“As dull and pointless as a kid’s crayon” Jackie review

Jackie review:  by Rob Stoakes

UK certification: 15

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nThere are people still mourning.

We look at the life he led, all of the accomplishments attributed to him, and the state of the world both at the height of his glory and at the point he left it, and we ask ourselves “Why?” One of our great icons that millions looked up to and will continue to look up, gone in an instant. No, it won’t make his work vanish, but still a tragedy nonetheless.

I’m of course talking about the death of John Hurt earlier this year, one of the greatest stage actors ever and in my personal top ten. He most certainly deserves an entire article dedicated to him on this site, and I would really like it if his legacy doesn’t end up boiling down to Jackie, which overall is kind of naff.

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Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyAdam Brannon introduces the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars, now in its second year.

They’re back! The Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars have returned for a second edition after their phenomenal success last year.

For the uninitiated reading this, the MMAO were set up out of my distinct lack of faith in the Academy Awards. For years, the ceremony has forgotten about the films that the majority of the cinema-going public enjoy watching. Continue reading

“A lesson for film-makers” La La Land review

La La Land review: by Rob Stoakes

UK certification: 12A

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nScriptwriters! Directors! Anyone who works in film! Are you reading? Well, of course you are, the only reason movie reviews exist is to stroke your egos. I have some special advice for you, one storyteller to another. Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Now, allow me to put my advice in patronising capital letters.

SHOW, DON’T TELL!

I am sick and tired of moviemakers who forget that film is a visual medium. I play video games, and by far the worst part of any video game is when I’m not allowed to play the game anymore while a mini-movie tells me what the plot is. Every gamer hates that bit! So why is it acceptable for films to start thinking that they’re books? Continue reading

The Alternative Oscars: Winners!

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Adam Brannon announces the winners

Just over a month ago, we asked readers of Movie Metropolis to take part in the first ever Alternative Oscars. Featuring films not recognised by the Academy Awards from the last twelve months, including Jurassic World and Star Wars: the Force Awakens, this was purely for the blockbuster fan in you.

Over 300 votes were cast, so, without further ado, let’s take a look at this year’s winners! Continue reading

The Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars

tropy-awardVOTING IS NOW CLOSED: Click here for the results.

For a long time I’ve suggested that the Academy Awards are a little out of touch with what movie-going audiences love to watch. Yes, they reward technical brilliance, The Revenant has certainly proven that for this year, but they forget to realise that blockbuster cinema is an ever-present source of entertainment for the masses.

With that in mind, I’m hosting the first Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars. Using the majority of the categories from the glamorous event, but with films we’ve probably all seen in the last year.

So, please vote in each category, select your favourite and the winners will be revealed on February 28th, Oscars night. Continue reading