• John’s VERY Mini Review of 2012 in Film

    From the outset I should make it clear that as a Dad (and a lazy bastard) I didn’t get to the cinema as much as I would have liked this year. This list is purely based on the films I saw, not ALL the films that were out in 2012. Sorry about that. Anyway. Let us begin. […]

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  • Outland: In Space No-one Can Hear You Punch The Clock

    Writer / director Peter Hyams’ Outland posits a hard science fiction environment of remote titanium ore mining outposts dotted throughout our solar system. In one such roughneck mining town, based on one of Jupiter’s moons, Io, new marshall William O’Neil (Sean Connery) uncovers an illegal supply of performance enhancing drugs distributed by the colony chief, Mark Sheppard […]

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  • John’s Top 10 Modern Movies

    With Sight & Sound throwing a list together that seems to be causing more head scratching than a nit convention (their list seemed to contain nothing beyond the 1960s), here at Cinetropolis we decided to represent the subsequent years and give our own subjective lists. So without any further ado, here is my top 10 […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: Shutter island

    This piece contains spoilers I believe director Martin Scorsese is sufficiently aware of his film’s supposed twist effect on audiences to pose a more intriguing question from its doomed protagonist – “Which would be worse? To live as a monster, or die as a good man?” US Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is really mental patient […]

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  • Welcome To Hill Valley – A Back To The Future Video Tribute

    Below is a split screen comparison by Joel Bocko of Marty McFly’s deja vu experiences in the same locations of Hill Valley in the different time periods of the Back To The Future trilogy – 1955, 1985, 2015, and 1885. In the words of  our “life preserver” wearing strange teenage time-traveller, “This is heavy…”   […]

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  • Exclusive “Interview” with Harry Shearer

    I’m heavily involved in the originaltrilogy.com forums, famous for spawning Jamie Benning and Adywan, among other things. There are usually very interesting discussions about the making of the original films going on there. I noticed a new thread about the voice dubbing done on A New Hope, one of which surprised me: The Death Star […]

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  • Oliver Stone’s Comandante

    Unless you’ve been living in a catatonic state since the double-whammy of Brexit and Trump-ton, you’ll know that Fidel Castro, lifetime president of Cuba, has died at the age of 90 (and not by the hands of the CIA, who tried to do him in multiple times with increasingly bizarre methods). In 2002, film-maker Oliver […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Gerald Home, Return Of The Jedi’s Man Beneath the Masks

    This month’s Unsung Hero played not one, but two alien background characters in Return Of The Jedi, yet is probably even more well known to the general public for an iconic advertising role, which we’ll get to later. I’m talking about Gerald Home. Belfast born Gerald Home moved to Australia at age 16, later attending […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Syd Mead, Visual Futurist

      Richard Taylor, the effects supervisor of Tron, had this to say about Syd Mead’s design work – “It reminds you of something you’ve never seen before.” Syd Mead started drawing at three, creating cars, his first design love, with interior detail. By High School, he could accurately draft human and animal form. Art enthusiasts […]

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  • Star Wars The Force Awakens Supercut Trailer

    Did you enjoy the latest International trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens? Lots of lovely new footage, and cut in a story telling style, as opposed to a “greatest hits” anthology of the other trailers, some said. Well, it didn’t take long for someone (stuffedy)to incorporate it, as well as all the others, into […]

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From 2001 To Gravity, Via Chris Hadfield And Space Oddity

Remember that cool video astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield posted of him performing Bowie’s Space Oddity in the International Space Station? After the time limit on his permission from Bowie’s people to post it expired, he took it down from his You Tube page. He has now made it a private video. However! You can still […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Gone Girl

Spoilers abound Gone Girl – not quite a mystery or thriller, not quite a straight satire on modern marriage either. It’s almost War Of The Roses without the slapstick; instead, a dash of De Palma, with Verhoeven’s va-va-voom, and a Hitchcock glacial blonde, pulling all the strings. In its delirious, mid-point bait and switch, and […]

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Shanghai Surprise: The Movie That Hobbled Handmade Films

For some reason, after a run of fairly succesful, low budget projects, Handmade Films decided in 1986 that they wanted a screwball comedy with some star wattage. What they got was a god-awful mess that blew up in their faces, and nearly scuppered them; Shanghai Surprise, a vanity project for Madonna and her then husband, the […]

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Before Miller, Before Moore, Before Burton, there was Tom Mankiewicz’s The Batman

In the early 80s, DC comics and Warner Bros were riding high off the one-two punches of Superman and Superman 2, both of which had been massive hits at the box office. Much can and has been said elsewhere about how that franchise quickly derailed, but it led the publisher/studio duo to finally sit down […]

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Blade Runner Retrospective Video Review

Another in Oliver Harper‘s “Retrospective” series, this 38 minute video looks back at the making of Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner. Enjoy.   Originally posted 2015-05-27 18:31:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Scene Is Believing: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Audiences and critics alike are having a blast with Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible installment, Rogue Nation (keep that second fiddle handy, Jeremy Renner – there’s plenty of life left in the Duracell bunny star yet). Of the many exciting sequences throughout the film, the Opera House scene is being singled out as particularly brilliant […]

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

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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Sympathy For The Devil – Man Of Steel? Or Man Of Straw?

With the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, everyone seems to have got their knickers over their unitards into a twist over Superman’s (Henry Cavill) “killing spree” in Metropolis at the end of Man Of Steel, referenced again in BvS‘s ground zero eye view from an appalled and angry Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). […]

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Reappreciation Society: Slap Shot

Sports films are usually about challenges and overcoming them. Beating the odds, jumping the hurdles, sinking the putt, dunking the ball or scoring the touchdown. These films usually centre around a hero, or a sporting great or someone seeking redemption. What was different about Slap Shot however, is that it centres around a pathological liar, […]

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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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