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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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Wolfshead: Remembering Robin Of Sherwood

“Nothing’s forgotten.Nothing is ever forgotten.” Wolf’s head. Herne’s son. Robin i’the Hood. Dramatist Richard “Kit” Carpenter’s interpretation of the classic Robin Hood outlaw legend was a spellbinding mix of rebellion, muck and mysticism, the hero taking up the mantle of Sherwood Forest spirit Herne against Norman oppressors. The hit show ran for three series on […]

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Punishment Park: A Subversive Mother

A dusty Californian desert, patrolled by mirrored shaded guards. Group 637 and Group 638, comprised of draft evaders, free thinkers and anti-war demonstrators are detained here because “there is reasonable ground to believe that they probably will engage in possible acts of sabotage in the future.” Faced with a tribunal’s choice of immediate imprisonment or the challenge […]

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Simianside Special – Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off

  Now here’s a curiosity I never knew existed. You may think Star Wars spearheaded the whole movie tie-in merchandising craze, but it was actually Planet Of The Apes that led the way with action figures and such. What I didn’t know though was that live stage shows of original, specially scripted Planet Of The Apes […]

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Scene Is Believing: Rogue One’s Vader Unleashed

Wired have a cool video interview up where Rogue One director Gareth Edwards discusses the creation of that awesome moment in the finale to the film, where Darth Vader unleashes the full fury of the Force against Leia’s rebels in his attempt to stop the Death Star plans being taken. It almost wasn’t in the […]

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Mad Max Fury Road First Look

“My name is Max. My world is fire, and blood.” Attendees at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con were offered T-shirts bearing the bold legend “Comic-Con 2014 belongs to the mad.” They weren’t kidding. The teaser shown at the event went online last night, and the response has been ecstatic. I’m going straight out after this […]

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Bond Without Borders: The Trailblazing “Reboot” Of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

“The lasting impact of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is that it showed that a James Bond film could be made without Sean Connery in the lead role. The producers maintained that audiences came to the films to see James Bond, not necessarily the actor playing him.” — Bruce Scivally, The Digital Bits. Unjustly dismissed […]

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The Carcrash of Dr. Moreau

The motorway of film is full of wrecks at the side of the road. There are often disasters and more often than not there is an innate fascination on behalf of the viewer to want to rubberneck and see where and when it all went wrong. The most bewitching examples are usually the ones in which all is […]

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Blonde Ambition: Reinventing Bond

When MGM and EON obtained the rights to Casino Royale, it was akin to getting their hands on the Holy Grail. With Kevin McClory and his rival bids no longer dogging their heels, the way was clear to deliver Bond the way the world was used to seeing him. Except…why not go back to the […]

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Star Wars In Numbers

Here’s a new, short, stat-based film by our friend Jamie Benning, creator of Filmumentaries such as Star Wars Begins, entitled Star Wars In Numbers. Basically, some fun facts and stats worked into segments of Star Wars by way of floating text. You can support Jamie’s film-making via Patreon.

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