The Best Movies of 2019: Alita, Joker & More

The best movies of 2019I hope you’ve been enjoying your leftovers this Boxing Day. We’ve already counted down the worst blockbusters of 2019, with some interesting films being thrown into the mix together, and now, as we come to the end of the two-day Bank Holiday here in the UK, it’s time to look at the very best big budget movies the year has had to offer.

There have been some real highlights this year. Some have been unexpectedly great, while others we always knew they would turn out to be fab. Here are my picks for the best movies of 2019 (from the blockbuster category of course). Continue reading

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World review “A fitting franchise closer”

How to Train Your Dragon 3 posterOf all the oddly specific sub-genres out there my personal favourite is, without a doubt, the “boy and his (insert strange creature that they befriend here)” coming-of-age film. In these films a child, usually a boy but sometimes a girl, finds a strange fantasy or science-fiction creature that is not of this world who they form an unlikely bond with.

It’s a sub-genre whose catalogue includes great films like E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, Pete’s Dragon and Flight of the Navigator. Whole franchises are built out of it; the Pokémon movies the live-action Transformers (especially the recent Bumblebee) are just two examples. If I had to choose a personal favourite it would be The Iron Giant. If I had to choose a second favourite it would be 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon. Continue reading

“Is it as good as Inside Out?” The Good Dinosaur review

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By Adam Brannon

2015 has been a great year for film. From long-awaited sequels to the conclusion of epic franchises, it’s been one of the best and most successful movie seasons in recent memory, and with Star Wars: the Force Awakens out in December, it can only finish on a high.

It also marks the first time that Pixar has released two films in the same year. Summer saw the release of instant-classic Inside Out and now animation fans get to enjoy another movie from the studio, The Good Dinosaur, but has Pixar bitten of more than it can chew? Continue reading

MM Top 5: Film Scores

Adam Brannon takes a look through five movie scores that prove there really is no film without music. But which musical masterpieces made the cut?

In the interests of fairness, composer John Williams has been limited to two films as his movie scores could fill an entire list on their own.

Disney Pixar has also been limited to one film, also in the interests of fairness. Continue reading