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RIP Sidney Lumet

Hollywood has lost one of its true filmmaking legends with the passing of director Sidney Lumet at age 86. Although he may not be a household name, Lumet was a giant of American cinema, directing – in his fifty-year film career – some of the most recognised and acclaimed movies the industry has produced…

Hollywood in the 1970s

Novak’s Blog has unearthed some seriously cool pictures of Hollywood stars in the 1970s…check out the photographs here…

The Fifth Element (1997) • Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) • In The Name Of The Father (1993)

This cartoon-ish film is one big barrel of fun, sporting a set of colourfully unique visuals (along with some amazing costumes designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier), and a cast privy to the films’ adolescent nature. And it is this ‘element’ that provides the joy of this sci-fi comedy, for it never takes itself seriously and never meanders…

The Bear (1988) • Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) • Scarface (1983)

The film is seamlessly executed, combining the most astounding animal ‘acting’ ever seen on screen with absolutely first class cinematography from Philippe Rousselot. The human characters have little dialogue, and necessarily take a backseat to the animals – they could even be considered underwritten and at times suffer from some poor dubbing…

NO SPEECH PREPARED… A Gambler’s Guide to the 81st Annual Academy Awards

It’s almost time again for the Oscars – that back-slapping, tear-fest that celebrates Hollywood’s finest. It still astounds me that the Academy Awards retain an audience each year – the ceremony is almost sickeningly self-congratulatory and overstays its welcome by a good three hours. Yet, save for last year, I still manage to watch this event each and every year due to a history that stretches back to adolescence…

Langley Parks: Soundscapes, Themes & Noise – free individual track download…

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