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Cape Fear: Darth Vader’s Rogue One Abode

One of the most fun aspects for any film-maker involved in the resurgence of Star Wars on the big screen must be raiding the archives at LucasFilm. And with primo – baddie Darth Vader occupying such a menacing position in Rogue One‘s timeline, slap-bang before where it all kicked off, writer Gary Whitta chose to […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Battlestar Galactica (1978), Mormons From Outer Space

What the frack, Luke? Imitation is supposedly the sincerest form of flattery, but not according to Star Wars creator George Lucas. TV hit maker Glen A Larson’s re-jigged concept “Adam’s Ark“, reborn as Universal ABC’s Battlestar Galactica, faced multiple lawsuits from George Lucas and 20th Century Fox on the basis of copyright infringement.  To add insult […]

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Rogue One A Star Wars Review

  This piece contains minor spoilers Based on an idea by ILM’s SFX chief John Knoll (just how did the rebels spies steal the Death Star plans?), the story credited to him and Gary Whitta (final screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy), and directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One A Star Wars Story brilliantly […]

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Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

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Dunkirk Trailer Breakdown

Christoper Nolan’s epic Dunkirk has just dropped its first trailer after that ticking clock teaser. We’ve got it for you below, along with a twitter thread breakdown by @stylemovienews , an account dedicated to the film’s young star, former One Direction member Harry Styles. Don’t let that put you off, though – this guy is methodical […]

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Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade, a fan film

In anticipation of the latest Star Wars “stand-alone” story Rogue One, here is a surprisingly fun fan made short stand alone, featuring none other than the Galaxy’s greatest scoundrel, Han Solo. Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade stars Jamie Costa as Han Solo, with Corey Daniel as everyone’s favourite Wookiee Chewbacca. Playing the villain of the […]

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A Look Inside: The Godfather Behind The Scenes

In tribute to Gordon Willis, who sadly passed away on 18 May, here is a 1990 TV documentary on the entire Godfather saga, lensed by Willis. You can  read a further tribute to his work here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPhFTsAnZMM Originally posted 2014-05-19 17:31:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Following: Christopher Nolan Breaks Down his Debut Film Process

Here is a treat for Christopher Nolan fans – a 26 minute interview with Vice for The Criterion Collection, where Nolan discusses how he made his 16mm debut Following, in his spare time, over the course of a year. Bear in mind Nolan never went to film school, instead absorbing everything he knew from the […]

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Edge Of Darkness: Tree Detective

The Boys From The Blackstuff, The Monocled Mutineer, Edge Of Darkness; in hindsight  it seems as if the 1980’s was a decade of politically sharp television drama. However, Troy Kennedy Martin’s long gestation of EOD (started in 1982, screened in 1985)  arose out of his despondency at the apolitical atmosphere at the BBC – he […]

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Star Wars, Grindhoused

When George Lucas was making Star Wars back in the ’70’s, the 1930’s space serial throwback approach was a far from sure thing, with overshoots, over budgeting, and last minute untried special effects. It’s easy to forget how unusual it was, with it being so prevalent now in pop culture. The grungy, “used-universe” look of the film […]

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