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BTTF’s De Lorean: Hot Shit Time Machine

There are many iconic modes of transport in the movies, but few as memorable and out there as the Back To The Future series’ DeLorean time machine (although possibly not as out there as original idea, a refrigerator – dropped in case kids emulating their hero got stuck inside). Created by Doc Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), […]

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Captain America: Civil War Review

When aliens sift through the wreckage of our planet as it hurtles aimlessly through the endless gulf of Space, they will probably want to study each year forensically, perhaps even doing it year by year. What will become immediately clear to them is that 2016 was the year of Superheroes fighting each other for essentially spurious reasons […]

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Vanishing Point: Existential Drift

“The car’s the star,” director Richard Sarafian believed of Vanishing Point, miffed that the studio overruled his choice of Gene Hackman as leading man. They made him cast Barry Newman as the delivery driver who evades the police across multiple State lines, to deliver a White Dodge Challenger in record time. What Sarafian didn’t get was, […]

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Locke: An Ordinary Tragedy

Who we are depends on a multitude of influences, societal and blood-borne. And who we are when no-one can see us – when we glance at a call – waiting signal on our mobile phones and ponder whether to answer or not, to put on a fake uplift in our voice, say, is another. What if […]

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Furst Among Equals: The Cinematic Spy Novels of Alan Furst

You won’t find Alan Furst’s early contemporary murder mysteries mentioned among his best sellers in the fly leaves of his books. By his own admission, they weren’t very good, and not what he was really interested in doing. One day he then went to look for a historical spy novel to read, and couldn’t find […]

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Guilty Pleasures: After Earth

After Earth was almost universally derided as “the worst film of 2013” a vanity vehicle for Will Smith, or more precisely, his son Jaden, and a flat, empty spectacle, ploddingly directed by M. Night Shyamalan, thrown a bone by Smith after a string of self-created disappointments. Co-written by Gary Whitta, it seemingly follows computer game […]

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Fear The Dark Side – A Prometheus / Star Wars Mash-Up

“Is the dark side stronger?” Based on this edit, using the creepy music from the Prometheus trailer, it can make the world of Star Wars seem bloody terrifying. More sterling work from @NickSkwalk as a fun way to join in Alien Day 426 – the Alien franchise is coming back to the big screen in a […]

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The Last Thing You See: A Final Shot Montage

Inspired by The Final Image, Plot Point Productions have created this wonderful montage, a self-styled “meditation on the beautiful, cathartic, and transcendent power of the final shot.” See if you can guess every film featured. If you’re stumped, the video itself has a full list of every film at each moment in the video, which is broken into […]

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Batman Begins -“Beautiful Lie” Alternate Opening

One of the strongest elements of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the visual style created by director Zack Snyder and cinematographer Larry Fong. That, and elements of Hans Zimmer and Junki XL’s score. With that in mind, Anton Volk has decided to edit an alternate opening to Christoper Nolan’s Batman Begins along the same […]

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The Great Unmade? Nottingham

The tale of Robin Hood is one oft told, many times on film alone, including the recent Ridley Scott / Russell Crowe team up, sold to Crowe as a chance to make a “sequel” of sorts to their previous historic rip-snorter,Gladiator.  Robin Hood sprang from an original “hot” script called Nottingham, yet the two articles bear as much relation […]

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