Hollywood’s Obsession with the Devouring Mother

Hollywood MothersHereditary, the title of Ari Aster’s eagerly anticipated new film, has got horror fans sitting up and paying attention. Rumours of psychologically broken actors suffering from PTSD and promises of a film set to be this generation’s The Exorcist, Hereditary is already guaranteed to secure a place on the IMDB Top 100 list. Motherhood is as prevalent a theme in horror as death, sex and mental illness; indeed, the most monstrous incarnations manage to assimilate them all into one. 

If you take a sweeping glance across the horror genre over the last decade, you’ll notice that mothers have had a pretty bad rap. Angry, over-bearing, sexually repressed, possessive; the devouring mothers depicted on-screen are Freudian nightmares. In the flesh, in spirit, male, metaphorical or metaphysical – the devouring mother archetype manifests in a wildly vast number of ways. Continue reading

Movies to Cheer You Up: Top 15

Movies to Cheer You UpSometimes, people feel sad. Emotions can get the better of us and we can spend days feeling like a damp sock, without much promise of ever cheering up again. However, the remedy may be as simple as the right feel good movie – just taking that little bit of time out for yourself to gather your thoughts and regain your strength.

Here are the top 15 happy movies to cheer you up, and stop that emotional roller-coaster dead in its tracks. For the five saddest films that we think are the ultimate in making us shed a tear or two, check out our Top 5 Tearjerkers. Continue reading

What’s next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

What's Next for the MCU?It’s safe to say that Avengers: Infinity War was a massive success breaking a number of records and showing us that the superhero genre is here to stay. That being said after that climatic ending, fans are left with a number of questions from earth’s mightiest heroes latest outing.

A lot of questions have been asked and using my vast knowledge of comics, movies and fan speculation, I Alex Lutkin will try and answer a lot of those questions and share my own speculations. Before we begin though this will be going in to deep spoilers of Infinity War, so if you’ve not seen the movie and are still reading please stop and go watch it then come back. You have been warned. Continue reading

Cinema Etiquette: My Love/Hate Relationship with the Cinema

My Love/Hate Relationship with the CinemaDo you know the cardinal sins of cinema-going? As a film critic, you kind of have to enthralled by going to the movies, it’s in the job description surely? And yes, I absolutely love nothing better than sitting in the cinema watching some of the newest films out at any given moment.

Even better, being a film reviewer, I get to go and watch all these incredible movies for free. And that’s not meant to be bragging or gloating in any way, it’s just a fact. I get paid to go to the movies; what an amazing job right? Well, in some ways yes it really is. But in others, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m now comfortable enough to visit the cinema completely on my own and I actually enjoy that experience a little more than going with someone else. That’s because you don’t have the distraction of someone else munching their popcorn, asking questions or popping to the loo every five minutes. But even with this new found love of being on my lonesome, I’m starting to fall out of love with the cinema. Continue reading

Oscar Winners 2018 | Shape of Water triumphs

Oscars 2018Last night, the who’s who of Hollywood glamour lined the red carpet in Los Angeles for the 90th Oscars ceremony. Rewarding the films the Academy feel represent the very best we have to offer in 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

This year’s event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the show took on new meaning this year with themes of equality and diversity taking centre stage. Of course, the #TimesUp movement still hung heavy over proceedings with numerous aims taken at Harvey Weinstein and the recent Hollywood sex abuse scandal.

The Shape of Water took home the most awards with Frances McDormand also winning Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. We’ve got the full list of winners below. Read on to find out who took home a coveted trophy.

You can also check out the winners of the 3rd annual Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars where nearly 1000 people turned out to vote. Continue reading