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Entitled – Gladiator Alternate Opening

“Strength And Honour.” Nothing quite expresses so bluntly and poetically the brute power of ancient Rome than Nick Livesey’s original, abandoned approach to the opening of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Given the script for the first quarter of the film and the wheatfield rushes of star Russell Crowe as Roman General Maximus brushing his fingers through […]

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Zack Snyder’s 10 Golden Rules Of Filmmaking

Via moviemaker.com and on the eve of Man Of Steel’s opening, here are director Zack Snyder’s 10 golden rules of filmmaking, part of a regular series run by that site. 1. There are No Rules. Every job, every story, every shot is different. And each time you do it, it’s like doing it for the first […]

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Scene Is Believing: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

“Ahoy, ahoy!” or “Ahoj, Ahoj!” as Lex Luthor, a son of East German , Czech -bordering parents possibly hailed Senators Finch and Barrows early on in Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice. I thought I’d share some interesting insight into the film from blogger Samuel Otten. Samuel’s blog, Comic And Screen focuses on comic book reviews and […]

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Intelligent Design: Creating The Terminator

From a flop sweat fever dream it came to him – James Cameron’s Tech Noir nightmare. Sacked unceremoniously from his fledgling debut , Piranha 2: The Spawning, the hungry director, determined to make his mark after toiling as a special effects maestro at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, bought a one way ticket to Rome […]

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Carpenter is King – ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

I have this obsession with early John Carpenter films, because they are in my mind, some of the best cinema ever made. The acting, the camera work, the home spun music, the originality, the make up and effects, the overwhelming sense of dread they all hold. I do admit that his later work is…well, different […]

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Apocalypse Now: Hearts of Darkness Doc

Hearts Of Darkness, the no-holds barred documentary on the incredible making of Francis Coppola’s classic film Apocalypse Now, is taken from hours of footage by his long suffering wife, Eleanor, who faithfully followed the obsessed director on his quest. The finished documentary is edited by George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr. Eleanor said the idea came about because: […]

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Renegade Commentary: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

What do you do when you can’t get hold of a commentary by a favourite director on one of his best films? Record your own, I suppose. Darren Dochterman, a 30-year veteran concept artist and visual effects artist, has done just that for not only Raiders of The Lost Ark, which we have embedded for […]

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Outland: In Space No-one Can Hear You Punch The Clock

Writer / director Peter Hyams’ Outland posits a hard science fiction environment of remote titanium ore mining outposts dotted throughout our solar system. In one such roughneck mining town, based on one of Jupiter’s moons, Io, new marshall William O’Neil (Sean Connery) uncovers an illegal supply of performance enhancing drugs distributed by the colony chief, Mark Sheppard […]

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Welcome To Hill Valley – A Back To The Future Video Tribute

Below is a split screen comparison by Joel Bocko of Marty McFly’s deja vu experiences in the same locations of Hill Valley in the different time periods of the Back To The Future trilogy – 1955, 1985, 2015, and 1885. In the words of  our “life preserver” wearing strange teenage time-traveller, “This is heavy…”   […]

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Oliver Stone’s Comandante

Unless you’ve been living in a catatonic state since the double-whammy of Brexit and Trump-ton, you’ll know that Fidel Castro, lifetime president of Cuba, has died at the age of 90 (and not by the hands of the CIA, who tried to do him in multiple times with increasingly bizarre methods). In 2002, film-maker Oliver […]

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