Split review: by Rob Stoakes
UK certification: 15
It 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
Adam Brannon introduces the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars, now in its second year.
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
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
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.
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.
By Adam Brannon
For years, Pixar was an unstoppable force. The studio combined stunning animation with thought-provoking stories that adults and children could enjoy. From Toy Story to Wall.E, everyone, at some point will have watched a Pixar film.
Then a few things caused the bubble to burst. Firstly, other companies upped their game, big time, with Dreamworks in particular being hot on the heels of their rival. Secondly, Pixar’s own partner, Disney started churning out great animated films with Zootropolis and Wreck-it Ralph worth a mention.
Finally, Pixar lost its way. Cars and its dreadful sequel, followed by an underwhelming prequel to Monsters Inc and the marketing disaster that was The Good Dinosaur all culminated in a studio damaged by its own high standards. Now, in 2016, we have a sequel to arguably Pixar’s best film, Finding Nemo, but does Finding Dory build on its predecessor or sink faster than a stone? Continue reading