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Behind the “Rocky” Franchise

Apollo & Adonis Creed where named after geek Gods, that's what Sylvester Stallone said on "The Directors Chair".  But the inspiration of his characters are based on real life boxers, there is a hard case that Charles "Chuck" Wepner was the inspiration of Rocky Balboa. Chuck went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and that itself was considered to...

Fellini’s How To…

Lynchian. Hitchcockian. The Lubitsch touch. Transforming a filmmaker’s name into a qualitative term has been a common practice in tracking the style and influence of those who have contributed to the art form. But few proper nouns-turned-adjectives carry a greater reserve of meaning than Felliniesque. Felliniesque can refer to a carnival style, one that...

Throw Them Away “We’ll Talk”.

Orson Welles was Parkinson's first coup. He agreed to appear in the show's first year, 1971, but only, Parkinson recalls: "if we knocked the first two rows out of a jet so he could sleep on a mattress." "We did it… he walked on the plane, looked at the mattress on the floor and...

American Zoetrope & The American NewWave.

Today’s film industry, according to countless filmlovers around the globe, needs intrinsic changes to occur in order for Hollywood to shine again in all of its glory. Studios hold a desperate grip on projects that bring profit, often ignoring talented artists and original ideas in favor of tested audience-attracting franchises that go...

BBC’s Top 10 Movies of 2015

10. Amy Amy Winehouse made only two albums, and by the time she died at 27, her descent into alcoholism and all sorts of other slovenly behaviour had been so covered by the media that you might think: how could a documentary about her have anything new to discover? But that’s what makes...

Martin Scorsese’s Favorite….

Cinema as we’ve almost always known it — “Edison, the Lumière brothers, Méliès, Porter, all the way through Griffith and on to Kubrick”  — has “really almost gone.” So writes Martin Scorsese in his recent essay for the New York Review of Books, “The Persisting Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema.” He argues that traditional film...