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The Score: Jaws (Composer: John Williams, 1975)

Neil Mitchell dips a tentative toe in the water as one of the most famous theme tunes in movie history runs through his mind. Duun dun…duun dun…dun dun dun dun…you’d be hard pressed to find anyone – cinephile or casual movie viewer – that doesn’t instantly recognise John Williams’ theme tune to Jaws (Steven Spielberg, […]

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Brand X: Gullfire from Escape from New York (John Carpenter, 1981)

Future flight – The Gullfire from Escape from New York (John Carpenter, 1981) “You flew the Gullfire over Leningrad. You know how to get in quiet. You’re all I’ve got.” – US Police Force Commissioner Bob Hauk From ‘Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft 1999’, pp346: The Lockheed G-6 Gullfire stealth sustainer motor glider entered service […]

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Widescreen: Found Footage Horrors

We know the drill by now: shaky camera, grainy footage, header – ‘based on true events’ – yes, that’s right, it’s another found footage film! Now a horror staple, this popular subgenre takes its bearings from a nasty little slice of 80’s cinematic controversy: Ruggero Deodato’s simulated snuff film Cannibal Holocaust – a film so successful at […]

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Widescreen: The Hellfire Video Club

Bristol’s Cube Microplex, tucked away off King’s Square close to the city centre, has been banging the drum for Alternative Cinema in all its varied forms for many years. One regular programme entry is the Hellfire Video Club which seeks to screen some of the more esoteric videotape releases of yesteryear for the edification of […]

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Widescreen: David Schwartz, Chief Curator of New York’s Museum of Moving Image

Following on from our ‘Widescreen’ feature on New York’s Museum of Moving Image in issue 14, we spoke to Chief Curator David Schwartz about the nature of a film museum, how the redesigned building has transformed their exhibition space and what the future holds for MOMI. Big Picture: How do you face the challenge of […]

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Widescreen: The Aubin Cinema at Aubin & Wills Destination Store, Shoreditch

Beyond the designer garments and homewares to be found at Aubin & Wills on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch the intrepid cinemagoer will sniff out possibly the most comfortable small cinema in the capital. Mandy Kean spoke to Jez Conolly about this unusual venture into shopping/cinema crossover territory. JC: Mandy, can you tell me a little […]

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Widescreen: The Kinema in the Woods

If you go down to the woods today…you’ll find the sweetest little two-screen independent cinema tucked away among the trees. The Kinema in the Woods at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire is a regional institution and provides a unique picturehouse experience for its patrons. Manager Philip Jones swept a path through the autumn leaves to let […]

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Widescreen: The Stockport Plaza refurbishment campaign

It’s rare for a large cinema dating from the pre-war era to receive the sort of restoration designed to bring it back to look as it did on its opening night, but this is just what has happened recently to the Plaza in Stockport. Manager Ted Doan explains more about the cinema’s history and the […]

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Widescreen: The Blue Walnut Café and Cinema, Torquay

Always on the lookout for cinemas that are keeping the spirit of independence alive, Sean Wilson recently caught up with Debbie and Gary – proud owners of The Blue Walnut Café – to discuss intimate settings, grassroots community and some fairly dodgy film tastes. Tucked away in the sleepy area of Chelston is one of […]