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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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The Swimmer: Not Waving But Drowning

On a beautiful Autumn Sunday morning in upstate Connecticut, a middle-aged virile man, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) emerges from the trees. Clad only in swimming trunks, he approaches old friends gathered around their back yard pool. Greeted warmly but with some surprise, he announces cheerily that he intends to swim home via a chain of similar pools in […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Daredevil

  What do we want? JUSTICE!! Justice for Daredevil, the unfairly maligned runt of the movie superhero litter, and subject of this month’s Guilty Pleasures. Director / Writer Mark Steven Johnson complained of having to cut his dark avenger type movie to achieve a PG-13 rating imposed by the studio (it’s a 15 in the […]

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Steadicam “Impossible Shots” Demo Video

  Via The Hollywood Reporter, here is the first public look at a demo reel entitled 30 Impossible Shots, created by the inventor of the Steadicam, Garrett Brown. Garrett, who had been making films and shorts for Sesame Street back in 1974, created the Steadycam for use then, but soon realised it had potentially wider, […]

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Thinking In Circles – Interpreting The Star Wars Saga Through Ring Composition

      Even the most casual glance at the Star Wars prequels (and indeed, even within the original trilogy) will reveal recurring motifs. But have you really noticed the true depth of synchronicity with regard to narrative structure, plot points, themes and so on, that thread throughout all six (so far) films? Mike Klimo […]

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You Only Live Splice: Dan Gale on James Bond Editor John Glen

  We love James Bond at Cinetropolis. We love people who also love James Bond. So when we came across this delightfully droll, witty and informative video blog/podcast thing on James Bond lynchpin editor turned director John Glen and his stylistic choices, we had to share it with you. Trust us, creator and scene stealer […]

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If Adventure Has A Name…

  Here’s a nice tribute to one of cinema’s greatest heroes, Indiana Jones, eminent archaeologist, academic, and adventurer by Clara Darko. Good news for Crystal Skull haters (hey, it has its moments!) – this video was edited before that film’s release, so only clips from the first three films feature. Take a look below, and […]

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Reappreciation Society: Let Me In

Any work of art should stand or fall on it’s own merits or faults, not be forever held in the shadow of its forerunner. When Charlton Heston’s Ben Hur was released in 1955, did audiences say “Yeah, but I preferred the version where they didn’t talk so much…” That said, Director and co-writer Matt Reeves […]

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The Great unmade? Star Trek Phase II

Once syndication had established there was a massive interest in Star Trek, after blinkered scheduling had driven the original run into a Network Black Hole , Gene Rodenberry was determined to resurrect his cast of future Utopian interplanetary explorers on screen, big or small. Initial scripts morphed into the curious case of the lost series, Star Trek […]

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Interstellar Soundtrack and Sound Effects Featurette

Unusually, director Christopher Nolan withheld the release of the score for Interstellar until two weeks after the release of his new film, believing the emotional impact is best married to the full, cinematic experience. And that includes the “experiential” sound mix, that has garnered such a debate about audibility and clarity of dialogue. “I’ve always […]

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