• A Sort Of Tribute: Meteor

    Before the Bayhem of Armageddon, pre-dating the drama of Deep Impact, there was 1979’s Meteor! (a film that would be improved, Airplane! style, by an exclamation mark and a heavy does of humour). To my young eyes back then it was an awesome concept– a meteor fragment five miles wide, sheared off Orpheus, the largest asteroid in the belt, by a […]

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  • Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

    Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

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  • Evolve or Die: Jurassic Park 3

    Dr. Grant: With the best intentions? Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions. In Steven Spielberg’s seminal 1993 blockbuster, Jurassic Park, it was established that Raptors where clever. They could open doors, fall off of ladders, run into reflective surfaces and hack into Unix systems to access the full […]

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  • Deliverance: The Cast Looks Back

    In 1972 director John Boorman adapted John Dickey’s chilling novel Deliverance, in which four privileged city boys come up against the primal power of nature as they attempt to navigate the treacherous  Cahulawassee river, seeking to ride the rapids before the whole area is flooded by dam construction, and evade the locals whose wrath they have incurred. […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: The Making Of Blake’s 7

    Have we got a treat for you! In 2003, an in-depth documentary with loads of interviews and behind the scenes goodies on the BBC1 science-fiction series Blake’s 7 was made for the DVD box set, but for some reason it was never included in the final release. Blake’s 7 ran on TV from 1978 to […]

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  • The Field: An Irish Lear

    Come not between the dragon and his wrath Before his return to the big screen in Jim Sheridan’s The Field, Richard Harris often surprised Joe and Josephine public by being very much still attached to this mortal coil. But Sheridan was wary of the hellraiser after so long a break. “I did so many bad movies in […]

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  • Making Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy – A BTS Gallery

    Christopher Nolan’s Bruce Wayne / Batman has grappled with such weighty issues as survivor guilt, the ethics of vigilantism and the escalation that inevitably follows, and the consequences of a life that, as star Christian Bale felt, is “entirely directed by pain, holding on to that pain. It’s about making the decision to continue [being […]

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  • Children Of Men – Every Shot 45 Seconds Or Longer

    A while back a lot of sites were sharing a video detailing “Spielberg’s “one-ers” – long, flowing takes by the director in several of his films. Our friend Larry Wright compiled his own video some time before that, on every take in Alfonso Cuaron’s Children Of Men lasting 45 seconds or longer, in anticipation of […]

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  • Entitled: Watchmen

    The opening titles of Watchmen, set to Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, serve as both prologue, and multiple meta-references to a skewed history of the 20th Century, ushered in by real-life costumed crime-fighters. The sequence incorporates floating titles over director Zack Snyder’s stylised time lapse slide show, spanning the 1930’s to 1985. Vintage […]

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  • Why Props Matter – A Video Essay

    From filmmaker Rishi Kaneria, we have his first video essay, examining the use of hand props in film, and their sometimes overlooked significance. From his narration: “Great props can transcend the boundaries of the films they are in and become legendary icons of cinema and pop culture. They can show the progress of mankind. Or reveal the […]

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Absolute Bollocks – The Rise And Fall Of Absolute Beginners

Absolute Beginners could be said to be the British film industry’s Apocalypse Now, but only in the sense that it was a profligate, monumental, spiralling out of control mess, helmed by an arrogant and foolhardy auteur. The difference between the two over time though, is that one turned a profit and became an apocalyptic cult, […]

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Capricorn One, Moon-landing Deniers, Nil

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, the most famous man in the world passed away at the age of 82-Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Not just an American hero, but a hero to anybody who “dared to dream” as his Apollo 11 crew mate Buzz Aldrin paid tribute. Yet incredibly, even […]

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Intermission Talk To Filmumentary Creator Jamie Benning

We’re pleased to share with you a new interview with our friend Jamie Benning, via a great new site, Intermission (you can also follow them on Twitter). Jamie as you should now by now, creates “Filmumentaries” unique takes on some of our favourite films, like the original Star Wars saga, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and […]

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Reappreciation Society: Major Dundee (1965): The Proto – Peckinpah Western

  It was supposed to be third time’s the charm for director Sam Peckinpah. After two well received small westerns: The Deadly Companion, and Ride The high Country (which went down a storm in Europe and is now considered one of his greatest films), “Bloody Sam” was given a large scope, large budget Horse Soldier […]

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Dance with the Devil: Tim Burton’s Batman

Rising from the ashes of a camp legacy that had long “gone West”, Tim Burton’s Batman took The Caped Crusader into very dark territory – shades of blue and grey were replaced by shadows and smoke. Surfer guitar music was swapped out for themes of pure gothic horror, this was to be like nothing seen before, this was […]

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Unsung Heroes: Roger Deakins

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride – once again, and for an incredible tenth time, Roger Deakins has been nominated by The Academy  Of Motion Picture Arts for best Cinematography (for Skyfall) and failed to take home a little gold fella. Just who does he have to f**k in Tinseltown to be recognised for his incredible body of […]

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Tim’s Top Ten Of 2014

It’s that time of year again. I’ve been making a list, checking it twice, finding out which films this year have been naughty or nice. Here are the ones I thought made the grade – I could equally make a list of seemingly great films I just didn’t get around to this year, as ever, […]

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Ghostbusters Infographic

Check out this great Ghostbusters infographic, via Phil Edwards. Originally posted 2014-06-15 18:33:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 2

(CONTINUED FROM PART 1) Act 5 Several times throughout, we’ve briefly run across a utility man named Rafferty. As he’s out checking connections, he finds himself face-to-face with the coyote. Soon after, Little Bear follows the animal tracks to Rafferty’s truck where the man is lacing up his boots. Their conversation is terse, their looks […]

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Dead Toons Don’t Pay Bills – A Tribute to Who Framed Roger Rabbit

It is a little known fact that Chinatown was to be the first film in a trilogy. That trilogy was to tell the tale of how the Los Angeles we know today came to be. Chinatown dealt with the battle over the water system, its sequel The Two Jakes dealt with real estate and the […]

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