War for the Planet of the Apes review “The Great Ape-scape”

Adam Brannon HeadshotBy Adam Brannon. Six years ago, I didn’t think I’d be telling you that a remake of the classic Planet of the Apes and its sequel would go on to be one of the finest double acts since The Two Ronnies, but that’s exactly what has happened.

Now, the final part of this incredible trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes is out and ready to conclude an incredible half decade of cinema. But is it as good as its predecessors? Continue reading

The films that influenced me: Rob Stoakes

Rob StoakesRob Stoakes continues guiding us through the top 10 films that have influenced the way he looks at cinema. You can read Part 1 here. Adam Brannon will finish up this series of articles with his final five on Saturday. Read Adam’s Part 1 here.

This is part two of a two part series I am writing in celebration of my debut novel (which you will buy if you are a smart and attractive individual). You can read part one here to catch up, but if you already have, then on with the list! Continue reading

The films that influenced me: Adam Brannon

Adam Brannon HeadshotIn the second of four special articles, Movie Metropolis founder Adam Brannon shares the first five films that changed the way he viewed cinema. Rob’s second five will be revealed on Thursday with the final part of Adam’s article being published on Saturday.

Film has always meant an awful lot to me. But it’s not just films that I love, I adore anything film related. From memorabilia to the smell of a new Blu-ray, my passion for cinema goes far beyond sitting down and actually watching a movie.

The films featured in these lists changed my life and the way I look at the film industry, helping me shape and create this website in the process. Continue reading

The films that influenced me: Rob Stoakes

Rob StoakesIn a series of special articles, Movie Metropolis contributor Rob Stoakes and founder Adam Brannon share the 10 films that changed the way each of them view cinema. We kick off with Rob’s first five, with Adam’s following later this week.

I don’t think I’ve written a more personal article on this or any other site. The Lion King review is perhaps the closest. But this is special, because recently my debut novel, Mother and Monster, was published.  And while I could do an entire article about the book and pestering you to buy it, I imagine you lot are more interested in films, I’ve instead decided to share something very personal; the ten biggest influences on me from the world of cinema.

This is not a list of my favourite films. This is not a list of the best films. Some of the films on this list are those, some are dumpster fires, but all of them have had an impact on me, as a filmgoer, as a writer and, perhaps most importantly of all, as a person. I wouldn’t recommend all of them, you might not enjoy them, but when the police find the bodies and try to figure out why I did it, this is probably where they should start. Continue reading

“A triumph of social horror” Get Out review

Get Out review: by Rob Stoakes

UK certification: 15

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nSocial horror is a dying genre, and no it’s not how I feel when I awkwardly try to interact with other human beings. No, horror where the scary aspect comes from or inspired by a societal issue. When communism was about there were tonnes of them, like The Thing, Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and any of George Romero’s films.

Now, though, it seems like when the Berlin Wall fell it took this subgenre with it, and now all we have is that rubbish Straw Dogs remake and A Serbian Film, where the commentary on nationalism and European film culture is kind of hard to focus on when the main character puts his <censored> in the <censored> drugged while his son’s <censored> with an eye socket. Also, really cool beards. However, the genre could rise again like the undead, at least if we get some more films as good as Get Out. Continue reading