“Has anyone got an aspirin?” Transformers: the Last Knight review

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyBy Adam Brannon. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone I told you this but I’m a little bit of a Transformers fanboy. As a child I had many of the series’ toys and adored the animated series. Heck, I even have an Optimus Prime bobblehead next to my bed.

So when director Michael Bay announced in 2005 that he was planning a Transformers live-action movie with Steven Spielberg as producer, my heart skipped a beat. 2007 came and the film was everything I wanted.

Fast forward ten years and the series has, rightly or wrongly, become a laughing stock for critics the world over. Derided for nonsensical plots, messy special effects and in some cases racism, it’s been regarded as one of the worst film franchises of all time. Does the fifth entry in the franchise, The Last Knight redeem the series somewhat? 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

“Disaster with feeling” Deepwater Horizon review

10933939_858255040882983_331142605952023910_nDeepwater Horizon review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

“Based on true events”. I can’t think of anything more disconcerting when I sit down to watch a film. When it comes to blockbusters inspired by real-life situations, the outcome can be a poignant movie that captures the heart and emotion of the episode – a la American Sniper.

Unfortunately, films in this genre can also be a disaster from start to finish with a story barely related to its real-life counterpart. You can forgive me then for going into Deepwater Horizon with an air of scepticism, but was it justified?

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“A lesson in beige comedy” Daddy’s Home review

DADDY’S HOME (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Sean Anders

Music: Michael Andrews

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini


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By Adam Brannon

We did it! After managing to get through the record-breaking year that was 2015, things in the film world shifted down a gear for 2016, well, for a month or so.

As we begin another promising year in the world of the silver screen, one of the first movies to garner the public’s attention is Daddy’s Home, but can this comedy with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell hold its own with the heavyweights in the genre? Continue reading

“The bear is back!” Ted 2 review

TED 2   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Seth McFarlane  

Music: Walter Murphy

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfriend, Morgan Freeman


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

Ted 2 is again directed by Seth McFarlane

Ted 2 is again directed by Seth McFarlane

The success of Ted was completely unexpected. I doubt even director Seth McFarlane knew just how popular it would go on to become.

From special DVD’s to limited edition cuddly (or not so cuddly) toys, Ted has become something of a phenomenon. A sequel was always going to be on the cards and after three years perfecting it, McFarlane returns with Ted 2. But is it as funny as its predecessor? Continue reading