Hollywood’s Obsession with the Devouring Mother

Hollywood MothersHereditary, the title of Ari Aster’s eagerly anticipated new film, has got horror fans sitting up and paying attention. Rumours of psychologically broken actors suffering from PTSD and promises of a film set to be this generation’s The Exorcist, Hereditary is already guaranteed to secure a place on the IMDB Top 100 list. Motherhood is as prevalent a theme in horror as death, sex and mental illness; indeed, the most monstrous incarnations manage to assimilate them all into one. 

If you take a sweeping glance across the horror genre over the last decade, you’ll notice that mothers have had a pretty bad rap. Angry, over-bearing, sexually repressed, possessive; the devouring mothers depicted on-screen are Freudian nightmares. In the flesh, in spirit, male, metaphorical or metaphysical – the devouring mother archetype manifests in a wildly vast number of ways. Continue reading

Oscar Winners 2018 | Shape of Water triumphs

Oscars 2018Last night, the who’s who of Hollywood glamour lined the red carpet in Los Angeles for the 90th Oscars ceremony. Rewarding the films the Academy feel represent the very best we have to offer in 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

This year’s event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the show took on new meaning this year with themes of equality and diversity taking centre stage. Of course, the #TimesUp movement still hung heavy over proceedings with numerous aims taken at Harvey Weinstein and the recent Hollywood sex abuse scandal.

The Shape of Water took home the most awards with Frances McDormand also winning Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. We’ve got the full list of winners below. Read on to find out who took home a coveted trophy.

You can also check out the winners of the 3rd annual Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars where nearly 1000 people turned out to vote. Continue reading

Oscar Nominations: 2018

Oscars 2018The nominations for the 2018 Oscars have been revealed and there are some notable absentees from the list. Steven Spielberg is missing from the Best Director nod for his work on The Post, which given its favourable reviews and incredible performances, is a little surprising.

Michelle Williams was also missing in action from the Lead Actress category for her performance in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World. Perhaps less surprising is the omission of James Franco in the Lead Actor category. The stars’ recent sexual harassment allegations clearly tainting his frankly, excellent work in The Disaster Artist.

If the Academy Awards aren’t really your bag, the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars are now close to receiving 800 votes. Only you can choose the winners, it takes less than 3 minutes to fill in our survey. The full list of Academy Award nominations for 2018 is in this article. Continue reading

Alternative Oscars 2018: Voting Now Open

Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars thumbnailVoting is now closed. Check out the results of the Alternative Oscars and find out if your favourites won.

Vote Now: Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars

Can you believe it’s that time again? I certainly can’t. Since 2016, the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars have been shaking up the traditional awards by including films that the majority of ordinary folks, like you or I, actually watch.

While it’s all well and good to include technical masterpieces, famed for their beautiful shot choices and superb performances, there isn’t really an Oscar for Best Blockbuster. With that in mind, here at Movie Metropolis, we’ve ripped up the rule book and transformed the Academy Awards into this: the Alternative Oscars. Continue reading

The Nicest Actors in Hollywood: Top 5

The Nicest Guys in Hollywood Top 5Hollywood is a world filled with glitz and glamour, and it’s sometimes very easy to forget that the people we see on our cinema screens are, at their very core, just normal people. Sure, they’ve got mansions and private jets and wads and wads of cash, but before the fame, they were just like you or I.

It’s all the more surprising then that we’re constantly bombarded with stories of misdemeanours from some of the most famous people in Hollywood. Whether it’s a demanding personality or cruelty to their fans, we’re never that far away from a Hollywood bad guy. With that in mind, I’m flipping that on its head and looking at the nicest celebrities in Hollywood. But who has made the cut? Read on to find out. Continue reading