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Scene Is Believing: Catch-22

That’s some catch, that Citizen-22 Catch-22 has become a well known byword  for an impossible quandary or situation. The brilliantly delicious lunacy of Joseph Heller’s novel almost impossible to describe to those who haven’t read it, howling at the absurdities therein. In 1969, director Mike Nichols rolled up his sleeves and gave a film adaptation his […]

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The Hunger Games – Franchise Tribute

With the final installment in The Hunger Games films, Mockingjay Part 2 out very soon, here is a fan-edit recap of the Jennifer Lawrence series so far, combined with trailer footage for the final film. The tribute is by Anton Volkov for fan site Quarter Quell. Enjoy, and “May the odds be ever in your […]

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Little Wonder – A Tribute to Time Bandits

 Terry Gilliam often refers to Time Bandits, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as his “dreamer’s trilogy”. All three films share a common thread of fantasy and all three leave you with the impression that the protagonist may have imagined the whole adventure. There is also a common theme of bureaucracy chasing man – Brazil is the story of a man […]

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Hannibal: Script To Screen

Recently Hannibal, the TV adaptation of author Thomas Harris’ cannibalistic gourmand Hannibal Lector’s exploits finished its third run, with NBC ceasing to air any further seasons. As it looks unlikely that any other channels will pick the show up, it ended on a fitting cliff-hanger, Graham and Hannibal tumbling to their seeming doom, a la […]

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The Silence of The Lambs – Who Wins The Scene

Here’s the latest video from Tony Zhou, this time analysing the pschology behind the two way exchange during the fist meeting between Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) and FBI rookie Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence Of The Lambs. Enjoy.   Originally posted 2014-10-15 06:32:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Reappreciation Society: Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate, Michael Cimino’s grand, epic retelling of the Johnston County War in 1892 Wyoming, has become a byword for profligacy and headstrong vanity. In truth, based on a notorious early review that examined everything but the film on screen, vexatiously fixated on scurrilous rumour and annoyance at being kept in the dark about the production. […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Good, The Bad And The ugly

Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly is, in Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling’s words, “the most carnivalesque of all his films – a black comedy about the craziness of war, a Catch – 22 of the American Civil War.” Tuco / Ugly (Eli Wallach) and Blondie / Good (Clint Eastwood) are a Mexican bandit and […]

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Extra Relish: My On-Set adventure with Michael Collins

  In the summer of 1995, the cry went out for unpaid volunteers to pad out the crowd scenes for Neil Jordan’s epic drama Michael Collins. Thousands heeded the call, and I, dear reader, was one of them. On leave from work for a few days in early August, I idly flicked through the local […]

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Gravity: The Sound Of Gravity

Here’s another brilliant technical insight from the folks at Soundworks, this time on the sound design for director Alfonso Cuaron’s latest sensational Earth orbit set film, Gravity. Although the director wanted to reflect realities of a space set environment, there is still sound, other than stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s voices. The Foley artists used transducer […]

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The Story Of The Day The Clown Cried – New BBC Documentary

Last year America’s Library Of Congress acquired a negative of Jerry Lewis’ infamous Holocaust “comedy drama” The Day The Clown Cried, on condition the film would not be screened until 2025. Now the BBC has released a new documentary on the film on YouTube (it will be broadcast at a later date). This is the […]

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