MM Top 5: Butchered Movies

Author: Rob Stoakes

Studio executives are like the changelings from My Little Pony; inhuman creatures masquerading as real people, feeding off the love and passion of artists to fuel their dark power. Also they can fly and cast spells. So when they get worried that a film might not make enough returns, they have no scruples when it comes to taking a bonesaw to the project. Here are just a few of the most infamous surgeries, and whether or not they actually worked… Continue reading

“A delightful treat” Inside Out review

INSIDE OUT   (UK CERT: U)

Director: Pete Docter  

Music: Michael Giacchino

Voices: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

Inside Out is the first of two Pixar films this year

Inside Out is the first of two Pixar films this year

If there’s one thing Pixar knows how to do, it’s create memorable films. Long after you’ve walked out the cinema, the likes of Wall.E and Finding Nemo stay with you.

2015 marks the first time the studio will release two films in the same year, with The Good Dinosaur coming to cinemas in December and the subject of this review, Inside Out, in this year’s busy summer season.

But has this increased workload for Pixar’s animators resulted in a poorer quality movie? Continue reading

“Paul Rudd like you’ve never seen him” Ant-Man review

ANT-MAN   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Peyton Reed  

Music: Christophe Beck

Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly


Ant-Man has had numerous production problems

Ant-Man has had numerous production problems

REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

You can almost hear the groans, yet another superhero film bulldozes its way into cinemas. Sandwiched between the ambitious Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Fantastic Four reboot, Marvel’s Ant-Man is the first of this year’s summer superheroes.

However, numerous setbacks that included a director walking out halfway through filming meant that Ant-Man would be haunted by the action behind-the-scenes, rather than that on it. But what is the finished product like? Continue reading

Jurassic World: Where it went so right!

Jurassic World has broken many records

Jurassic World has broken many records

When Jurassic Park was released way back in 1993, analysts predicted big things for the prehistoric blockbuster and the same can be said for its two sequels, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III.

However, the release of Jurassic World just over a month ago took people completely by surprise. There was no doubt it would be successful, but just how successful has shocked the entire film world.

Helmed by an unknown director, with some pretty uninspiring trailers and a disappointing toy line, a few websites had it as one of their ‘at risk’ films of 2015. How wrong they were.

The film has now grossed over $1.4bn globally and shows no real signs of slowing down. It broke dozens of film records across the world and threatens to topple Avengers Assemble as the third highest-grossing film of all time.

Adam Brannon takes a look at what went so very right for the Colin Trevorrow directed follow-up. Continue reading

“This is how slasher parodies are done” Dude Bro Party Massacre III review

DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III   (UK CERT: N/A)

Director: Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon  

Music: Tyler Burton

Starring: Alec Owen, Patton Oswalt, Brian Firenzi


REVIEW AUTHOR: Rob Stoakes

parental_advisory_explicit_content_lge_logoFreddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare is the best Nightmare on Elm Street movie. Possibly the only good one.

Yes, horror movie junkies, I can smell your rage. I can feel every hair on your body stand up on edge. I can taste your hatred and it tastes good.

Note that I did not say the films aren’t entertaining, but if we’re being honest, Freddy Krueger has never ever been scary. He talks to the audience, he cracks jokes… he’s just silly. Besides, even if he was frightening, you don’t watch those films for the horror; you watch them for the ridiculous kills, the jokes and for the gallons and gallons of blood and guts. Freddy’s Dead threw everything out that got in the way of that, and that’s why it is the best Freddy film. A true reboot of the franchise shouldn’t even attempt horror in my opinion; just pile on the guts and the giggles and you’d have a film much tighter and better than anything in the series proper. Continue reading