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

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 …

Posted: 6th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our 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 …

Posted: 5th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our 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 …

Posted: 3rd, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our 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 …

Posted: 2nd, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our 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 …

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our 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 …

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our 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, …

Posted: 22nd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our 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 …

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


Piña Colliding: Yes, Rupert Holmes’ 1979 Hit Can Make Every Movie Better

ESCAPE (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes is great and it should be in every movie.”

So writes Carol Hartsell and Sean Crespo in an introduction to their Tumblr Piña Colliding. For those of you not au …

Posted: 20th, February 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


8 Reasons Why Every Movie Needs A Theme Song

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A LOT of people make a lot of films, but sadly not all those films have kick-ass theme songs. This is a crying shame – AN ENORMOUSLY CRYING SHAME – because in an ideal world every film ever made …

Posted: 18th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nine Things You Didn’t Need To Know About Bill & Ted

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TODAY marks the 25th anniversary of the original release of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, inarguably the best time-travelling-slackers-in-a-phonebox movie ever. Here are nine wholly unnecessary but non-bogus knowledge-bombs:

 

A BAND ON THE SOUNDTRACK DOESN’T EXIST

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Posted: 17th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How To Succeed With Brunettes And Blondes Prefer Gentlemen: 1967 US Navy Guides To Etiquette And Women

IN 1967, the Us Government taught the men How to Succeed with Brunettes. Produced by the US Navy, the film was aimed at the officer classes. Never agin would they fail in the brunette etiquette tests. 

The holiday camp …

Posted: 16th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Because They All Look The Same: London Paper Mistakes Dwight Henry For Chiwetel Ejiofor

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IN this episode of ‘They all look alike regardless of facial features, height, age, skin tones, hair voices and bodies’ the Lambeth Weekender salutes Forest Gate’s Chiwetel Ejiofor for his work on the film 12 Years A Slave.…

Posted: 13th, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When You Wish Upon A Star: Exploring the Spirituality of Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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THE second-highest grossing film of 1977 (right behind George Lucas’s Star Wars) was Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of The Third Kind, a science fiction film concerning mankind’s first official contact with alien life-forms.

Close Encounter’s narrative also involves the …

Posted: 12th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stairway To Heaven? Six Genre Movies That Depict The After-Life

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THE greatest unanswered question of human life is, paradoxically, about death.

What follows our duration on this mortal coil?…

Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Childhood’s End: The Five Most Terrifying Movies Made From A Child’s Perspective

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ALFRED Hitchcock once remarked that every person understands fear, because everyone was once a child.  “After all,” he declared, “weren’t we all afraid as children?”.

According to the authors of Monsters under the Bed and

Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


12 Stupendous Movie Tagline Fails

THEY had one job. Just write a single sentence about a movie.  It’s not quantum physics. After millions of dollars spent and many months of filming and editing, it comes down to the humble tagline writer to simply scrawl a …

Posted: 5th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Three Hats For Lisa: Swinging London And Sid James Gives The Greatest Musical Performance In Cinema History

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IS this the greatest musical performance in cinema history?

Joe Brown, French-born Sophie Hardy (who played the eponymous Lisa Milan), Sid James, Una Stubbs and Dave Nelson hit the big screen – in colour – with the 1964 release …

Posted: 5th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


“They’re Dead. They’re All Messed Up” – How George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead Recreates the Unrest of 1968

THE AMC original TV series Mad Men (2007 – ) set its latest season against a disquieting historical backdrop: the turbulent events of the year 1968.

Specifically, Matthew Weiner’s award-winning period drama book-ended the season with allusions to two classic …

Posted: 3rd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman Rock Three Parts In The Fifteen Minute Hamlet

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IN 1995, Philip Seymour Hoffman played Bernardo, Horatio and Laertes in Todd Louiso’s 1995 version of Tom Stoppard’s 1976 play The Fifteen Minute Hamlet. Stoppard has enjoyed a hit with his Hamlet spin-off Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Posted: 2nd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Back To The Future: Once An Awful Film, Now Set To Be An Awful Musical

HATE to break it to you ’80s nostalgiaists, but Back To The Future sucks. Basically, the whole story is about a boy who looks like he’s thirty, getting his own way like some brat, nearly getting off with his mum, …

Posted: 31st, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Hobbit: 10 Guaranteed Improvements

THE Hobbit is a long-winded, grinding, ego-driven borefest. But it can be improved. The sequel could be better. Here are 10 Tips:

 

Posted: 27th, January 2014 | In: Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Quentin Tarantino Ditches ‘Hateful Eight’ Thanks To Script Leak

UH-OH. Quentin Tarantino is declaring war on Hollywood after someone leaked the script for ‘Hateful Eight’. Only six people have seen the script itself, and Quentin is naming names. Bruce Dern is one and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ stars Tim Roth and …

Posted: 22nd, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Devil Baby’ Spooks Unsuspecting New Yorkers

RECENTLY, a few well-meaning New Yorkers stopped to check on a crying baby in an abandoned stroller and got seriously spooked when a hideous demonic baby shot straight up from beneath the blankets.…

Posted: 16th, January 2014 | In: Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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