• Jon’s Top 10 of 2014

        Ahem. Is…is this thing still on? I know I haven’t posted in months and while I want to bring up a ton of excuses the biggest of all those would be that time is truly a revelator. However with the year winding down I feel like I wanted to share with you my […]

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  • The Great Unmade?: Who Discovered Roger Rabbit / Toon Platoon

      Even cartoons get the blues. After raking in the dollars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was surely as deserving of a sequel as any mainstream studio film. However, rivalry between production partners Disney and Amblin Entertainment, escalating costs and disputes over the script, plugged Roger Rabbit before he could interact with hapless humans again. A […]

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  • Martin Scorsese In Conversation

    After Martin Scorsese delivered the 42nd  Jefferson Lecture in April last year, he sat down for a conversation with Jim Leach, the outgoing Chairman of America’s National Endowment for the Humanities, which conducts the lectures. The following is their record of that conversation.   JIM LEACH: I want to ask you about place, which, of course, […]

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  • Composed #1 – Top 10 Jerry Goldsmith Scores

    There is no question, that in terms of productivity and memorable film scores, John Williams is the person that everyone would immediately think of. He has been responsible for some of the greatest scores every produced. From the E.T. Theme to the Raiders march, from the Superman theme to Jaws, from Harry Potter to the whole of […]

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  • Terrence Malick: The Art Of Voiceover

    No film-maker employs voiceover quite like Terrence Malick, or as often. Sometimes it can seem naive, like Sissy Spacek’s Holly in Badlands (“One day, while taking a look at some vistas in Dad’s stereopticon, it hit me that I was just this little girl, born in Texas, whose father was a sign painter, who only […]

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  • The Prisoner: Failure Is The Only Option

    What do we want? Information. You won’t get it…oh, you know the drill. Few TV series have provoked so much debate, interest, and even downright outrage as Patrick McGoohan’s  The Prisoner (for he did indeed orchestrate almost every detail of the show)  in 1967. A paean to liberty, a Rand-ian blueprint, metaphysical exploration of the […]

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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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  • More Than Words: Oldman’s George Smiley

    We are not so very different, you and I. We’ve both spent our lives looking for the weaknesses in one another. Playing a new interpretation of a beloved character can be difficult at the best of times, however playing a character made beloved by the late, great Sir Alec Guinness is quite another matter (just […]

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  • Review – A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

    I went into A Good Day to Die Hard with no expectations, and it still failed to meet them. When you list the top action films in the history of cinema, Die Hard always is at the top of the list. Always. In fact, basically every action film after it was just nicknamed “Die Hard […]

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  • A Fistful Of Outtakes

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of  Sergio Leone’s A Fistful Of Dollars, the spaghetti western (a term he disliked) that put both the Italian director and his American leading man Clint Eastwood firmly in the cinematic firmament. And now that  Cineteca Di Bologna has begun restoring the “Dollars” trilogy (A Fistful Of Dollars, For […]

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Stoker: Saddle Sore And Killer Heeled

In Park Chan-Wook’s first English language film Stoker, artifice and control collide in dizzyingly sadistic and stylish fashion. Fashion being the operative word, as costume design plays an intrinsic part in the story telling of this American Gothic psycho-chiller. “Just as a flower does not choose its colour, we are not responsible for what we […]

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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 […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Firefox

Clint Eastwood’s Cold War thriller Firefox (1982), based on the novel by Craig Thomas, has a bit of a rep as a plodding spy film, partially enlivened by some fancy model work dog fights in the third act. Rewatching it the other night, it struck me that the minutiae of the set-up, evasions and manoeuvres […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Judge Dredd

  Is Stallone’s take on the Mega-City cop drokking good, or just plain drek? On the matter of Guilty Pleasures, I AM THE LAW! Judge Dredd lingered in development hell from as far back as 1980 before it burst onto screens in 1995. Trying to get the tone of the character and his world right […]

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The Force In Rogue One: A Stealth Presence

Much has been made of how the story threads and protagonists of Rogue One A Star Wars Story exist and strive to win against the Imperial horde in a world without Jedi, without The Force. A concept, a religion, already slipping into distant memory. Yet The Force subtly weaves its way throughout heroine Jyn Erso’s […]

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Entitled: The Wild Geese

There is a reason that The Wild Geese feels like a Bond film. Although it doesn’t feature 007 and has absolutely no elements of him, some of the same crew worked on it, including future Bond director John Glen and the incumbent Bond at that time Roger Moore. The other major similarity, which really gives the […]

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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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Tarkin Care Of Business: Rogue One’s Digital Peter Cushing

One of the most exciting, groundbreaking and controversial elements of Rogue One A Star Wars Story, is the inclusion of a character, Grand Moff Tarkin, played in the original Star Wars by the now deceased Peter Cushing. Controversial, because the method used was a CG scan of his face over a physically similar actor (Holby […]

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Reappreciation Society: Piece of Cake

Author Derek Robinson credits LWT’s 1988 adaptation of his WWII RAF novel Piece Of Cake with reviving a work he felt he had put four years work into for little return. The excellent novel has remained in print ever since, yet perversely, I’m sure few now remember this piece of television brilliance. Piece Of Cake tells the tale […]

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Star Wars Original Trilogy: 20 Classic Moments

  May the fourth be with you! It’s that time of year when Star Wars fans celebrate all things Star Wars related. To mark the date, we at Cinetropolis want to share 20 classic moments across the original trilogy: Star Wars Ep.IV: A New Hope (ANH), The Empire Strikes Back (ESB), and Return Of The Jedi (ROTJ). Not […]

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