The Best & Worst Films of 2017… so far

Collage of 2017 filmsTowards the end of last year, I wrote an article about the films I was most looking forward to over the course of 2017. I also predicted that it would garner more box-office behemoths than any year before it.

Naturally, I was completely wrong and as of September 2017, only two films have broken the $1billion barrier; Beauty and the Beast and Fast & Furious 8. I really need to work on my predictions don’t I?

So, this got me thinking about which films have been a really welcome surprise over the last 9 months and the others that have been mightily disappointing. Without further ado, here’s my top 5 best and worst films of 2017, in no particular order of course. Continue reading

Harry Potter Studio Tour: the Experience

Adam Brannon HeadshotBy Adam Brannon. On August 1st 2017, I was lucky enough to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden, England along with my partner, mum and little sister.

For the uninitiated, the tour takes visitors through the world of Harry Potter via a journey around amazing props from the franchise’s eight blockbuster movies.

In this article, I share my experiences from the studio and help you to make the most of your visit. Naturally, a spoiler warning is in force – if you want to visit with your eyes completely closed, don’t read on. Continue reading

Kinema in the Woods: Unique Cinemas

Kinema in the WoodsNestled in the award-winning Lincolnshire village of Woodhall Spa sits Kinema in the Woods, a cinema with a fascinating history trying to keep up with the big boys like VUE and Odeon.

But this is Unique Cinemas territory so you know you’re not just going to get that run-of-the-mill experience we all know and love. Kinema is up there as one of the best experiences you’ll ever have watching a film. What can you expect? Adam Brannon went along to a screening of Dunkirk to find out. Continue reading

Cinema Manager of the Month: Kinema in the Woods

Kinema in the WoodsForeword by Adam Brannon. I’m searching for unusual cinemas across the country. Picture houses that offer something a little different than what our biggest chains give their customers. Philip Jones, manager of Kinema in the Woods in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire spoke to me about his role and what makes his establishment so special.

I was lucky enough to be invited by Philip to Kinema to attend a screening of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming war epic, Dunkirk. You can read about my experiences right here on Movie Metropolis next weekend.

In the first article of this series, I visited the Moonlight Drive-In whilst it visited Hull. It goes to show if you look hard enough, there are some great cinemas out there offering something completely unique. Continue reading

The films that influenced me: Adam Brannon

Adam Brannon HeadshotSo, we’re on to the final chapter of the films that changed the way I have looked at cinema. A personal voyage that has delved deep into my childhood and my teenage years too. Film is a subjective journey that escorts the viewer into a new world, so it may not make sense to you why these flicks have been picked, but stick with them and all will become clear, or I hope it does.

If you need to catch up on my first five, click here. So, with the pleasantries out of the way, shall we proceed? Continue reading