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Edge Of Darkness: Tree Detective

The Boys From The Blackstuff, The Monocled Mutineer, Edge Of Darkness; in hindsight  it seems as if the 1980’s was a decade of politically sharp television drama. However, Troy Kennedy Martin’s long gestation of EOD (started in 1982, screened in 1985)  arose out of his despondency at the apolitical atmosphere at the BBC – he […]

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Re-appreciation society: Paradise Alley

  In 1978, Sylvester Stallone was riding high on the rags to riches success of his make or break everyman made good script, Rocky. After fighting his corner to play the mumbling underdog as well, he had freedom to pursue a couple of interesting projects, both largely forgotten in the pantheon of his otherwise overblown […]

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Star Wars, Grindhoused

When George Lucas was making Star Wars back in the ’70’s, the 1930’s space serial throwback approach was a far from sure thing, with overshoots, over budgeting, and last minute untried special effects. It’s easy to forget how unusual it was, with it being so prevalent now in pop culture. The grungy, “used-universe” look of the film […]

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Behind the Scenes with Jaws the Revenge

Just how do you follow a 3D shark? Well, with one that travels the world looking for revenge, of course. 1987’s Jaws the Revenge just may be the worst sequel ever made, it’s silly, amateurish, sloppy and actually insane. I have written about it here. However the folks at Paramount obviously had high hopes for […]

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Oliver Stone’s Comandante

Unless you’ve been living in a catatonic state since the double-whammy of Brexit and Trump-ton, you’ll know that Fidel Castro, lifetime president of Cuba, has died at the age of 90 (and not by the hands of the CIA, who tried to do him in multiple times with increasingly bizarre methods). In 2002, film-maker Oliver […]

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Renegade Commentary: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

What do you do when you can’t get hold of a commentary by a favourite director on one of his best films? Record your own, I suppose. Darren Dochterman, a 30-year veteran concept artist and visual effects artist, has done just that for not only Raiders of The Lost Ark, which we have embedded for […]

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On The Offensive: Robocop 2

Just how could a film directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back) and written by Frank Miller (Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, 300) turn out to be one of the most offensive sequels ever made? There are so many reasons. Robocop came along in 1987 and caught everybody off guard. It was ultra violent, […]

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The 10 Best Songs from Muppet movies

  Here at Cinetropolis we have a soft spot for The Muppets. In a moment of boredom John decided to knock together a top ten list based on his  favourite Muppet songs. Enjoy. If you disagree with him, make you own list in the comments box. 10. Can You Picture That No one rocks out like […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Right Stuff

“The Right Stuff is an almost perfectly made film.” – Christopher Nolan. There are several inspirations for the director’s latest epic, Interstellar, including Philip Kaufman’s 1983 film. Based on Tom Wolfe’s book, it reflects the early days of the space-race, and the pilots of America’s Mercury space program, candidates the Yanks hoped would embody the elusive […]

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Featurette

Here’s a new short featurette to whet your appetite for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, possibly the most anticipated film for many a year, if like me you ever wondered as a kid what happened before Princess Leia’s ship tore across the screen way back in 1977. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the […]

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