Exclusive: Interview with Brock Afentul

_20170512_162124-01Foreword by Adam Brannon. It’s a very happy 25th birthday to Jurassic ParkIt’s unbelievable isn’t it? The film that revolutionised the blockbuster and pioneered intelligent CGI is a quarter-of-a-century old. It’s even more astounding to think that the majority of the special effects still hold-up today.

I was watching Jurassic Park for the 60 millionth time the other day and thought to myself; “how can I commemorate this amazing milestone?” Of course, I could’ve written numerous different articles, but then I stumbled upon Brock, who is the best type of JP fan going.

You see, Brock has created an incredibly detailed, fully-working replica of the Ford Explorer that featured so prominently in the 1993 classic. Thankfully, before the T-rex had her way with it. In this interview, I ask him what it was like painstakingly replicating this incredibly iconic movie car and what his plans for the future are. Read on to find out more. Before we begin: have you checked out Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Be sure to check out the spoiler-free review.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review “A bold new era”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster“We’re not on an island anymore” barks Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady towards the finale of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. And he’s not wrong, the fifth film in the Jurassic franchise says goodbye to Isla Nublar in rip-roaring fashion, transforming itself into a a family friendly gothic horror film in its last hour.

Ok, ok, let’s start from the beginning. The Jurassic franchise has often been criticised for relying too heavily on the same story points to make a film. 2015’s Jurassic World, whilst becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time, was lambasted for being a modern-day reimagining of 1993’s classic, Jurassic Park. And while some of that criticism was justified, it was still pure sugary, popcorn entertainment.

Now, three years later, director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) takes over from Colin Trevorrow to bring us a film that starts out like we expect, but ends on a note that will transform the series beyond recognition. The question is, does it actually work? Continue reading

Best Movie Easter Eggs: Top 5

The best movie Easter eggsSo, it’s Easter Sunday and no doubt everyone will be chowing down on some frightfully delicious chocolate eggs over the course of the next few weeks. Cadbury, Nestle, Mars; all the big names in chocolate must make an absolute killing in the run-up to Easter, especially in the UK: people go mad for it as soon as Christmas is over.

Of course, the movie industry is full of Easter eggs too. Not in the literal sense of course, that would be just ridiculous. No, I’m talking in the figurative sense. After all, an Easter egg in a movie, TV show or game isn’t about munching on chocolate, it’s about finding something hidden by the producers, the developers or the directors that only the very hardened fans notice.

With that in mind, I’ve trawled through the archives to find five movie Easter eggs that are simply scrumptious. I could’ve gone for “eggcellent” there but I thought that would be one Easter pun too many. From Toy Story to Harry Potter and to Star Wars, read on for a voyage of discovery (in no particular order). Continue reading

Who should and shouldn’t direct Jurassic World 3?

Update (30/03/2018): Who should direct Jurassic World 3It was announced today in a statement released by Universal Pictures that Colin Trevorrow will direct the final instalment in the Jurassic World trilogy. The as yet untitled Jurassic World 3 will be released in the summer blockbuster season of 2021.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t even in cinemas until June, yet Universal are moving forward with its sequel. Currently titled Jurassic World 3, the film is planned to wrap up the new Jurassic trilogy, ending the story that director Colin Trevorrow dreamt of bringing to the big screen.

Naturally there is no plot, no director and no details of anything to do with the film whatsoever. With a release date scheduled for June 11th 2021, exactly three years after Fallen Kingdom, Universal obviously has very high hopes for this year’s sequel. It remains to be seen whether it can match the record-breaking numbers of its predecessor.

With that in mind, I’ve lined up five directors who I believe could take over from J.A. Bayona and create a fitting ending to this new trilogy and a couple of directors who should stay well clear. Let’s take a look. Continue reading

Exclusive: Interview with artist Andy Fairhurst

Andy Fairhurst artist

Andy Fairhurst

Foreword by Adam Brannon. This year has been a fantastic one for Movie Metropolis and part of that is down to the incredible array of fascinating people from the world of film I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing.

From Prop Store CEO, Stephen Lane, to The Lost World: Jurassic Park’s Vanessa Chester, Movie Metropolis has played host to a varied range of notable figures from within the industry.

Speaking to me about his fascinating career in film-based art, Andy Fairhurst shares some incredible stories about how he got started and where he plans to go from here. Read on for the full interview. Continue reading