• A Sort Of Tribute: Meteor

    Before the Bayhem of Armageddon, pre-dating the drama of Deep Impact, there was 1979’s Meteor! (a film that would be improved, Airplane! style, by an exclamation mark and a heavy does of humour). To my young eyes back then it was an awesome concept– a meteor fragment five miles wide, sheared off Orpheus, the largest asteroid in the belt, by a […]

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  • Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

    Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

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  • Evolve or Die: Jurassic Park 3

    Dr. Grant: With the best intentions? Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions. In Steven Spielberg’s seminal 1993 blockbuster, Jurassic Park, it was established that Raptors where clever. They could open doors, fall off of ladders, run into reflective surfaces and hack into Unix systems to access the full […]

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  • Deliverance: The Cast Looks Back

    In 1972 director John Boorman adapted John Dickey’s chilling novel Deliverance, in which four privileged city boys come up against the primal power of nature as they attempt to navigate the treacherous  Cahulawassee river, seeking to ride the rapids before the whole area is flooded by dam construction, and evade the locals whose wrath they have incurred. […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: The Making Of Blake’s 7

    Have we got a treat for you! In 2003, an in-depth documentary with loads of interviews and behind the scenes goodies on the BBC1 science-fiction series Blake’s 7 was made for the DVD box set, but for some reason it was never included in the final release. Blake’s 7 ran on TV from 1978 to […]

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  • The Field: An Irish Lear

    Come not between the dragon and his wrath Before his return to the big screen in Jim Sheridan’s The Field, Richard Harris often surprised Joe and Josephine public by being very much still attached to this mortal coil. But Sheridan was wary of the hellraiser after so long a break. “I did so many bad movies in […]

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  • Making Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy – A BTS Gallery

    Christopher Nolan’s Bruce Wayne / Batman has grappled with such weighty issues as survivor guilt, the ethics of vigilantism and the escalation that inevitably follows, and the consequences of a life that, as star Christian Bale felt, is “entirely directed by pain, holding on to that pain. It’s about making the decision to continue [being […]

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  • Children Of Men – Every Shot 45 Seconds Or Longer

    A while back a lot of sites were sharing a video detailing “Spielberg’s “one-ers” – long, flowing takes by the director in several of his films. Our friend Larry Wright compiled his own video some time before that, on every take in Alfonso Cuaron’s Children Of Men lasting 45 seconds or longer, in anticipation of […]

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  • Entitled: Watchmen

    The opening titles of Watchmen, set to Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, serve as both prologue, and multiple meta-references to a skewed history of the 20th Century, ushered in by real-life costumed crime-fighters. The sequence incorporates floating titles over director Zack Snyder’s stylised time lapse slide show, spanning the 1930’s to 1985. Vintage […]

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  • Why Props Matter – A Video Essay

    From filmmaker Rishi Kaneria, we have his first video essay, examining the use of hand props in film, and their sometimes overlooked significance. From his narration: “Great props can transcend the boundaries of the films they are in and become legendary icons of cinema and pop culture. They can show the progress of mankind. Or reveal the […]

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Ooer!! Sounds a Bit Rude!! – A Tribute to Filthy, Rich and Catflap

After they brought the second (and final) series of The Young Ones to a climax with an exploding bus, people wondered what would be next for Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson and Ben Elton. Apart from cameo roles here and there (Blackadder, Happy Families, Saturday Live), occasional Comic Strip films and a generation defining appearance on […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Mission Impossible 2

Apart from a few familiar tropes of both the spy genre as influenced by the James Bond series (infiltrating glamorous Ferrero Roche-laden ambassador’s receptions with a slinkily dressed lovely in disguise) and obvious hangovers from its TV origins (the masks, tech, baffling diversions) the Mission Impossible series of films could not be more different from […]

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Entitled: The Untouchables

When Brian De Palma relaunched an old TV series for the 80s he did it with sheer class. A powerful cast, a sumptuous score, and an opening title sequence that lived long in the memory. The titles were put together by Richard Greenberg of R/Greenberg Associates (Superman, Alien) and they are fantastically memorable considering they are just […]

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Celluloid Ran Through It – L.A’s 6th Street Bridge Closes

On January 27, 2016 the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was closed down for upcoming demolition due to safety issues. The landmark, built in 1932 by architect Merrill Butler, is probably as well recognised to film devotees as any of its East Coast New York cousins. To mark the passing of this piece of celluloid […]

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Kubrick Homages Within Spielberg’s A.I: Artificial Intelligence

It’s well known that Stanley Kubrick was a director who nurtured projects for a long time before even committing to film them. AI: Artificial Intelligence is the most well known of his projects that never got off the ground under his own steam, although Steven Spielberg completed the work under his aegis from beyond the […]

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Batman: The Making Of A Hero, And Shadows Of The Bat

We couldn’t let #89BatWeek go by without a couple of great making of videos. And what’s even better, The Making Of A Hero, produced by Mindseye Films, isn’t even on the DVD release.  Enjoy, and as a bonus, on Shadows Of The Bat, you can practise your Spanish with the subtitles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WzbqFq0nw Originally posted 2014-06-26 […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Star Fleet

    If you were a kid in 1982, or maybe old enough to know better but didn’t care, you probably rushed downstairs on a Saturday morning to watch a Japanese space adventure puppet show, influenced by Thunderbirds and Star Wars. It had a theme song catchy enough to rival the music of both, that […]

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A Jedi Tribute To Richard Marquand

Here’s a short video and audio compilation of interviews with Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand, a man unfairly maligned, being seen as under George Lucas’ thumb. Hopefully the recent excellent J W Rinzler book on the making of that film has gone some way to acknowledging the not inconsiderable input he had to the […]

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Schumacher’s Batman: Nipp(l)ed In The Bud

    Cast your mind back to 1997, and the technicolour gaudy glory that was Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. Despite almost dragging the series back to the camp theatrics of the Adam West / Burt Ward T.V show (nipples on costumes? Close-up pvc clad butts – really?), Warner Bros. were so confident with Schumacher’s […]

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Storage Wars: ILM’s Birth In A Warehouse, Far, Far Away

John Dykstra. Denis Muren. Phil Tippett. Richard Edlund. These men, and the young guys and gals who toiled with them, were the corner stone of the modern age of movie effects, from inauspicious beginnings in an empty California warehouse, to the “go to” Skywalker Ranch magic maker of today. It all started with a little […]

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