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Douglas Trumbull – an appreciation

Doug…my mind is going…I can feel it… Don’t worry, this isn’t an Obituary, just a tribute to Douglas Trumbull, and a snap shot of his career and influence. 2001: A Space Odyssey may be over 40 years old but its special effects laid the groundwork for the computerised methods of today. Trumbull started off on […]

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Chandleresque: Dick Spanner P.I.

  “Not so long ago in a parallel universe not far from here…” There have been many notable Gerry Anderson projects. From Fireball XL5 to Stingray to Thunderbirds and Terrahawks. However one Gerry Anderson project that seems to have fallen down the back of the sofa of time is Dick Spanner P.I.. First transmitted in […]

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Star Wars In Numbers

Here’s a new, short, stat-based film by our friend Jamie Benning, creator of Filmumentaries such as Star Wars Begins, entitled Star Wars In Numbers. Basically, some fun facts and stats worked into segments of Star Wars by way of floating text. You can support Jamie’s film-making via Patreon.

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Entitled: SS-GB

James Bond writers Purvis and Wade’s alternate history SS-GB, based on the 1978 novel by thriller writer Len Deighton (The Ipcress File) is somewhat timely, what with the emboldening of the right in the wake of Brexit and Trump. Set in November 1941, the BBC 5 part series reimagines a successful resolution to the Battle Of […]

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2001 A Space Odyssey Stars in Screening Q & A

In a few short weeks, as part of the BFI’s sci-fi Days of Fear And Wonder season, a brand new  remastered print of Stanley Kubrick’s sublime epic, 2001 A Space Odyssey will begin an extended run. The film will also be shown nationwide by BFI Audience Network participating cinemas. Meanwhile in Toronto, the Stanley Kubrick […]

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Unsung Heroes: Pat Roach

The term “gentle giant” is often a cliche only because it is true. And it very much applied to 6ft 5in Pat “Bomber” Roach: Birmingham born gentleman of the wrestling ring, writer, and also actor / stunt performer, who played many heavies in genre films. This in contrast to his  cornerstone role as the sensible […]

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‘Scuse Me While I whip This Out – Indiana Jones And His Unusual Weapon

I’m not quite sure if there was a single inspiration for Indiana Jones’ use of a bullwhip – maybe the Zorro serials. Whatever the thought process, its use in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and subsequent films has become iconic. Whether he’s using it to snatch a gun out of a treacherous guide’s hand, hold back an […]

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Jon’s Top 10 of 2014

    Ahem. Is…is this thing still on? I know I haven’t posted in months and while I want to bring up a ton of excuses the biggest of all those would be that time is truly a revelator. However with the year winding down I feel like I wanted to share with you my […]

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The Great Unmade?: Who Discovered Roger Rabbit / Toon Platoon

  Even cartoons get the blues. After raking in the dollars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was surely as deserving of a sequel as any mainstream studio film. However, rivalry between production partners Disney and Amblin Entertainment, escalating costs and disputes over the script, plugged Roger Rabbit before he could interact with hapless humans again. A […]

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Martin Scorsese In Conversation

After Martin Scorsese delivered the 42nd  Jefferson Lecture in April last year, he sat down for a conversation with Jim Leach, the outgoing Chairman of America’s National Endowment for the Humanities, which conducts the lectures. The following is their record of that conversation.   JIM LEACH: I want to ask you about place, which, of course, […]

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