• Unscene Is Believing: Batman (1989)

      Tim Burton’s Batman has a number of unused scenes and ideas. In an early draft, the Mayor was to unveil the statue of Gotham City founder, John T. Gotham, during the city’s 200 year celebrations. The dedication ceremony is interrupted by the Joker, who reveals the statue outside the Flugelheim Museum has been replaced […]

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  • A Robot Tribute – Our A”droid”able Friends

    “Balldroid” from the Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer has fast become a fan favourite, already inspiring several Twitter accounts, fan posters, and 3D print instructions to create your very own. So we thought we’d share this video tribute to robots, both cute and menacing, from science fiction TV shows and movies through the […]

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  • The Great unmade? Gladiator 2: A Life Lived To The Maximus

      Ridley Scott’s rejuvenation of the toga / swords and sandals epics of yore with Gladiator had everything – epic scale, brilliant battles, fully realised worlds, political backstabbing, madness, grief and vengeance. Russell Crowe fully convinced as the General betrayed and sold into slavery, doomed to fight for the plebs amusement, and determined to revenge […]

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  • Christopher Nolan Explains The Structure And Story Of Memento

    This piece contains spoilers Christopher Nolan has said himself that the simplest explanation of Memento for audiences is that it is a noire-esque tale, told by its protagonist in reverse. Although he prefers a different structural concept. “If you draw out the time-line, it is indeed a hairpin. If you order the material chronologically, the […]

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  • The VFX of Mad Max: Fury Road

    Much praise has been heaped on Mad Max: Fury Road for its in-camera stunts, fantastic editing and breathtaking narrative on the hoof. But to enable that kinetic feel, a lot of VFX work still went on. Of the 2000+ shots in the film, a surprising 2000 of those comprised some amount of VFX , be […]

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  • Star Wars, “From A Certain Point Of View”

    For years we’ve been led to believe the rebellion, or the “Alliance to restore the Republic” are some kind of heroes. But what if the Galactic Empire are the good guys, battling an insidious threat, orchestrated by a “crazy old wizard,” the last remaining shareholder of  J.E.D.I? Have we been fed a lie, “from a […]

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  • Road to Nowhere: Spies Like Us

    Austin Millbarge: They do seem to be headed in that general direction. Maybe your dick’s not so dumb. Emmett Fitz-Hume: It got me through high school. At the time of John Belushi‘s death in March 1982, Dan Aykroyd was putting the finishing touches to a couple of scripts that would be vehicles for their comedy […]

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  • Search/Destroy A Strontium Dog Fan Film Now Online

    Previously we posted Judge Minty, a super short fan film set in the Judge Dredd universe, about a senior Judge who takes “The Long Walk”, when his reflexes start to let him down on Mega City One’s mean streets, to The Cursed Earth beyond its walls. Now the team behind that tribute are back with […]

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  • Inside Jaws – Filmumentary Preview

      Jamie Benning, creator of the Filmumentary feature-length documentary fan edit, is at it again. He’s following up 4 of my top movies with another of my favorite movies of all time, Jaws. Although the sequels had a steady decline into less-than-stellar territory, the original remains what I consider to be a perfect movie. I asked […]

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  • The Criterion Corner – The 39 Steps (1935)

    Before we jump into the meat and potatoes of this thing, let me tell you that I am a complete junkie for Criterion Films. I love everything that Janus Films does with Criterion to make a Blu-Ray/DVD have the greatest features and packaging around. The price point is a bit steep, but if you are […]

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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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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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