CINERAMA @ 59


On the evening of September 30th 1952, Cinerama was premiered at the New York Broadway Theatre, heralding what would be come a new and enduring era of widescreen. Though the true three panel Cinerama format would not survive How The West Was Won just 10 years later, its legacy would last for decades, as CinemaScope, which was … Continue reading CINERAMA @ 59

OLD SCHOOL 3D ~ LEGITIMATE…?


Illegitimate 3D discs: Over the years, Video Cassettes and VCD's (Video Compact Discs) have been released containing Anaglyph 3D versions of older, classic 3D films, ones that were often released in an early polarised version of the format, not too dis-similar to the methods employed today. But picking up these early versions, whether it be Laser Disc, VCD or … Continue reading OLD SCHOOL 3D ~ LEGITIMATE…?

TWILIGHT


2008 DIRECTOR: Catherine Hardwicke My views on Twilight have been very varied since the films release back in 2008. I don't think that I wanted to like a film, drenched in the angst of a teenage girl, selfishly believing that her loves, dreams and desires were of such great impertinence that they world should simply stop spinning until they are fulfilled.  But … Continue reading TWILIGHT

THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY (DOCUMENTARY SERIES PARTS 1 – 3)


2011 Director: Mark Cousins A 15 part documentary series (More 4 (UK) Parts, 1, 2 & 3 Follow link for review of parts 4 -9 The Story Of Film. How tantalising this series sounded to me when I first heard about it. Mark Cousins is  something of a poet, as much as a cultural commentator or … Continue reading THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY (DOCUMENTARY SERIES PARTS 1 – 3)

TOP 5 BLU-RAY (BFCA – CRITIC’S CHOICE)


Today the results of the BFCA's Top 5 Blu-ray's over the past 5 years has been released, via the Critic's Choice website. http://criticschoice.com/headlines/?p=3223 The winners are: 2006/2007 ~ Close Ecounters Of The Third Kind 2008 ~40 Year Evolution "Planet Of The Apes" Box set 2009 ~ Wizard Of Oz: 70th Anniversary Edition 2010 ~ Apolalypse … Continue reading TOP 5 BLU-RAY (BFCA – CRITIC’S CHOICE)

A BRIEF & PERSONAL HISTORY OF CINEMA…


OVERTURE Self indulgent though this story may appear, this is surely the purpose of blogging. I normally regale you all with my views on film, and have gone onto comment about issues within the genre which have caught my interest, but this is about as personal as I can get. This is the story of how … Continue reading A BRIEF & PERSONAL HISTORY OF CINEMA…