“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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“Plot twist, it’s actually good” Split review

Split review: by Rob Stoakes

UK certification: 15

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nIt would be like M. Night Shyamalan to throw an out-of-nowhere, poorly telegraphed plot twist into reality itself.

There he was. Hollywood’s very own Icarus. Once called the new Stanley Kubrick after two knockout classics and one overrated but still alright flick, now one of the most popular punchlines in cinema history, a man who has no editing process in his own head and will let any idea get to paper without consideration of its worth.

It is a cautionary tale of what happens when an artist is told so early in his career that he is untouchable, and then continues to believe it long after the rest of the world changes its mind. Continue reading

Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyVoting in the 2017 Alternative Oscars is now closed, click here for the results.

They’re back! The Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars have returned for a second edition after their phenomenal success last year.

For the uninitiated reading this, the MMAO were set up out of my distinct lack of faith in the Academy Awards. For years, the ceremony has forgotten about the films that the majority of the cinema-going public enjoy watching. Continue reading

“A teenager punching God in the face” Kubo & the Two Strings review

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Adult animation, and I’m including anime in this, is very similar to the horror genre. It is a genre that is full of potential, has a loyal and dedicated fanbase, is a genre filled with many of the greatest films of all time… and about 99.9999999999999999999999998% is as tolerable and pleasant as sewage water being poured into a mouth ulcer.

The great animated films for adults made outside of Japan can be counted on your hands, and the ones made in Japan can be counted on the hands of any loved one you might have to hand. That list will include everything ever made by Laika. Ok, so they release a film as frequently as Haley’s Comet turning into a cheese wheel and they’re still child-friendly, but damn if those films aren’t worth the wait. When you start your existence as a studio with Coraline, you’re something us mere mortals are only allowed to appreciate in fleeting glimpses. Continue reading

MM Top 5: Greatest Star Wars moments

Foreword by Adam Brannon: Aiming to give budding writers their chance to shine, the Movie Metropolis Spotlight is focused on Sebastian Mann, who in his first article for the site, takes a look at some of the greatest Star Wars moments ever.

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Sebastian Mann, of Mannversusmovie, takes a spoiler-filled (and that means spoiler-filled) look at the top 5 greatest Star Wars moments, from action-packed sequences to heart-breaking character moments, celebrating the release of the second theatrical trailer for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars is, if nothing else, unique.

There exists no other franchise where almost half the entries are so vehemently detested by those who maintain an unbreakable devotion to the other half.

Star Wars, whether you’re a purist, a passive fan, or you’ve only seen The Force Awakens in cinema and didn’t really get the hype behind that old guy with the beard, is undeniably important to both cinema and popular culture.
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