• 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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  • Indiana Jones 4 And Echoes Of The Past

    “It’s like poetry, it rhymes” – Creator George Lucas, not content with his Star Wars Ring Cycle, also got Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg in on the act, casting back to earlier films in the series with many shots and set-ups in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.  Roll VT… Originally posted 2015-09-09 17:04:02. Republished by […]

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  • Entitled: Daredevil Netflix Show

    The latest  Netflix show to wow audiences is Marvel’s Daredevil, a live action series in which attorney Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with incredibly heightened senses, seeks to protect his neighbourhood of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen (post-The Avengers “incident”), in and out of the court room. Murdock […]

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  • Star Wars The Force Awakens VFX Reels

    Via The Art Of VFX, here is a great effects reel showcasing ILM’s VFX work on Star Wars The Force Awakens. Did you know that out of 2,500 shots in the film, the majority of those had some amount of digital effects? Studio Daily has an interesting interview with the effects Supervisor Roger Guyett. In […]

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View From The Overlook: Crafting The Shining

If you enjoyed our man John Rain’s report from the 35th anniversary reunion of the cast and crew for a special screening of The Shining earlier this year, you’re bound to find further gems in this 30 minute video by film maker / historian Gary Leva. You can rewatch it forever. And ever. And ever… […]

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Scene Is Believing: Jaws

  The Indianapolis speech There’s an old truism that goes “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.” That doesn’t necessarily mean a screenplay arrives at day one, take one, fully formed, immaculate. Many hands seemingly made light work of the Jaws script: novelist Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb (the main man), director Steven Spielberg, […]


Interview: Dan Richter, 2001: A Space Odyssey’s Moonwatcher

Recently by chance I discovered Dan Richter, chief  choreographer and lead performing man-ape “Moonwatcher”, from the Dawn Of Man segment of 2001: A Space Odyssey, is on twitter. I contacted him through his website and he very kindly agreed to give the readers of Cinetropolis some insight into his experiences working on Stanley Kubrick’s seminal […]

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When Auteurs Collide: 2001: An Interstellar Odyssey

Here is a 2001: A Space Odyssey and Interstellar mash-up / comparison, by Jorge Luengo Ruiz, scored to Johanne Strauss’ The Blue Danube, famously used by Kubrick to soundtrack the delicate docking procedure of spacecraft in his film. But hang on! Also below are two interesting and apropos uses of Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar score overlayed with […]

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Hell’s Club – Murder On The Dance Floor

Check out this amazing video by Antonio Maria Da Silva, AKA AMDSFILMS – “Hell’s Club”, a funky nightclub where characters from different films meet to get down, and things can get ugly. Have you ever wanted to see Tom Cruise from Cocktail check himself out as silver fox Vincent from Collateral? Then see Saturday Night Fever’s […]

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Meet BB8: Star Wars The Force Awakens’ Scene Stealer

Here is BB8 introduced at the Star Wars Celebration event today, in advance of the screening of the second teaser for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. The tumbling “ball-droid” is actually a real, practical effect. I can’t even tell how his head doesn’t just roll off. Amazing ingenuity from the designers. Has […]


Scene is Believing: An American Werewolf in London

In cinema, to attempt the previously unattempted takes bravery – to be that lone trailblazer can be a real tightrope; mess it up and you look stupid, get it right and you will go down in history. In the 1970s, when John Landis talked to Rick Baker about making a werewolf film, he wanted to […]

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Scene Is Believing: Skyfall

Searching for Silva-man In The City of Lost Children Director Sam Mendes’ intention with James Bond’s Straw Dogs meets Home Alone siege  at Skyfall, his gloomy ancestral home, was to “go back in time”; to both exorcise some manufactured ghosts in the two dimensional agents life, and acknowledge a “purer” period before “exploding pens.” Equally, villain Silva (Javier Bardem) is […]


Guilty pleasures: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen is based on the comic book by Alan Moore (writer) and Kevin O’Neill (artist). Briefly, a team of literary heroes from well known works is assembled in a steampunk version of 1899 by “M”, head of Britain’s Secret Service. Their mission is to foil the dastardly machinations of The Fantom to provoke war among […]


Into The Light: A Look Back at Batman Forever

  In Batman Returns Gotham had become a tiny sound stage full of extras from A Nightmare Before Christmas. It had also not performed as well as Warner Bros. had (rightly) expected it would. It was time to take Batman back into the mainstream. They wanted a third movie and most of all they wanted more light. […]

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