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Tom Cruise – Villain Or hero?

When people think of Tom Cruise what do they see? That shit eating grin, the Scientology, star power? I prefer to think of Cruise as a character actor trapped in a superstar’s body. Once he went stratospheric with Top Gun, he began to seek out more interesting parts, and get the attention of some great […]

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Entitled: Iron Man Three / 3

Let’s face it, Tony Stark is not a serious guy. A little setback with anxiety attacks over invading aliens and unexpectedly feeling small in the grand scheme of things aren’t going to hold him back for long. After the blast of fun that was Iron Man 3, the end titles sock us with a jazzy, […]

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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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Empire Of Dreams: Star Wars Documentary

Some kind soul has posted the George Lucas approved doc Empire of Dreams from the DVD release of the original Special Edition Star Wars Trilogy online, so we thought we’d share it with you here. The documentary covers his early career and follows him through the difficult making of the original Star Wars trilogy. It […]

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Review: Calvary

Your own, personal, Jesus After last week’s nutty Noah, a more grounded trial of transcendence, forgiveness, and redemption, in John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary. Here, Brendan Gleeson’s Father James is a good priest, a rural Babel’s own “personal Jesus” – “Someone to hear your prayer, someone to care.” But this priest has a thorny dilemma – […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Godfather

  Arguably the most pivotal scene of The Godfather is when Michael (Al Pacino) takes the irrevocable step to cast aside his ideals in an attempt to save his family, by gunning down gangster Sollozo (Al Lettieri) and crooked police Captain McCloskey (Sterling Hayden). It is all the more surprising how powerful Pacino’s performance is […]

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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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Review: Noah

Noah beast so fierce – Russell Crowe and family bunker down in the Ark Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is unlike any Biblical epic you’ve ever seen before. By turns dusty, dirty, hallucinogenic and downright daffy, it retains a compelling, hypnotic power that draws the viewer into the granddaddy of all dystopian disaster flicks. Iceland once again […]

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The Big Red One: The Fuller Picture

In Hollywood, personal films can often become bloated vanity projects. With Samuel Fuller’s semi-autobiographical WWII memoir, The Big Red One, there is nothing vain or glorious about the events portrayed therein. Fuller’s words at the beginning baldly state “This is fictional life, based on factual death.” The Big Red One tells the story of a […]

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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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