Hacksaw Ridge review: by Rob Stoakes
UK certification: 15
Mel Gibson is not a name I expected to see in Oscar Season. Not because his films are bad, mind, far from it. It’s just that he’s in that category of filmmakers shared by Roman Polanski and Lars Von Trier. Because of their reputations outside of their work, any appraisal of their career comes with more asterisks than a French comic book shop.
Gibson’s career homicide, in particular, seemed so devastating that he could invent a machine that cured diabetes with warm hugs and his obituary would still credit him as “The messiah-complex bigot who admitted to strangling toasters, don’t hatefully glare too much at the picture above or his madness may infect you.” Continue reading
Split review: by Rob Stoakes
UK certification: 15
It would be like M. Night Shyamalan to throw an out-of-nowhere, poorly telegraphed plot twist into reality itself.
There he was. Hollywood’s very own Icarus. Once called the new Stanley Kubrick after two knockout classics and one overrated but still alright flick, now one of the most popular punchlines in cinema history, a man who has no editing process in his own head and will let any idea get to paper without consideration of its worth.
It is a cautionary tale of what happens when an artist is told so early in his career that he is untouchable, and then continues to believe it long after the rest of the world changes its mind. Continue reading
Sing review: by Adam Brannon
UK certification: U
Talking animated animals are big business over in Hollywood. After all, Disney’s Zootopia was one of only a handful of films to gross over $1billion last year. Its competitor, The Secret Life of Pets performed well but wasn’t critically successful.
Here, the company behind that second film, Illumination Entertainment, try to get the genre right with Sing. But are we looking at the next superstar of the animated genre? Continue reading
Foreword by Adam Brannon: Drive-In cinema is something synonymous with American culture, but Ben Stonehouse had a vision to bring that traditional US pastime to the Blighty. I had a fascinating chat with him about the Moonlight Drive-In Cinema brand and how it came to be, which you can read in the following article.
I also enjoyed the Moonlight Drive-In Cinema experience first-hand when Movie Metropolis was offered tickets to watch Jurassic World in the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, Hull. You can read about my experience and the experiences of those I took with me early next week.
Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed the first Movie Metropolis podcast of 2017. Rob and I had great fun making it, despite the arguments that arose from recording in such a confined space.
The second, a look back at 2016’s worst films is now live on YouTube, or simply watch it below. There are a few raised voices in this one. Enjoy!