A Monster Calls review “A visual and storytelling masterpiece”

J.A. Bayona is one of the most exciting directors working today, a bold statement that maybe, but in this review, I’ll tell you why. His knack for creating superbly shot, engaging films like The Orphanage and The Impossible has meant many in Hollywood have been keeping an intrigued eye on him.

His hard work paid off in 2018 when it was announced he would be taking over directorial duties on the Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom, and despite a less than stellar critical response, no-one could argue that it was the most beautiful film in the Jurassic saga. Before he took on that behemoth of a movie however, Bayona was busy working on A Monster Calls, based on the book of the same name by Patrick Ness. But how does it stack up when compared with the rest of the director’s resume?

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The films that influenced me: Jack Horsley

Jack Horsley influential films

In the final chapter of the most influential films of Movie Metropolis contributors, our newest writer, Jack Horsley, takes a personal journey through film, picking out the 10 movies that have meant the most to him. You can find the links to Adam, Joe, Daulton, Jesse and Louise’s articles at the bottom of this article.

In this article I will explore the films that influenced me. Those that gave me a passion for film and helped me look at film the way I do today.

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Tenet review “Not one of Nolan’s best”

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The time has arrived: my first visit back to the cinema since COVID-19 swept across the globe. It’s hard to believe that it was over six months ago that I was last sitting in the cinema, enjoying the magic of the big screen.

Nevertheless, the day has come, and with it, the release of Christopher Nolan’s latest epic, Tenet. As is the case with Nolan’s movies, a lot of fanfare accompanies their arrival and as one of the most exciting filmmakers working today, so it should. But how good is Tenet? Are we looking at another Nolan masterpiece?

And forgive me if I’m a little rusty, it’s been a long time!

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Justice League Dark: Apokolips War review “Avengers: Meh-ndgame”

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War posterBefore I was the movie aficionado we all know and begrudgingly tolerate, I was a different kind of aficionado, one of DC comic books. Due to this, I find the DC Animated Universe very interesting, as they can tell the stories that I loved to read years ago like Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay and give the story it’s due, while the DCEU films about those same stories like Suicide Squad fall flat on its face, onto a set of stairs, tumbling down them and breaking every single bone. The DCAU has virtually led to this.

Aside from a few very interesting diversions into the multiverse such as Superman: Red Son or Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, the story of the DCAU has all been building to Darkseid destroying Earth with films like Reign of the Supermen and Justice League: War all coming to a head here. Last year showed us that it is possible for major superhero franchises that have been going on for years to end a storyline really well with Avengers: Endgame. In fact, Endgame did such a good job at this, that Apokolips War lifts a large amount of it’s story from Endgame. Continue reading

Exclusive: Interview with Curt Turner @ Screen24

AScreen24 interviews cinemas slowly reopen to the public across the UK, many of us have been reminiscing about the last time we went to watch a film on the big screen. For me, that was at the beginning of March, just a week or so before Boris Johnson announced that all non-essential businesses needed to shut their doors for the foreseeable future.

For one family though, going to the cinema was a nightly occurrence. Curt Turner, his wife, and his two children have had the enjoyment of their very own, fully-realised cinema right in their back garden. Named Screen24, I spoke to Curt about the process of building a fully-functioning cinema where the admission was free and every seat was the best seat in the house. Here’s what he had to say. Continue reading