• Unscene Is Believing: The Godfather

    A popular image used to publicise The Godfather on its initial release features Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in a scene, just one of several, that didn’t even make the final cut. Francis Ford Coppola’s initial cut of The Godfather ran to over four hours. Before shooting The Godfather Pt II he was tickled by the […]

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  • The Elstree Project: An Oral History Of Movie Magic

    Elstree Studios just outside London – close your eyes and the list of iconic films made on those sound stages raises goosebumps. From Star Wars to Superman, Indiana Jones to The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more recently, The King’s Speech to Kick Ass. Not to mention classic television shows and more current fare, […]

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  • Unscene Is Believing: Batman (1989)

      Tim Burton’s Batman has a number of unused scenes and ideas. In an early draft, the Mayor was to unveil the statue of Gotham City founder, John T. Gotham, during the city’s 200 year celebrations. The dedication ceremony is interrupted by the Joker, who reveals the statue outside the Flugelheim Museum has been replaced […]

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  • A Robot Tribute – Our A”droid”able Friends

    “Balldroid” from the Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer has fast become a fan favourite, already inspiring several Twitter accounts, fan posters, and 3D print instructions to create your very own. So we thought we’d share this video tribute to robots, both cute and menacing, from science fiction TV shows and movies through the […]

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  • The Great unmade? Gladiator 2: A Life Lived To The Maximus

      Ridley Scott’s rejuvenation of the toga / swords and sandals epics of yore with Gladiator had everything – epic scale, brilliant battles, fully realised worlds, political backstabbing, madness, grief and vengeance. Russell Crowe fully convinced as the General betrayed and sold into slavery, doomed to fight for the plebs amusement, and determined to revenge […]

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  • Christopher Nolan Explains The Structure And Story Of Memento

    This piece contains spoilers Christopher Nolan has said himself that the simplest explanation of Memento for audiences is that it is a noire-esque tale, told by its protagonist in reverse. Although he prefers a different structural concept. “If you draw out the time-line, it is indeed a hairpin. If you order the material chronologically, the […]

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  • The VFX of Mad Max: Fury Road

    Much praise has been heaped on Mad Max: Fury Road for its in-camera stunts, fantastic editing and breathtaking narrative on the hoof. But to enable that kinetic feel, a lot of VFX work still went on. Of the 2000+ shots in the film, a surprising 2000 of those comprised some amount of VFX , be […]

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  • Star Wars, “From A Certain Point Of View”

    For years we’ve been led to believe the rebellion, or the “Alliance to restore the Republic” are some kind of heroes. But what if the Galactic Empire are the good guys, battling an insidious threat, orchestrated by a “crazy old wizard,” the last remaining shareholder of  J.E.D.I? Have we been fed a lie, “from a […]

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  • Road to Nowhere: Spies Like Us

    Austin Millbarge: They do seem to be headed in that general direction. Maybe your dick’s not so dumb. Emmett Fitz-Hume: It got me through high school. At the time of John Belushi‘s death in March 1982, Dan Aykroyd was putting the finishing touches to a couple of scripts that would be vehicles for their comedy […]

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  • Search/Destroy A Strontium Dog Fan Film Now Online

    Previously we posted Judge Minty, a super short fan film set in the Judge Dredd universe, about a senior Judge who takes “The Long Walk”, when his reflexes start to let him down on Mega City One’s mean streets, to The Cursed Earth beyond its walls. Now the team behind that tribute are back with […]

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Inside Jaws – Filmumentary Preview

  Jamie Benning, creator of the Filmumentary feature-length documentary fan edit, is at it again. He’s following up 4 of my top movies with another of my favorite movies of all time, Jaws. Although the sequels had a steady decline into less-than-stellar territory, the original remains what I consider to be a perfect movie. I asked […]

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The Criterion Corner – The 39 Steps (1935)

Before we jump into the meat and potatoes of this thing, let me tell you that I am a complete junkie for Criterion Films. I love everything that Janus Films does with Criterion to make a Blu-Ray/DVD have the greatest features and packaging around. The price point is a bit steep, but if you are […]

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Exclusive Batman Poster

We at Cinetropolis could think of no better way to celebrate #89BatWeek than showcasing the incredibly talented and highly available for commissions and purchasing of his work, Berkay Daglar (@BerkayDaglar). He has designed an exclusive poster for us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman. Here it is: Fantastically awesome, I trust you’ll […]

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Eyes of Hitchcock

Via Kogonada, here’s a short video exploring how director Alfred Hitchock uses the eyes of his subjects to create a sense of terror. The video was created for the Criterion Collection. Originally posted 2014-10-09 17:40:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Triple Bill: Real Human Beings, Or Counterfeit Lives: Thief, To Live And Die In L.A, And Drive

The following three crime dramas share a commonality of purpose and style, in the electro-pop tracked machinations of their flawed players. Three testosterone fuelled templates of urban male machismo – Michael Mann’s Thief (1979), William Friedkin’s To Live And Die In L.A (1985), and Nicolas Winding Refn’s ’80’s tinged love letter to both, Drive (2011). […]

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Jaws the Revenge: This Time It’s Ridiculous

Imagine someone were to blow you up. Next they electrocute you. Then blow you up again in 3D. Do you think you would hold a grudge? I think you would probably be mildly upset. Probably upset enough to plan some sort of revenge? The shark in Jaws the Revenge is something special. It is able to lay […]

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Recap

With the release of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, do you find it difficult keeping up with events in the linked Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, fear not! Via The Verge, here’s a handy video recap of all the important events in the films so far, especially references to the nine realms and Infinity Stones.   […]

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C Project Independent Short Films Premiere

  Saturday 31 March saw the culmination of a year of hard work by Marty Stalker of Scattered Images, to showcase the result of collaborative, independent film-making in Northern Ireland, with a free screening at Belfast’s Odeon cinema. Marty is a former schoolteacher from Liverpool, turned succesful film maker. His Scattered Images production company makes […]

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Scene Is Believing: Fitzcarraldo

Another post from the archives of DGA Quarterly, this time on one of the craziest of endeavors ever put on film – the transportation of a real steamboat over a mountain between river tributaries in a rain forest by director Werner Herzog, for Fitzcarraldo. Not for Herzog would a model miniature in a studio setting […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Dark Knight

Crazy clown time- The Dark Knight’s Joker interrogation   For this month’s Scene is Believing, I thought it would be apt to (a) look back at the previous chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s unintended Batman trilogy, and (b) take a look at his favourite scene from that film, which underscores even further the influence of […]

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