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Moments Lost In Time – Blade Runner’s Deleted And Alternate Scenes

With Blade Runner The Final Cut released on the big screen, here in one place are the alternate takes and deleted scenes from the original film, including such scenes as Deckard visiting fellow Blade Runner Holden in hospital, and more screen time for Gaff and Bryant. To further mark the occasion, the BFI, who are […]

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Derelict: Fusing Prometheus With Its “Alien DNA”

Here’s an interesting exercise – Prometheus and Alien edited together, fusing Prometheus with, as Ridley Scott described the link between the two, its “Alien DNA”. As the editor Job Willins states: “Prometheus’ wasn’t exactly an Alien prequel, but this treats it as such by intercutting the events of Alien with Prometheus in a dual narrative […]

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The Great Unmade? Not Tonight, Josephine: Kubrick’s Napoleon

Kubrick. Napoleon. Two outstanding generals in their own fields, a marriage of subject and auteur that director Stanley Kubrick believed would be “the greatest film (n)ever made.” But endless preparation, research and writing would, not for the last time, leave him behind the  competition. In Dino De Laurentiis’ rival picture, he met his own Waterloo. The idea of a […]

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Unsung Heroes: The men Beneath The Alien Costume

Two images defined both the biomechanical and graceful look of the final stage in the life cycle of Ridley Scott’s Alien – HR Giger’s 1976 painting Necronom IV,and Leni Riefenstahl’s photograph of a two metre tall, rail thin, Nubian warrior. To achieve the look he wanted, Ridley reluctantly accepted he needed a man in a […]

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Paradise – A Prometheus / Alien: Covenant Fan Edit

If, like many (misguided souls, in my opinion!), you were disappointed by both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, here’s a remedy that combines the best of both, while leaving out some of the “silly” stuff. Vimeo user Daniel aka Job Willins, who previously created a brilliant mash-up of Alien and Prometheus entitled Derelict, has worked his magic […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Gladiator’s Proximo

I love Gladiator. You could even say my love for it echoes in eternity. And a major part of that love extends to the rascally Gladiator Master Proximo, a part tailor made for the late Oliver Reed. Proximo is a merchant of death, a former gladiator himself, freed by the late Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). […]

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The Great unmade? Gladiator 2: A Life Lived To The Maximus

  Ridley Scott’s rejuvenation of the toga / swords and sandals epics of yore with Gladiator had everything – epic scale, brilliant battles, fully realised worlds, political backstabbing, madness, grief and vengeance. Russell Crowe fully convinced as the General betrayed and sold into slavery, doomed to fight for the plebs amusement, and determined to revenge […]

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Do Architraves Dream Of Electric Sheep? Blade Runner’s Film Architecture

Alcon, the company that has the rights to the Blade Runner sequel, is openly courting Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Deckard, the is he/isn’t he a Replicant Blade Runner, in a move akin to John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler holding a boombox aloft: “We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with […]

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Scene Is Believing: Alien

The Chestburster scene, Shepperton studios 2001: A Space Odyssey on one level considers the birth, ascent and re-birth of mankind into a “star child”, gazing serenely upon the Earth and us, the viewer, with untold possibilities. Alien represents the Freudian nightmare tucked away in the recesses of the mind, a disturbing perversion of birth: life […]

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Reappreciation Society: Kingdom Of Heaven

David Thomson, in his book “Have You Seen?” said of Anthony Mann and Charlton Heston’s Bank Holiday stand-by El Cid, that it is “one of the last authentic epics in American film history,” although admitting that today it is “rather awkwardly anti-Islamic in its basis.” At the time of writing (2008) he didn’t think “there […]

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