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Scene Of The Crime: Return Of The Jedi’s “Jedi Rocks”

Imagine Martin Scorsese  takes the head staggers and makes an anniversary redux of his crime classic, Mean Streets. Harvey Keitel’s Charlie looks up from his drink as De Niro’s Johnny Boy enters the hellishly red tinted bar in atmospheric slow-mo, only, instead of being accompanied by the amazing Jumpin’ Jack Flash, his debut is marked by Elton John’s uptempo I […]

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Scene Of The Crime: The A-Team

  The A-Team’s big screen incarnation of 2010 is a poor shadow of the fun and escapism of Stephen J. Cannell’s original TV show. Heck, it barely even features the iconic, rousing theme tune. It has a few cool set pieces like the parachuting tank and the prison van break out, but overall it’s loud […]


Scene Of The Crime: Drive

Love In An Elevator, Livin’ It Up When I’m Goin’ Down Driver (Ryan Gosling), the stoic, monotone, toothpick chewing doomed hero of Nicolas Winding Refn’s cool, eighties-riffing neo-noir Drive, is an enigma. A blank slate from an unexamined troubled past,  a James Dean / Richard Gere a-like driver for the movies, who seeks to be “a real […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Boom!

In 1966, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor delivered a blistering take on marital strife in Mike Nichol’s adaptation of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? After that, they acted together in an adaptation of  The Taming Of The Shrew. Clearly they were developing a taste (and knack) for transferring the magic of theatre to the big screen. Cut […]


Scene Of The Crime: The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

A legend died today. Sir Christopher Lee, star of screen, war hero (and shadow operative), metal head and with many more strings to his bow, passed away in London at the age of 93, having lived a most full life. Many worthy tributes have been paid already, fitting send offs, to be sure. But it’s […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Pulp Fiction

I know what you’re thinking: “What can possibly be wrong with any scene in Pulp Fiction? It’s a modern classic!” True, but a recent interview The Root conducted with Quentin Tarantino left me a little disappointed with the director, and the wise words of killer Jules (Samuel L Jackson) at the very end of Pulp Fiction made me think that QT […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Star Wars Special Edition

  The Jabba scene, Mos Eisley When George Lucas first clapped eyes on what CGI could do for his mate Steven Spielberg’s dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, he probably rubbed his hands with glee and thought: “Great. Now I can improve some of those things that bugged me back in the ’70s!” Fair enough; replacing the […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Casino Royale (1967)

  Throughout the history of cinema there have been spoofs and pastiches, tributes, and vainglorious failures. Then there is Casino Royale. To paraphrase Woody Allen’s character Fielding Mellish in Bananas, Casino Royale, in which he plays Jimmy Bond, the nephew of the great spy, is “a travesty. A travesty of a mockery of a sham.” […]

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