Finally the story of how Marty McFly and Doc Brown became friends

Wednesday, 24 August, 2011

Bob Gale, co-writer of Back to the Future, lifts the lid on the much pondered back story of the friendship between Marty McFly and Doc Brown.

For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. When Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was.

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The candid side of Star Wars, the force isn’t so dark there

Thursday, 12 May, 2011

Yes, I’ve been posting a few Star Wars links here recently (May the fourth be with you day is probably the reason many have come to light lately), and I’ve also posted “behind the scenes” photo galleries from the science fiction saga in the past, but this BuzzFeed collection includes quite a few in-production images I haven’t seen before.

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The best of Britain, 100 of the top films that are British made

Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

A listing of the 100 best British films as selected by local film industry experts, including directors Sam Mendes (“Revolutionary Road”, “Away We Go”), Mike Leigh (“Vera Drake”, “Another Year”), and Ken Loach (“Ae Fond Kiss…”, “Looking for Eric”), and actors David Morrissey, Sally Hawkins and Thandie Newton.

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Photos of the Hill Valley sets from Back to the Future

Friday, 7 January, 2011

A collection of photos of the Hill Valley sets – of both 1955 and 1985 – from Back to the Future, taken by a security guard working at the production studio during filming in early 1985.

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Hitchcock iotacons, pixel art meet Alfred Hitchcock films

Monday, 3 January, 2011

Hitchcock iotacons by Andy Rash, low resolution pixel images of a scene from a selection of Alfred Hitchcock films… but which ones?

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Not worth getting into a spin over, Vertigo’s nightmare sequence

Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

A favourable reassessment of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo 52 years after its release… whatever did the film do though to draw unfavourable assessments?

Viewed as a conventional thriller, this adaption of Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac’s 1954 novel, Sueurs Froides (D’Entre les Morts), is hardly the tightest of constructions. And there is also the notorious left-field touch of giving away the twist some distance before the end. But then, plot matters far less in Vertigo than the machinations of desire and obsession – and about those there is no finer film.

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The Empire Strikes Back as a coffee table photo book

Monday, 18 October, 2010

A photo from The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, a new book by J. W. Rinzler, tracks the production of the fifth installment of the Star Wars saga, from inception to release, and will feature a bevy of behind the scenes photos from its production.

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The Star Wars rebellion would be better off not screened in 3D

Friday, 8 October, 2010

George Lucas now plans to re-release the Star Wars films as 3D productions in a couple of years. Why?

Yes, it could well be fun to feel as though you are attacking the Death Star with Luke Skywalker and chums, or whatever, but this fresh technical makeover smacks of gilding an already over-gilded lily. Besides which, I wonder if – on the old principle that once you start polishing a car, you can’t stop until you’ve done the whole thing – the extra dimension will somehow unearth ’70s and ’80s visual/technical shortcomings that will then also need to be fixed. In other words, mightn’t the finished product wind up being even further still from the original, terrific films?

Personally I think Lucas should have just gone ahead and made the sequel trilogy rather than continually “enhancing” the earlier films.

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Back to the Future, a trip through time that improves with age

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

Catherine Shoard, film editor for the Guardian, sums up the enduring appeal of 1985’s Back to the Future, and the two sequels it spawned, ahead of its theatrical re-release in Britain in a few weeks time (no word, by the way, of such an event in Australia as yet).

I’m not alone. Do a little digging and people swarm from the woodwork to reveal that they, too, taped the film off the telly then watched it every morning over their Coco Pops. They, too, can recite all three instalments off the top of their head (plus the adverts that played during them). And if they have children they’ll probably also call them Marty, or Jennifer, or, at a pinch, Emmett (not Biff though, never Biff). These people may look normal, but stick them in an x-ray machine and you’ll see a thick strata of Back to the Future, somewhere between the flesh and the blood.

The latest posts at the IMDb forum dedicated to discussion of the film never seem to be more than a few hours old either, not bad for a film made 25 years ago.

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Stanley Kubrick by Christiane Kubrick

Tuesday, 24 August, 2010

Christiane Kubrick, widow of Stanley, talks about life after the death of the great film director.

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