• Outland: In Space No-one Can Hear You Punch The Clock

    Writer / director Peter Hyams’ Outland posits a hard science fiction environment of remote titanium ore mining outposts dotted throughout our solar system. In one such roughneck mining town, based on one of Jupiter’s moons, Io, new marshall William O’Neil (Sean Connery) uncovers an illegal supply of performance enhancing drugs distributed by the colony chief, Mark Sheppard […]

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  • John’s Top 10 Modern Movies

    With Sight & Sound throwing a list together that seems to be causing more head scratching than a nit convention (their list seemed to contain nothing beyond the 1960s), here at Cinetropolis we decided to represent the subsequent years and give our own subjective lists. So without any further ado, here is my top 10 […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: Shutter island

    This piece contains spoilers I believe director Martin Scorsese is sufficiently aware of his film’s supposed twist effect on audiences to pose a more intriguing question from its doomed protagonist – “Which would be worse? To live as a monster, or die as a good man?” US Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is really mental patient […]

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  • Welcome To Hill Valley – A Back To The Future Video Tribute

    Below is a split screen comparison by Joel Bocko of Marty McFly’s deja vu experiences in the same locations of Hill Valley in the different time periods of the Back To The Future trilogy – 1955, 1985, 2015, and 1885. In the words of  our “life preserver” wearing strange teenage time-traveller, “This is heavy…”   […]

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  • Exclusive “Interview” with Harry Shearer

    I’m heavily involved in the originaltrilogy.com forums, famous for spawning Jamie Benning and Adywan, among other things. There are usually very interesting discussions about the making of the original films going on there. I noticed a new thread about the voice dubbing done on A New Hope, one of which surprised me: The Death Star […]

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  • Oliver Stone’s Comandante

    Unless you’ve been living in a catatonic state since the double-whammy of Brexit and Trump-ton, you’ll know that Fidel Castro, lifetime president of Cuba, has died at the age of 90 (and not by the hands of the CIA, who tried to do him in multiple times with increasingly bizarre methods). In 2002, film-maker Oliver […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Gerald Home, Return Of The Jedi’s Man Beneath the Masks

    This month’s Unsung Hero played not one, but two alien background characters in Return Of The Jedi, yet is probably even more well known to the general public for an iconic advertising role, which we’ll get to later. I’m talking about Gerald Home. Belfast born Gerald Home moved to Australia at age 16, later attending […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Syd Mead, Visual Futurist

      Richard Taylor, the effects supervisor of Tron, had this to say about Syd Mead’s design work – “It reminds you of something you’ve never seen before.” Syd Mead started drawing at three, creating cars, his first design love, with interior detail. By High School, he could accurately draft human and animal form. Art enthusiasts […]

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  • Star Wars The Force Awakens Supercut Trailer

    Did you enjoy the latest International trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens? Lots of lovely new footage, and cut in a story telling style, as opposed to a “greatest hits” anthology of the other trailers, some said. Well, it didn’t take long for someone (stuffedy)to incorporate it, as well as all the others, into […]

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  • From 2001 To Gravity, Via Chris Hadfield And Space Oddity

    Remember that cool video astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield posted of him performing Bowie’s Space Oddity in the International Space Station? After the time limit on his permission from Bowie’s people to post it expired, he took it down from his You Tube page. He has now made it a private video. However! You can still […]

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Evolve or Die: Jurassic Park 3

Dr. Grant: With the best intentions? Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions. In Steven Spielberg’s seminal 1993 blockbuster, Jurassic Park, it was established that Raptors where clever. They could open doors, fall off of ladders, run into reflective surfaces and hack into Unix systems to access the full […]

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Deliverance: The Cast Looks Back

In 1972 director John Boorman adapted John Dickey’s chilling novel Deliverance, in which four privileged city boys come up against the primal power of nature as they attempt to navigate the treacherous  Cahulawassee river, seeking to ride the rapids before the whole area is flooded by dam construction, and evade the locals whose wrath they have incurred. […]

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Reappreciation Society: The Making Of Blake’s 7

Have we got a treat for you! In 2003, an in-depth documentary with loads of interviews and behind the scenes goodies on the BBC1 science-fiction series Blake’s 7 was made for the DVD box set, but for some reason it was never included in the final release. Blake’s 7 ran on TV from 1978 to […]

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The Field: An Irish Lear

Come not between the dragon and his wrath Before his return to the big screen in Jim Sheridan’s The Field, Richard Harris often surprised Joe and Josephine public by being very much still attached to this mortal coil. But Sheridan was wary of the hellraiser after so long a break. “I did so many bad movies in […]

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Making Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy – A BTS Gallery

Christopher Nolan’s Bruce Wayne / Batman has grappled with such weighty issues as survivor guilt, the ethics of vigilantism and the escalation that inevitably follows, and the consequences of a life that, as star Christian Bale felt, is “entirely directed by pain, holding on to that pain. It’s about making the decision to continue [being […]

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Children Of Men – Every Shot 45 Seconds Or Longer

A while back a lot of sites were sharing a video detailing “Spielberg’s “one-ers” – long, flowing takes by the director in several of his films. Our friend Larry Wright compiled his own video some time before that, on every take in Alfonso Cuaron’s Children Of Men lasting 45 seconds or longer, in anticipation of […]

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Entitled: Watchmen

The opening titles of Watchmen, set to Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, serve as both prologue, and multiple meta-references to a skewed history of the 20th Century, ushered in by real-life costumed crime-fighters. The sequence incorporates floating titles over director Zack Snyder’s stylised time lapse slide show, spanning the 1930’s to 1985. Vintage […]

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Why Props Matter – A Video Essay

From filmmaker Rishi Kaneria, we have his first video essay, examining the use of hand props in film, and their sometimes overlooked significance. From his narration: “Great props can transcend the boundaries of the films they are in and become legendary icons of cinema and pop culture. They can show the progress of mankind. Or reveal the […]

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Absolute Bollocks – The Rise And Fall Of Absolute Beginners

Absolute Beginners could be said to be the British film industry’s Apocalypse Now, but only in the sense that it was a profligate, monumental, spiralling out of control mess, helmed by an arrogant and foolhardy auteur. The difference between the two over time though, is that one turned a profit and became an apocalyptic cult, […]

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Capricorn One, Moon-landing Deniers, Nil

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, the most famous man in the world passed away at the age of 82-Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Not just an American hero, but a hero to anybody who “dared to dream” as his Apollo 11 crew mate Buzz Aldrin paid tribute. Yet incredibly, even […]

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