• 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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  • 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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  • The Monuments Men Infographic

    George Clooney’s The Monuments Men is now available on home release Blu Ray and DVD. Struggling to get out of the handsome straightjacket is an interesting story about the squad of art historian experts (actually some 300 in reality, scattered over various fronts) who set out during the waning days of WWII to recover stolen […]

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  • Our Robocop Remake

    Our RoboCop Remake is a crowd-sourced film project based on the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic. Connected through various filmmaking channels (including Channel 101) 50 filmmakers (amateur and professional)  from Los Angeles and New York split the original RoboCop into individual pieces and remade the movie themselves. Not necessarily a shot-for-shot remake, but a scene-for-scene retelling. This is obviously made by big […]

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  • Review: Dunkirk

    British war cinema is preoccupied it seems with defeat – the stumbling block of the Arnhem campaign in A Bridge Too Far, the sinking of Noel Coward’s destroyer from In Which We Serve, and innumerable plucky POW features, not to  mention the late critic Barry Norman’s father Leslie Norman’s take on the daddy of them all, […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: Skip Lievsay, Sound Designer

    The following is a 1991 New York Times article by Judith Shulevitz on the art of sound editing / design, tied in to the release of the Coen Brothers Barton Fink the same year, and honing in specifically on the work of their sound editor, Skip Lievsay. Lievsay has been nominated for an Oscar twice […]

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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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Exclusive Batman Poster

We at Cinetropolis could think of no better way to celebrate #89BatWeek than showcasing the incredibly talented and highly available for commissions and purchasing of his work, Berkay Daglar (@BerkayDaglar). He has designed an exclusive poster for us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman. Here it is: Fantastically awesome, I trust you’ll […]

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