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Tim’s Top Ten Of 2014

It’s that time of year again. I’ve been making a list, checking it twice, finding out which films this year have been naughty or nice. Here are the ones I thought made the grade – I could equally make a list of seemingly great films I just didn’t get around to this year, as ever, […]

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Ghostbusters Infographic

Check out this great Ghostbusters infographic, via Phil Edwards. Originally posted 2014-06-15 18:33:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Dead Toons Don’t Pay Bills – A Tribute to Who Framed Roger Rabbit

It is a little known fact that Chinatown was to be the first film in a trilogy. That trilogy was to tell the tale of how the Los Angeles we know today came to be. Chinatown dealt with the battle over the water system, its sequel The Two Jakes dealt with real estate and the […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Mission Impossible 2

Apart from a few familiar tropes of both the spy genre as influenced by the James Bond series (infiltrating glamorous Ferrero Roche-laden ambassador’s receptions with a slinkily dressed lovely in disguise) and obvious hangovers from its TV origins (the masks, tech, baffling diversions) the Mission Impossible series of films could not be more different from […]

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Celluloid Ran Through It – L.A’s 6th Street Bridge Closes

On January 27, 2016 the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was closed down for upcoming demolition due to safety issues. The landmark, built in 1932 by architect Merrill Butler, is probably as well recognised to film devotees as any of its East Coast New York cousins. To mark the passing of this piece of celluloid […]

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Kubrick Homages Within Spielberg’s A.I: Artificial Intelligence

It’s well known that Stanley Kubrick was a director who nurtured projects for a long time before even committing to film them. AI: Artificial Intelligence is the most well known of his projects that never got off the ground under his own steam, although Steven Spielberg completed the work under his aegis from beyond the […]

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Batman: The Making Of A Hero, And Shadows Of The Bat

We couldn’t let #89BatWeek go by without a couple of great making of videos. And what’s even better, The Making Of A Hero, produced by Mindseye Films, isn’t even on the DVD release.  Enjoy, and as a bonus, on Shadows Of The Bat, you can practise your Spanish with the subtitles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WzbqFq0nw Originally posted 2014-06-26 […]

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A Jedi Tribute To Richard Marquand

Here’s a short video and audio compilation of interviews with Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand, a man unfairly maligned, being seen as under George Lucas’ thumb. Hopefully the recent excellent J W Rinzler book on the making of that film has gone some way to acknowledging the not inconsiderable input he had to the […]

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Schumacher’s Batman: Nipp(l)ed In The Bud

    Cast your mind back to 1997, and the technicolour gaudy glory that was Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. Despite almost dragging the series back to the camp theatrics of the Adam West / Burt Ward T.V show (nipples on costumes? Close-up pvc clad butts – really?), Warner Bros. were so confident with Schumacher’s […]

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Storage Wars: ILM’s Birth In A Warehouse, Far, Far Away

John Dykstra. Denis Muren. Phil Tippett. Richard Edlund. These men, and the young guys and gals who toiled with them, were the corner stone of the modern age of movie effects, from inauspicious beginnings in an empty California warehouse, to the “go to” Skywalker Ranch magic maker of today. It all started with a little […]

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