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Uncovering Curiosities: John Spira’s ELSTREE 1976

Elstree 1976 isn’t a film about the making of Star Wars. John Spira’s 2015 documentary plays like a High School reunion film. It’s a look at the past and a catch-up with some of the supporting actors and extras who played a part in George [...]

April 4, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Willard Huyck’s HOWARD THE DUCK

Howard the Duck is an iconic film. The problem being that it is an iconic film for all the wrong reasons. Released in 1986, Howard (which is based on a 1970s Marvel Comic) had a huge budget, it was produced by Star Wars mastermind George Lucas and [...]

March 25, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THX 1138

George Lucas – 1971 THX 1138 is a powerful feature debut from George Lucas. Lucas’ stark direction is first rate and the film’s visuals are stunning. The lead performance from Robert Duvall is low-key but strong and Donald [...]

February 4, 2021

Notebook Reviews: FLASH GORDON

Frederick Stephani – 1936 The 1936 Flash Gordon serial is a rollicking-good science fiction yarn. There’s great fun to be had as Buster Crabbe’s Flash battles Charles Middleton’s Ming The Merciless. Crabbe is great – [...]

February 2, 2021

Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Dies Aged 85

David Prowse, the former bodybuilder who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died at the age of 85. The English-born Prowse embodied the physical presence of Vader and the voice was provided by James Earl Jones.  Prowse also [...]

November 29, 2020

Notebook Reviews: INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE

Steven Spielberg – 1989 Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade is the best of the Indiana Jones films. Steven Spielberg‘s adventure film is an amazing piece of Hollywood filmmaking. The script sparkles and the storyline is joyful. The acting [...]

November 1, 2020

Notebook Reviews: TWO LANE BLACKTOP

Monte Hellman – 1971 Monte Hellman’s Two Lane Blacktop is a well-regraded cult film and while it’s not bad, the whole endeavour is very superficial. Hellman’s film looks great and the cast is intriguing  – [...]

October 2, 2020

Uncovering Curiosities: Federico Fellini’s I VITELLONI

Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni is a comedy-drama which charts the lives of a group of 20-something friends in an Italian seaside town. Narrated by Franco Interlenghi’s Moraldo, the main focus of I Vitelloni is Franco Fabrizi’s [...]

September 7, 2020

1977’s ROLLERCOASTER Is A Hidden Gem

Released in 1977, James Goldstone’s Rollercoaster is an excellent thriller with a wonderful world-weary performance from George Segal. Often erroneously lumped-in with the disaster movie cycle of the 1970s, the film sees Timothy Bottoms [...]

August 29, 2020

Let’s Talk About The Latest STAR WARS Trilogy (2015-2019)

It was never going to be easy. Following up the original Star Wars trilogy was a difficult task for its creator George Lucas and his prequel trilogy was met with a lot of criticism and backlash. Star Wars fans have long been strong in their opinions [...]

June 7, 2020

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