Annihilation Review “Trippy, but beautiful”

Annihilation posterNetflix is known for releasing some pretty impressive stuff. 2018 was the year that the first Netflix film was nominated for an Oscar. It seems they are continuing with their aim of producing quality content, with the recent release of their original film, Annihilation.

Annihilation follows Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist who signs up for a secret expedition following the disappearance of her husband (Oscar Isaac).

First of all: this movie is brilliant. It’s a lingering, static kind of movie, one which blows your mind and makes you think of nothing else for days after. It, much like the Shimmer it is centred around, encompasses everything, drawing the watcher into a deeper state of unrest and curiosity with each passing minute. Continue reading

Mute review “Unnecessarily quiet”

Mute movie posterIt is likely that many people would assume a film with a lead character that cannot speak, wouldn’t do very well. 2018, however, has proved this wrong, with The Shape of Water winning four Oscars at the Academy Awards this year. Netflix has jumped on the bandwagon of unconventional leads, releasing Mute, directed by Duncan Jones.

Mute follows a mute, Amish barman called Leo, as he looks for his blue-haired girlfriend Naadirah in the gangster-ridden city of Berlin. With a stellar cast, amazing CGI and the director of Moon at the helm, it would be surprising if this movie was anything less than great. Continue reading

The Most Hated Woman in America Review “Disappointingly dull”

The Most Hated Woman in America posterIt is always interesting to watch a film about a person you didn’t even know existed. The biopic has earned a place in our hearts, choosing to tackle subjects from the writing of Winnie the Pooh, to the inspiration behind Rocky Balboa. So when Netflix released The Most Hated Woman In America, it is safe to say that I was intrigued.

The Most Hated Woman in America follows the life story of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the outspoken activist and founder of the American Atheists. It depicts her first triumph over prayer in Baltimore schools, all the way until her kidnapping and eventual murder in 1995. Continue reading

Mudbound review “Heartbreaking, but poignant”

Mudbound posterRed carpets are being rolled out, golden trophies are being polished and envelopes are being organised. The Oscars are nearing, and what better way to celebrate than watching the first ever Netflix film to be Oscar-nominated?

Before we begin, the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars close this Friday (March 2nd) before the big reveal on Sunday (March 4th). Make sure you cast your vote for the best films and performances of last year. It takes less than 2 minutes.

The film in question is Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees. The movie follows the McAllan’s and the Jackson’s: families in deep farmland Mississipi. Set during and after the war, the film deals with many issues, particularly the treatment of African-Americans in 1940s America. Continue reading

Lady Bird review “Unapologetically human”

Lady Bird theatrical posterThe teen drama can be a tempestuous beast. When showing a character as coming-of-age, they run the risk of coming across too contrived, too dramatic, and lacking the realism that everyone experienced when they came of age. Lady Bird, the directing debut of actress Greta Gerwig, is one of those teen dramas, however, that lives up to the hype.

The story follows Lady Bird (Saorsie Ronan), a 17-year-old girl in Sacramento, as she navigates her last year of high school in 2002.

I know what you may be thinking: surely this is another one of those cliched, stereotypical teen films with over the top portrayals of teenage girls written by someone who most definitely never was a teenage girl? You couldn’t be more wrong. Continue reading