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Trailers date back as early as 1913 and were popularised in the 60’s by Hollywood teasers on TV. One front runner (and it comes as no surprise) was trend-setter Stanley Kubrick with his montage trailers including Lolita and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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To think trailers were usually showed in cinema after the credits, it’s easy to see why this didn’t last long.¬†The thing is these days we know too much before we even sit on our seats in the cinema or insert that shiny disc. With barrage of TV spots, teaser-trailers,¬†official¬†trailers, video diaries, Internet snoops, blog posts and sites more often than not we know the in’s and out a year before it’s gets to the big screen. As oppose to once upon a time not so long ago when we’d have to wait over a year for a film to hit Video, or two years for cable and maybe forever for it to reach terrestrial TV if ever.
I recently watched the first episode of the second series (season) of ‘V’ and in the final moments an incarnation of one of TV’s best villains appears… Jane Badler’s character Diana. (Now I may have just spoilt it for someone!) see what I mean. Now if I had read it or caught a whiff on the net, it would have ruined for for me. The same reason as I thought it neat when Charlie Sheen cameos in Wall Street 2, Sean Connery appearing at the end of Robin Hood and Ed Norton being in Kingdom of Heaven. ¬†The problem is this, these publications can give a lot away, all just it takes is a photo or a sentence. ¬†The same can be said for magazines featuring soaps and show’s etc. As Grandpa said in The Lost Boys,”…Read the T.V. Guide, you don’t need a T.V.” Never a truer word spoken.


The ‘industry’ ‘leaks’ things left right and centre, the the amount money spent on consumer research is¬†nobody’s¬†business and is also why we get sheep-like droves of films that have no substance because they are designed like fast-food with no¬†substance¬†but to¬†temporarily¬†appease¬†the masses. I like a cheeky burger as much as the next but at least¬†some-like¬†to put flare into their public communications, even to have¬†some kind¬†of¬†morale,¬†if not clever creative ways to draw us in while not unmasking the whole film. The film Cloverfield showed very little, it’s advertisements tantalising and mysterious. Notably, Spider-Man’s trailer had an entire action sequence, Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s trailer featured an elaborate special effects scene both especially constructed and were never intended to appear in the theatrical release.

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Maybe it should be made compulsory that only title cards and a 5 second clip are only shown but no doubt some bring spark will let the cat of of the bag. ‘Kevin Spacey is Keyser S√∂ze.’ or ‘There is no Tyler Durden, The Narrator is one and the the same.’
On writing this I can understand Steven Spielburg reluctancy to record director commentaries, but it’s a case now of give the people what they want and I suppose the bottom line is you don’t have to listen the¬†commentaries or watch the making of¬†supplements, if you want to¬†retain¬†that movie magic. Personally I love a great making of, I¬†remember¬†a double video set of Total Recall with a 20 minute making of feature, I though it was the bee-knees. Little did I know in the future we’d have a thing called DVD and Blu-ray.

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Possibly due to the internet and media hunger¬†today’s Hollywood stars are too¬†accessible¬†and are endanger of loosing¬†their mystic, their allure with endless appearances, twitter and the like. Even a frank¬†biography can destroy a hero.¬†One of the worst things I did was read an¬†authorised biography of Al Pacino. It was my own fault, I wont say why but my¬†preconceived¬†ideas were smashed. But on the flip side ‘Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox’ solidified him for me.
The internet is killing off¬†quality¬†publications, the excitement of waiting a month has gone. Why pay a subscription eh or 4.99, just turn on the TV, PC, or smart phone. As Darth Vader would say, “All too easy”.
Monsters Special Edition + Digital Copy [Blu-ray]Like anything else as consumers we want it instantly and in the process we are in danger of destroying what we love. Yes it’s great to have a build up an¬†anticipation, but in our hunger for more we’re distorting that excitement and surprise and are possibly short changing ourselves when you pay money for a ticket to be entertained. And that is why you and I are feeling let down by¬†almost¬†ever film we see. Most¬†recently¬†I caught Monsters expecting another War of the Worlds rehash, District 9, a grounded version of ID4, or even a better version of Skyline but what I got was a love story with aliens as the back drop. For a¬†spilt¬†second I was slightly¬†disappointed¬†and then I came to my senses and felt a little¬†emotion¬†and thought, I quite enjoyed that. Call it¬†unintentional¬†misdirection, a lack of research and/or avoiding marketing for the film, it was something that I didn’t expect.
There’s a reason I just browse over the back sleeve, don’t pay too my attention to trailers or turn off the TV before the teaser to the next episode…. It’s because I like surprises.

Quintessential and timeless, The Godfather trilogy directed by Francis Ford Coppola, tells the story of several generations of Corleone mafia family.

Arguably the finest films ever made and here’s my views on why they’re must sees…

The Godfather (1972)

Coppola’s near perfect masterpiece. A first class cast including, James Caan, Al Pacino and heavy weight Marlon Brando to name a few. There is not much I can add that hasn’t already been written it is the quintessential family, Mafia gangster film.

The 1950’s nostalgic feel is captured, distinguished cinematography by Gordon Willis and the script honed. The costumes, locations and sets add to the overall authentic experience.

Brando’s aged make-up is incredible, particularly for 1972 and apart from some insignificant choppy editing and stock footage the film is near enough picture perfect.

Timeless, compulsive viewing, there is a reason why The Godfather is on a pedestal as one of the greatest movies or of all time‚Ķ There is no offer to refuse, it’s a must see.

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Told through parallel story lines that features the 1900’s, following a young Vito Corleone, played by Robert De Niro, growing up and opening his business. Then in conjunction: the 1950’s as Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone expands his crime empire.

Same cast, director, writers, Gordon Willis’ cinematography and music by Nino Rota, Pacino is harder and more ruthless than every before. The acting from a stars studded cast is excellent the Cuban and Vegas scenes are astounding, you can taste the atmosphere.

A weaving, compelling and seeming realistic portrayal of the rise of a crime family and it pitfalls along the way. Themes of loss, rejection, and betrayal to name a few, Part to is richer in all respects.

A truly classic film in it’s own right, Coppola and Puzo deliver a worthy seamless sequel to the Godfather.

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

Misjudged due to its truthfulness, filmed in 1991, this Godfather is a fitting third film. It’s now the 70’s and times have changed since the 1950’s hay days of the first two films.

Pacino portrays an aged, mellower, ill and haunted man, gone is the steeliness of his youth. Michael Corleone’s hair changes colour after his stroke, and there are plenty of character touches added to the older Don, as well as to Talia Shire’s Connie Corleone.

Many of the original cast appear which adds to the continuity, a great touch for die hard fans. You can argue that Sofia Coppola was miscast but it may just be because she’s not authentically beautiful, sorry, you can’t pick your family.

Missing is Tom Hagan and George Hamilton as B.J. Harrison fills the gap tolerably. Andy Garcia is excellent as Vincent Mancini, Sonny’s illegitimate son.

Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo take the rounded characters on journey of self realisation. It’s a pleasant character study that reflects how we change as we get older.

The film gains momentum, building great tension and shock in the third act. However, don’t watch expecting the atmosphere, vitality or vigour first two.

These are 1950’s remnants in the 70’s and all the power on earth can’t change destiny.