Cinema Manager of the Month: Kinema in the Woods

Kinema in the WoodsForeword by Adam Brannon. I’m searching for unusual cinemas across the country. Picture houses that offer something a little different than what our biggest chains give their customers. Philip Jones, manager of Kinema in the Woods in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire spoke to me about his role and what makes his establishment so special.

I was lucky enough to be invited by Philip to Kinema to attend a screening of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming war epic, Dunkirk. You can read about my experiences right here on Movie Metropolis next weekend.

In the first article of this series, I visited the Moonlight Drive-In whilst it visited Hull. It goes to show if you look hard enough, there are some great cinemas out there offering something completely unique. Continue reading

MM Top 5: Transformers Movie Moments

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyBy Adam Brannon. If you’re not aware there’s a new Transformers movie coming out this week; where have you been?

The fifth film in the long-running franchise, The Last Knight sees Mark Wahlberg return alongside fellow Transformers alumni, Josh Duhamel and series newcomer Anthony Hopkins to kick more Decepticon butt.

Michael Bay’s popular series has taken over $4billion at the global box-office despite being absolutely slaughtered by critics the world over.

To celebrate the release of The Last Knight, I’ve been trawling through the Transformers archives to pick out five moments that stand out as the best things that have ever happened in Transformers. Continue reading

MM Top 5: Alien films

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nBy Rob Stoakes. So over at the Battleship Potemkast, the finest podcast on the seas, we’ve been doing a few retro reviews of the mainline Alien franchise in celebration of Alien: Covenant, which to be honest is a bit of a rubbish name. It’s the Matrix syndrome of taking a cool sounding word that means nothing and pairing it with alien. Alien Synthesis. Alien Carbohydrate. Alien Titillation.

Anyway, Alien is very similar to Star Wars, in that it is the absolute king of its own genre, space opera for Star Wars and sci-fi horror for Alien, and one of the most popular multimedia franchises this side of Pokemon, and the highs of the franchise are so good that it somehow makes people forget that about 90% of it is absolutely terrible.

So, of course, I am a huge Alien fan, so I get to drop the pretense of professionalism and indulge in my inner child, which normally I lock in the shed, to find out which of the mainline Alien films is actually the best. Strap in, folks; this road is bumpy. Continue reading

“Disappointingly pedestrian” The Great Wall review

The Great Wall review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyAcclaimed director Zhang Yimou has been at the helm of some of China’s greatest film assets. 1991’s Raise the Red Lantern is widely regarded as one of the defining foreign-language films of its period and 2004’s House of Flying Daggers received huge critical acclamation for its stunning cinematography and exceptional script.

Here, Yimou teams up with one of Hollywood’s greatest assets, Matt Damon in a monster flick to rival all others. But does The Great Wall showcase the very best from its director and leading man?

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Cinema Experiences: Moonlight Drive-In

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyAs part of a new series of articles looking at unique cinemas across the UK, Adam Brannon visited Moonlight Drive-In Cinema.

A drive-in cinema is probably not the first thing you’d associate with a rainy winters evening, but that’s exactly what I did at the end of January.

After accepting an invitation to attend a screening of Jurassic World at the Moonlight Drive-In Cinema (how could I resist?) I cleaned the car and invited two friends along for the ride. In this article, I share my experiences of the evening as a whole; from the film itself, to the food and atmosphere.

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