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Scene Is Believing: Alien

The Chestburster scene, Shepperton studios 2001: A Space Odyssey on one level considers the birth, ascent and re-birth of mankind into a “star child”, gazing serenely upon the Earth and us, the viewer, with untold possibilities. Alien represents the Freudian nightmare tucked away in the recesses of the mind, a disturbing perversion of birth: life […]

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Scene Is Believing: From Jaws To Jones

I saw the Jaws restoration on the big screen this weekend, and naturally, it was dazzling. So many little details and nuances lept out at me anew. One scene in particular though, which has been remarked upon many times as a neat piece of character shading, reminded me of a scene in Steven Spielberg’s later […]

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Scene Is Believing: Inglorious Basterds

Death Laughs At 24 Frames Per Second Inglorious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino’s most playfully cinephilic, meta-textual wish fulfillment fantasy – cinema as world changer. Quite literally, despite the bumbling “Basterds” independent addition to the night’s entertainment. It is Shosanna / Emmanuelle (Mélanie Laurent) who’s will shall triumph over those of the higher echelon Nazis, including Hitler […]

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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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Scene Is Believing: The Right Stuff

“The Right Stuff is an almost perfectly made film.” – Christopher Nolan. There are several inspirations for the director’s latest epic, Interstellar, including Philip Kaufman’s 1983 film. Based on Tom Wolfe’s book, it reflects the early days of the space-race, and the pilots of America’s Mercury space program, candidates the Yanks hoped would embody the elusive […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Untouchables

  The Union Station Shoot-out We’re so used to many directors storyboarding out scenes nowadays that it is a surprise to see how a complex piece of gun play like the railway steps scene from The Untouchables wasn’t even scripted. The surviving “Untouchables” Elliott Ness (Kevin Costner) and foot soldier Stone (Andy Garcia) discover from […]

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Downtown Takedown – Heat’s Bank Robbery Shoot-out

For visceral impact, Heat‘s sustained ten-minute cops and robbers shootout in L.A’s financial district following a bank robbery by Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and gang is hard to beat. Cop Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and his own crew have been tipped off anonymously by disgruntled ex-gang member and psychopath Waingro (Kevin Gage) that the score is going down. […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Godfather

  Arguably the most pivotal scene of The Godfather is when Michael (Al Pacino) takes the irrevocable step to cast aside his ideals in an attempt to save his family, by gunning down gangster Sollozo (Al Lettieri) and crooked police Captain McCloskey (Sterling Hayden). It is all the more surprising how powerful Pacino’s performance is […]

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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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Scene Is Believing: Heat

Heat, Michael Mann’s sprawling, glorious epic of obsessive professionalism, ego, single mindedness and doomed relationships on either side of the law, sprang from that most innocuous of accidents: a cop bumping into a suspect and inviting him for a coffee. Mann first had the idea for Heat in the 1970’s when his friend Chuck Adamson, […]

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