The Empire Strikes Back
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - Review
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - Review

Best Laid Plans. — For the second time in just over a year we have another Star Wars film and will likely get one each year for the foreseeable future with Disney, understandably, looking to maximise the potential of this cultural behemoth. What Rogue One does differently to the 7 films that have preceded it is branch off from the main Skywalker saga and focus on the brief events depicted in a line from the opening crawl of the 1977 original where the rebels steal the plans to the Empire‚Äôs dreaded Death Star.

Discussing The Marvel Cinematic Universe with Wrong Reel's James Hancock

Discussing The Marvel Cinematic Universe with Wrong Reel's James Hancock

Charting the creation and growth of a cinematic behemoth... — Recently I was given the privilege of being a guest on the latest episode of James Hancock's brilliant Wrong Reel podcast show. This latest episode, #210 would focus on the meteoric rise of the incredibly risky venture Marvel Studios took in 2008 with the creation of the now well established and incredibly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. It clocks it at just over 2 hours 25 minutes and I hope that Marvel fans will enjoy it.

Rope (1948) - A Retrospective Review
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Rope (1948) - A Retrospective Review

"The power to kill can be just as satisfying as the power to create." — In 1948 Alfred Hitchcock took his first directorial step into the wonderful world of Technicolor with Rope. Aside from being the director's first colour film, Rope would also take a unique place amongst Hitchcock's filmography as being something of a bold experiment in long take filmmaking. Played out in virtual real time and employing a number of, at the time, clever technical slights of hand to mask the cuts (as well as conventional cuts) of which there are only 9, the film is very much a stage play acted out on the big screen with the illusion of being one long, uninterrupted take.

Network (1976) - A Retrospective Review
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Network (1976) - A Retrospective Review

"This was the story of Howard Beale..." — Sidney Lumet's critically acclaimed 1976 film Network was nominated for 10 Oscars and bagged four including Best Actor for lead Peter Finch. It tells the tale of some shameful individual and corporate greed where one ageing TV anchorman's frustration and depression is exploited for increased viewing figures. Peter Finch plays the eponymous Howard Beale, a self appointed "angry prophet denouncing the hypocrisies of our times".

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