• 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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  • The Carcrash of Dr. Moreau

    The motorway of film is full of wrecks at the side of the road. There are often disasters and more often than not there is an innate fascination on behalf of the viewer to want to rubberneck and see where and when it all went wrong. The most bewitching examples are usually the ones in which all is […]

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  • Blonde Ambition: Reinventing Bond

    When MGM and EON obtained the rights to Casino Royale, it was akin to getting their hands on the Holy Grail. With Kevin McClory and his rival bids no longer dogging their heels, the way was clear to deliver Bond the way the world was used to seeing him. Except…why not go back to the […]

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  • First Glimpse of the Magic Hour: A Beginner’s Look at Malick’s The Thin Red Line

    I’ve been involved, off and on, with the story of The Thin Red Line in various incarnations for about six months now. I spent nearly a month alone weeding through the massive, dense, spectacular original novel by James Jones. Then watched the 1964 film adaptation. Then found a draft of the screenplay by Terrence Malick, […]

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Scene Is Believing: Alien

The Chestburster scene, Shepperton studios 2001: A Space Odyssey on one level considers the birth, ascent and re-birth of mankind into a “star child”, gazing serenely upon the Earth and us, the viewer, with untold possibilities. Alien represents the Freudian nightmare tucked away in the recesses of the mind, a disturbing perversion of birth: life […]

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Douglas Trumbull – an appreciation

Doug…my mind is going…I can feel it… Don’t worry, this isn’t an Obituary, just a tribute to Douglas Trumbull, and a snap shot of his career and influence. 2001: A Space Odyssey may be over 40 years old but its special effects laid the groundwork for the computerised methods of today. Trumbull started off on […]

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Chandleresque: Dick Spanner P.I.

  “Not so long ago in a parallel universe not far from here…” There have been many notable Gerry Anderson projects. From Fireball XL5 to Stingray to Thunderbirds and Terrahawks. However one Gerry Anderson project that seems to have fallen down the back of the sofa of time is Dick Spanner P.I.. First transmitted in […]

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Star Wars In Numbers

Here’s a new, short, stat-based film by our friend Jamie Benning, creator of Filmumentaries such as Star Wars Begins, entitled Star Wars In Numbers. Basically, some fun facts and stats worked into segments of Star Wars by way of floating text. You can support Jamie’s film-making via Patreon.

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Entitled: SS-GB

James Bond writers Purvis and Wade’s alternate history SS-GB, based on the 1978 novel by thriller writer Len Deighton (The Ipcress File) is somewhat timely, what with the emboldening of the right in the wake of Brexit and Trump. Set in November 1941, the BBC 5 part series reimagines a successful resolution to the Battle Of […]

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2001 A Space Odyssey Stars in Screening Q & A

In a few short weeks, as part of the BFI’s sci-fi Days of Fear And Wonder season, a brand new  remastered print of Stanley Kubrick’s sublime epic, 2001 A Space Odyssey will begin an extended run. The film will also be shown nationwide by BFI Audience Network participating cinemas. Meanwhile in Toronto, the Stanley Kubrick […]

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Unsung Heroes: Pat Roach

The term “gentle giant” is often a cliche only because it is true. And it very much applied to 6ft 5in Pat “Bomber” Roach: Birmingham born gentleman of the wrestling ring, writer, and also actor / stunt performer, who played many heavies in genre films. This in contrast to his  cornerstone role as the sensible […]

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‘Scuse Me While I whip This Out – Indiana Jones And His Unusual Weapon

I’m not quite sure if there was a single inspiration for Indiana Jones’ use of a bullwhip – maybe the Zorro serials. Whatever the thought process, its use in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and subsequent films has become iconic. Whether he’s using it to snatch a gun out of a treacherous guide’s hand, hold back an […]

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Jon’s Top 10 of 2014

    Ahem. Is…is this thing still on? I know I haven’t posted in months and while I want to bring up a ton of excuses the biggest of all those would be that time is truly a revelator. However with the year winding down I feel like I wanted to share with you my […]

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The Great Unmade?: Who Discovered Roger Rabbit / Toon Platoon

  Even cartoons get the blues. After raking in the dollars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was surely as deserving of a sequel as any mainstream studio film. However, rivalry between production partners Disney and Amblin Entertainment, escalating costs and disputes over the script, plugged Roger Rabbit before he could interact with hapless humans again. A […]

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