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Jaws the Revenge: This Time It’s Ridiculous

Imagine someone were to blow you up. Next they electrocute you. Then blow you up again in 3D. Do you think you would hold a grudge? I think you would probably be mildly upset. Probably upset enough to plan some sort of revenge? The shark in Jaws the Revenge is something special. It is able to lay […]

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Getting Carter: Retracing The Film’s Locations

Here’s a nice little film by four young college students originally made in 2003 as coursework, retracing several of the iconic locations from classic grim British crime thriller, Get Carter. The lads (Ashley Dean , Gary Edge, Tom Whyman, and Andy Clegg) take us to such spots as: . The Las Vegas Boarding House, where Carter (Michael Caine) […]

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Reappreciation Society: Sleuth

Watching Sleuth is like watching two peacocks dancing around on the front lawn of a country estate on a balmy summer’s day, their feathers in full flow, gleaming and sparkling in the hot summer sun – with seemingly no end to their beauty and hauteur. These are two men at the peak of their powers and this […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Billion Dollar Brain

    The third in moonlighting 007 producer Harry Saltzman’s “anti-Bond” series of cocky cockney Harry palmer films is actually the most Bond like, a wild, quirky international quest, brilliantly and bizarrely directed by enfant terrible, Ken Russell. Now is the  Midwinter of our discontent Russell was being given a lifeline by Saltzman and his […]

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Reappreciation Society: Play Dirty

Lee Marvin, talking to Roger Ebert,  once dismissed The Dirty Dozen, in which he played a gruff major leading a band of cut-throats on a suicide mission to wipe out Nazis, as a “dummy money-maker”. Play Dirty (1969), a film unfairly castigated as being a rip-off of said convict commando caper, is a much grittier and […]

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Michael Caine, IPCRESS, and Merv Griffin

Michael Caine’s first appearance on U.S television was in 1965, but it wasn’t in a studio, oh no *adjusts glasses* it was with top host Merv Griffin on his own bleedin’ doorstep, in his London Mews home. And we ‘ave it for you *voice drops an octave* right..here.

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Re-appreciation Society: The Italian Job

Cooler than a mint imperial, cheekier than a Sid James laugh, the insouciant, geezerish swagger of The Italian Job sums up the fresh frivolity of a late ’60’s British vibe that probably only existed in the film-makers imagination. Yet its appeal is timeless: recently BBC Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson replicated stunt driver Remy Julienne’s attempt to do 360 […]

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Review: Kingsman The Secret Service

In adapting Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ Kingsman The Secret Service, director Matthew Vaughan and long term screenwriting partner Jane Goldman have fashioned a very modern take on the tongue in cheek spy flicks of yore. The result is a highly entertaining origin story, a good-hearted transformation tale, from gutter bling to bespoke Mayfair-ing. My […]

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Zulu: 50 Years On

Below is a great post by Ian Knight, a writer and historian who is internationally regarded as a leading authority on the nineteenth-century history of the Zulu kingdom, and in particular the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. I hope he doesn’t mind my sharing his fascinating recollections of the film by director Cy Endfield and producer / […]

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Michael Caine Teaches Screen Acting

To mark Sir Michael Caine’s 81st birthday, we’ve dusted off the only class act he’s interested in – where he’s the guv’nor, and annoying middle class drama students pipe down an’ listen, mush. And remember, if you get angry then upset, you have to do the voice when it cracks, and goes quiet, see? Now, […]

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