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Review: Dunkirk

British war cinema is preoccupied it seems with defeat – the stumbling block of the Arnhem campaign in A Bridge Too Far, the sinking of Noel Coward’s destroyer from In Which We Serve, and innumerable plucky POW features, not to  mention the late critic Barry Norman’s father Leslie Norman’s take on the daddy of them all, […]

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Unsung Heroes: Skip Lievsay, Sound Designer

The following is a 1991 New York Times article by Judith Shulevitz on the art of sound editing / design, tied in to the release of the Coen Brothers Barton Fink the same year, and honing in specifically on the work of their sound editor, Skip Lievsay. Lievsay has been nominated for an Oscar twice […]

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The Battle Of Algiers: Neo-Realist Revolution

Since winning the Golden Lion at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, The Battle Of Algiers has been seen as both a revolutionaries cinema verité manual, and a warning to military occupiers the world over. Its audacious style and semi-documentary feel are firmly rooted in the leftist tradition, yet it walks a fine line of even-handedness. During the Algerian […]

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Psycho Pension Qu’est-ce que c’est – Lethal Weapon Is A Real Live Wire

Before subsequent installments dialed up the yuks and irritating side characters, 1987’s Lethal Weapon had a satisfyingly hard edge to its big screen take on the buddy cop scenario, previously seen as a T.V trope. It had a fresh for the time “too old for this shit” family man detective partnered with a genuine loose cannon, […]

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The Best Two Ronnies Sketches

The Two Ronnies are often only remembered these days for dressing in drag and singing old music-hall numbers. The truth of the matter is that their sketches were some of the most thoughtful and intelligent sketches ever to appear on television. Some of the best writers that ever lived contributed to the show. Such luminaries as John […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Escape To Athena

USOnly Live Twice Yes I know Roger Moore wasn’t in the James Bond film whose title I’m playing on here, but the bad joke fits the melting pot of moussaka that is Lew Grade’s Escape To Athena, a comedic WWII caper in the Greek islands, with a cavalcade of slumming B-list stars, clearly only in it […]

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The Top 10 Moments in Bond History

For absolutely no reason at all, I give you the top 10 moments in Bond film history. I am sure you will all say I am wrong, but here you are anyway. 10. “This Never Happened To The Other Fella” Taking over from Sean Connery was a very tough gig for George Lazenby, a bit like […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Gladiator’s Proximo

I love Gladiator. You could even say my love for it echoes in eternity. And a major part of that love extends to the rascally Gladiator Master Proximo, a part tailor made for the late Oliver Reed. Proximo is a merchant of death, a former gladiator himself, freed by the late Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). […]

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Screenwriter Bob Gale and Christopher Lloyd discuss Back To The Future

On January 25 2013, at the University Of California Television, screenwriter Bob Gale and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, sat down after a screening of Back To The Future for an in depth discussion on the making of the film. Thanks to Mentorless , here are some of Bob Gale’s highlights from that evening. 1 – […]

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Unscene Is Believing: The Godfather

A popular image used to publicise The Godfather on its initial release features Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in a scene, just one of several, that didn’t even make the final cut. Francis Ford Coppola’s initial cut of The Godfather ran to over four hours. Before shooting The Godfather Pt II he was tickled by the […]

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