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Includes cinema reviews and trailers for upcoming films. A digest of the best and worst interviews on movies and cinema.

Exploring the IMDb Bottom 100: The Worst of The 1960s

WITH nearly 3 million films in their database, it’s quite a dubious accomplishment to be ranked in IMDb’s Bottom 100. That’s the bottom of a very deep barrel – the bottom 0.003% in fact. I’d love to explore all the … READ ON

Posted: 28th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


First look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer

 

ONCE upon a time, we had the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles on British TV because on these shores, everyone is far too chicken to use the word ‘ninja’. Mercifully, times have changed and now, we’re all set for a … READ ON

Posted: 27th, March 2014 | In: Film, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 Movie Maniacs From The 1980s That Wanted To Be Freddy Krueger

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THERE’S an old saying that goes: “if you’re going to take a shot at the king, make sure you don’t miss.”

Such words of wisdom also apply to the movie monsters of the 1980s.

Thirty years ago, … READ ON

Posted: 27th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bread and Circuses at the Movies: The Six Most Savage Games of the Near Dystopian Future

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IN Ancient Rome, the poet Juvenal coined the term “bread and circuses” (panem et circenses), and to his credit, it is one that remains pertinent to this day, especially in our  21st century pop culture and … READ ON

Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


We Used to Be Friends: Five Reasons Why the Veronica Mars Movie is Much More than “Fan Service”

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HERE’S a challenge for the intrepid researcher: Go to Google and search for five or so reviews of the Veronica Mars (2014) movie from the mainstream press that don’t include the following term: “fan service.”

For the … READ ON

Posted: 20th, March 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pat Robertson’s Fever Dream: Four Times When Horror Movies Met The Devil’s Own Rock-and-Roll Music In The 1980s

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JUST last week, the 700 Club’s Pat Robertson spoke out about the hidden scourge of our modern society: those demons from Hell who like to crash your car.

Yes, it turns out that devils can cause really horrible … READ ON

Posted: 19th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Three Generations Of Schulz Unite To Create A Peanuts Movie As Disappointing As All The Others


SNOOPY is back. The best cartoon do of them all is to star in a new Peanuts movie, coming to a screen near you on November 6, 2015.

That’s the good news?

Do you flinch a little when you learn … READ ON

Posted: 18th, March 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Greatest Voice in Hollywood, Hal Douglas, RIP

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IT doesn’t matter who you are in Hollywood, fact is, you owe something to Hal Douglas.

You may not know who Hal Douglas is. He’s not exactly a household name, and sadly Douglas has just passed away, aged … READ ON

Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Their Last Known Photograph: Five Found-Footage Horror Movies That Deserve a Second Look

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THE found-footage horror film genre is one that isn’t often appreciated. The late Roger Ebert himself once wrote that movies of this type often consist of “low quality home video footage,” are “usually under-lit,” are … READ ON

Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Staircases to Nowhere: Making Kubrick’s The Shining

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STANLEY Kubrick’s The Shining has yet to get a dread sequel. Those film executives seeking to milk the success of the hit movie can watch Staircases to Nowhere, featuring words from the film’s producer Jan Harlan,  Christiane Kubrick … READ ON

Posted: 13th, March 2014 | In: Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Fantastic Mr Fox And Mr Wes Anderson

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THE Fantastic Mr Fox And Mr Anderson:

 

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Posted: 12th, March 2014 | In: Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Brilliant Mel Brooks Knocks Them Bandy In This 1975 Interview

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IN 1975, Mel Brooks appeared on Imperial College’s TV station Stoic to talk about his 1975 films Blazing Saddles andYoung Frankenstein. He sat opposite Mark Caldwell. He offers the insight that cowboys “do not make love to women in … READ ON

Posted: 11th, March 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Greatest Rock Biopics: From Hendrix to Guthrie

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BIOPICS are problematic at the best of times, but get it right and you can cement a person’s place in history forever. Especially tricky are rock biopics because, half the time, the person or people they celebrate, are still … READ ON

Posted: 6th, March 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The World in My Window: A Select Filmography of the Space Shuttle

 

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ALTHOUGH Alfonso Cuaron’s blockbuster film Gravity (2013) earned a whopping seven Academy Awards last Sunday night, one crucial supporting player didn’t pick up the Honorary Oscar it so clearly deserved: NASA’s space shuttle.

For thirty-five years now, this … READ ON

Posted: 6th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Top 15 Scariest Dolls of Cinema and Television

THERE is just something inherently creepy about a doll coming to life. I think it falls into the same category as clowns, kids and the elderly.  Because they are supposed to be so benign or innocent, it becomes all the … READ ON

Posted: 5th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


May The Verse Be With You: ‘70s Star Wars Music

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IN 1977, the entire planet was foaming at the mouth for anything Star Wars. The frenzy continued for several years with  piles of Star Wars products flooding the stores daily.  It seemed all you needed to do was … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nerdlucks Can’t Jump: Five Science Fiction Movie Basketball Shots That Saw David Beat Goliath

 

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RECENT rumours about Space Jam II (purportedly to star Le Bron James…) serve as a good reminder that the science fiction cinema and the game of basketball are inextricably linked.

Well, not really.

But sci-fi and basketball at … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1940: Hattie McDaniel’s Stirring Academy Award Winning Speech As The First Black Oscar Winner

 

ON February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award, winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for giving life to Mammy, the Gone with the Wind house servant. Fay Bainter heralded McDaniel by … READ ON

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shaken Not Stirred: Five Great Character Moments in the Roger Moore James Bond Era

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I VERY happily grew up with Sir Roger Moore in the role of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, and thus maintain a deep well of affection and nostalgia for his seven films…even if some Bond fans do not

Moore’s epoch … READ ON

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Their Golden Years? Five Films About Your Greatest Heroes Growing Old

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WITH J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII in the pipeline comes the news that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will reprise their iconic roles in the George Lucas franchise for the first time in over thirty years, … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Portals of Light, Portals of Dark: The Yin and Yang of Contact (1997) and Event Horizon (1997)

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EVERY now and then, Hollywood comes up with a good concept, and then competing studios rush to ruthlessly exploit it. Remember the summer of 1998, and dueling asteroid pictures Armageddon and Deep Impact?

Or 1988, the year of the … READ ON

Posted: 20th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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