“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

“Beauty and the Beast” Kong: Skull Island review

Kong: Skull Island review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyThe fact that Legendary Pictures are busying themselves with an epic Godzilla vs King Kong showdown is one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood. Naturally, this presented a problem for Peter Jackson’s Kong who simply doesn’t measure up against the giant lizard in 2013’s Godzilla.

And in Hollywood, size really does matter; therefore the monstrous ape has been given a monumental upgrade featuring an all-star cast and some serious talent behind the camera. But is Kong: Skull Island as bananas as its trailers would suggest? Or are we looking at something a little more mainstream?

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“Crème Fraiche on a microwave hotdog” Fences review

Fences review: by Rob Stoakes

UK certification: 12A

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nThe Oscars are a marketing gimmick!

There, we’ve got it out of the way. Everything that you’ve secretly and cynically suspected about the Oscars is horribly correct.

It is a multi-million advertising campaign where the winners are primarily the films that want promoting as decided by a room full of old farts with increasingly out-of-date ideas who were all bribed for the privilege of watching movies. Continue reading

“Third time lucky?” Logan review

Logan review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 15

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyThe X-Men franchise is as convoluted as Spaghetti Junction. Littered with constantly changing timelines, it has become the epitome of tiring and fans are getting exasperated too. With every great film (X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past), the series has followed it with some truly awful movies (X-Men: Origins Wolverine, X-Men: Apocalypse).

To this end, Hugh Jackman has finally decided to hang up his Adamantium claws after Logan, his ninth and apparently final outing as the grizzly hero. Are we third time lucky for his solo films?

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2017 Alternative Oscars: Winners!

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyIn January, the readers of Movie Metropolis were asked to take part in the second annual Alternative Oscars. With films not recognised by the Academy Awards from the last twelve months, including Deepwater Horizon and The Jungle Book, this year’s selection of films faced tough competition.

As a new feature, you can now see how the winners and runners up performed. Each of the top three has their voting performances, displayed as percentages, attached alongside their names.

Nearly 350 votes were cast, so, without further ado, let’s take a look at this year’s winners! Continue reading