• Kubrick Homages Within Spielberg’s A.I: Artificial Intelligence

    It’s well known that Stanley Kubrick was a director who nurtured projects for a long time before even committing to film them. AI: Artificial Intelligence is the most well known of his projects that never got off the ground under his own steam, although Steven Spielberg completed the work under his aegis from beyond the […]

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  • Batman: The Making Of A Hero, And Shadows Of The Bat

    We couldn’t let #89BatWeek go by without a couple of great making of videos. And what’s even better, The Making Of A Hero, produced by Mindseye Films, isn’t even on the DVD release.  Enjoy, and as a bonus, on Shadows Of The Bat, you can practise your Spanish with the subtitles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WzbqFq0nw Originally posted 2014-06-26 […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Star Fleet

        If you were a kid in 1982, or maybe old enough to know better but didn’t care, you probably rushed downstairs on a Saturday morning to watch a Japanese space adventure puppet show, influenced by Thunderbirds and Star Wars. It had a theme song catchy enough to rival the music of both, that […]

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  • A Jedi Tribute To Richard Marquand

    Here’s a short video and audio compilation of interviews with Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand, a man unfairly maligned, being seen as under George Lucas’ thumb. Hopefully the recent excellent J W Rinzler book on the making of that film has gone some way to acknowledging the not inconsiderable input he had to the […]

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  • Schumacher’s Batman: Nipp(l)ed In The Bud

        Cast your mind back to 1997, and the technicolour gaudy glory that was Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. Despite almost dragging the series back to the camp theatrics of the Adam West / Burt Ward T.V show (nipples on costumes? Close-up pvc clad butts – really?), Warner Bros. were so confident with Schumacher’s […]

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  • Storage Wars: ILM’s Birth In A Warehouse, Far, Far Away

    John Dykstra. Denis Muren. Phil Tippett. Richard Edlund. These men, and the young guys and gals who toiled with them, were the corner stone of the modern age of movie effects, from inauspicious beginnings in an empty California warehouse, to the “go to” Skywalker Ranch magic maker of today. It all started with a little […]

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  • The Great Unmade? Star Wars: Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye

    Imagine if you will, Star Wars hasn’t taken off quite as well as we now know. George Lucas had a contingency plan. He approached writer Alan Dean Foster, who ghost wrote the novelization of Star Wars, to come up with a story that could be knocked out as a quickie screen sequel. That story became the first Star Wars spin-off novel, […]

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road Featurette

    That sound you hear is the tap-tap-tapping of HAPPY FEET (see what we did there?) to the wave of gushing reviews coming in for Mad Max: Fury Road. We’ve yet to see it here at Cinetropolis, but no doubt we’ll have plenty to say once we’ve drank it in. In the meantime, here’s a short […]

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  • Making The Wolf Of Wall Street

    Join Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, screenwriter Terence Winter and director Martin Scorsese, as they reveal the secrets of making The Wolf of Wall Street on this video from The Hollywood Reporter. Thanks to Larry Wright. Originally posted 2014-05-13 20:16:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  • Entitled: Marco Polo

    Marco Polo is a major new Netflix show on the eponymous Venetian explorer’s adventures in the court of Kublai Khan, the Mongol founder of the Yuan dynasty in 13th century China. As exotic as Game Of Thrones, yet grounded in a relatability – young Marco (Lorenzo Richelmy) is described by director Daniel Minahan (Dead Wood, […]

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Man Of Tomorrow – Man Of Steel / B v S Fan Edit

From the guy who brought you Derelict, the Prometheus / Alien mash-up, previously covered by this site, comes a new edit of Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Vimeo user @JobWillins (real name Daniel) has largely ditched the “out there” wackier elements of B v S, such as the desert dream, […]

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The Star Wars 4k Restoration You *May* See Sometime

“Having had the good fortune of scrutinizing every scanned pixel of every 4K frame of many near-pristine original run prints, I find the most curious and distressing part of all of this to be this simple, undeniable fact: Every single frame of the Blu-Ray version of Star Wars is incorrect. There is not a single […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? The Searchers’ Ethan Edwards

John Ford’s The Searchers (1956) presents a powerful character study in its protagonist / antagonist: war veteran, bigot, alluded to murderer and proverbial bad penny, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne). A man twisted by hate and stubborn pride, who returns to his family for some kind of peace and redemption, only to shatter and shear off on a […]

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Smokey IS the Bandit: Man or Myth?

In 1983 the powers that be at Universal wanted a third addition to the very popular Smokey and the Bandit series. The only problem was that Burt Reynolds (and director Hal Needham) were not interested in taking the Bandit for another spin. When the two main central forces of a successful franchise do not wish […]

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Harry’s Game: Sic Transit Spooks

My tribute from the vaults to the late lamented [Spooks] “Global terrorism, Islamic extremists, all phone-tap resources plus Echelon pointed at the Middle East, and now the old enemy looks like it’s rearing its ugly head…and it’s such a beautiful morning…” So opined Sir Harry Pearce, KBE, head of MI5’s Section D (counter-terrorism), in the very […]

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Star Wars The Legacy Revealed Documentary

Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed is a documentary about the impact the original 1977 Star Wars film has had upon society and filmmaking, with a focus on the place of the series in the continuum of cultural mythology. The two-hour program debuted on The History Channel on May 28, 2007, coinciding roughly with the 30-year […]

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Scene Is Believing: Atonement

In a surprise move, it was recently announced that Christopher Nolan’s next film, Dunkirk, due to commence filming in May 2016, will be a large format (Imax, super 65 mm) wartime epic based around Operation Dynamo, the allied withdrawal from the eponymous French town’s beaches in 1940. Slated to star Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and […]

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Unhappy Life Day – The Star Wars Holiday Special

Many people doubt the existence of Bigfoot. There are copious stories of what Bigfoot looks like, what he is supposed to be and there is even grainy film footage of him. Many people just dismiss Bigfoot witnesses as opportunists trying to fool people into believing what is essentially just a myth. George Lucas would like you to believe that […]

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The Making of Creepshow

Here at Cinetropolis we are always on the look out for rare docs or behind the scenes features and it would appear we have stumbled across an Aladdin’s Cave of wondrous Creepshow behind the scenes footage. Enjoy!     Originally posted 2016-05-05 11:50:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Doors Of Perception: Apocalypse Now’s Ghost Helicopter Flyover

The opening of Apocalypse Now is a phantasmagorical  fusion of imagery and sound, a strange glimpse into the mind of its hero Willard (Martin Sheen); as The End by The Doors opens, helicopter rotors swoop slowly, hypnotically in from the corner of the audience’s perception, then behind, over a jungle canopy that bursts into flame, like a deadly flower. […]

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