• Hannibal: Script To Screen

    Recently Hannibal, the TV adaptation of author Thomas Harris’ cannibalistic gourmand Hannibal Lector’s exploits finished its third run, with NBC ceasing to air any further seasons. As it looks unlikely that any other channels will pick the show up, it ended on a fitting cliff-hanger, Graham and Hannibal tumbling to their seeming doom, a la […]

  • The Silence of The Lambs – Who Wins The Scene

    Here’s the latest video from Tony Zhou, this time analysing the pschology behind the two way exchange during the fist meeting between Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) and FBI rookie Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence Of The Lambs. Enjoy.   Originally posted 2014-10-15 06:32:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  • Reappreciation Society: Heaven’s Gate

    Heaven’s Gate, Michael Cimino’s grand, epic retelling of the Johnston County War in 1892 Wyoming, has become a byword for profligacy and headstrong vanity. In truth, based on a notorious early review that examined everything but the film on screen, vexatiously fixated on scurrilous rumour and annoyance at being kept in the dark about the production. […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: The Good, The Bad And The ugly

    Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly is, in Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling’s words, “the most carnivalesque of all his films – a black comedy about the craziness of war, a Catch – 22 of the American Civil War.” Tuco / Ugly (Eli Wallach) and Blondie / Good (Clint Eastwood) are a Mexican bandit and […]

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  • Extra Relish: My On-Set adventure with Michael Collins

      In the summer of 1995, the cry went out for unpaid volunteers to pad out the crowd scenes for Neil Jordan’s epic drama Michael Collins. Thousands heeded the call, and I, dear reader, was one of them. On leave from work for a few days in early August, I idly flicked through the local […]

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  • Gravity: The Sound Of Gravity

    Here’s another brilliant technical insight from the folks at Soundworks, this time on the sound design for director Alfonso Cuaron’s latest sensational Earth orbit set film, Gravity. Although the director wanted to reflect realities of a space set environment, there is still sound, other than stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s voices. The Foley artists used transducer […]

  • The Story Of The Day The Clown Cried – New BBC Documentary

    Last year America’s Library Of Congress acquired a negative of Jerry Lewis’ infamous Holocaust “comedy drama” The Day The Clown Cried, on condition the film would not be screened until 2025. Now the BBC has released a new documentary on the film on YouTube (it will be broadcast at a later date). This is the […]

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  • Indiana Jones 4 And Echoes Of The Past

    “It’s like poetry, it rhymes” – Creator George Lucas, not content with his Star Wars Ring Cycle, also got Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg in on the act, casting back to earlier films in the series with many shots and set-ups in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.  Roll VT… Originally posted 2015-09-09 17:04:02. Republished by […]

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  • Entitled: Daredevil Netflix Show

    The latest  Netflix show to wow audiences is Marvel’s Daredevil, a live action series in which attorney Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with incredibly heightened senses, seeks to protect his neighbourhood of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen (post-The Avengers “incident”), in and out of the court room. Murdock […]

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  • Star Wars The Force Awakens VFX Reels

    Via The Art Of VFX, here is a great effects reel showcasing ILM’s VFX work on Star Wars The Force Awakens. Did you know that out of 2,500 shots in the film, the majority of those had some amount of digital effects? Studio Daily has an interesting interview with the effects Supervisor Roger Guyett. In […]

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Breaking The Fourth Wall: A Movie Supercut

Breaking the fourth wall, the practice of a character in a film addressing the viewer directly, by word or glance, can be a tricky move to pull off successfully. Via Press play, here is a supercut of some of the best, 54 films in total. One it doesn’t include sadly, is a subtle one from Apocalypse […]

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Empire Of Dreams: Star Wars Documentary

Some kind soul has posted the George Lucas approved doc Empire of Dreams from the DVD release of the original Special Edition Star Wars Trilogy online, so we thought we’d share it with you here. The documentary covers his early career and follows him through the difficult making of the original Star Wars trilogy. It […]


Scene is Believing: Superman 2

Very occasionally in cinema there are movie moments that make you want to leap from your seat and high five with God. Obviously these moments are few and far between, but one such moment is surely up there with the best of them. The climax of Superman II. Superman II was a troubled shoot, with […]

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Unsung Heroes: The men Beneath The Alien Costume

Two images defined both the biomechanical and graceful look of the final stage in the life cycle of Ridley Scott’s Alien – HR Giger’s 1976 painting Necronom IV,and Leni Riefenstahl’s photograph of a two metre tall, rail thin, Nubian warrior. To achieve the look he wanted, Ridley reluctantly accepted he needed a man in a […]

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Me And Me Dad: Screening and Interview with John and Katrine Boorman

  Last night I attended a screening of the documentary Me And Me Dad at Queens Film Theatre, Belfast, followed by a question and answer session with the director, Katrine Boorman, and her subject, father and director John Boorman. SYNOPSIS: The film is an intimate portrait about the iconic, award winning filmmaker John Boorman, director […]

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Sir Alec Guinness and Michael Parkinson Discuss Star Wars in 1977

Below we have Sir Alec Guinness’s first UK television interview to publicise Star Wars in 1977 with the then king of chat shows, Michael Parkinson. He is effusive and full of praise for the film and its creator George Lucas, deeming it to be have “a marvellous, healthy innocence”. Of course in his diaries Guinness […]


All On Accounta Paddlin’ A River: John Boorman’s Deliverance

It’s the early 1970’s: two first time novelists works will be translated into unforgettable films of primal terror. While Peter Benchley’s Jaws under Steven Spielberg’s eye lead to the birth of summer blockbusters, James Dickey’s Deliverance, directed by  John Boorman, birthed a slew of darker crazy hillbilly / isolated weirdo horrors. Southern Comfort is considered an unofficial […]

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Scene Is Believing: Daredevil Corridor Fight

The corridor fight from Netflix’s Daredevil episode “Cut Man” is an early, confident contender for one of the best scenes of the year on any screen, big or small. And yes, it is one take – they had to film it 7 to 8 times to get the fluid, bruising, exhausting tussle you see in […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: The Score

Now that  Star Wars The Force Awakens is on general release, Disney and LucasFilm have released John Williams’ sublime score, avoiding spoilers by not releasing it earlier. The soundtrack is one hour and 17 minutes, and includes  music for the alien menagerie of Maz Kanata’s hideaway, written by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, in collaboration with director […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road – We Don’t (?) Need Another Tribute

It’s been a week. Still thinking about how amazing Mad Max: Fury Road is? You’re not alone. Dedicated maniacs, including massive movie geek and funnyman Patton Oswalt have been putting their own tributes together, and we’ve compiled a few for you below, including Patton’s “deleted scene” where he played Immortan Joe’s “stand-up comedian”… Here’s a […]

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