J.J Abrams has always had a knack for injecting his films with a jarring dose of body horror. Cloverfield (2008) had the infamous exploding woman, 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) had a melting John Goodman after he got soaked in acid, and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) had, well, a truly horrifying script. Whilst Overlord (2018) is a firmly stand-apart feature from the Cloverfield franchise (despite the rumours), there’s definitely enough body shock and gore to feel like an Abrams production.
There are so many descriptors one could attribute to Overlord; delightfully nasty, bloody and nauseatingly tense are but a few. This film is a grungy B-movie horror disguised as a slick WW2 drama and boy, is it fun. Continue reading →
So, first thing’s first, what is it with the Star Trek reboots and their subtitles?
Star Trek: Beyond! Umm… beyond what? I’ve just seen the film and I can’t tell you what exactly they’re going beyond. Beyond good and evil, beyond the horizon, beyond the solar system, what? Into Darkness had the same problem; never once was it actually dark in that film. The originals never had this problem; Wrath of Khan did indeed have an angry man named Khan, and Search for Spock was about looking for Spock. But Beyond could be about anything. Continue reading →
For a long time I’ve suggested that the Academy Awards are a little out of touch with what movie-going audiences love to watch. Yes, they reward technical brilliance, The Revenant has certainly proven that for this year, but they forget to realise that blockbuster cinema is an ever-present source of entertainment for the masses.
With that in mind, I’m hosting the first Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars. Using the majority of the categories from the glamorous event, but with films we’ve probably all seen in the last year.
So, please vote in each category, select your favourite and the winners will be revealed on February 28th, Oscars night. Continue reading →
When it came to choosing a director for Star Wars: the Force Awakens, there really was only one choice: J.J Abrams. He had the difficult task of bringing the beloved Star Trek series back onto the big screen after numerous misfiring movies and did so with two near-perfect films.
With Episode VII of the sci-fi soap opera proving to be the most-hyped movie of the last decade, Abrams had a lot riding on this film. But does it live up to it all? Continue reading →