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Terminator Genisys: Future And past

A lot of effort obviously went into Terminator Genisys to match the feel of the earlier films, even down to recreating events almost shot for shot, with the added twist of “older” Arnie-800 popping up in the same scene, like Marty McFly in a leather jacket in “I’ll be back (To The Future 2) mode. […]

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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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Vintage article By Douglas Trumbull on creating Special Effects for 2001 A Space Odyssey

Below is a vintage article from American Cinematographer by Douglas Trumbull on creating the visual effects for 2001 A Space odyssey.   Do it right – then do it better – then do it all over again. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was an extremely complex and difficult film to make, and naturally there are many interesting […]

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Moving Pictures: Reservoir Dogs

Moving Pictures was  a BBC TV show devoted to film that ran from 1991 to 1996. Presented by Rock Follies screenwriter Howard Schuman, each program was composed of several short films on different cinematic subjects. Recently an excerpt devoted to the then recently released Reservoir Dogs, featuring Quentin Tarantino eagerly discuss his background, influences and […]

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Retrospective: Back To The Future Video Essay

Here’s another in-depth video retrospective from OliverHarper, this time on possibly the greatest (and funniest) time-travel film ever made, Back To The Future. Great Scott! Keep ’em coming, Oliver!   Originally posted 2015-07-28 21:24:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Scene is Believing: Ghostbusters

“It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow man…” All the Ghostbusters had to do when challenged to choose the form of their destruction by Gozer, an evil Sumerian deity, was empty their minds, but  Ray (Dan Ackroyd) couldn’t help it. “I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that […]

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The Belafonte – Life After The Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Whatever Happened To The Belafonte? As much a character as Bill Murray’s obsessively colourful sea-faring explorer in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, his ship The Belafonte has had an eventful life on the high seas. Originally commissioned HMS Packington in 1958 as a minesweeper in the British Royal Navy, the tub was […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens WGA Q & A

The following is the transcript from a recent Writer’s Guild of America Q & A with the team behind Star Wars The Force Awakens – director J.J. Abrams, and co-writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, moderated by Anthony Breznican. Spoilers below I feel like this year we had like an extra holiday. We had Thanksgiving, […]

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The Great Unmade? Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune

Critics are abuzz with rave reviews of Frank Pavich’s documentary on one of the maddest, baddest gambles in Hollywood’s history – the still-born first serious attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s ground breaking, Messianic Space Opera novel, Dune. The fall-out from the extensive, imaginative gathering of talent by visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky before the plug was […]

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What About Bond?

James Bond is sad. Really sad. He seems to spend most of his time these days moping around like a teenager who isn’t allowed to go to the prom. He is so mentally fragile of late that he looks more likely to don a Cure T-Shirt than a tuxedo. It’s a growing concern. Now I don’t […]

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