Early Man review “Stuck in the Stone Age”

Early Man posterAardman Animation and Nick Park have brought us some of the best stock motion animation over the years, from the likes of Chicken Run, The Pirates! In an Adventures with Scientists and of course the Wallace and Gromit franchise.

They have brought together great British comedy that is relevant to both children and adults alike, and their films could even rival the likes of Pixar.

Now in cinemas is their latest project Early Man, a prehistoric story that looks at the early ancestors of our favourite Aardman characters. Continue reading

Best Snow Movies: Top 5

Best snow movies everFor those of you not living in the UK at the moment, this top 5 may seem a little peculiar. But stick with it. For the past couple of days, Britain has been gripped by ‘the beast from the East’ as it’s been nicknamed. Bringing freezing temperatures and blizzards, it has completely crippled the nation – as it always does.

Why a world superpower like the United Kingdom ceases to function at the mere hint of the white stuff is another debate for another time, but while I’m watching it fall from outside my bedroom window, I thought I might as well look through the best snow films ever. That is, films that feature snow heavily, either as an aesthetic practice or in the overall plot of the movie. And blimey, there’s more than you’d think. Read on to find which five made the cut and share your thoughts in the comments box below. Continue reading

Oscar Nominations: 2018

Oscars 2018The nominations for the 2018 Oscars have been revealed and there are some notable absentees from the list. Steven Spielberg is missing from the Best Director nod for his work on The Post, which given its favourable reviews and incredible performances, is a little surprising.

Michelle Williams was also missing in action from the Lead Actress category for her performance in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World. Perhaps less surprising is the omission of James Franco in the Lead Actor category. The stars’ recent sexual harassment allegations clearly tainting his frankly, excellent work in The Disaster Artist.

If the Academy Awards aren’t really your bag, the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars are now close to receiving 800 votes. Only you can choose the winners, it takes less than 3 minutes to fill in our survey. The full list of Academy Award nominations for 2018 is in this article. Continue reading

Coco review “Has Pixar got its mojo back?”

Pixar's Coco posterPixar has been on something of a downward trend of late, and that’s something I never thought I’d say. As much as it hurts, films like Cars 3, Finding Dory and The Good Dinosaur just don’t cut the mustard when compared to some of the studio’s greats.

Movies like Up, Inside Out and Wall.E as well as The Incredibles, which we’re finally getting a sequel to this year, are up there with the best animations ever produced, never mind just from Pixar. Hoping to get back on the right track this year, Pixar has released Coco. But are we back up to scratch?

Before we begin. Did you know you can now vote in the third annual Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars? Vote for your favourite films from last year! 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