Filmmaking

‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’: Steven Spielberg’s Gamble That Paid Off Generously

  By Sven Mikulec Upon making Jaws, the first true blockbuster and a shocking money-maker, Steven Spielberg was under enormous…

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The Greater the Truth, the Greater the Damage: ‘The Insider,’ Michael Mann’s White-Collar Thrill Ride of Corporate Malfeasance

  By Tim Pelan Few filmmakers can take a whistle-blowing dramatization of real life potentially dusty legal shenanigans and news…

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‘A History of Violence’: David Cronenberg’s Superb Study of the Basic Impulses that Drive Humanity

  By Sven Mikulec The master of the specific subgenre called body horror and the man who put out such…

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Play for Play: How The Color of Money’s ‘One For Them’ Assignment Reignited Martin Scorsese’s Hunger for the Work

  By Tim Pelan After 'The Last Temptation' was cancelled in ’83, I had to get myself back in shape.…

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‘DOES THIS LOOK LIKE A SICK MAN TO YOU?’: The Horror of Identity and the Identity of Horror in David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’

  By Travis Woods TELEPOD 1: STATHIS He watches Her, trembling and nerve-twitched, eyes darting, lips pulled back over protruding…

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‘Charley Varrick’ (1973): Don Siegel’s Masterclass in Seamless Storytelling

  By Koraljka Suton Two years after having made the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Dirty Harry, a seminal police…

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40 Years of Hurt, Face-Hugging Dreams of Breathing: Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’

Alien poster art by Brian Taylor   By Tim Pelan Ripley's words to the Xenomorph in Alien 3 sum up…

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To the Wonder: The Lyrical Appeal and Influence of Richard Donner’s ‘Superman’

  By Tim Pelan Richard Donner, director of The Omen, the Lethal Weapon series, The Goonies, but oh so especially…

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Michael Chapman: Cinematographers, in the Traditional Sense, Are a Dying Breed

  By Sven Mikulec After the projection of Raging Bull, one of the landmarks of American cinema and a crucial…

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‘Miller’s Crossing’ at 30: A Lamentation of Losers by the Coen Brothers

  By Tim Pelan After the success of Raising Arizona, Joel and Ethan Coen were given the chance to do…

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