The films that influenced me: Rob Stoakes

Rob StoakesIn a series of special articles, Movie Metropolis contributor Rob Stoakes and founder Adam Brannon share the 10 films that changed the way each of them view cinema. We kick off with Rob’s first five, with Adam’s following later this week.

I don’t think I’ve written a more personal article on this or any other site. The Lion King review is perhaps the closest. But this is special, because recently my debut novel, Mother and Monster, was published.  And while I could do an entire article about the book and pestering you to buy it, I imagine you lot are more interested in films, I’ve instead decided to share something very personal; the ten biggest influences on me from the world of cinema.

This is not a list of my favourite films. This is not a list of the best films. Some of the films on this list are those, some are dumpster fires, but all of them have had an impact on me, as a filmgoer, as a writer and, perhaps most importantly of all, as a person. I wouldn’t recommend all of them, you might not enjoy them, but when the police find the bodies and try to figure out why I did it, this is probably where they should start. Continue reading

“Spielberg, where are you?” The BFG review

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By Adam Brannon

Roald Dahl’s inspiring novels have had a chequered history when it comes to turning them into films. Danny DeVito’s Matilda is widely regarded as one of the best adaptations, with Tim Burton’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory rendered a monstrosity by fans of the author and movie critics alike.

So when Steven Spielberg was announced as director of The BFG, my personal favourite of all Dahl’s novels, I was equal parts pleased and wary. Could my favourite filmmaker really do this amazing book justice? Continue reading

“Ridley Scott’s best film since Alien” The Martian review

THE MARTIAN   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Ridley Scott 

Music: Harry Gregson-Williams

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

Copyright: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Copyright: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

It’s safe to say that Ridley Scott knows his way around a camera. From Alien to Gladiator, the director has brought to the silver screen some of the greatest films of all time, heck even Prometheus wasn’t that bad in a muddled kind of way.

Now, after the underwhelming Exodus: Gods & Kings, Scott returns to the director’s chair doing what he does best, sci-fi. But is The Martian as good as his earlier works? Continue reading