“We have a problem” Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 review

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 review – by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyTo say 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit is a slight understatement. Many had predicted Marvel’s gamble to sink the studio with its unknown characters and very unique sense of style, but it ended up being one of the year’s best films grossing nearly $800million.

Three years on, director James Gunn returns with the plucky group of space stars. But can lightning strike twice? Or have the Guardians had their time to shine? Continue reading

“Titanic in the sky” Passengers review

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyPassengers review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are two of the world’s most bankable stars. What with Pratt helping to resurrect prehistoric franchises like Jurassic Park and Lawrence turning The Hunger Games series into one of the biggest ever, it seems they are the people Hollywood wants to work with, right here, right now.

It was inevitable they’d team up together at some point, though director Mortem Tyldum’s (The Imitation Game) sci-fi flick Passengers perhaps isn’t what their fan-bases had in mind. But do the pair sizzle together as much as they do apart? Continue reading

“A letter to Antoine Fuqua” The Magnificent Seven review

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The Magnificent Seven review: by Rob Stoakes

UK certification: 12A

Dear Antoine Fuqua,

Mr Fuqua, or may I call you Antoine? Tony? I don’t know why I’m asking, you can’t respond to me. Tony, we need to talk. It’s about your movies. They’re not very good.

Now, technically, I will say that you’re competent. You know how to frame a shot clearly and carefully and all of the information the audience needs is clearly on screen at any given time, which in this day and age is a massive compliment. No, really, it is; you know that action scenes and actors should carry an audience’s attention without needing to be enhanced by dizzying, rubbish shaky cam. Continue reading

MM Top 5: Jurassic World Moments

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By Adam Brannon

Can you believe it’s been one year since the release of Jurassic World? The long awaited third sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster smashed box-office records across the globe, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time in less than a month.

It now stands as the fourth highest-grossing film, surpassed by Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Titanic and Avatar. Here, Adam Brannon pays a special birthday tribute to the film with a special MM Top 5. Naturally, a prehistoric-sized spoiler warning is in force. Continue reading

Jurassic World: Where it went so right!

Jurassic World has broken many records

Jurassic World has broken many records

When Jurassic Park was released way back in 1993, analysts predicted big things for the prehistoric blockbuster and the same can be said for its two sequels, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III.

However, the release of Jurassic World just over a month ago took people completely by surprise. There was no doubt it would be successful, but just how successful has shocked the entire film world.

Helmed by an unknown director, with some pretty uninspiring trailers and a disappointing toy line, a few websites had it as one of their ‘at risk’ films of 2015. How wrong they were.

The film has now grossed over $1.4bn globally and shows no real signs of slowing down. It broke dozens of film records across the world and threatens to topple Avengers Assemble as the third highest-grossing film of all time.

Adam Brannon takes a look at what went so very right for the Colin Trevorrow directed follow-up. Continue reading