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View From The Overlook: Crafting The Shining

If you enjoyed our man John Rain’s report from the 35th anniversary reunion of the cast and crew for a special screening of The Shining earlier this year, you’re bound to find further gems in this 30 minute video by film maker / historian Gary Leva. You can rewatch it forever. And ever. And ever… […]

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When Auteurs Collide: 2001: An Interstellar Odyssey

Here is a 2001: A Space Odyssey and Interstellar mash-up / comparison, by Jorge Luengo Ruiz, scored to Johanne Strauss’ The Blue Danube, famously used by Kubrick to soundtrack the delicate docking procedure of spacecraft in his film. But hang on! Also below are two interesting and apropos uses of Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar score overlayed with […]

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Hell’s Club – Murder On The Dance Floor

Check out this amazing video by Antonio Maria Da Silva, AKA AMDSFILMS – “Hell’s Club”, a funky nightclub where characters from different films meet to get down, and things can get ugly. Have you ever wanted to see Tom Cruise from Cocktail check himself out as silver fox Vincent from Collateral? Then see Saturday Night Fever’s […]

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Meet BB8: Star Wars The Force Awakens’ Scene Stealer

Here is BB8 introduced at the Star Wars Celebration event today, in advance of the screening of the second teaser for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. The tumbling “ball-droid” is actually a real, practical effect. I can’t even tell how his head doesn’t just roll off. Amazing ingenuity from the designers. Has […]

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Into The Light: A Look Back at Batman Forever

  In Batman Returns Gotham had become a tiny sound stage full of extras from A Nightmare Before Christmas. It had also not performed as well as Warner Bros. had (rightly) expected it would. It was time to take Batman back into the mainstream. They wanted a third movie and most of all they wanted more light. […]

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The Great Unmade? Charley’s War

  Charley’s War, the brilliant WWI comic strip from author Pat Mills and artist Joe Colquhoun that featured in the pages of Battle Picture Weekly, has been beautifully reprinted in hardback volumes for several years. The final volume is expected around November this year. This is a modest and timely appreciation of that monumental work: as […]

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Reappreciation Society: Year Of The Dragon

No-one does excess quite like Michael Cimino (Heaven’s Gate, The Deer Hunter). And when you factor in a co-writing credit by Oliver Stone and a hey-day bruising performance by Mickey Rourke, you get crimeland / cop procedural drama Year Of The Dragon. Light the touchpaper and step back, because “This isn’t the Bronx or Brooklyn. […]

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The Steadicam And The Shining: Vintage American Cinematographer Article

  Below is a vintage article from the August 1980 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, on the use of Garrett (spelt Gareth in the article) Brown’s invention, the steadicam, still often erroneously credited as a Stanley Kubrick invention, in The Shining. Seen in the maze photograph below operating the rig is Ken Weston, officially the […]

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The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 2

Following part one of my read-thru, with his second draft, dated January 1975, George Lucas began stripping down his massive manuscript of ideas and refocusing them into something much more budget conscious and achievable for the time. The Skywalker is a prophetic figure, a man who learned how to manipulate the spiritual fabric of reality […]

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Staircases To Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

You may recall we previously brought you news of The Elstree Project, an oral history project designed to record, preserve and share the memories of people who have worked at the studios of Elstree and Borehamwood. Well, one of their interview docs, a 55 minute film on the making of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining has been […]

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