Foreword by Adam Brannon: A few weeks ago I got the chance to interview Steps’ Lee Latchford-Evans to discuss his journey into the world of acting. For those that don’t know Steps (and if so, where on earth have you been for the last 20 or so years), they are a British pop group who shot to fame in 1997 with hit-after-hit of wonderful 90s pop.
After the band split in 2001, they all went their separate ways, embarking on different projects, but since 2017, they have been giving the UK pop scene more smash-hits. Anyway, I digress (you can tell I’m a big fan) – I decided to sit down with Lee to discuss a new comedy horror film he had decided to star in – Paintball Massacre.
Shot on a micro-budget of just £100,000, Paintball Massacre was filmed in the heart of the English countryside in Somerset and has secured physical and digital distribution during the Covid pandemic, which is a feat in itself. This is what Lee had to tell me about working on the film – enjoy!
You can forgive me for going into Godzilla vs Kong with a wee bit of trepidation. You see, the last time Alexander Skarsgård had top billing in a blockbuster, it was The Legend of Tarzan, and before that it was Battleship – you see where I’m going with this? And that’s not a slight on Skarsgård at all, he’s a great actor, but just hasn’t found the success he deserves when it comes to tentpole movies.
And then there’s the MonsterVerse itself. Things started off exceptionally in 2014 when director Gareth Edwards (Rogue One) created a beautifully shot and rather understated Godzilla reboot. Then in 2017, Kong: Skull Island entered the fray in what has to be one of the most bonkers and visually stunning blockbusters of the last 5 years.
Unfortunately, all this good work was undone somewhat when Godzilla: King of the Monsters was released in 2019. Messy, with a poor script, it threatened to derail the entire franchise. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. pushed on with creating Godzilla vs Kong and after numerous pushbacks, it finally arrives in the UK on the small screen – but is it actually any good?
After 11 years of blogging, Movie Metropolis has decided to launch a brand-new Patreon, with three distinct tiers that provide Patrons with incredible benefits, including access to our new Newsletter “The Metropolis Post”, which includes all the latest film news, gossip and opinion. Our levels are designed as an ongoing thank you for your generous support.
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You should know by now that I absolutely love a disaster movie. From cheesy 90s classics like Dante’s Peak and tense, emotional disaster flicks like Deep Impact, to the cheesy modern-era of big-budget blockbusters like San Andreas, I just can’t get enough of seeing the world catapulted into catastrophe.
Forgive me for being apprehensive then when I saw that Gerard Butler would be taking on the lead role in Greenland a film about a planet-killing comet hurtling towards earth. You see, as good an actor as Butler is, his film role choices of late have been, shall we say, questionable.
The ‘Has Fallen’ trilogy for instance are absolute trash and the less we say about Gods of Egypt the better, and even his last disaster film, Geostorm was only serviceable and faded into the background of this highly competitive genre. But am I right to be apprehensive or are we looking at the next brilliant disaster film? That’s what we’ll find out in this review.
I remember when Pixar was acquired by Disney in 2006, and fans of the animation studio’s work up until that point were absolutely appalled. Concerned, and rightly so, that the House of Mouse would destroy that “small-time studio” feel that Pixar had, it was deemed as a billion dollar catastrophe.
Despite all those reservations, it’s now clear, 14 years on, that Disney’s acquisition of the studio was a positive move for both. Pixar had the ability to create films on a much larger (aka more expensive) scale, and Disney had another studio name to add to its profitability as they began their global domination-style plan. mwahahahaha!
That’s the history lesson over with. Now, as we approach the end of 2020, and with the world completely turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, Pixar’s latest film, Soul, released directly to Disney+ is just the film we needed to turn our frowns upside down. But how good is it?