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30 Years Of Hurt: David Lynch Before Dune Bugged Him

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the making and release of David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction opus, Dune. Pretty much panned on its release and later dismissed by Lynch, it has few defenders, though I number myself among them. In October 1984, Paul Mandell interviewed a then enthusiastic Lynch on […]

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Lawrence Of Arabia: A Desert Odyssey

“All men dream, but not equally…” T.E.Lawrence  The word “epic” is bandied about too easily these days. Along with its running mate “awesome”, its value has been cheapened by everyday use. But certain films have cause to claim that word as their primary definition, for no other will suffice – such a film is Lawrence […]

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Full Metal Jacket Diary? There’s An App For That

Actor Matthew Modine has come up with a great ipad must have for movie lovers everywhere – an app version of his limited edition Full Metal Jacket Diaries, which was released in 2005 as a metal-encased book, limited to 20,000 copies. Modine played Pvt. Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam war drama Full Metal Jacket, which […]

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Galaxy Quest Retrospective Video Essay

Here is a great video essay from Oliver Harper, one of his “Retrospective” series, this time on Star Trek flavoured sci-fi comedy, Galaxy Quest, where the faded stars of a cancelled sci-fi show are mistaken for heroes of the National Space Exploration Administration ship Protector, by aliens in need of their ass-kicking skills. In reality, […]

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Rogue One And The Star Wars Saga Shot Comparisons

We’ve heard a lot about how the visual style of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One was intentionally more visceral at times, more hand-held and gritty than the classical structure of George Lucas’ original saga. Lucasfilm encouraged Edwards to bring the semi-improvisational, as it happens type sensibility from his low-budget debut Monsters to Rogue One – an approach […]

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Spy-Fi, Oh My – Alias’ Kick-Ass Sydney Bristow

In honour of the trailer for the awesome Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, here’s a Carla Darko tribute to producer J.J. Abrams’ TV super agent, Sydney Bristow of Alias, played with gusto by Jennifer Garner. While it’s great to see so many tough and resourceful women in the Mission: Impossible series, precious few get to headline […]

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A Non Traditional Christmas – 12 Must See Movies at Christmas

  Christmas films traditionally feature men in cardigans sat by a fire singing songs about Jack Frost or snow nipping at your unmentionables (that last bit may be false). The women wander around the house dressed in huge ball gowns carrying trays and smiling like their lives depend on it. Songs will be sung and […]

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Paradise Lost: A tribute to Empire of the Sun

During the early 1980s Steven Spielberg’s body of work were mainly studies in innocence, with a deep desire contained within to remain just so. Then in the mid 1980s something happened. Spielberg was suddenly addressing loss and grief. From 1985 until 1989, he was clearly in a sad mood. In 1985 The Color Purple had […]

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Secession And Sensibility: Ang Lee’s Ride With The Devil

Ang Lee’s Ride With The Devil, adapted by James Schamus from Daniel Woodrell’s American Civil War novel Woe To Live On, charts how naïve young men, divorced from a wider base cause (the Confederacy for which they nominally fight), emerge changed from conflict. Finding, one might say in the context of vexatious personalities of the […]

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Wish You Were Here – Revisiting Film Locations

You’ve probably seen various blogs comparing stills of famous film locations to how they appear now, mundane without that movie magic glow. Herve Attia has gone one better, creating short videos on his Vimeo channel that not only compare, but have him revisit those locations in person, even inserting himself into the action occuring on those […]

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