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Screenwriter Bob Gale and Christopher Lloyd discuss Back To The Future

On January 25 2013, at the University Of California Television, screenwriter Bob Gale and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, sat down after a screening of Back To The Future for an in depth discussion on the making of the film. Thanks to Mentorless , here are some of Bob Gale’s highlights from that evening. 1 – […]

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Jaws the Revenge: This Time It’s Ridiculous

Imagine someone were to blow you up. Next they electrocute you. Then blow you up again in 3D. Do you think you would hold a grudge? I think you would probably be mildly upset. Probably upset enough to plan some sort of revenge? The shark in Jaws the Revenge is something special. It is able to lay […]

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Unsung Heroes: Pat Roach

The term “gentle giant” is often a cliche only because it is true. And it very much applied to 6ft 5in Pat “Bomber” Roach: Birmingham born gentleman of the wrestling ring, writer, and also actor / stunt performer, who played many heavies in genre films. This in contrast to his  cornerstone role as the sensible […]

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The Great Unmade?: Who Discovered Roger Rabbit / Toon Platoon

  Even cartoons get the blues. After raking in the dollars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was surely as deserving of a sequel as any mainstream studio film. However, rivalry between production partners Disney and Amblin Entertainment, escalating costs and disputes over the script, plugged Roger Rabbit before he could interact with hapless humans again. A […]

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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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Scene Is Believing: Inglorious Basterds

Death Laughs At 24 Frames Per Second Inglorious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino’s most playfully cinephilic, meta-textual wish fulfillment fantasy – cinema as world changer. Quite literally, despite the bumbling “Basterds” independent addition to the night’s entertainment. It is Shosanna / Emmanuelle (Mélanie Laurent) who’s will shall triumph over those of the higher echelon Nazis, including Hitler […]

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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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Mad Mann: Fury Road – Steven Spielberg’s Duel

Duel, was Steven Spielberg’s 1971 television – movie calling card to the big leagues. It works not just as a primal gas guzzling thriller of implacable threat, between the little guy and an uncaring force that literally wants to squeeze him out of the frame. It’s also a study of both paranoia and modern male […]

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Steven Spielberg: Setting The Table

Quite a few video essays draw attention to Steven Spielberg’s varied tropes – his “oners” (I hate that term), track in shots, framing of characters through foreground objects, his use of light, and so on. Now here’s one focusing on a less sexy, but pretty common set-up – characters around the dining table. As essayist […]

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Sharks Don’t Die: The Making of Jaws 3D

Just when you thought it was safe to look at this website, just when you thought you could swim with dolphins and throw grenades around like there’s no tomorrow, we interrupt that feeling of safety and security to bring you an important message. Jaws 3D did happen and there is a behind the scenes documentary […]

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