• Punishment Park: A Subversive Mother

    A dusty Californian desert, patrolled by mirrored shaded guards. Group 637 and Group 638, comprised of draft evaders, free thinkers and anti-war demonstrators are detained here because “there is reasonable ground to believe that they probably will engage in possible acts of sabotage in the future.” Faced with a tribunal’s choice of immediate imprisonment or the challenge […]

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  • Simianside Special – Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off

      Now here’s a curiosity I never knew existed. You may think Star Wars spearheaded the whole movie tie-in merchandising craze, but it was actually Planet Of The Apes that led the way with action figures and such. What I didn’t know though was that live stage shows of original, specially scripted Planet Of The Apes […]

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  • Scene Is Believing: Rogue One’s Vader Unleashed

    Wired have a cool video interview up where Rogue One director Gareth Edwards discusses the creation of that awesome moment in the finale to the film, where Darth Vader unleashes the full fury of the Force against Leia’s rebels in his attempt to stop the Death Star plans being taken. It almost wasn’t in the […]

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  • Mad Max Fury Road First Look

    “My name is Max. My world is fire, and blood.” Attendees at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con were offered T-shirts bearing the bold legend “Comic-Con 2014 belongs to the mad.” They weren’t kidding. The teaser shown at the event went online last night, and the response has been ecstatic. I’m going straight out after this […]

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  • Top 10 Worst James Bond Films

      10. Quantum of Solace How do you follow an action packed and exciting rejuvenation of James Bond? With the filmic equivalent of a weak piss into an empty water bottle that you then throw from a car during a tired camping trip. Not a terrible film by any means, just incredibly MEH. Bond spends […]

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  • Bond Without Borders: The Trailblazing “Reboot” Of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    “The lasting impact of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is that it showed that a James Bond film could be made without Sean Connery in the lead role. The producers maintained that audiences came to the films to see James Bond, not necessarily the actor playing him.” — Bruce Scivally, The Digital Bits. Unjustly dismissed […]

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  • The Lord Of The Rings: 21 Classic Moments

    In honour of Peter Jackson’s imminent return to Middle-Earth with The Hobbit, we at Cinetropolis would like to celebrate his earlier modern classic set in that world, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. It is a benchmark fantasy saga, surely destined to be as well loved as Star Wars. Our classic moments are in the order they appear […]

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  • The Carcrash of Dr. Moreau

    The motorway of film is full of wrecks at the side of the road. There are often disasters and more often than not there is an innate fascination on behalf of the viewer to want to rubberneck and see where and when it all went wrong. The most bewitching examples are usually the ones in which all is […]

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  • Blonde Ambition: Reinventing Bond

    When MGM and EON obtained the rights to Casino Royale, it was akin to getting their hands on the Holy Grail. With Kevin McClory and his rival bids no longer dogging their heels, the way was clear to deliver Bond the way the world was used to seeing him. Except…why not go back to the […]

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  • First Glimpse of the Magic Hour: A Beginner’s Look at Malick’s The Thin Red Line

    I’ve been involved, off and on, with the story of The Thin Red Line in various incarnations for about six months now. I spent nearly a month alone weeding through the massive, dense, spectacular original novel by James Jones. Then watched the 1964 film adaptation. Then found a draft of the screenplay by Terrence Malick, […]

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Martin Scorsese In Conversation

After Martin Scorsese delivered the 42nd  Jefferson Lecture in April last year, he sat down for a conversation with Jim Leach, the outgoing Chairman of America’s National Endowment for the Humanities, which conducts the lectures. The following is their record of that conversation.   JIM LEACH: I want to ask you about place, which, of course, […]

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Composed #1 – Top 10 Jerry Goldsmith Scores

There is no question, that in terms of productivity and memorable film scores, John Williams is the person that everyone would immediately think of. He has been responsible for some of the greatest scores every produced. From the E.T. Theme to the Raiders march, from the Superman theme to Jaws, from Harry Potter to the whole of […]

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Terrence Malick: The Art Of Voiceover

No film-maker employs voiceover quite like Terrence Malick, or as often. Sometimes it can seem naive, like Sissy Spacek’s Holly in Badlands (“One day, while taking a look at some vistas in Dad’s stereopticon, it hit me that I was just this little girl, born in Texas, whose father was a sign painter, who only […]

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The Prisoner: Failure Is The Only Option

What do we want? Information. You won’t get it…oh, you know the drill. Few TV series have provoked so much debate, interest, and even downright outrage as Patrick McGoohan’s  The Prisoner (for he did indeed orchestrate almost every detail of the show)  in 1967. A paean to liberty, a Rand-ian blueprint, metaphysical exploration of the […]

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Scene Is Believing: From Jaws To Jones

I saw the Jaws restoration on the big screen this weekend, and naturally, it was dazzling. So many little details and nuances lept out at me anew. One scene in particular though, which has been remarked upon many times as a neat piece of character shading, reminded me of a scene in Steven Spielberg’s later […]

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More Than Words: Oldman’s George Smiley

We are not so very different, you and I. We’ve both spent our lives looking for the weaknesses in one another. Playing a new interpretation of a beloved character can be difficult at the best of times, however playing a character made beloved by the late, great Sir Alec Guinness is quite another matter (just […]

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Review – A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

I went into A Good Day to Die Hard with no expectations, and it still failed to meet them. When you list the top action films in the history of cinema, Die Hard always is at the top of the list. Always. In fact, basically every action film after it was just nicknamed “Die Hard […]

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A Fistful Of Outtakes

This year marks the 50th anniversary of  Sergio Leone’s A Fistful Of Dollars, the spaghetti western (a term he disliked) that put both the Italian director and his American leading man Clint Eastwood firmly in the cinematic firmament. And now that  Cineteca Di Bologna has begun restoring the “Dollars” trilogy (A Fistful Of Dollars, For […]

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Stoker: Saddle Sore And Killer Heeled

In Park Chan-Wook’s first English language film Stoker, artifice and control collide in dizzyingly sadistic and stylish fashion. Fashion being the operative word, as costume design plays an intrinsic part in the story telling of this American Gothic psycho-chiller. “Just as a flower does not choose its colour, we are not responsible for what we […]

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Scene Of The Crime: The A-Team

  The A-Team’s big screen incarnation of 2010 is a poor shadow of the fun and escapism of Stephen J. Cannell’s original TV show. Heck, it barely even features the iconic, rousing theme tune. It has a few cool set pieces like the parachuting tank and the prison van break out, but overall it’s loud […]

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