When John D. Hancock landed in Rome in the summer of 1977, cowed and bruised by his experience in attempting to turn Jaws 2 into a film apart from the Steven Spielberg original, he could hardly have known that one late-September evening, a decade later, Sid Sheinberg would pick up the telephone and announce his intention to revive the Jaws franchise and make a “quality people picture, not a shark picture.” […]
After the swashbuckling adventure of A New Hope and the dark turn taken with The Empire Strikes Back, there was feverish anticipation to see where the ‘Star Wars’ universe would go next.
Relinquishing directorial duties once again, this time to relative rookie Richard Marquand, ‘Return of the Jedi’ remains a bit of an oddity. It’s cute, fun, silly, adventurous, but marks the beginning of the decline of ‘Star Wars’ under George Lucas […]
Promotional posters are an essential part of any successful movie. Not only do they offer the public its first visual insight into an upcoming picture, they help to promote its genre and theme, as well as the marquee attractions whose job it is to convince eager fans to part with their hard-earned cash.
Posters can make or break a movie. From the crudely drawn, minimalist posters of the late 19th century, the art form would grow in both scope and impact […]
We live in an age of instant gratification; the 21st century world waits for nothing.
If a sequel, tie in or teaser trailer isn’t released within a year of the original then you’ve missed the boat. Moviegoers had to wait three years before […]
A long time ago . . . in a galaxy far, far away . . .
For me, and many others, that ‘long time ago’ was a childhood defined by the exploits of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and their Guardians of the Galaxy style, dysfunctional group of androids […]
Despite a mixed critical reception for the culturally offensive ‘Temple of Doom’, audiences’ lapped up the experience of a third Indiana Jones movie. After a brief hiatus to focus on more serious fare in the form of The Colour Purple, Empire of the Sun […]
The beauty of coming up with a character who was originally conceived as James Bond without the gadgets is that you can treat him like Bond. As long as you can come up with a situation, a new location, some new characters and a new dilemma within which to place your hero […]
Some things go perfectly together…cheese and wine, salt and vinegar, Tango and Cash, and for me, Steven Spielberg’s game changing blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark will forever be synonymous with Bank Holidays […]