• Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Score

    Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice is shaping up to be more than a dust-up on screen. Critics, fans and casual movie goers are drawing lines in the sand-box and throwing their toys out of the pram in on-line spats about whether it rocks, or makes them want to retch. It’s certainly the most divisive […]

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  • Composed – The Music Of Creed

    Creed is just as great as you’ve heard. A soulful expression of pride, belief and family. It chronicles the rise of young Adonis “Donny” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), illegitimate son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed, as he quits his white collar job to seek out his father’s old friend and rival, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), […]

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  • Birdman Or (The Unexpected Vertigo Of One Seeming Take)

    With Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) director  Alejandro G. Iñárritu seeks to examine, in a comedic “Noises off” way, the psyche of what it is to “act” – within a free flowing, fluid, seeming one-shot take that also touches on themes of validation, parenthood, criticism, stunt celebrity casting, virtues of stage vs screen, […]

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  • Moments Lost In Time – Blade Runner’s Deleted And Alternate Scenes

    With Blade Runner The Final Cut released on the big screen, here in one place are the alternate takes and deleted scenes from the original film, including such scenes as Deckard visiting fellow Blade Runner Holden in hospital, and more screen time for Gaff and Bryant. To further mark the occasion, the BFI, who are […]

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  • The Top Ten 80’s Alien Movies

    The decade of the 1980’s was a time of paranoia and displacement. With most worrying about nuclear meltdown and radioactive death, it was no wonder we looked to the stars for escape. Here is a list of some of the best alien films from that era:   10. Alien Nation (1998) Los Angeles, 1991. Aliens […]

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  • Time Out: The Twilight Zone movie and the death of Vic Morrow

    When Steven Spielberg assembled his gang of hot directors to make a Twilight Zone movie in 1981, he had no idea that one of them would make the film live in infamy for years to come – and not in a good way. Spielberg wanted to make The Twilight Zone movie a love letter to the classic […]

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  • Silent Running: Vintage Making Of Documentary

    I’m a sucker for “making of “features, which are sadly becoming more of an afterthought on the latest film disc releases. Quite often they are chopped up into bite sized chunks, more often back-slapping talking heads with little insight, compared to the mammoth features of a few years ago. Of course there are exceptions, though […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Gordon Willis, “Prince Of Darkness”

    Gordon Willis (now retired) was one of the leading cinematographers to emerge from Hollywood’s new wave of the 1970’s and shake up the old system. Belatedly recognised with a lifetime achievement Academy award in 2009, it is a crime that, out of the 11 Oscar nominations for The Godfather (of which three were won) his […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: The Third Man

      The Sewer Chase, Vienna and Shepperton Studios Voted the greatest British film ever by the BFI in 1999, The Third man is a thick stew of international tensions in a blitzed, expressionist post-war Vienna. It features two American stars, German speaking (and untranslated) eccentic supports, and an idiosyncratic score that led to a craze […]

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  • The Making Of Super 8

    Apropos of Star Wars Episode VII wrapping, here’s a look at the making of Super 8, considered a JJ tribute to Steven Spielberg’s “suburban phase”. Another instance, after George Lucas, of the director getting to walk a mile in his idol’s shoes. Spielberg told Empire magazine: “JJ made a very modern movie, but at the […]

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The Great Unmade? Dan Dare

Dan Dare, Pilot Of The Future, has seemingly had more revamps than the line up of The Sugababes. But did you know that the erstwhile Eagle comic strip nearly made it to the small screen in a live action spectacular show in 1981? An ATV production under the auspices of legend Lew Grade would have seen […]

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Re-appreciation Society: Southern Comfort

Considered by many to be a thematic sequel to Deliverance, 1981′sSouthern Comfort drives down the same lonely road and comes a cropper of the locals.  Southern Comfort is a superb, taut thriller depicting a group of National Guardsmen trying to negotiate their way out of a swamp while being picked off one by one by unseen Cajun enemies – […]

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The Art Of The Score: The Mind, Music And Moving Images

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s “The Art Of The Score” week, running September 17–21, 2013, featured two concert programs of film music—Hitchcock! and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In conjunction with this, the World Science Festival ran a presentation,  The Art Of The Score: The Mind, Music And Moving Images. From the World Science Festival site: Alec Baldwin […]

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Re-appreciation Society: The Italian Job

Cooler than a mint imperial, cheekier than a Sid James laugh, the insouciant, geezerish swagger of The Italian Job sums up the fresh frivolity of a late ’60’s British vibe that probably only existed in the film-makers imagination. Yet its appeal is timeless: recently BBC Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson replicated stunt driver Remy Julienne’s attempt to do 360 […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: A Scoundrel’s Mantle

With each further glimpse of Star Wars The Force Awakens it’s clear that there is no reset button in the galaxy far, far away to a peaceful Republic redux. Indeed, with the revelation that Luke Skywalker is missing, and there is a sort of “death cult” that idolises Darth Vader, led by the sinister Kylo […]

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Entitled: Doctor Who – New Broom, New Titles

In a nice mirroring of life long fan Peter Capaldi landing his dream role as The Doctor (or Doctor Who, as he seems to refer to both show and character as one), the BBC has responded to the sterling creativity of a fan made title proposal by having the designer join with their team to […]

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Zulu: 50 Years On

Below is a great post by Ian Knight, a writer and historian who is internationally regarded as a leading authority on the nineteenth-century history of the Zulu kingdom, and in particular the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. I hope he doesn’t mind my sharing his fascinating recollections of the film by director Cy Endfield and producer / […]

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Analysis

In honour of Tom Cruise and writer / director Christopher McQuarrie’s latest instalment in the Mission Impossible series, Rogue Nation, here is a video analysis of the series to date, by Grantland’s Sean Witzke. Thanks to Larry Wright for the heads up. Originally posted 2015-08-02 11:49:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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American Sniper: Insha’Allah At The Gates

War! What is it good for? A record breaking $105 million January opening weekend, that’s what. And a debate that rages on over whether director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Jason Hall’s American Sniper is a Republican polemic of “God, America, Country“; or a “Coming Home“-redux, surprisingly according to  one-time “Hanoi-Jane” Fonda. When the truth becomes […]

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The Great Unmade? The Wind In The Willows

In the 1990’s, director Steven Barron intended to create a live-action film version of Kenneth Grahame’s anthropomorphic English pastoral classic, The Wind In The Willows. He was beaten to it by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. Barron collaborated with artist Brendan McCarthy, famous for his work on landmark British weekly comic 2000AD  (they previously […]

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