“Not as boring as the game” Warcraft review

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By Rob Stoakes

Of all of the video game movie adaptations, Warcraft is one of the more sensical ones.

It’s hard to play World of Warcraft for the stellar gameplay. Mostly it’s “click the thing” and “agonise for hours over whether you want +3 ugly green sword or the +1 ugly blue sword with +5 vs goblins.” And for a multiplayer game, the fans are some of the most anti-social people in the world. The basement dweller stereotype is cruel, disrespectful and often times entirely correct. Continue reading

MM Top 5: Reasons why superhero films won’t survive

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By Rob Stoakes

Another day, another superhero film. X-Men Apocalypse has prompted many things that come around with a superhero film. Fans showing how little shame they have and dressing up in tight spandex to hang around at conventions to generate sweat, tons of fan-art of Quicksilver making out with Loki, and of course, movie critics insisting that superhero films are about to die any second, no seriously it’s about to happen.

Look, I get it. Variety is the spice of life, and you don’t want to be stuck with all of this nerd stuff. I totally understand. I’d personally hate it if there were a ton of films about fashion and human social interactions and other things I detest. You all want to go back to a time when Midnight Cowboy could be considered the biggest film release of the year so in denial you blindly insist that this whole superhero thing is just a passing phase that’s bound to end soon.

Well, you’re all right. One day, the superhero genre will die, and I know that it will because… Continue reading

“Another case of threequel-itis” X-Men: Apocalypse review

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By Adam Brannon

“At least we can agree the third one is always the worst” barks a young Jean Grey in ­X-Men: Apocalypse. And whilst the film stays well away from the poor efforts of Spider-Man 3 and The Last Stand, there’s more truth to that statement here than director Bryan Singer would want you to believe.

X-Men: Apocalypse picks up after the events of its brilliant predecessor, Days of Future Past, as mutants and humans continue to live alongside each other, not necessarily in peace – but not in war either. Continue reading

“The fifth best video game movie…” Angry Birds review

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By Rob Stoakes

So I’ve talked about video games a lot on Movie Metropolis. A lot. And why? Well, the first wave of video game movies came in the late 80’s and early 90’s, made by people who did not make video games.

They were seen mostly as children’s toys, not their own art form, so they weren’t treat with respect. But now it’s thirty years since the release of the first Legend of Zelda. We now have a generation of film makers who grew up knowing names like Mario and Lara Croft. And now video games are taking their biggest step in earning mainstream respect with one of the biggest video games in the world getting its own movie, the blockbuster of the year…

… no, wait, sorry, I’m reviewing Angry Birds instead. Continue reading

“More of the same” Bad Neighbours 2 review

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By Adam Brannon

After the phenomenal success of Captain America: Civil War, the multiplexes have calmed down a little; that is until the release of X-Men: Apocalypse next week.

Sandwiched in between these two box-office behemoths is the sequel to Universal Studio’s surprise comedy hit, Bad Neighbours. But does another helping of Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s adult humour hit the spot? Continue reading