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Scene Is Believing: Atonement

In a surprise move, it was recently announced that Christopher Nolan’s next film, Dunkirk, due to commence filming in May 2016, will be a large format (Imax, super 65 mm) wartime epic based around Operation Dynamo, the allied withdrawal from the eponymous French town’s beaches in 1940. Slated to star Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and […]

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Scene Is Believing: Chasing The Red Dragon

Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon has been adapted for the screen three times, as Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986), Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon (2002) and for NBC, Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal (2013-2015) – the latter playing more freely and artfully with the relationship between its eponymous, cannibalistic psychopath and Will Graham, the FBI profiler who catches him. All […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Wild Bunch

A hundred and more bullets for the General Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch is the film alliterative praise was made for: bold, balletic, ballistic, and bloodily beautiful. If Sir Christopher Frayling described Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West as “something to do with death” then add “life” to that imprimatur and slap […]

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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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Scene Is Believing: The Third Man

  The Sewer Chase, Vienna and Shepperton Studios Voted the greatest British film ever by the BFI in 1999, The Third man is a thick stew of international tensions in a blitzed, expressionist post-war Vienna. It features two American stars, German speaking (and untranslated) eccentic supports, and an idiosyncratic score that led to a craze […]

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Scene Is Believing: Star Trek (2009)

J J Abrams registers births, marriages and deaths The most emotionally satisfying and thrilling sequence in J J Abrams’ reboot of Gene Rodenberry’s “wagon train to the stars” must be the pre-title opener. Yet it barely (!) features any of the characters we know and love. What it does do is boldly set out the motivation […]

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Scene Is Believing: Catch-22

That’s some catch, that Citizen-22 Catch-22 has become a well known byword  for an impossible quandary or situation. The brilliantly delicious lunacy of Joseph Heller’s novel almost impossible to describe to those who haven’t read it, howling at the absurdities therein. In 1969, director Mike Nichols rolled up his sleeves and gave a film adaptation his […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Good, The Bad And The ugly

Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly is, in Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling’s words, “the most carnivalesque of all his films – a black comedy about the craziness of war, a Catch – 22 of the American Civil War.” Tuco / Ugly (Eli Wallach) and Blondie / Good (Clint Eastwood) are a Mexican bandit and […]

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Scene is Believing: Superman 2

Very occasionally in cinema there are movie moments that make you want to leap from your seat and high five with God. Obviously these moments are few and far between, but one such moment is surely up there with the best of them. The climax of Superman II. Superman II was a troubled shoot, with […]

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Scene Is Believing: Daredevil Corridor Fight

The corridor fight from Netflix’s Daredevil episode “Cut Man” is an early, confident contender for one of the best scenes of the year on any screen, big or small. And yes, it is one take – they had to film it 7 to 8 times to get the fluid, bruising, exhausting tussle you see in […]

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