• Scene Is Believing: Rocky

    “Montage, gotta have a montage. Even Rocky had a montage…” So went Team America. Rocky certainly did have one of the greatest and most uplifting of all cinema montages, as the titular pugilist (Sylvester Stallone) trains for his big fight with Apollo Creed. Most of the training montage was filmed with a skeleton crew in […]

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  • 30 Years Of Hurt: David Lynch Before Dune Bugged Him

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the making and release of David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction opus, Dune. Pretty much panned on its release and later dismissed by Lynch, it has few defenders, though I number myself among them. In October 1984, Paul Mandell interviewed a then enthusiastic Lynch on […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: McCabe & Mrs Miller

    McCabe & Mrs Miller arose out of Warren Beatty’s frustrations with Robert Towne over finalising a script for Shampoo, his next pet project with his then lover, Julie Christie. If he thought he was frustrated with Towne, wait until he butted heads with his chosen McCabe director, Robert Altman. The stop-gap  movie script was based […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Octopussy

    No, that’s not Del Boy Trotter on the tarmac with the James Bond Bede Jet from Octopussy – it’s stunt pilot J W “Corky” Fornof, who flew it through a populated hanger in Octopussy, probably the highlight of that film. In a post from DGA Quarterly, director John Glen breaks down the brilliant stunt. The […]

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  • The Many Faces of Peter Sellers Part 1

    There have been many hard nosed interviewers in the history of the journalism industry, from Jeremy Paxman to Robin Day. They made their names by cutting through the crap and getting to the point.There was no messing around with these guys. A person could walk in plugging a book and come out psycho-evaluated. But only […]

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  • The Last Jedi: It’s So Much More

    Star Wars mash-up maestro Nick Hedenbeck has done it again, quickly turning around a very cool edit of Rian Johnson’s The last Jedi teaser with apposite pieces from the original trilogy, The Force Awakens, and last year’s Rogue one. Enjoy.

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  • The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer Breakdown

    Like the mother of all trailers, the teaser for the next continuation of the Star Wars “Saga” films, The last Jedi, dropped at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. That sound you hear is a million+ voices crying out in ecstatic joy. So without further ado, let’s break this baby down, shall we? We open in space, seemingly, […]

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  • Spy-Fi, Oh My – Alias’ Kick-Ass Sydney Bristow

    In honour of the trailer for the awesome Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, here’s a Carla Darko tribute to producer J.J. Abrams’ TV super agent, Sydney Bristow of Alias, played with gusto by Jennifer Garner. While it’s great to see so many tough and resourceful women in the Mission: Impossible series, precious few get to headline […]

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  • Wonderful Toys: The Special Effects of Batman ’89

    Below we have a reproduction of American Cinematographer magazine from December 1989, in which effects maestro Derek Meddings discusses how many of the sequences were created in Tim Burton’s gothic Batman. Thanks to James and his 1989Batman site.         Originally posted 2014-06-25 06:22:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  • Warner Brothers 1988 Batman Preview Video

    When Tim Burton’s Batman was being filmed, somewhat insulated from the media at Pinewood Studios, back home in the States the production was being slated. The Wall Street Journal reported that fans at conventions were booing the the casting choice of Michael Keaton as Batman. Adam West, TV’S 1960’s campy iteration, was insisting he should […]

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James Cameron : A Tribute

James Cameron applies his engineering background’s eye to the smallest details on every one of his films. Not for nothing have crews on his legendary shoots defiantly sported T-shirts emblazoned with legends such as “You can’t scare me, I work for James Cameron.” He demands a lot, from both crew and audience:  “If you’re gonna […]

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Rogue One And The Star Wars Saga Shot Comparisons

We’ve heard a lot about how the visual style of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One was intentionally more visceral at times, more hand-held and gritty than the classical structure of George Lucas’ original saga. Lucasfilm encouraged Edwards to bring the semi-improvisational, as it happens type sensibility from his low-budget debut Monsters to Rogue One – an approach […]

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Wolfshead: Remembering Robin Of Sherwood

“Nothing’s forgotten.Nothing is ever forgotten.” Wolf’s head. Herne’s son. Robin i’the Hood. Dramatist Richard “Kit” Carpenter’s interpretation of the classic Robin Hood outlaw legend was a spellbinding mix of rebellion, muck and mysticism, the hero taking up the mantle of Sherwood Forest spirit Herne against Norman oppressors. The hit show ran for three series on […]

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Punishment Park: A Subversive Mother

A dusty Californian desert, patrolled by mirrored shaded guards. Group 637 and Group 638, comprised of draft evaders, free thinkers and anti-war demonstrators are detained here because “there is reasonable ground to believe that they probably will engage in possible acts of sabotage in the future.” Faced with a tribunal’s choice of immediate imprisonment or the challenge […]

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Simianside Special – Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off

  Now here’s a curiosity I never knew existed. You may think Star Wars spearheaded the whole movie tie-in merchandising craze, but it was actually Planet Of The Apes that led the way with action figures and such. What I didn’t know though was that live stage shows of original, specially scripted Planet Of The Apes […]

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Scene Is Believing: Rogue One’s Vader Unleashed

Wired have a cool video interview up where Rogue One director Gareth Edwards discusses the creation of that awesome moment in the finale to the film, where Darth Vader unleashes the full fury of the Force against Leia’s rebels in his attempt to stop the Death Star plans being taken. It almost wasn’t in the […]

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Mad Max Fury Road First Look

“My name is Max. My world is fire, and blood.” Attendees at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con were offered T-shirts bearing the bold legend “Comic-Con 2014 belongs to the mad.” They weren’t kidding. The teaser shown at the event went online last night, and the response has been ecstatic. I’m going straight out after this […]

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Top 10 Worst James Bond Films

  10. Quantum of Solace How do you follow an action packed and exciting rejuvenation of James Bond? With the filmic equivalent of a weak piss into an empty water bottle that you then throw from a car during a tired camping trip. Not a terrible film by any means, just incredibly MEH. Bond spends […]

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Bond Without Borders: The Trailblazing “Reboot” Of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

“The lasting impact of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is that it showed that a James Bond film could be made without Sean Connery in the lead role. The producers maintained that audiences came to the films to see James Bond, not necessarily the actor playing him.” — Bruce Scivally, The Digital Bits. Unjustly dismissed […]

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The Lord Of The Rings: 21 Classic Moments

In honour of Peter Jackson’s imminent return to Middle-Earth with The Hobbit, we at Cinetropolis would like to celebrate his earlier modern classic set in that world, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. It is a benchmark fantasy saga, surely destined to be as well loved as Star Wars. Our classic moments are in the order they appear […]

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