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‘Sound Bite’ of the week…
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‘Sound Bite’ of the week…

‘Jim Garrison, the District Attorney of New Orleans, who conducted his own investigation into the assassination of Kennedy, invited me, along with a couple of FBI agents, to his office to view some film.’ ‘I am not at liberty to disclose what I saw but it left no doubt in […]

‘Sound bite’ of the week ……..
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‘Sound bite’ of the week ……..

‘Of all the younger guys around, all the hot shots, why me? I remember he said, “Well, because you know everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know, but you’re not Hollywood”. I liked that.’ Director Irvin Kershner on why George Lucas chose him to direct Star Wars: Episode V – […]

Scene Stealer: Shadow of the Sun – Collateral
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Scene Stealer: Shadow of the Sun – Collateral

Professional hitman Vincent (Tom Cruise) hires/takes hostage stuck-in-a-rut cab driver Max (Jamie Foxx) to drive him around for a night of contract killing. After a failed escape attempt, Max is forced to grovel to a crime boss after he deliberately lost Vincent’s hit contract. Although successful, once back in the cab Max is resigned and helpless. […]

Scene Stealer: Dr Starr’s diagnosis – Asylum
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Scene Stealer: Dr Starr’s diagnosis – Asylum

SPOILER ALERT: You are advised to watch the film first before reading, if you don’t want to spoil the ending. The cult portmanteau shocker Asylum (1972) – also known under the catchier title House of Crazies – was the epitome of what the film studio Amicus churned out to great effect […]

‘Sound bite’ of the week…
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‘Sound bite’ of the week…

“I went and met with her. She appeared — she had an afro, she had high heels on… she was like, 7-foot-6. It felt like I was going out for dinner with Mummy.” Ridley Scott on first meeting Sigourney Weaver to discuss the role of Ellen Ripley in Alien (1979).   If you […]

Why Movies about Risk Takers Intrigue us
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Why Movies about Risk Takers Intrigue us

There are many movies out there that focus on the idea that one risk can change your life completely. These movies quite often pique our interest, but is there a fundamental reason why we identify with these characters. Much in the same way that horror is a bit of a […]

‘Sound bite’ of the week …….
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‘Sound bite’ of the week …….

“I never tried to emulate my father. Anyone trying to do that would be a second-rate carbon copy.”         Silver screen matinee-idol, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. – who died 7th May, 2000 – talking about his equally famous father, Hollywood legend Douglas Fairbanks.   If you found an […]

Scene Stealer: Boogie Nights
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Scene Stealer: Boogie Nights

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) charts the rise and fall, and rise of pornstar newcomer Dirk Diggler. In a pivotal scene, the well-trodden territory of a tense drug deal is injected with a dose of levity before it finally shoots up the place.  Dirk Diggler (Wahlberg), Reed Rothchild (C.Reilly) and Todd Parker […]