Harry Potter Studio Tour: the Experience

Adam Brannon HeadshotBy Adam Brannon. On August 1st 2017, I was lucky enough to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden, England along with my partner, mum and little sister.

For the uninitiated, the tour takes visitors through the world of Harry Potter via a journey around amazing props from the franchise’s eight blockbuster movies.

In this article, I share my experiences from the studio and help you to make the most of your visit. Naturally, a spoiler warning is in force – if you want to visit with your eyes completely closed, don’t read on. Continue reading

Box office disappointments: Top 5

Adam Brannon HeadshotBy Adam Brannon. So Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has tanked at the US box office, taking a paltry $17million in its opening weekend on a budget of around $200million. Ouch! By contrast, Star Wars: the Force Awakens took just shy of $250million in its first few days.

That got me thinking, which other films have been box office disappointments and led to huge losses for their studios? This list isn’t necessarily counting down the biggest box office bombs of all time, rather the films that were actually pretty decent but ended up being a massive let down for their directors, stars and studios. Continue reading

Kinema in the Woods: Unique Cinemas

Kinema in the WoodsNestled in the award-winning Lincolnshire village of Woodhall Spa sits Kinema in the Woods, a cinema with a fascinating history trying to keep up with the big boys like VUE and Odeon.

But this is Unique Cinemas territory so you know you’re not just going to get that run-of-the-mill experience we all know and love. Kinema is up there as one of the best experiences you’ll ever have watching a film. What can you expect? Adam Brannon went along to a screening of Dunkirk to find out. 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