeremy Renner – there’s plenty of life left in the Duracell bunny star yet). Of the many exciting sequences throughout the film, the Opera House scene is being singled out as particularly brilliant […]

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Tarkin Care Of Business: Rogue One’s Digital Peter Cushing And Princess Leia

One of the most exciting, groundbreaking and controversial elements of Rogue One A Star Wars Story, is the inclusion of a character, Grand Moff Tarkin, played in the original Star Wars by the now deceased Peter Cushing. Controversial, because the method used was a CG scan of his face over a physically similar actor (Holby […]

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Sympathy For The Devil – Man Of Steel? Or Man Of Straw?

With the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, everyone seems to have got their knickers over their unitards into a twist over Superman’s (Henry Cavill) “killing spree” in Metropolis at the end of Man Of Steel, referenced again in BvS‘s ground zero eye view from an appalled and angry Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). […]

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Reappreciation Society: Slap Shot

Sports films are usually about challenges and overcoming them. Beating the odds, jumping the hurdles, sinking the putt, dunking the ball or scoring the touchdown. These films usually centre around a hero, or a sporting great or someone seeking redemption. What was different about Slap Shot however, is that it centres around a pathological liar, […]

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A Sort Of Tribute: Meteor

Before the Bayhem of Armageddon, pre-dating the drama of Deep Impact, there was 1979’s Meteor! (a film that would be improved, Airplane! style, by an exclamation mark and a heavy does of humour). To my young eyes back then it was an awesome concept– a meteor fragment five miles wide, sheared off Orpheus, the largest asteroid in the belt, by a […]

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Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

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