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

Alternative Oscars Winners 2018

Alternative Oscars WinnersForeword by Adam Brannon: The Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars have become a staple of the site over the last three years, and I’m so pleased that so many of you have got behind it.

I’m never been shy in saying that the Academy Awards aren’t my bag. Awarding films that the general public don’t necessarily watch in any great numbers, they seem to be in their own little world. Yes, they award technical brilliance, but the majority of movies nominated aren’t massively financial darlings.

This year, the Alternative Oscars became even bigger. Last year, we had 350 votes cast which at the time I thought was absolutely incredible. This year, we were just shy of 1000. That means nearly 1000 people shared their views on the best movies of last year. Without further ado, let’s crown this year’s winners!

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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

The Greatest Showman review “All the fun of the circus”

The Greatest Showman posterAh, the movie musical. Once the choice of matinee viewings and Saturday nights in front of the TV, they’ve evolved over the last decade into something completely mainstream. From the ridiculously good remake of Hairspray in 2007, to the vibrant Mamma Mia, which gets its very own sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again this year, musicals have become the ultimate in escapism.

Following on from his exceptional role in the deeply depressing Les Miserables, everyone’s favourite Australian actor, Hugh Jackman returns to the genre with The Greatest Showman. But is it worth you warming up your vocal chords for? Continue reading