• Entitled: The Untouchables

    When Brian De Palma relaunched an old TV series for the 80s he did it with sheer class. A powerful cast, a sumptuous score, and an opening title sequence that lived long in the memory. The titles were put together by Richard Greenberg of R/Greenberg Associates (Superman, Alien) and they are fantastically memorable considering they are just […]

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  • Celluloid Ran Through It – L.A’s 6th Street Bridge Closes

    On January 27, 2016 the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was closed down for upcoming demolition due to safety issues. The landmark, built in 1932 by architect Merrill Butler, is probably as well recognised to film devotees as any of its East Coast New York cousins. To mark the passing of this piece of celluloid […]

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  • Kubrick Homages Within Spielberg’s A.I: Artificial Intelligence

    It’s well known that Stanley Kubrick was a director who nurtured projects for a long time before even committing to film them. AI: Artificial Intelligence is the most well known of his projects that never got off the ground under his own steam, although Steven Spielberg completed the work under his aegis from beyond the […]

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  • Batman: The Making Of A Hero, And Shadows Of The Bat

    We couldn’t let #89BatWeek go by without a couple of great making of videos. And what’s even better, The Making Of A Hero, produced by Mindseye Films, isn’t even on the DVD release.  Enjoy, and as a bonus, on Shadows Of The Bat, you can practise your Spanish with the subtitles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WzbqFq0nw Originally posted 2014-06-26 […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Star Fleet

        If you were a kid in 1982, or maybe old enough to know better but didn’t care, you probably rushed downstairs on a Saturday morning to watch a Japanese space adventure puppet show, influenced by Thunderbirds and Star Wars. It had a theme song catchy enough to rival the music of both, that […]

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  • A Jedi Tribute To Richard Marquand

    Here’s a short video and audio compilation of interviews with Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand, a man unfairly maligned, being seen as under George Lucas’ thumb. Hopefully the recent excellent J W Rinzler book on the making of that film has gone some way to acknowledging the not inconsiderable input he had to the […]

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  • Schumacher’s Batman: Nipp(l)ed In The Bud

        Cast your mind back to 1997, and the technicolour gaudy glory that was Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. Despite almost dragging the series back to the camp theatrics of the Adam West / Burt Ward T.V show (nipples on costumes? Close-up pvc clad butts – really?), Warner Bros. were so confident with Schumacher’s […]

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  • Storage Wars: ILM’s Birth In A Warehouse, Far, Far Away

    John Dykstra. Denis Muren. Phil Tippett. Richard Edlund. These men, and the young guys and gals who toiled with them, were the corner stone of the modern age of movie effects, from inauspicious beginnings in an empty California warehouse, to the “go to” Skywalker Ranch magic maker of today. It all started with a little […]

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  • The Great Unmade? Star Wars: Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye

    Imagine if you will, Star Wars hasn’t taken off quite as well as we now know. George Lucas had a contingency plan. He approached writer Alan Dean Foster, who ghost wrote the novelization of Star Wars, to come up with a story that could be knocked out as a quickie screen sequel. That story became the first Star Wars spin-off novel, […]

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road Featurette

    That sound you hear is the tap-tap-tapping of HAPPY FEET (see what we did there?) to the wave of gushing reviews coming in for Mad Max: Fury Road. We’ve yet to see it here at Cinetropolis, but no doubt we’ll have plenty to say once we’ve drank it in. In the meantime, here’s a short […]

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Making The Wolf Of Wall Street

Join Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, screenwriter Terence Winter and director Martin Scorsese, as they reveal the secrets of making The Wolf of Wall Street on this video from The Hollywood Reporter. Thanks to Larry Wright. Originally posted 2014-05-13 20:16:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Entitled: Marco Polo

Marco Polo is a major new Netflix show on the eponymous Venetian explorer’s adventures in the court of Kublai Khan, the Mongol founder of the Yuan dynasty in 13th century China. As exotic as Game Of Thrones, yet grounded in a relatability – young Marco (Lorenzo Richelmy) is described by director Daniel Minahan (Dead Wood, […]

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Forgiven, Not Four-gotten – Recalling Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four

Here’s a film that doesn’t quite fit into our “Great Unmade” slot, yet, unless you have a bootleg copy, or catch it on YouTube, you’ll never see this unloved, bastard offspring of the Marvel universe. Seemingly Doomed (pun intended) from the start, Roger Corman’s Concorde-New horizons Pictures was tasked by rights holders Neue Constantin Films, […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Peaky Blinders’ Inspector Campbell

Minor spoilers ahead Peaky Blinders, BBC2’s new Autumn drama approaching its end run, has blown away the dusty cobwebs from traditional period storytelling fare. Writer / director Steven Knight (Eastern promises, Dirty pretty Things, Hummingbird) has created a stylised urban gangster drama based on fact, set in a post WWI 1919 Birmingham – a hitherto little […]

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Apocalypse Wow: The Fury Road To Max Rockatansky’s Rebirth

Like its eponymous wandering haunted hero, hooked up intravenously to Warboy Nux, Mad Max:Fury Road has provided a shot in the arm and jolt to the gonads of action cinema. And not just action – the spectacle, verve, colour and pared down themes recalling and improving on so much of the 100 + years of […]

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Batman Begins -“Beautiful Lie” Alternate Opening

One of the strongest elements of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the visual style created by director Zack Snyder and cinematographer Larry Fong. That, and elements of Hans Zimmer and Junki XL’s score. With that in mind, Anton Volk has decided to edit an alternate opening to Christoper Nolan’s Batman Begins along the same […]

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Top Alien Saga Moments Part 2

In response to Tim’s super best moments. I have come up with an inevitable sequel. Dallas hunts the Alien (Alien) The Alien is loose on the Nostromo, Kane is dead, Brett is killed and the Alien takes his body into the ship’s air shaft. Dallas has a plan. He will flush the Alien out of […]

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James Cameron Avatar Interview

“Nothin’s over while I’m breathin!” Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quaritch snarled in Avatar, just before he took two Na’vi arrows to the chest. Or indeed, while he continues to breath (or does he?) in the sequels – writer, producer, director James Cameron has announced he’s back on board, in one way or another: “I’m not going to say […]

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Catcher In The Wry: When The Rom-Com Went Retro

Ever since the first caveman dragged his mate back to the cave, men and women have seemingly been at loggerheads. In the fifties and sixties, sex comedies were all the rage, and the reigning queen was Doris Day. She embodied the emancipated but starry-eyed woman who butts heads with pig-headed alpha males like James Garner […]

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Blade Runner & Basic Instinct: parallel (interrogation) lines

There is an interesting comparison to be made ( originally in a single video via deepglamour.net) between the Voight-Kampff test Harrison Ford’s Deckard carries out on Sean Young’s Rachel in Blade Runner, and Michael Douglas’s Nick Curran interrogating murder suspect Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone) in Basic Instinct. Both women are supremely poised, coolly smoking. Each […]

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