• What The Hey? Calm Down Dear, It’s Cannon’s Captain America!

    In 1984, cigar chomping Cannon film tycoons Menaham Golam and Yorum Globus pony up a $225,000.00 five year deal with Marvel Comics for the rights to Spider-Man and Captain America. Cannon were renowned for their lavish advertising for many proposed films, one way of attracting investors before a single frame of film was committed. They […]

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  • Vive l’entente Bondiale!

    Ou… une célébration de la contribution des acteurs français qui ont joué dans des films de James Bond. There’s always been a special deliciousness in the way French actors have delivered their lines in Bond films. Maybe it’s the actor, maybe it’s the accent. Either way, they’ve left an indelible mark. With Léa Seydoux set […]

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  • Unscene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom

    Temple Of Doom scriptwriters Bill Huyck, Gloria Katz, and director Steven Spielberg deliberated over several iterations for the sequence where Indy, Willie and Short Round escape a poisonous night out in Shanghai’s Club Obi-Wan onboard a small cargo plane. Two ideas that didn’t make the final cut were an elaborate Mousetrap – like gag, and an […]

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  • Bickle’s Got Talent? The King Of Comedy

          In this age of television wannabes and quick fix celebs, it is fitting to look back at The King Of Comedy, Martin Scorsese’s prescient examination of the modern age’s obsession with fame, and a film he himself acknowledges as a sequel of sorts to Taxi Driver, another classic misfit story. Both have […]

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  • The Top 10 Most Underrated Movies

    I have a special place in my heart for the unnoticed under dog, and here, in my humble opinion, are the 10 best examples of under appreciated classics.   10. John Carter It’s easy to see why John Carter failed initially. The marketing department really screwed the pooch in handling such amazing material, on top […]

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  • Scoring The Chase: The Music Of Mad Max: Fury Road

    One of the many amazing elements of Mad Max: Fury Road is the incredible score, a riot of “an insane rock opera” according to composer Junkie XL, AKA Tom Holkenborg. One that at times fuses with the immense drum / guitar rig that powers Immortan Joe’s Warboys on their chase after Max, Furiosa and the […]

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  • Rawhead Rex: A sort of tribute

    Have you ever found anything under a stone? A bug? A woodlouse? What about a seven foot cross-eyed demon with a mullet? Rawhead Rex is a 1987 monster movie with a difference, it is rubbish. Based on a short story by Clive Barker which originally appeared in Volume 3 of his Books of Blood series. […]

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  • Crikey DM! David Jason’s Tribute To Cosgrove hall

    The relaunched Danger Mouse cartoon has seemingly won over a new generation of fans, and allayed fears of those who fondly remember the adventures of Britain’s other greatest secret agent, voiced by David Jason, and his bumbling assistant, Penfold (Terry Scott). So this is as good a time as any to listen to David Jason’s radio […]

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  • Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait, By John Boorman

    Lee Marvin was a star in his own firmament, a mass of contradictions and sensitivities, hidden beneath a rousing, ribald, flinty carapace. A wounded veteran of the bloody Pacific campaign in WW.II, a boozer and brawler, a poet and prince. It’s fair to say there has never been another actor quite like him. One man […]

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  • Big Hero Dark Thirty

    It’s been a while since we posted one of Jeff Yorkes’ Cinemashups, and here’s one of his more unusual ones – Disney’s Big Hero Six meets Zero Dark Thirty in Big Hero Dark Thirty! Dialogue from Kathryn Bigelow’s tense hunt for Osama Bin Laden thriller plays out over incongruous action from the endearing Baymax and […]

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The Swimmer: Not Waving But Drowning

On a beautiful Autumn Sunday morning in upstate Connecticut, a middle-aged virile man, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) emerges from the trees. Clad only in swimming trunks, he approaches old friends gathered around their back yard pool. Greeted warmly but with some surprise, he announces cheerily that he intends to swim home via a chain of similar pools in […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Daredevil

  What do we want? JUSTICE!! Justice for Daredevil, the unfairly maligned runt of the movie superhero litter, and subject of this month’s Guilty Pleasures. Director / Writer Mark Steven Johnson complained of having to cut his dark avenger type movie to achieve a PG-13 rating imposed by the studio (it’s a 15 in the […]

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Steadicam “Impossible Shots” Demo Video

  Via The Hollywood Reporter, here is the first public look at a demo reel entitled 30 Impossible Shots, created by the inventor of the Steadicam, Garrett Brown. Garrett, who had been making films and shorts for Sesame Street back in 1974, created the Steadycam for use then, but soon realised it had potentially wider, […]

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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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You Only Live Splice: Dan Gale on James Bond Editor John Glen

  We love James Bond at Cinetropolis. We love people who also love James Bond. So when we came across this delightfully droll, witty and informative video blog/podcast thing on James Bond lynchpin editor turned director John Glen and his stylistic choices, we had to share it with you. Trust us, creator and scene stealer […]

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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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