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Why Coppola’s Dracula Sucked

There is a lot right with the Francis Ford Coppola version of Dracula. Unfortunately there is a lot wrong with it too. In fact, with the outstanding production design, brilliant old school film techniques, gothic soundtrack and wonderful lead actor, it is very hard to imagine how it turned out to be highly mediocre. And […]

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Toby Kebbell In “The German”

Variety is leading the pack in reporting the casting of Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s reboot of The Fantastic Four. We have a short film for you from a few years ago, where as a Battle Of Britain RAF ace, he wishes to inflict a different kind of doom on the Messerschmitt […]

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Scene Is Believing: Chasing The Red Dragon

Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon has been adapted for the screen three times, as Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986), Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon (2002) and for NBC, Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal (2013-2015) – the latter playing more freely and artfully with the relationship between its eponymous, cannibalistic psychopath and Will Graham, the FBI profiler who catches him. All […]

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An Interview With Stanley Kubrick (1969) From “The Film Director As Superstar”

Below is a brilliantly far ranging and lengthy interview with Stanley Kubrick, carried out after the completion of 2001: A Space odyssey, and while he was still researching his planned biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte. Many thanks to @LaFamiliaFilm and his site, Cinephilia And Beyond  for originally sourcing this piece. Excerpted from “The Film Director as Superstar” (Doubleday and […]

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The Empire Strikes Back Character Publicity Phone Messages

In 1979, Craig Miller, Director of Fan Relations for LucasFilm, created a series of telephone messages by cast members (in character) to promote The Empire Strikes Back. There were messages from Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and James Earl Jones (no Chewbacca one though – that would have been hilarious!). You called an 800 […]

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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Here’s a nice little film by four young college students originally made in 2003 as coursework, retracing several of the iconic locations from classic grim British crime thriller, Get Carter.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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“I’m the guy you buy” – Michael Clayton

The term “modern masterpiece” is thrown around too much these days. More often than not it is a case of mistaken hyperbole and soon retracted once it comes out on DVD. Five stars become three and before you know it the revisionists are out suggesting it is one of the worst films ever made. However […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Wild Bunch

A hundred and more bullets for the General Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch is the film alliterative praise was made for: bold, balletic, ballistic, and bloodily beautiful. If Sir Christopher Frayling described Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West as “something to do with death” then add “life” to that imprimatur and slap […]

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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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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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