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Unsung Heroes: The men Beneath The Alien Costume

Two images defined both the biomechanical and graceful look of the final stage in the life cycle of Ridley Scott’s Alien – HR Giger’s 1976 painting Necronom IV,and Leni Riefenstahl’s photograph of a two metre tall, rail thin, Nubian warrior. To achieve the look he wanted, Ridley reluctantly accepted he needed a man in a […]

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Inside Jaws – Filmumentary Preview

  Jamie Benning, creator of the Filmumentary feature-length documentary fan edit, is at it again. He’s following up 4 of my top movies with another of my favorite movies of all time, Jaws. Although the sequels had a steady decline into less-than-stellar territory, the original remains what I consider to be a perfect movie. I asked […]

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James Cameron : A Tribute

James Cameron applies his engineering background’s eye to the smallest details on every one of his films. Not for nothing have crews on his legendary shoots defiantly sported T-shirts emblazoned with legends such as “You can’t scare me, I work for James Cameron.” He demands a lot, from both crew and audience:  “If you’re gonna […]

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Why Coppola’s Dracula Sucked

There is a lot right with the Francis Ford Coppola version of Dracula. Unfortunately there is a lot wrong with it too. In fact, with the outstanding production design, brilliant old school film techniques, gothic soundtrack and wonderful lead actor, it is very hard to imagine how it turned out to be highly mediocre. And […]

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Kubrick’s Metamorphosis: Full Metal Jacket

With Paths Of Glory, Stanley Kubrick laid bare the absurdity and cruelty of war through the callousness of French Generals treatment of their own men. With Full Metal Jacket, he sought to specifically deal with the transformation of young men into killing machines, as exemplified by Sergeant Hartmann: “Your rifle is only a tool. It is a hard heart […]

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Channel C #2: Batmen

In this episode, we are joined by Lance of the MistareFusion YouTube Channel to discuss mostly Tim Burton’s Batman, but really just go off on all of the Batmans. Batmen? Batsmen? Originally posted 2012-06-29 22:31:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Making Of Magnolia

After the success of Boogie Nights, Paul Thomas Anderson was given cart blanche by New Line Cinema to develop whatever idea he wanted. He originally wanted to make something intimate and small scale, but as his wish list off actors to work with grew (Julianne Moore, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Melora Walters, William […]

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Triple Bill: Real Human Beings, Or Counterfeit Lives: Thief, To Live And Die In L.A, And Drive

The following three crime dramas share a commonality of purpose and style, in the electro-pop tracked machinations of their flawed players. Three testosterone fuelled templates of urban male machismo – Michael Mann’s Thief (1979), William Friedkin’s To Live And Die In L.A (1985), and Nicolas Winding Refn’s ’80′s tinged love letter to both, Drive (2011). […]

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Scene Is Believing: Psycho

  The shower scene, Psycho Not for nothing was Alfred Hitchcock known as “The master of suspense.” On reading the proof of Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho, he immediately ordered his assistants to buy up every copy they could find. He knew, in this pre-pre-internet age, that surprise and word of mouth about the shocks he […]

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The Thing Storyboard To Film Comparison

Here’s a very interesting side by side comparison of storyboards and their finished scenes from John Carpenter’s The Thing, compiled by Vashi Nedomansky . Vashi says in his post : “The visuals of both the desolate Antarctic and the ever-morphing alien creatures in THE THING were envisioned long before the movie was shot. Extensive storyboards were […]

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