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Pulp Fiction

In the age of information as commodity, the internet is powered by the yearning of fans for any morsel of new information from their favourite films or video games, or celebrities, and the fourth wall that preserves the sanctity of fame and art is becoming thinner with every such release.

While directors like Bryan Singer clog up Twitter with production stills hinting at character inclusions and tiny plot details without anything really substantial behind them, fans are still trawling for new things to share from classic films, delving into archives for lost scenes, cuts and re-edits and anything they can show as a sign of their dedicated fandom.

The behind-the-scenes shot has become increasingly important in that context, and though we can gain some valuable insight from them when they reflect production, or hint at lost moments, there’s also a million candid behind-the-scenes shots that add very little to the film. On the contrary, these candids can rob iconic scenes of impact by letting fans see new, damaging perspectives, such as a villain letting the mask slip, or the horror monster being all too human.

And it is those shots that are collected in this article – they are candid shots from the sets of famous movies that completely compromise the tone of classic scenes…

Honourable Mention

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And why’s it only an honourable mention? Well, frankly, because the shot isn’t ruining anything. It gives a more human side to the cast, especially Chewy, and let’s be honest, nobody can be particularly shocked that the gigantic, testosterone dripping warrior hairball has certain needs.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

That’s right people, you read the headline correctly, the genius and poetic beauty of Shakespeare and his iambic pentameter has found its way into a galaxy far, far away, and not a single Jawa or droid has been overlooked, resulting in this fabulous, albeit awfully familiar, book.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is the latest mash-up offering from the independent publishing company aptly named Quirk Books, and is the creation of mega Star Wars and Shakespeare fan, Ian Doescher. Quirk is a company that has been around for some time, and if you are like me, part pop culture fanboy, part literary book-worm, then there is no doubt that you have come across a book or two from Quirk. If you have never heard of Quirk Books then shame on you, because if you love anything to do with sci-fi, zombies, steam-punk or any other fanboy troupes, then Quirk is certainly something you should check out, and Shakespeare’s Star Wars is certainly a book every Star Wars fan should at least take a look at. Some of Quirk’s more famous works include the best-selling and rather famous Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, as well as Sense, Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and The Last Policeman.

As you can see from two of the books I have mentioned from Quirk they have a history of taking classic, and quite serious literature, and putting a unique, fun and rather accessible spin on them, such as adding zombies, monsters or in their latest offering a Wookiee.

The first thing I must say about this book is that from an aesthetic point of view, you can tell a lot of love and effort has gone into the creation of it; from the sublime artwork on the book jacket, to the design and look of the actual book underneath, which is made to look like a long-lost Shakespeare play, old and worn away. The great artwork on the front of the jacket depicts legendary Lucas creations such as Darth Vadar, Luke and Leia, but in a Shakespearean style and clothing from the era. This type of imagery is frequently included throughout the book, and the woodcut style of each picture, as can be seen below, which were drawn by Nicolas Delort, are so beautifully drawn that I hope they will one day be released as artwork.

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The artwork is not the only aspect of the book were you can tell a lot of love, effort and attention has gone into its creation. As previously mentioned, Doescher is clearly a massive fan of both Star Wars and Shakespeare, as not only has he gone through every line of A New Hope and has somehow managed to translate it all into iambic pentameter, as well as making modern English phrases sound more archaic (and believe me, as an English graduate who studied Shakespeare, that’s pretty damn impressive), but there is also not one aspect from A New Hope that Doescher does not put emphasis on. The inclusion of Luke and Leia kissing, as well as how weird that is once we find out they are brother and sister, as well as fanboys’ favourite discussion of Han shooting first, not Greedo, are all playfully included within the book.

If, like me, you are familiar with the works of Shakespeare, then no doubt you’ll find this book more rewarding than if you hate Shakespeare, as the greatest parts of the book are when Doescher manages to take legendary lines and soliloquies from some of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays. Moments such as Hamlet holding Yorick’s skull, Mark Anthony’s ‘Friends, countrymen, Romans’ speech and King Henry V’s battle cry of, ‘Once more unto the breach dear friends’, are taken and injected with Star Wars iconography and mythology. The results are Luke holding a Storm Trooper’s helmet instead of a skull, ‘Friends, countrymen, Romans’ being altered to, ‘Friends, rebels, starfighters’, and ‘Once more unto the breach’, altered to, ‘Once more unto the trench,’ in Luke and the rebels’ final attack upon the Death Star.

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The biggest flaw of the book is that if you are not a fan or familiar with Shakespeare then you will not get much out of it. Aside from Doescher exploring characters’ emotions and psyche a bit more in depth, such as Vadar giving soliloquies in which he reveals subtle aspects of guilt for all the acts of murder and evil he has committed, as well as Obi Wan actually voicing his reasoning for allowing himself to die, rather than Lucas making us guess and R2-D2 revealing he is not just a foolish droid that beeps, but instead is masterminding the entire plot, the book is basically an exact retelling of Episode IV. This means that at times the book can be quite hard to get through, as although it is quite short, if you have seen Episode IV the amount of times a regular Star Wars fan has, i.e. a lot, the book can be quite boring. This isn’t Doescher’s fault, as the guy has done a great job with the book, I just feel this book would have had more of an impact if it was published two decades ago, rather than now, when the plot line and characters of Star Wars, especially A New Hope, have been watched and parodied so much that every aspect of the film has been ingrained within western culture, so much so that at times this book feels redundant and just not needed.

However, arguably one of the best aspects of the creation of this book is that hopefully theatrical production companies may actually one day stage this play, as even the complexity of the space dogfights between the Millennium Falcon and Tie-fighters, as well as the attack on the Death Star, can be solved via models on sticks, as is shown in the book. Therefore there is absolutely no reason why this book can’t live on through theatrical adaptations.

Overall the satisfaction a reader would get from this book truly depends on how familiar they are with the two materials that have been mashed-up. If you love Star Wars to death, but hate Shakespeare, this probably isn’t the book for you. If you love, or at least have appreciation for both sources of material then there is no doubt you will find fun and enjoyment within this book. I just hope that both Episode V and VI get the same treatment soon.

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is available now.

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Let’s get one major thing straight to start off with: I am a female-oriented feminist. If you’re wondering what that means and how it will apply to the rest of this article, I will explain the way that I define it now. I know a lot of people in real life for whom feminism means putting men in their place and letting women come out on top. They say that this is the way the world should be because we have been oppressed as long as the world has existed.

This is male-oriented feminism and you see it a lot in chick flicks, romance novels and, heaven help us, Lifetime Television for Women. (In movies and TV, men are always turned on by this in the end, too, because what would feminism be if it weren’t just a little bit sexy?)

The way that I see it, female-oriented feminism means that I only believe men should be put in their place insofar as their role in society is respected. I believe that I have equal value in the roles that I am able to fill as a woman. I believe that an ideal society respects both genders on an equal level. And while I’m a misanthrope, I’m not a misandrist-I have days where I loathe mankind as a misanthrope, but I don’t hate men.

So. Now that the explanation is out of the way, welcome to this article. I’m sure that all of us can think of women in film and TV who kick undeniable butt. We’re here to celebrate them in the spirit of the fact that women ARE awesome. You can also argue that many if not all of these women can be respected from a male-oriented feminist point-of-view, but I’m approaching it from my version of feminism.

As usual, this sort of article is up to interpretation. I’m sure you have your own lists of cool female characters. I’m sure many of you are male-oriented feminists and that works for you. I’m sure I will hear from a couple of misogynists. This is my set of humble opinions and take it or leave it as you will.

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Ben Affleck

The decision to cast Ben Affleck as the new Batman has been met with all kinds of derision since it was announced this past week but it seems some fans are willing to take their disdain even further by petitioning Warner Brothers to get the former Daredevil to hang up the cape and cowl before filming has even begun.

The Academy Award winning actor and director has been under fire ever since he landed the role replacing Christian Bale who has played the Dark Knight since 2005 s Batman Begins. Despite a lucrative offer to return to the role Bale is believed to have been unwavering in his decision to move on from the iconic superhero paving the way for another actor to try to recreate the Christopher Nolan directed magic we’ve become accustomed to seeing.

It is believed by the petition’s creator John Roden that the 41 year old actor just isn’t “intimidating enough” to portray the role and lacks the acting chops to pull of a convincing Bruce Wayne. He qualifies this statement with the 70,000 signatures that have now been added to the Change.org plea. The unfounded claim is based entirely on Affleck’s portrayal of blind Marvel hero Daredevil in the 2003 flop of the same name but one only has to look at his role as former television Superman George Reeves to see how well suited the man behind Argo and The Town truly is. It’s interesting to see how people would be reacting had Affleck – who at one time was mentioned as a possible director for a Justice League movie – was the first choice for Batman in the post-Joel Schumacher era.

Need we remind you how people reacted to the casting of Heath Ledger as iconic bad guy The Joker or Michael Keaton as the first – and arguably best – Batman? None of this seems to matter though to John Roden and his 69,999 friends as they edge ever closer to their target of 75,000 signatures. Roden however was quick to point out that his call for the removal of Affleck is nothing personal:

“I would like to add that this petition was not meant in any way to harm Ben Affleck or his career.”

Whether you like the casting choice or not production is expected to begin as scheduled next year for release in the summer of 2015.

You can join the debate by joining us on our Facebook page or Twitter using the hash tag #Batfleck Don’t be shy, tell us what you think!

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One of the cornerstones of cinema, something that has always been around in one form or another, is the notion of using sex – or in times gone by, sex appeal – to sell a film. It’s one of the few universal things binding us together as a people, and so it ends up happening in a considerable number of mature (and immature) movies. However, filmmakers soon enough got bored of shooting the same boring sex scenes, and so opted to push the boat out little by little.

If “normal” sexuality has been portrayed so often on screen, then it’s little surprise that the niche fetishes and interests soon enough began crying out for their own cinematic representation. These films all share one common DNA strand, that they are all best remembered for their kinky, even disturbing sexual content. Here are 10 shocking movies about kinky festishes…

10. Cannibalism – Trouble Every Day

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Claire Denis’ film might look like a horror flick, but it absolutely is not. The premise revolves around a Doctor who is experimenting on the human libido, with his wife essentially acting as a vampire/cannibal, who gets off on eating flesh.

Vincent Gallo also stars as a man with a similar interest, and it’s not long before people start getting munched on. Though the premise might sound inherently silly, Denis refuses to dismiss it as a simple zombie/vampire/monster sheen, and instead engages with the very grounded, scientific nature of the fetish.

Vorarephilia as it is clinically known is to derive sexual pleasure from eating someone or, worse still, being eaten. The people within the film are utterly powerless to stop their urges, their base sexual desires pushing them to heinous, vile acts.

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It seems kind of insane to suggest that, in this era of endless reboots, remakes, sequels and spin-offs, even more movies are made in the same vein. Because what are these abominations, except for unoriginal continuations of motion pictures that already exist, created purposely to generate profit from the good will of audiences who enjoyed the first installments and have been tricked into thinking they want a little more? And whereas most sequels do fall into that depressing category, there are a few franchises which genuinely do deserve to culminate in trilogy form.

That’s to say, there are some franchises which have been unable to finish telling their stories, and should genuinely be given the opportunity to do so. I’m not saying that every proposed third movie would turn out great, of course, but I think – given the way these franchises have evolved so far – they’ll feel forever incomplete if we don’t at least try. You know, as if they’re lacking an appropriate bookend of sorts. Check out the 10 franchises I’ve gathered up here, then, all of which consist – so far – of just two movies and would do well to embrace another installment in the near future…

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Transformers; Alien robots who, quite literally, ‘transform’.

They can appear as relatively normal looking vehicles (cars, trucks, aeroplanes, tanks etc) or ‘transform’ in to giant, humanoid robots with kick-ass weapons.

In the Transformers movie franchise, there exists an item called the ‘All Spark’. The All Spark is the source of life for the Autobots and Decepticons (the two main factions associated with the franchise) and has the ability to turn any mechanical item in to a living being.

For example; in the movies, items such as vending machines, mobile phones and toasters became living, sentient robots with the ability to change from looking like every day items in to the humanoid robots I’ve already mentioned.

So I started thinking; what if the All Spark came in to contact with some of the vehicles that have been used in movies. Those iconic vehicles that are so memorable. What if they were given a life of their own and became Transformers? How cool would that be?!

With that in mind, here are five famous movie vehicles that would make awesome Transformers…

Dishonourable Mention: The Mutt Cutts Van (Dumb & Dumber)

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This would make an absolutely appalling Transformer, so let’s move on extremely swiftly…

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The X-Men movie franchise has recently come back to the box office forefront with the release of The Wolverine, while the on-screen X-Men universe is set to expand extensively next year with the release of the fascinating and eagerly anticipated time-travel epic; Days of Future Past. An X-Force movie was also announced at Comic Con.

The array of characters, therefore, in the X-Men live action world is growing rapidly. Some of the biggest names in Marvel comics have appeared so far: Wolverine, Professor Xavier, Magneto, Storm, Cyclops and Juggernaut to name but a few.

But there are still a load missing and therefore the pool of potential characters to bring to the big screen is plentiful – some of which are best left to the printed sheets of comic book pages, whilst some would make fantastic live action additions.

On that note, here are ten great characters that we would love to see in future X-Men movies…

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Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Aftershock is a disaster/horror film fixated on the savage “every group for themselves” survival mentality as violent tremors threaten everybody’s lives. Well in theory, anyway. In execution it is a fumbled and misguided mess that not even the infamous Harvey Weinstein could snake-oil pitch.

The film follows Gringo (Writer-producer-actor Eli Roth) and his vacationing visit to Chile to meet up with some buddies. We get an obnoxiously unnecessary long look into their lives as they attempt to pick up chicks and check out the nightclub scene, one of which is accessed via gondola to an underground area. During some extrinsic dialogue, some friends fight, Zach Galifianakis’ twin texts a picture of his junk, two of the women argue about abortion, and immediately afterwards some vicious tremors hit.

Aftershock succeeds in depicting carnage whether you’re shamelessly laughing at the extras getting killed (the overly large sound system comes crumbling down squishing people like ants) in the background or taken aback at more traumatizing subtle shots like a dead baby in the backseat of a crashed vehicle. The carnage is often tonally inconsistent going from one of the most hilarious death scenes in recent memory (a maid is climbing a ladder underground that leads to street level, sticks her head out, and makes a priceless wide circular confused facial expression as a semi-truck traveling at high velocity lops her head off) to jarring and exploitative uncomfortable rape scenes that really don’t belong since the narrative fails as presenting whatever message it is presenting.

The sheer frantic mayhem however is the only saving grace. For 30 minutes prior to the aftershock the film halfheartedly attempts giving its characters a range of complexity. Eli Roth is divorced with a daughter, his friend Pollo is a smug rich jerk, the female sisters are often quarreling about lifestyles, and more. I know why it is there but sorry Eli Roth, placing your horrifically acted characters in Trollface apparel is not going to win people over. Nobody will care about these characters even during exploitative rape scenes.

The acting is exceptionally poor all around causing all the shrieking and crying to inevitably grate your ears transcending into a cacophony of loud noises that accompany the destruction. The characters are rote and stupid but what’s really surprising is how the tremors are seemingly strung along on a marionette to harm major characters whenever the plot needs progression. In other words these characters are doomed from the start by one huge plot vessel. Why not have the tremors attack the gangsters and other rioters? A far more entertaining and planned film would utilize its concept as a threat to all.

The plot itself is typical horror fare featuring the insufferably generic survivors frequently dying every few minutes. It is full of lame tropes (smug rich guy turns into a hero for no reason other than the plot says so) and stupid decisions. There’s an extremely stupendously irritating scene where one of our “heroes” takes almost an entire minute of creeping towards a sexual assaulter slowly before burying an axe in his chest. Last time I checked, people want help swiftly while being raped, not super-dramatic stagnated heroic theatrics.

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Towards the ending there is one of the most inexplicably ridiculous and pointless plot twists in ages. You will feel flabbergasted as you bury one hand over your face shaking it disapprovingly in disbelief. At the very least though Aftershock builds to a crowd pleasing ending (provide the crowd or anyone in general sticks around for this long) that rolls the credits after an amusing final scene that I imagine everyone wants to see once they become aware of the surrounding environment. The film remembers what it has been promising and coasting too as it delivers an uproariously fitting final scene that is the films only act of brilliance.

Verdict: Aftershock is full of clich s, gratuitous gore, terrible acting, and unintentionally amusing death sequences. The movie ultimately misses the mark on effectively depicting a collapsed society during impending doom but it is moderately entertaining for horror aficionados with a desire to witness a graphic and plentiful body count.

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Aftershock was released limited theatrically in May but is available now on Blu-Ray

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Batman vs Superman

Ever since the Comic Con announcement that Warner Bros and DC would be teaming up Batman and Superman for the Man of Steel sequel, the question of who would play the Caped Crusader has been on the tongue of geeks and fans everywhere.

In the past week, it’s come to light that Zack Snyder has been consulting with comic author Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns) on casting the Dark Knight. The current consensus seems to be that they are looking for a Batman that will be older than the current greenhorn Superman (Henry Cavill), and he’ll be an already well-established Batman by the time he confronts Kal El. As has been the case since the announcement, there’s a feeling this film will suggest a tense, volatile relationship that mirrors the one in Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, although it’s unlikely to be as dramatically oppositional as that story’s conflict.

As names have been flying around, The Hollywood Reporter has released six names that its sources believe to be at the top of the current casting wish-list. Of course, at this early date Snyder is just starting to consider actors and nothing formal has been submitted or sent to actors or their reps.

Here, we’ll take a look at those six names and what they might bring to the role of the Batman. Let’s get started…

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