• Thinking In Circles – Interpreting The Star Wars Saga Through Ring Composition

          Even the most casual glance at the Star Wars prequels (and indeed, even within the original trilogy) will reveal recurring motifs. But have you really noticed the true depth of synchronicity with regard to narrative structure, plot points, themes and so on, that thread throughout all six (so far) films? Mike Klimo […]

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  • If Adventure Has A Name…

      Here’s a nice tribute to one of cinema’s greatest heroes, Indiana Jones, eminent archaeologist, academic, and adventurer by Clara Darko. Good news for Crystal Skull haters (hey, it has its moments!) – this video was edited before that film’s release, so only clips from the first three films feature. Take a look below, and […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: Let Me In

    Any work of art should stand or fall on it’s own merits or faults, not be forever held in the shadow of its forerunner. When Charlton Heston’s Ben Hur was released in 1955, did audiences say “Yeah, but I preferred the version where they didn’t talk so much…” That said, Director and co-writer Matt Reeves […]

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  • The Great unmade? Star Trek Phase II

    Once syndication had established there was a massive interest in Star Trek, after blinkered scheduling had driven the original run into a Network Black Hole , Gene Rodenberry was determined to resurrect his cast of future Utopian interplanetary explorers on screen, big or small. Initial scripts morphed into the curious case of the lost series, Star Trek […]

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  • Interstellar Soundtrack and Sound Effects Featurette

    Unusually, director Christopher Nolan withheld the release of the score for Interstellar until two weeks after the release of his new film, believing the emotional impact is best married to the full, cinematic experience. And that includes the “experiential” sound mix, that has garnered such a debate about audibility and clarity of dialogue. “I’ve always […]

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  • Unscene Is Believing: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    As an adjunct to our regular “Scene Is Believing” slot, I’d like to start examining scenes that didn’t make the final cut, whether they be at script stage, or completed shots. To begin, let’s look at Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and what became known as “The pig head sequence”. According to SFX supervisor Ken Ralston, the film […]

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  • The Monuments Men Infographic

    George Clooney’s The Monuments Men is now available on home release Blu Ray and DVD. Struggling to get out of the handsome straightjacket is an interesting story about the squad of art historian experts (actually some 300 in reality, scattered over various fronts) who set out during the waning days of WWII to recover stolen […]

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  • Our Robocop Remake

    Our RoboCop Remake is a crowd-sourced film project based on the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic. Connected through various filmmaking channels (including Channel 101) 50 filmmakers (amateur and professional)  from Los Angeles and New York split the original RoboCop into individual pieces and remade the movie themselves. Not necessarily a shot-for-shot remake, but a scene-for-scene retelling. This is obviously made by big […]

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  • Review: Dunkirk

    British war cinema is preoccupied it seems with defeat – the stumbling block of the Arnhem campaign in A Bridge Too Far, the sinking of Noel Coward’s destroyer from In Which We Serve, and innumerable plucky POW features, not to  mention the late critic Barry Norman’s father Leslie Norman’s take on the daddy of them all, […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Skip Lievsay, Sound Designer

    The following is a 1991 New York Times article by Judith Shulevitz on the art of sound editing / design, tied in to the release of the Coen Brothers Barton Fink the same year, and honing in specifically on the work of their sound editor, Skip Lievsay. Lievsay has been nominated for an Oscar twice […]

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The Battle Of Algiers: Neo-Realist Revolution

Since winning the Golden Lion at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, The Battle Of Algiers has been seen as both a revolutionaries cinema verité manual, and a warning to military occupiers the world over. Its audacious style and semi-documentary feel are firmly rooted in the leftist tradition, yet it walks a fine line of even-handedness. During the Algerian […]

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Psycho Pension Qu’est-ce que c’est – Lethal Weapon Is A Real Live Wire

Before subsequent installments dialed up the yuks and irritating side characters, 1987’s Lethal Weapon had a satisfyingly hard edge to its big screen take on the buddy cop scenario, previously seen as a T.V trope. It had a fresh for the time “too old for this shit” family man detective partnered with a genuine loose cannon, […]

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The Best Two Ronnies Sketches

The Two Ronnies are often only remembered these days for dressing in drag and singing old music-hall numbers. The truth of the matter is that their sketches were some of the most thoughtful and intelligent sketches ever to appear on television. Some of the best writers that ever lived contributed to the show. Such luminaries as John […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Escape To Athena

USOnly Live Twice Yes I know Roger Moore wasn’t in the James Bond film whose title I’m playing on here, but the bad joke fits the melting pot of moussaka that is Lew Grade’s Escape To Athena, a comedic WWII caper in the Greek islands, with a cavalcade of slumming B-list stars, clearly only in it […]

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The Top 10 Moments in Bond History

For absolutely no reason at all, I give you the top 10 moments in Bond film history. I am sure you will all say I am wrong, but here you are anyway. 10. “This Never Happened To The Other Fella” Taking over from Sean Connery was a very tough gig for George Lazenby, a bit like […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Gladiator’s Proximo

I love Gladiator. You could even say my love for it echoes in eternity. And a major part of that love extends to the rascally Gladiator Master Proximo, a part tailor made for the late Oliver Reed. Proximo is a merchant of death, a former gladiator himself, freed by the late Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). […]

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Screenwriter Bob Gale and Christopher Lloyd discuss Back To The Future

On January 25 2013, at the University Of California Television, screenwriter Bob Gale and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, sat down after a screening of Back To The Future for an in depth discussion on the making of the film. Thanks to Mentorless , here are some of Bob Gale’s highlights from that evening. 1 – […]

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Unscene Is Believing: The Godfather

A popular image used to publicise The Godfather on its initial release features Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in a scene, just one of several, that didn’t even make the final cut. Francis Ford Coppola’s initial cut of The Godfather ran to over four hours. Before shooting The Godfather Pt II he was tickled by the […]

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The Elstree Project: An Oral History Of Movie Magic

Elstree Studios just outside London – close your eyes and the list of iconic films made on those sound stages raises goosebumps. From Star Wars to Superman, Indiana Jones to The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more recently, The King’s Speech to Kick Ass. Not to mention classic television shows and more current fare, […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Batman (1989)

  Tim Burton’s Batman has a number of unused scenes and ideas. In an early draft, the Mayor was to unveil the statue of Gotham City founder, John T. Gotham, during the city’s 200 year celebrations. The dedication ceremony is interrupted by the Joker, who reveals the statue outside the Flugelheim Museum has been replaced […]

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