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Exclusive: Matthew Modine On His Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad app, Kubrick, Nolan, and more

  Following our news item on actor Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad app, Mr Modine was kind enough to answer a few follow up questions for Cinetropolis on working with director Stanley Kubrick, how the app came into being, his recent experience working on The Dark Knight Rises, and more. To visit Matthew […]

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A Misleading Study In Melancholy: The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

“Yeah, just ain’t no peace with old Jesse around.” Defiantly uncommercial, from the King James bible cadence of its players victoriana valedictions, to the shaggy dog narrative of an outlaw folk hero’s last days, that stretches on beyond his titular killing – even Terrence Malick called this film slow. Yet this badly marketed 2007 film […]

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Bowie 2001 A Space Oddity

  British music artist Fritz Von Runte has crafted a symbiotic fusion of of eerie David Bowie remixes with the timeless visual poetry of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The result is a hypnotic, surreal mixpiece experience: Bowie 2001 A Space Oddity. Von Runte has raided Bowie’s classic back catalogue, remixing tracks such as […]

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Wes Anderson’s Centered Parting

Here’s a supercut from Kogonda, the guy who brought you Kubrick: One Point Perspective, on a similar stylistic tic by film maker Wes Anderson. In this short video, he demonstrates with a dotted line down the middle of the screen, Anderson’s preoccupation with symmetry. Even when the camera moves, perspective always settles down the centre […]

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100 Behind The Scenes shots from 2001 A Space Odyssey

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a big fan of Stanley Kubrick, and consider his film 2001 A Space Odyssey, one of the greatest films ever made. Yesterday marked the anniversary of the film’s 1968 premiere. To celebrate, our good friend Larry Wright, aka @refocused media, posted a tonne of behind the scenes shots on […]

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Paths Of Glory: Kubrick’s “Monument To Barbarism”

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel At 84 minutes, Paths Of Glory (1957) is Stanley Kubrick’s most taut, focused and economic narrative. Yet it says more about the pity and cruel absurdity of war than a dozen dusty academic tomes on WWI could ever achieve. But it is no sledgehammer diatribe – “For all its horror, […]

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Vintage article By Douglas Trumbull on creating Special Effects for 2001 A Space Odyssey

Below is a vintage article from American Cinematographer by Douglas Trumbull on creating the visual effects for 2001 A Space odyssey.   Do it right – then do it better – then do it all over again. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was an extremely complex and difficult film to make, and naturally there are many interesting […]

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Alex North’s Unused Music Score For 2001 A Space Odyssey

Cinematic history would perhaps have been very different had Stanley Kubrick gone ahead with his original composer Alex North’s score for 2001 A Space Odyssey. Would iconic scenes from his film, such as the shuttle delicately dancing around the spinning wheeled space station to sounds of The Blue Danube, be as memorable when scored to Space Station […]

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Interview: Chela Cannon, 2001 A Space Odyssey’s Receptionist To The Stars

Below is a great interview with Chela Cannon , the receptionist on the space station that Dr Floyd docks with in 2001: A Space odyssey, reproduced from 2001 Italia Blogspot.  See here also for early alien concepts that never made it into the film. The piece is translated from Italian “You remind me of a young Leslie Caron”: […]

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The Steadicam And The Shining: Vintage American Cinematographer Article

  Below is a vintage article from the August 1980 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, on the use of Garrett (spelt Gareth in the article) Brown’s invention, the steadicam, still often erroneously credited as a Stanley Kubrick invention, in The Shining. Seen in the maze photograph below operating the rig is Ken Weston, officially the […]

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