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3 items from 2011

Looking back at Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky

17 November 2011 4:24 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Terry Gilliam turned his surreal talents to directing in his debut solo feature, Jabberwocky. Andrew takes a look back at a flawed yet entertaining black comedy…

Firstly, before you read further, I just want to mention this: if you have any plans of seeing Jabberwocky but have not seen it before, then stop reading this immediately. I know it goes without saying that these articles contain spoilers, but this film is one where there's a significant chance of you not having seen it before. It's not Spider-Man 3, which a great many people have seen it (whether they like it or not).

Jabberwocky is a film which is all the more impressive if you go into it without being spoilered, and it may lose its inability to surprise if you read the rest of this article. However, if you want a cross between Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Brazil, »

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How altered aspect ratios on TV ruin feature films

24 August 2011 7:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The alteration of a film’s aspect ratio for its TV presentation is a common yet infuriating occurrence. Nick explains just how much it affects the movies we watch…

British television despises films, it seems. Every day, UK channels alter the very shape of the movies we watch, otherwise known as their aspect ratio.

Old films that are almost square will often have the top and bottom cut off to fit the shape of modern 16:9 screens – The Ladykillers, screened this month, is but one example. Big films shot in Panavision (Master And Commander, for example) will frequently have the left and right hand portions of the image cropped for the same purpose.

Editing the original shape of a film was just about forgivable in the days of 4:3 televisions. With big, high definition, modern screens, it’s contemptible. It changes the director and cinematographer’s original vision, and results »

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Looking back at Krull

28 June 2011 7:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As part of our Enchanted 80s week, we look back at the action family epic, Krull

How can you remain objective about a film you enjoyed so much as a youngster? The answer, of course, is that you can't. And it's true that, when viewed in 2011, the influences of 80s fantasy film, Krull, are more apparent than ever. It borrows freely from Greek and Arthurian myths, Tolkien, and most noticeably, a certain sci-fi blockbuster directed by George Lucas.

And yet, at the same time, it's impossible for me to view Krull without a sense of genuine affection. This is made easier by the fact that, while it's showing its age in places, Krull is a well-made film, and an entire galaxy away from other cheap, quickly made knock-offs that showed up in the wake of Star Wars. This is probably thanks in large part to the experience of Peter Yates, »

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