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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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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 3

(CONTINUED FROM PART 2) Act 5 Wise finally gets info on what’s beneath the town: an old Cold War nuclear missile silo base which was decommissioned in the 60s. Sure enough, prowling around the tunnels, Little Bear and Gates find themselves in a giant, empty missile silo. They’re not alone as the coyote appears. And […]

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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 2

(CONTINUED FROM PART 1) Act 5 Several times throughout, we’ve briefly run across a utility man named Rafferty. As he’s out checking connections, he finds himself face-to-face with the coyote. Soon after, Little Bear follows the animal tracks to Rafferty’s truck where the man is lacing up his boots. Their conversation is terse, their looks […]

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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 1

For those who don’t know, for a little over two years, I’ve been producing and co-hosting a podcast series called Masters of Carpentry, examining the works of John Carpenter film-by-film. It’s taken up quite a bit of my creative time and energies, hence me dropping off on contributing articles to Cinetropolis (especially the ponderous and […]

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A Hill Away From Malick: Andrew Marton’s The Thin Red Line

Author James Jones exploded onto the literary scene in 1951 with From Here to Eternity, a fictionalized account of his experience in Hawaii before and during the attack on Pearl Harbor. A film version came two years later and was instantly deemed a classic as it swept that year’s Academy Awards, winning eight out of […]

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Guilty Pleasures – Superman 3

Superman 3 is not a film about Superman. It’s a film about Gus Gorman. Gus is the everyman antithesis of Superman: nobody knows him, nobody cares about him, he has no confidence or awareness of what he’s good at, he can’t control his impulses which keep him from having a job or a social life, […]

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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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The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 1

Discussion of the origins of Star Wars must begin with Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress, the tale of a bearded General and a young Princess, both in the guise of peasants, trying to sneak across enemy lines while pursued by the clan who overthrew their kingdom, and having to work with a bumbling pair of […]

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First Glimpse Of The Magic Hour: A Beginner’s Look At Malick’s Badlands

  Hi, I’m Noel. I’ve never before seen a Terrence Malick film, and Tim was kind enough to invite me to Cinetropolis for a series of articles in which I’ll explore Malick’s works for the first time, starting with his directorial efforts, then following up with a look at additional films he wrote and/or produced. […]

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First Glimpse of the Magic Hour: A Beginner’s Look at Malick’s Days of Heaven

Amidst the great depression, a young man named Bill (Richard Gere) kills the foreman of his factory during an angry spat, and runs from Chicago with his young sister Linda (Linda Manz), and his lover Abby (Brooke Adams), also posing as a sister of his so as to allay the puritan suspicions of the time. […]

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