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View From The Overlook: Crafting The Shining

If you enjoyed our man John Rain’s report from the 35th anniversary reunion of the cast and crew for a special screening of The Shining earlier this year, you’re bound to find further gems in this 30 minute video by film maker / historian Gary Leva. You can rewatch it forever. And ever. And ever… […]

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SPECTRE Song Video – Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall

Well, the video for singer Sam Smith’s SPECTRE title song, Writing’s On The Wall, is with us, and, in the context of some suitably moody images form the film, is beginning to cement itself more in my favours. Catching Bullets author Mark O’Connell is one fan prepared to give it a go: “It is a […]

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Scene Is Believing: The International

Director Tom Tywker and writer Eric Warren Singer’s The International (2009) takes the corrupt business practices of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International in the 1980’s, and fictionalises it into a contemporary global conspiracy thriller –  “gangster warfare on a corporate level,” as Singer put it. Clive Owen as the improbably named Louis Salinger, a dogged […]


The Top 10 Most Underrated Movies

I have a special place in my heart for the unnoticed under dog, and here, in my humble opinion, are the 10 best examples of under appreciated classics.   10. John Carter It’s easy to see why John Carter failed initially. The marketing department really screwed the pooch in handling such amazing material, on top […]

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Barry Lyndon: Death By A Thousand Cuts

Barry Lyndon is the story of a man, no more, no less. A Rake’s Progress of a kind, yet progress, our hero does not. A tale of a naif, vain, selfish, constantly arriving, on the cusp of obtaining what he believes he holds most dear in the world: status. He subsumes his somewhat transparent persona to fit what […]

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Inside Jaws , A Filmumentary By Jamie Benning

Well, this is a pleasant surprise! Jamie Benning, the creator of unique filmumentaries Star Wars Begins, Building Empire, Returning To Jedi and Raiding The Lost Ark, is ahead of schedule and so impatient to share the goodies, he has released his latest fan documentary, Inside Jaws,  a week early. Jamie is a busy guy these […]

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Crikey DM! David Jason’s Tribute To Cosgrove hall

The relaunched Danger Mouse cartoon has seemingly won over a new generation of fans, and allayed fears of those who fondly remember the adventures of Britain’s other greatest secret agent, voiced by David Jason, and his bumbling assistant, Penfold (Terry Scott). So this is as good a time as any to listen to David Jason’s radio […]


Review: Legend

When a film is released with technical achievement at its centre, often it eclipses any discussion about the overall merits of the movie. Avatar is one such example from the last decade; with people marvelling at how beautiful it looked there seemed no appetite to discuss its myriad failings as a film – it even […]


Ooer!! Sounds a Bit Rude!! – A Tribute to Filthy, Rich and Catflap

After they brought the second (and final) series of The Young Ones to a climax with an exploding bus, people wondered what would be next for Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson and Ben Elton. Apart from cameo roles here and there (Blackadder, Happy Families, Saturday Live), occasional Comic Strip films and a generation defining appearance on […]

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The Code Of The East : Seven Samurai

With Seven Samurai in 1954, Akira Kurosawa sought to elevate Japanese Samurai films of the day, chambara, essentially B-movies, to the level of an epic: at three hours and twenty seven minutes, he succeeded in not just shining a light on his country’s past, but crafting a mythic fable that symbolises Japan’s struggle to live […]

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