• Eyes of Hitchcock

    Via Kogonada, here’s a short video exploring how director Alfred Hitchock uses the eyes of his subjects to create a sense of terror. The video was created for the Criterion Collection. Originally posted 2014-10-09 17:40:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  • Triple Bill: Real Human Beings, Or Counterfeit Lives: Thief, To Live And Die In L.A, And Drive

    The following three crime dramas share a commonality of purpose and style, in the electro-pop tracked machinations of their flawed players. Three testosterone fuelled templates of urban male machismo – Michael Mann’s Thief (1979), William Friedkin’s To Live And Die In L.A (1985), and Nicolas Winding Refn’s ’80’s tinged love letter to both, Drive (2011). […]

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  • Jaws the Revenge: This Time It’s Ridiculous

    Imagine someone were to blow you up. Next they electrocute you. Then blow you up again in 3D. Do you think you would hold a grudge? I think you would probably be mildly upset. Probably upset enough to plan some sort of revenge? The shark in Jaws the Revenge is something special. It is able to lay […]

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  • Marvel Cinematic Universe Recap

    With the release of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, do you find it difficult keeping up with events in the linked Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, fear not! Via The Verge, here’s a handy video recap of all the important events in the films so far, especially references to the nine realms and Infinity Stones.   […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Fitzcarraldo

    Another post from the archives of DGA Quarterly, this time on one of the craziest of endeavors ever put on film – the transportation of a real steamboat over a mountain between river tributaries in a rain forest by director Werner Herzog, for Fitzcarraldo. Not for Herzog would a model miniature in a studio setting […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: The Dark Knight

    Crazy clown time- The Dark Knight’s Joker interrogation   For this month’s Scene is Believing, I thought it would be apt to (a) look back at the previous chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s unintended Batman trilogy, and (b) take a look at his favourite scene from that film, which underscores even further the influence of […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: The Dark Knight Rises

      The IMAX prologue: Bane takes the plane Early positive reviews for Sam Mendes’ Skyfall are hailing it as James Bond’s renaissance, Nolan-esque in terms of scale and depth. Mendes himself has acknowledged The Dark Knight in particular as a big influence – “What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Interstellar

    “Time and tide wait for no man” – Chaucer The water planet Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is full of spectacular images and locations, both space and planet bound. One of the most deadly is the watery world perched perilously on the limits of an orbit around a black hole, labelled Gargantua by the crew of the […]

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  • The Genius of Hitchcock: Filmmakers Discuss

    Alfred Hitchcock  is possibly the director whose work has been most exhaustively analysed in the history of cinema, a state helped by his openness, compared to the closed mouthed giants of Hollywood such as John Ford or Howard Hawks who came before him. Hitch loved an audience. Guillermo Del Toro wrote admiringly in the August […]

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  • Do Architraves Dream Of Electric Sheep? Blade Runner’s Film Architecture

    Alcon, the company that has the rights to the Blade Runner sequel, is openly courting Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Deckard, the is he/isn’t he a Replicant Blade Runner, in a move akin to John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler holding a boombox aloft: “We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with […]

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Do Architraves Dream Of Electric Sheep? Blade Runner’s Film Architecture

Alcon, the company that has the rights to the Blade Runner sequel, is openly courting Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Deckard, the is he/isn’t he a Replicant Blade Runner, in a move akin to John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler holding a boombox aloft: “We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with […]

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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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