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The Prisoner: Failure Is The Only Option

What do we want? Information. You won’t get it…oh, you know the drill. Few TV series have provoked so much debate, interest, and even downright outrage as Patrick McGoohan’s  The Prisoner (for he did indeed orchestrate almost every detail of the show)  in 1967. A paean to liberty, a Rand-ian blueprint, metaphysical exploration of the […]

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Terrence Malick: The Art Of Voiceover

No film-maker employs voiceover quite like Terrence Malick, or as often. Sometimes it can seem naive, like Sissy Spacek’s Holly in Badlands (“One day, while taking a look at some vistas in Dad’s stereopticon, it hit me that I was just this little girl, born in Texas, whose father was a sign painter, who only […]

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Into The Light: A Look Back at Batman Forever

  In Batman Returns Gotham had become a tiny sound stage full of extras from A Nightmare Before Christmas. It had also not performed as well as Warner Bros. had (rightly) expected it would. It was time to take Batman back into the mainstream. They wanted a third movie and most of all they wanted more light. […]

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Apocalypto Now: Jack O’Connell On The Run, In ’71

“Give it, and take it back.” The ritualised  boxing match “blooding” of young recruits in the training opening sequence of ‘71, by director Yann Demange (Top Boy) and writer Gregory Burke (Black Watch) deliberately wrong foots the audience that what follows may be a macho take on The Troubles. Instead, they seek to transcend the period’s […]

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The Silence of The Lambs – Who Wins The Scene

Here’s the latest video from Tony Zhou, this time analysing the pschology behind the two way exchange during the fist meeting between Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) and FBI rookie Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence Of The Lambs. Enjoy.  

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Reappreciation Society: Major Dundee (1965): The Proto – Peckinpah Western

  It was supposed to be third time’s the charm for director Sam Peckinpah. After two well received small westerns: The Deadly Companion, and Ride The high Country (which went down a storm in Europe and is now considered one of his greatest films), “Bloody Sam” was given a large scope, large budget Horse Soldier […]

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Exclusive: Matthew Modine On His Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad app, Kubrick, Nolan, and more

  Following our news item on actor Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad app, Mr Modine was kind enough to answer a few follow up questions for Cinetropolis on working with director Stanley Kubrick, how the app came into being, his recent experience working on The Dark Knight Rises, and more. To visit Matthew […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Gone Girl

Spoilers abound Gone Girl – not quite a mystery or thriller, not quite a straight satire on modern marriage either. It’s almost War Of The Roses without the slapstick; instead, a dash of De Palma, with Verhoeven’s va-va-voom, and a Hitchcock glacial blonde, pulling all the strings. In its delirious, mid-point bait and switch, and […]

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Eyes of Hitchcock

Via Kogonada, here’s a short video exploring how director Alfred Hitchock uses the eyes of his subjects to create a sense of terror. The video was created for the Criterion Collection.

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Guilty Pleasures: Judge Dredd

  Is Stallone’s take on the Mega-City cop drokking good, or just plain drek? On the matter of Guilty Pleasures, I AM THE LAW! Judge Dredd lingered in development hell from as far back as 1980 before it burst onto screens in 1995. Trying to get the tone of the character and his world right […]

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