• Terminator Genisys: Future And past

    A lot of effort obviously went into Terminator Genisys to match the feel of the earlier films, even down to recreating events almost shot for shot, with the added twist of “older” Arnie-800 popping up in the same scene, like Marty McFly in a leather jacket in “I’ll be back (To The Future 2) mode. […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Skip Lievsay, Sound Designer

    The following is a 1991 New York Times article by Judith Shulevitz on the art of sound editing / design, tied in to the release of the Coen Brothers Barton Fink the same year, and honing in specifically on the work of their sound editor, Skip Lievsay. Lievsay has been nominated for an Oscar twice […]

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  • Vintage article By Douglas Trumbull on creating Special Effects for 2001 A Space Odyssey

    Below is a vintage article from American Cinematographer by Douglas Trumbull on creating the visual effects for 2001 A Space odyssey.   Do it right – then do it better – then do it all over again. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was an extremely complex and difficult film to make, and naturally there are many interesting […]

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  • Moving Pictures: Reservoir Dogs

    Moving Pictures was  a BBC TV show devoted to film that ran from 1991 to 1996. Presented by Rock Follies screenwriter Howard Schuman, each program was composed of several short films on different cinematic subjects. Recently an excerpt devoted to the then recently released Reservoir Dogs, featuring Quentin Tarantino eagerly discuss his background, influences and […]

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  • Retrospective: Back To The Future Video Essay

    Here’s another in-depth video retrospective from OliverHarper, this time on possibly the greatest (and funniest) time-travel film ever made, Back To The Future. Great Scott! Keep ’em coming, Oliver!   Originally posted 2015-07-28 21:24:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  • Scene is Believing: Ghostbusters

    “It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow man…” All the Ghostbusters had to do when challenged to choose the form of their destruction by Gozer, an evil Sumerian deity, was empty their minds, but  Ray (Dan Ackroyd) couldn’t help it. “I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that […]

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  • The Belafonte – Life After The Aquatic With Steve Zissou

    Whatever Happened To The Belafonte? As much a character as Bill Murray’s obsessively colourful sea-faring explorer in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, his ship The Belafonte has had an eventful life on the high seas. Originally commissioned HMS Packington in 1958 as a minesweeper in the British Royal Navy, the tub was […]

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  • Star Wars The Force Awakens WGA Q & A

    The following is the transcript from a recent Writer’s Guild of America Q & A with the team behind Star Wars The Force Awakens – director J.J. Abrams, and co-writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, moderated by Anthony Breznican. Spoilers below I feel like this year we had like an extra holiday. We had Thanksgiving, […]

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  • The Great Unmade? Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune

    Critics are abuzz with rave reviews of Frank Pavich’s documentary on one of the maddest, baddest gambles in Hollywood’s history – the still-born first serious attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s ground breaking, Messianic Space Opera novel, Dune. The fall-out from the extensive, imaginative gathering of talent by visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky before the plug was […]

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  • What About Bond?

    James Bond is sad. Really sad. He seems to spend most of his time these days moping around like a teenager who isn’t allowed to go to the prom. He is so mentally fragile of late that he looks more likely to don a Cure T-Shirt than a tuxedo. It’s a growing concern. Now I don’t […]

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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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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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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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Triple Bill: Captains Courageous

  In the first of an occasional theme, we look at films that, thematically, visually, organically, fit together as an ideal triple bill. A BLT sandwhich of films, if you will. I’d like to kick things off with three films that mesh together in several interesting ways, all high adventures of the best kind: Master […]

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Re-appreciationSociety: Tales of The Gold Monkey

When is a rip-off not a rip-off? When a TV show is unsuccessfully pitched until the successful film it is supposedly based on causes it to be greenlit. If adventure “homage” has a name, it must be Tales Of The Gold Monkey. Donald P Bellisario is something of a legend in American television history. The writer […]

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Unscene Is Believing: The Empire Strikes Back

In which C3PO is a bad-ass In The Empire Strikes Back, a whole sub-plot about Wampas (the type of monster that attacks Luke out on patrol on his Tauntaun) infiltrating the rebel base on the ice planet of Hoth was mooted, even filmed, but the scenes didn’t make the final cut. If they had, maybe […]

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The Trouble With Movie Trains – A Top Ten

To celebrate the release of Runaway Train, a cracking tale of escaped convicts on er, a runaway train, on dual format Blu-ray and DVD on 22 July, here is a subjective top 10 of perilous train journeys. All aboard! 10. Murder On The Orient Express 1974 Hercule Poirot has cause to regret snow on the track as […]

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Archive Interview: George Miller on Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

  Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a curio in the Mad Max canon – with a softening of the violence, a tribe of kids akin to The Lost Boys, and a Tina Turner power ballad. In October 1985 Anne Billson interviewed director George Miller for Time out (he actually shared the load with George Ogilvie, […]

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Caddyshack: The Inside Story

Yes folks, a full length documentary from 2009. Interviews with Michael O’Keefe, Scott Colomby, the late Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase, Cindy Morgan, John F. Barmon Jr., John Murray, Ann Ryerson, Rusty Lemorande, Kenny Loggins, and others. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/nY8TNywytFk Originally posted 2015-04-01 22:11:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Rambo: First Blood Is The Deepest

The real location of Hope, a failed logging town in British Columbia in the late Autumn of 1981, plays ironic host to the fugitive travails and battle of wills between hard-nosed Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy) and drifter John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), a haunted Vietnam vet, in First Blood. This sombre actioner and character study, by […]

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