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Entitled: The Terminator

The opening titles to James Cameron’s The Terminator are preceded by a prologue with opening text that outlines the nucleus of what is at stake in the film ahead. Over a cold, blue grey desolate future battleground, sleek automated machines, in the air and, on the ground, grinding human skulls into the dust, sweep remorselessly […]

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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Score

Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice is shaping up to be more than a dust-up on screen. Critics, fans and casual movie goers are drawing lines in the sand-box and throwing their toys out of the pram in on-line spats about whether it rocks, or makes them want to retch. It’s certainly the most divisive […]

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Composed – The Music Of Creed

Creed is just as great as you’ve heard. A soulful expression of pride, belief and family. It chronicles the rise of young Adonis “Donny” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), illegitimate son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed, as he quits his white collar job to seek out his father’s old friend and rival, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), […]

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Birdman Or (The Unexpected Vertigo Of One Seeming Take)

With Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) director  Alejandro G. Iñárritu seeks to examine, in a comedic “Noises off” way, the psyche of what it is to “act” – within a free flowing, fluid, seeming one-shot take that also touches on themes of validation, parenthood, criticism, stunt celebrity casting, virtues of stage vs screen, […]

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Moments Lost In Time – Blade Runner’s Deleted And Alternate Scenes

With Blade Runner The Final Cut released on the big screen, here in one place are the alternate takes and deleted scenes from the original film, including such scenes as Deckard visiting fellow Blade Runner Holden in hospital, and more screen time for Gaff and Bryant. To further mark the occasion, the BFI, who are […]

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Time Out: The Twilight Zone movie and the death of Vic Morrow

When Steven Spielberg assembled his gang of hot directors to make a Twilight Zone movie in 1981, he had no idea that one of them would make the film live in infamy for years to come – and not in a good way. Spielberg wanted to make The Twilight Zone movie a love letter to the classic […]

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Silent Running: Vintage Making Of Documentary

I’m a sucker for “making of “features, which are sadly becoming more of an afterthought on the latest film disc releases. Quite often they are chopped up into bite sized chunks, more often back-slapping talking heads with little insight, compared to the mammoth features of a few years ago. Of course there are exceptions, though […]

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The Making Of Super 8

Apropos of Star Wars Episode VII wrapping, here’s a look at the making of Super 8, considered a JJ tribute to Steven Spielberg’s “suburban phase”. Another instance, after George Lucas, of the director getting to walk a mile in his idol’s shoes. Spielberg told Empire magazine: “JJ made a very modern movie, but at the […]

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The Art Of The Score: The Mind, Music And Moving Images

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s “The Art Of The Score” week, running September 17–21, 2013, featured two concert programs of film music—Hitchcock! and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In conjunction with this, the World Science Festival ran a presentation,  The Art Of The Score: The Mind, Music And Moving Images. From the World Science Festival site: Alec Baldwin […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: A Scoundrel’s Mantle

With each further glimpse of Star Wars The Force Awakens it’s clear that there is no reset button in the galaxy far, far away to a peaceful Republic redux. Indeed, with the revelation that Luke Skywalker is missing, and there is a sort of “death cult” that idolises Darth Vader, led by the sinister Kylo […]

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