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Reappreciation Society: Young Sherlock Holmes

There is no doubting that during the 1980s, Steven Spielberg was the king of excitement and had a Midas-like touch. When he was in the director’s chair he worked magic, but when he was in the producer’s chair he oversaw wonders. There was certainly something reassuring about the Amblin logo flashing before your eyes while […]

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The Shining: Vintage Film Comment Appreciation

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, here is a vintage 1980 article by Richard T Jameson from the archives of Film Comment magazine.   Camera comes in low over an immense Western lake, its destination apparently a small island at the center that seems to consist of nothing but treetops. Draw […]

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Mazerunner: The Making Of The Shining

To celebrate the imminent 35 year anniversary of The Shining (which we’ll be covering at a very special event!) here is the behind the scenes making of documentary made by director Stanley Kubrick’s then 17 year old daughter Vivian. This was originally produced for the BBC’s arts programme Arena.

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Sympathy For The Devil? The Long Good Friday’s Harold Shand

“You don’t crucify people! Not on Good Friday!” Like its London gangster anti-hero Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins), The Long Good Friday, completed in 1979 but not released until the next year by Lew Grade’s nervous lackeys, straddles the tired old Britain of Labour and the brash, unfeeling new Conservatism of the upcoming ’80’s. Harold, an old […]

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Apocalypse Wow: The Fury Road To Max Rockatansky’s Rebirth

Like its eponymous wandering haunted hero, hooked up intravenously to Warboy Nux, Mad Max:Fury Road has provided a shot in the arm and jolt to the gonads of action cinema. And not just action – the spectacle, verve, colour and pared down themes recalling and improving on so much of the 100 + years of […]

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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 […]


2012 According to Mr. Phelps

Let’s just jump in here shall we? Best Titles – Skyfall Tim already covered this in his review, and I don’t have much more to add apart from SKYFALL is a glorious film. It’s absolutely beautiful and the titles only sell it for how amazing it will be. It’s like an exquisite, beautiful meal made for your […]


Paradise Lost: A tribute to Empire of the Sun

During the early 1980s Steven Spielberg’s body of work were mainly studies in innocence, with a deep desire contained within to remain just so. Then in the mid 1980s something happened. Spielberg was suddenly addressing loss and grief. From 1985 until 1989, he was clearly in a sad mood. In 1985 The Color Purple had […]

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The Great Unmade? The Wind In The Willows

In the 1990’s, director Steven Barron intended to create a live-action film version of Kenneth Grahame’s anthropomorphic English pastoral classic, The Wind In The Willows. He was beaten to it by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. Barron collaborated with artist Brendan McCarthy, famous for his work on landmark British weekly comic 2000AD  (they previously […]

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Scene Is Believing: Mad Max: Fury Road

In this clip from Mad Max: Fury Road, via The New York Times, director George Miller discusses the tensions between Tom Hardy’s Max and Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa. Max at this point is chained to Nicholas Hoult’s’s unconscious Warboy Nux, as a permanent “blood bank”. Max understandably wants freed; Furiosa feels Max will either hinder […]

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