• Batman – The Suit

    An element that would have to be 100% full proof if Batman were to be taken seriously at all in Burton’s dark world, would be the suit. Batman had come a long way since 1966 and it was time to bring him into the 1980s and welcome him into the dark. The basic design of […]

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  • Nakatomi Plaza – Live Free And Dream Hard?

    “Welcome to the party, pal!” Yes, on this date, July 15 1988, action movies changed forever. Move over Arnie and Sly, Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis, in his big screen breakout role) is an accidental hero, the proverbial “fly in the ointment, the pain in the ass.” In L.A to visit his estranged wife Holly […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Star Cops

    Back in 1987 BBC2 screened a small screen cousin of the “hard” sci-fi of Outland, Moon, and more recently, Gravity, that fiendishly married the police procedural with the then “anything’s possible” concept of high frontier exploration – Star Cops. The show was the brainchild of Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who scripting maestro, Chris Boucher. He’d […]

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  • Unsung heroes: Drew Struzan, The Name On The Poster

    Remember when a poster really sold the promise of a good time at the movies? When that one sheet of an iconic character, maybe even one you hadn’t got to know yet, but just knew looked intriguing, could get your heart racing? Chances are it was painted by the Don of movie poster artists, Drew […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: Year Of The Dragon

    No-one does excess quite like Michael Cimino (Heaven’s Gate, The Deer Hunter). And when you factor in a co-writing credit by Oliver Stone and a hey-day bruising performance by Mickey Rourke, you get crimeland / cop procedural drama Year Of The Dragon. Light the touchpaper and step back, because “This isn’t the Bronx or Brooklyn. […]

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  • New Kid in Town: Predator 2

      As the dust settled within the giant crater in Val Verde, and Anna and Dutch got to the chopper. One thing was for sure, we would be seeing that “ugly mutha fu*ker” again. A sequel was as inevitable as a cabinet minister being captured when flying on the wrong side of da border. The […]

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  • The Steadicam And The Shining: Vintage American Cinematographer Article

      Below is a vintage article from the August 1980 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, on the use of Garrett (spelt Gareth in the article) Brown’s invention, the steadicam, still often erroneously credited as a Stanley Kubrick invention, in The Shining. Seen in the maze photograph below operating the rig is Ken Weston, officially the […]

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  • The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 2

    Following part one of my read-thru, with his second draft, dated January 1975, George Lucas began stripping down his massive manuscript of ideas and refocusing them into something much more budget conscious and achievable for the time. The Skywalker is a prophetic figure, a man who learned how to manipulate the spiritual fabric of reality […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: The Wicker Man

    “Don’t you see that killing me is not going to bring back your apples?” “People call The Wicker Man a horror movie,” Christopher Lee (Lord Summerisle) says, “but it isn’t really, it’s far more subtle and sophisticated than that. Horror is about decay; The Wicker Man is about an opposition of values, the struggle to achieve […]

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  • Staircases To Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

    You may recall we previously brought you news of The Elstree Project, an oral history project designed to record, preserve and share the memories of people who have worked at the studios of Elstree and Borehamwood. Well, one of their interview docs, a 55 minute film on the making of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining has been […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom

Temple Of Doom scriptwriters Bill Huyck, Gloria Katz, and director Steven Spielberg deliberated over several iterations for the sequence where Indy, Willie and Short Round escape a poisonous night out in Shanghai’s Club Obi-Wan onboard a small cargo plane. Two ideas that didn’t make the final cut were an elaborate Mousetrap – like gag, and an […]

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Bickle’s Got Talent? The King Of Comedy

      In this age of television wannabes and quick fix celebs, it is fitting to look back at The King Of Comedy, Martin Scorsese’s prescient examination of the modern age’s obsession with fame, and a film he himself acknowledges as a sequel of sorts to Taxi Driver, another classic misfit story. Both have […]

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The Top 10 Most Underrated Movies

I have a special place in my heart for the unnoticed under dog, and here, in my humble opinion, are the 10 best examples of under appreciated classics.   10. John Carter It’s easy to see why John Carter failed initially. The marketing department really screwed the pooch in handling such amazing material, on top […]

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Scoring The Chase: The Music Of Mad Max: Fury Road

One of the many amazing elements of Mad Max: Fury Road is the incredible score, a riot of “an insane rock opera” according to composer Junkie XL, AKA Tom Holkenborg. One that at times fuses with the immense drum / guitar rig that powers Immortan Joe’s Warboys on their chase after Max, Furiosa and the […]

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Rawhead Rex: A sort of tribute

Have you ever found anything under a stone? A bug? A woodlouse? What about a seven foot cross-eyed demon with a mullet? Rawhead Rex is a 1987 monster movie with a difference, it is rubbish. Based on a short story by Clive Barker which originally appeared in Volume 3 of his Books of Blood series. […]

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Crikey DM! David Jason’s Tribute To Cosgrove hall

The relaunched Danger Mouse cartoon has seemingly won over a new generation of fans, and allayed fears of those who fondly remember the adventures of Britain’s other greatest secret agent, voiced by David Jason, and his bumbling assistant, Penfold (Terry Scott). So this is as good a time as any to listen to David Jason’s radio […]

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Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait, By John Boorman

Lee Marvin was a star in his own firmament, a mass of contradictions and sensitivities, hidden beneath a rousing, ribald, flinty carapace. A wounded veteran of the bloody Pacific campaign in WW.II, a boozer and brawler, a poet and prince. It’s fair to say there has never been another actor quite like him. One man […]

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Big Hero Dark Thirty

It’s been a while since we posted one of Jeff Yorkes’ Cinemashups, and here’s one of his more unusual ones – Disney’s Big Hero Six meets Zero Dark Thirty in Big Hero Dark Thirty! Dialogue from Kathryn Bigelow’s tense hunt for Osama Bin Laden thriller plays out over incongruous action from the endearing Baymax and […]

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ReappreciationSociety: Buried

Buried, a claustrophobic chest thumper from director Rodrigo Cortes, will leave you shocked and awed, both at its technical and suspensful audacity, and its ace in the hole leading (only) man performance from Ryan Reynolds. That’s right, it’s just Reynolds. In a box, underground. For ninety minutes. The ultimate survival flick. You haven’t seen this […]

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Predator: Goin’ Crazy, Down in Val Verde

On location in steamy Mexico, the terrain is so uneven that cast and crew have long forgotten the last day they stood up straight while filming. Today is the day the fearsome alien creature that has been stalking and picking off Arnold Schwarzenegger’s band of alpha-male hard-asses makes its debut. Only when the suit is […]

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