• Zulu: 50 Years On

    Below is a great post by Ian Knight, a writer and historian who is internationally regarded as a leading authority on the nineteenth-century history of the Zulu kingdom, and in particular the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. I hope he doesn’t mind my sharing his fascinating recollections of the film by director Cy Endfield and producer / […]

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  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Analysis

    In honour of Tom Cruise and writer / director Christopher McQuarrie’s latest instalment in the Mission Impossible series, Rogue Nation, here is a video analysis of the series to date, by Grantland’s Sean Witzke. Thanks to Larry Wright for the heads up. Originally posted 2015-08-02 11:49:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  • American Sniper: Insha’Allah At The Gates

    War! What is it good for? A record breaking $105 million January opening weekend, that’s what. And a debate that rages on over whether director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Jason Hall’s American Sniper is a Republican polemic of “God, America, Country“; or a “Coming Home“-redux, surprisingly according to  one-time “Hanoi-Jane” Fonda. When the truth becomes […]

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  • The Great Unmade? The Wind In The Willows

    In the 1990’s, director Steven Barron intended to create a live-action film version of Kenneth Grahame’s anthropomorphic English pastoral classic, The Wind In The Willows. He was beaten to it by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. Barron collaborated with artist Brendan McCarthy, famous for his work on landmark British weekly comic 2000AD  (they previously […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: After Earth

    After Earth was almost universally derided as “the worst film of 2013” a vanity vehicle for Will Smith, or more precisely, his son Jaden, and a flat, empty spectacle, ploddingly directed by M. Night Shyamalan, thrown a bone by Smith after a string of self-created disappointments. Co-written by Gary Whitta, it seemingly follows computer game […]

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  • I was wrong about Star Wars

    It was something I used to whisper, embarrassed, ashamed, feeling as if my opinion would see me cast out as a social leper – I don’t like Star Wars. Now, this might not sound like a big thing in the grand scheme of things, but I’m a nerd. Most of my friends are nerds. I […]

  • Derelict: Fusing Prometheus With Its “Alien DNA”

    Here’s an interesting exercise – Prometheus and Alien edited together, fusing Prometheus with, as Ridley Scott described the link between the two, its “Alien DNA”. As the editor Job Willins states: “Prometheus’ wasn’t exactly an Alien prequel, but this treats it as such by intercutting the events of Alien with Prometheus in a dual narrative […]

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  • The Great Unmade? Not Tonight, Josephine: Kubrick’s Napoleon

    Kubrick. Napoleon. Two outstanding generals in their own fields, a marriage of subject and auteur that director Stanley Kubrick believed would be “the greatest film (n)ever made.” But endless preparation, research and writing would, not for the last time, leave him behind the  competition. In Dino De Laurentiis’ rival picture, he met his own Waterloo. The idea of a […]

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  • The Property Of A Lady: Barbara Broccoli’s Bond legacy

    Barbara Broccoli grew up with one foot in James Bond’s world. Indeed, as a small girl, it was a few years before she even realised he wasn’t real. She told Liz Hoggard of The Evening Standard that her first memory was watching the filming of the Japanese tea making ceremony with Sean Connery in You […]

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  • Excalibur: John Boorman’s Once And Future Movie Myth

      John Boorman’s 1981 fantastical retelling of Mallory’s Le Mort D’ Arthur is, to quote Nicol Williamson’s Merlin in the film, “A dream to some. A nightmare to others!” What some see as an episodic and hammy sword and sorcery tale is a clever and satisfying retelling of a mythical truth, an abstract approach that shows us Arthur’s […]

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Scene Is Believing: Catch-22

That’s some catch, that Citizen-22 Catch-22 has become a well known byword  for an impossible quandary or situation. The brilliantly delicious lunacy of Joseph Heller’s novel almost impossible to describe to those who haven’t read it, howling at the absurdities therein. In 1969, director Mike Nichols rolled up his sleeves and gave a film adaptation his […]

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The Hunger Games – Franchise Tribute

With the final installment in The Hunger Games films, Mockingjay Part 2 out very soon, here is a fan-edit recap of the Jennifer Lawrence series so far, combined with trailer footage for the final film. The tribute is by Anton Volkov for fan site Quarter Quell. Enjoy, and “May the odds be ever in your […]

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Little Wonder – A Tribute to Time Bandits

 Terry Gilliam often refers to Time Bandits, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as his “dreamer’s trilogy”. All three films share a common thread of fantasy and all three leave you with the impression that the protagonist may have imagined the whole adventure. There is also a common theme of bureaucracy chasing man – Brazil is the story of a man […]

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Hannibal: Script To Screen

Recently Hannibal, the TV adaptation of author Thomas Harris’ cannibalistic gourmand Hannibal Lector’s exploits finished its third run, with NBC ceasing to air any further seasons. As it looks unlikely that any other channels will pick the show up, it ended on a fitting cliff-hanger, Graham and Hannibal tumbling to their seeming doom, a la […]

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The Silence of The Lambs – Who Wins The Scene

Here’s the latest video from Tony Zhou, this time analysing the pschology behind the two way exchange during the fist meeting between Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) and FBI rookie Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence Of The Lambs. Enjoy.   Originally posted 2014-10-15 06:32:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Reappreciation Society: Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate, Michael Cimino’s grand, epic retelling of the Johnston County War in 1892 Wyoming, has become a byword for profligacy and headstrong vanity. In truth, based on a notorious early review that examined everything but the film on screen, vexatiously fixated on scurrilous rumour and annoyance at being kept in the dark about the production. […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Good, The Bad And The ugly

Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly is, in Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling’s words, “the most carnivalesque of all his films – a black comedy about the craziness of war, a Catch – 22 of the American Civil War.” Tuco / Ugly (Eli Wallach) and Blondie / Good (Clint Eastwood) are a Mexican bandit and […]

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Extra Relish: My On-Set adventure with Michael Collins

  In the summer of 1995, the cry went out for unpaid volunteers to pad out the crowd scenes for Neil Jordan’s epic drama Michael Collins. Thousands heeded the call, and I, dear reader, was one of them. On leave from work for a few days in early August, I idly flicked through the local […]

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Gravity: The Sound Of Gravity

Here’s another brilliant technical insight from the folks at Soundworks, this time on the sound design for director Alfonso Cuaron’s latest sensational Earth orbit set film, Gravity. Although the director wanted to reflect realities of a space set environment, there is still sound, other than stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s voices. The Foley artists used transducer […]

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The Story Of The Day The Clown Cried – New BBC Documentary

Last year America’s Library Of Congress acquired a negative of Jerry Lewis’ infamous Holocaust “comedy drama” The Day The Clown Cried, on condition the film would not be screened until 2025. Now the BBC has released a new documentary on the film on YouTube (it will be broadcast at a later date). This is the […]

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