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Jj Abrams: new Star Wars movie 'influenced by Terrence Malick'

10 December 2015 5:08 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director reveals he tried to learn ‘lessons in stillness’ from the enigmatic arthouse film-maker, in order to find balance in The Force Awakens

George Lucas famously drew on classic movies such as The Seven Samurai, The Dam Busters and even Casablanca for his original Star Wars trilogy. Now Jj Abrams has revealed he had the work of enigmatic cult director Terrence Malick in mind, when shooting new episode The Force Awakens.

Discussing the films that influenced the new instalment of the long-running space-opera saga, Abrams said he was keen to move beyond mining previous episodes for inspiration.

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- Ben Child

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Book Review – The Story of U.S. Gold

7 October 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch reviews The Story of U.S. Gold…

Any child of the 1980’s – perhaps early 90’s too – will have the medallion of U.S. Gold burnt into their brain.  You’ll possibly blink and it’s scarred onto your retina for it was emblazoned on virtually – what seemed like – every advert, game, free poster, bouncing novelty whatever.  I myself was one of those children that hunted out these American Classics that flowed across our country, they occupied every independent gaming shop, Boots, John Menzies, practically anywhere with a shelf.  Though what I didn’t realise until reading Chris Wilkins & Roger M. Keans, The Story of U.S. Gold, is that they were as American as Fish & Chips and Coronation Street!?

It’s true!  From the streets of Birmingham comes Geoff Brown, a former musician and maths teacher, who had a love for computers from when they first emerged in the homes, »

- Villordsutch

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The Dam Busters: hits its targets – and doesn't dumb down

7 August 2015 7:52 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Anderson’s 1955 dramatisation of the 1943 Raf mission to bomb German dams is fairly true to life and bounces along entertainingly

The Dam Busters (1955)

Director: Michael Anderson

Entertainment grade: A–

History grade: B+

On the night of 16-17 May 1943, 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force – later nicknamed the Dam Busters – carried out Operation Chastise to attack German dams in the Ruhr valley. The last surviving pilot, New Zealander Les Munro – who is name-checked twice in the film – died this week at the age of 96. Just two of the original 133 Dam Busters are still alive (George “Johnny” Johnson, from the UK, who was a bomb-aimer and Canadian front-gunner Fred Sutherland); 53 were killed during the operation. Three men who baled out of planes that were shot down were taken prisoner by the Germans

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- Alex von Tunzelmann

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