Mudbound review “Heartbreaking, but poignant”

Mudbound posterRed carpets are being rolled out, golden trophies are being polished and envelopes are being organised. The Oscars are nearing, and what better way to celebrate than watching the first ever Netflix film to be Oscar-nominated?

Before we begin, the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars close this Friday (March 2nd) before the big reveal on Sunday (March 4th). Make sure you cast your vote for the best films and performances of last year. It takes less than 2 minutes.

The film in question is Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees. The movie follows the McAllan’s and the Jackson’s: families in deep farmland Mississipi. Set during and after the war, the film deals with many issues, particularly the treatment of African-Americans in 1940s America. Continue reading

The Shape of Water review “Strangely beautiful, but bonkers”

When looking at directors with their own unique style you think of Tim Burton and his take on the Gothic, Edger Wright and the way he portrays action, but when you look at Guillermo del Toro’s work you realise that nobody could copy his style. Making the audience look at the supernatural with beauty as well as the terrifying and the Shape of Water is truly his love letter to classic monster movies, particularly The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The film follows Elisa Esposita (Sally Hawkins), a cleaner at a top secret USA facility during the 1960s. Elisa creates a bond with an amphibious creature who is being held captive by the US government, being guarded and tortured by the very cruel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). Continue reading

Darkest Hour review “Gary Oldman’s Finest Hour”

Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour (2017)Just a quick reminder that there is still time to cast your votes in the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars. It only takes a few seconds and you get the opportunity to get your opinions heard.

Speaking of the Oscars, one man who is clearly getting a lot of attention is Gary Oldman. For his portrayal of the great British icon Winston Churchill. Now it is a shock that he has never won an Oscar, he was rightfully nominated for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but to look at his acting career in the past and you realise it truly is a shame. Has he done enough to finally win that Oscar?

The film follows Churchill as he becomes the newly appointed prime minister, as Britain deals with the early days of World War II. Having to deal with opposition from both sides of the war, from the troubles that are occurring on the beaches of Dunkirk and members of his own party. Continue reading

The Post review “Another Oscar-worthy Spielberg vehicle”

The Post movie posterMeryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Two actors whose careers have stood the test of time, starring in classic film after classic film. Their most recent venture into Oscar-worthy drama is Spielberg vehicle, The Post, that brings the sheer brilliance of both Streep and Hanks into the foreground, but also the sheer brilliance and bravery of the characters they portray.

The Post follows the true story of the Washington Post and the release of classified documents, the Pentagon Papers, relating to the Vietnam War. Streep plays Kay Graham, the owner, and publisher, of the Washington Post. Already, obstacles are encountered regarding her gender, in a time period where women were still expected to be behind the kitchen counter, rather than behind a desk. Continue reading

Oscar Nominations: 2018

Oscars 2018The nominations for the 2018 Oscars have been revealed and there are some notable absentees from the list. Steven Spielberg is missing from the Best Director nod for his work on The Post, which given its favourable reviews and incredible performances, is a little surprising.

Michelle Williams was also missing in action from the Lead Actress category for her performance in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World. Perhaps less surprising is the omission of James Franco in the Lead Actor category. The stars’ recent sexual harassment allegations clearly tainting his frankly, excellent work in The Disaster Artist.

If the Academy Awards aren’t really your bag, the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars are now close to receiving 800 votes. Only you can choose the winners, it takes less than 3 minutes to fill in our survey. The full list of Academy Award nominations for 2018 is in this article. Continue reading