Westworld from 1973 (not to be confused with the HBO series of the same name) holds a special place in cinema history. It was the first feature film to use digital imagery of any kind. However, Westworld is more famous for being the directorial debut of writer Michael Crichton who is most famous for writing the novels Jurassic Park and The Lost World two decades later. Westworld may not be the spitting image of perfect cinema, but it is enjoyable and, for fans of Crichton’s science fiction works, definitely worth a look. Continue reading “Review of Westworld”
Duel is a really special movie. It was made for a tiny budget in an incredibly short period of time and directed by none other than, then unknown, Steven Spielberg. It’s also one of the only made for TV films to hold high acclaim. But what is it exactly that makes Duel so special? The concept? The filming and story telling? The acting? Its history? Short answer; all of the above.
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Dragonslayer is an impressive film. During the 1980s, there was a bit of a renaissance of Fantasy Films. Though few of them were ever financially successful, films like The Never Ending Story, The Dark Crystal and Willow set the stage for the fantasy boom we’ve been experiencing since Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Sadly, many of these films have faded over the years into obscurity. For films like Dragonslayer, that’s a special shame.
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