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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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The Great Unmade? Nottingham

The tale of Robin Hood is one oft told, many times on film alone, including the recent Ridley Scott / Russell Crowe team up, sold to Crowe as a chance to make a “sequel” of sorts to their previous historic rip-snorter,Gladiator.  Robin Hood sprang from an original “hot” script called Nottingham, yet the two articles bear as much relation […]

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Ridley Scott, Cine Realist

  “Keeping it real“- no, not Sir Ridley Scott trying to get down with the kids, more his guiding mantra. Scott is first and foremost a builder of worlds, his art school, set design and commercial background the cornerstone of his various milieaux. If people are dismissive of the Ridley Scott “style”, or even search […]

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Author Andy Weir and director Ridley Scott discuss The Martian

Here’s a couple of video segments for you on The Martian, Sir Ridley Scott’s big screen adaptation of author Andy Weir’s runaway best seller, about an astronaut erroneously left for dead on the red planet after a mission goes sour, who must survive long enough (three years!) for a rescue mission to pick him up. […]

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Review: The Martian

The Martian is the latest in a recent pleasing run of “life will find a way” “hard” science fiction films such as Interstellar and Gravity – more grounded than the former (and latter, I suppose!), a hoorah for science and can-do American spirit (with a little help from the Chinese). Forfending the larger philosophical leanings […]

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The Great Batty? A Daisy Chain Connects Blade Runner And Luhrmann’s Gatsby

Ah, twitter. It’s great when you throw an idea out there and some kindred soul flies with it. The other day I tweeted, “Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Blade Runner – crazy companion pieces?” Well, Paul Bullock saw the connection, and together we volleyed back and forth a few ideas on links between the films, specifically, the […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Prometheus

“A king has his reign, then he dies. It’s inevitable.” It is undeniable that Prometheus has problems in the script department, that characters behave in odd ways and are sometimes the writers pawns, moved from point A to B to get to the next set piece. Even when one takes into account first draft scripter […]

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Have A Better One! The Dangerous Days Of A Blade Runner

Blade Runner In Color! “The name’s Rick Deckard, Blade Runner, a special unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Some Replicants, four, possibly six (my boss was a little fuzzy on the details) were on planet, and dangerous, heading over to the Tyrell Corporation. Unfortunately I was across town, eating sushi. It took me twenty […]

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On The Edge Of Blade Runner

Today Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner The Final Cut gets a special one day select cinema release, as part of the BFI’s “Days of Fear and Wonder” season, before a general roll out nationwide in April 2015. To celebrate, here is Mark Kermode’s documentary On The Edge Of Blade Runner (directed by Andrew Abbott), produced for […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Gladiator

There’s a lot to be said for cutting to the chase. A big, stirring speech is a powerful and moving moment before the climactic battle of Henry V, say. But David Franzoni’s first draft of Gladiator gives Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) the early limelight, with an extended speech to his troops that would have […]

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