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Chandleresque: Dick Spanner P.I.

  “Not so long ago in a parallel universe not far from here…” There have been many notable Gerry Anderson projects. From Fireball XL5 to Stingray to Thunderbirds and Terrahawks. However one Gerry Anderson project that seems to have fallen down the back of the sofa of time is Dick Spanner P.I.. First transmitted in […]

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‘Scuse Me While I whip This Out – Indiana Jones And His Unusual Weapon

I’m not quite sure if there was a single inspiration for Indiana Jones’ use of a bullwhip – maybe the Zorro serials. Whatever the thought process, its use in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and subsequent films has become iconic. Whether he’s using it to snatch a gun out of a treacherous guide’s hand, hold back an […]

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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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Renegade Commentary: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

What do you do when you can’t get hold of a commentary by a favourite director on one of his best films? Record your own, I suppose. Darren Dochterman, a 30-year veteran concept artist and visual effects artist, has done just that for not only Raiders of The Lost Ark, which we have embedded for […]

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star wars begins: the filmumentary strikes back

A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away, it was rumoured there was forgotten Star Wars production footage, missing scenes and all manner of behind the scenes goodies that Lucasfilm would have us believe was unavailable. They didn’t count on Jamie Benning… NOTE: This is an amended form of my interview that first appeared last […]

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Reappreciation Society: Captain America The First Avenger

Like scrawny Steve Rogers before his super-soldier transformation, Captain America The First Avenger (punctuation, anyone?) punched above its weight and expectations to deliver a rousing, refreshing new spin on the superhero film, with a meta-twist. Yet it’s dismissed amongst the modern Marvel stable, audiences more keen to see a grittier, modern Cap in The Winter Soldier. It was always […]

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Re-appreciationSociety: Tales of The Gold Monkey

When is a rip-off not a rip-off? When a TV show is unsuccessfully pitched until the successful film it is supposedly based on causes it to be greenlit. If adventure “homage” has a name, it must be Tales Of The Gold Monkey. Donald P Bellisario is something of a legend in American television history. The writer […]

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The Making Of Raiders of The Lost Ark: 1981 PBS Special

Our friend Jamie Benning has already culled footage from this 1981 PBS TV special on the making of Raiders Of The Lost Ark for his excellent  Filmumentary , but here is a chance to watch the entire vintage show, courtesy of LoSceicco1976 . Among the gems in here you’ll see Paul Freeman as Belloq undergo a full head […]

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Intermission Talk To Filmumentary Creator Jamie Benning

We’re pleased to share with you a new interview with our friend Jamie Benning, via a great new site, Intermission (you can also follow them on Twitter). Jamie as you should now by now, creates “Filmumentaries” unique takes on some of our favourite films, like the original Star Wars saga, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and […]

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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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