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E.T. is a movie with a heart. The special effects are minimal. What counts is the story, and the boy and his friend at its centre.
John Williams’ compositions have an unparalleled reach. He defined the sound of the 20th century.
Dancing with danger.
West Side Story/Amblin
Gangs have changed in the decades since ‘West Side Story’ first came out – they are deadlier, and their demographics are different – as are the means law enforcement use to control them.
Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr in Avengers: Endgame.
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Martin Scorsese believes superhero movies are ‘not cinema’. What do the experts think?
Stranger Things is re-writing the ‘reference’ book on homage and intertextuality.
The mechanical shark used in the 1975 film Jaws.
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The 1975 film Jaws launched the career of a young Steven Spielberg. In this scene, the town’s police chief Martin Brody witnesses the shark’s brutal attack for the first time - taking the viewer along for the ride.
In virtual reality cinema, the audience chooses what to look at and when. What does this mean for traditional narrative storytelling?
Virtual reality cinema in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sander Koning/ANP
VR cinema explodes the frame, placing the spectator inside the space of the film. Audiences effectively edit it themselves, by choosing what to look at and when.
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It’s a million miles from the cartoon capers of James Bond, but remains a familiar tale of good versus evil.
Spoiler: big fish eats a few people then gets killed.
40 years ago, Steven Spielberg’s shark attack classic wowed cinemagoers and ushered in the modern blockbuster. It also helped create a climate from which horror has yet to recover.