Solo: A Star Wars Story review “Stars Wars goes Western”

Solo: A Star Wars Story posterStar Wars has had somewhat of a chequered history since turning over to the dark side, sorry, I mean Disney. You see, since LucasFilm was acquired by the House of Mouse there has been one Star Wars movie each year. The Force Awakens was good, if a little safe and The Last Jedi was brilliant, but incredibly divisive.

What’s been more exciting to see evolve however, is the Star Wars Story movies. Rogue One became my 2nd favourite film in the series after Empire with Godzilla director, Gareth Edwards proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Then, LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to direct a Han Solo origins story and that got people very excited indeed. 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

Alternative Oscars Winners 2018

Alternative Oscars WinnersForeword by Adam Brannon: The Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars have become a staple of the site over the last three years, and I’m so pleased that so many of you have got behind it.

I’m never been shy in saying that the Academy Awards aren’t my bag. Awarding films that the general public don’t necessarily watch in any great numbers, they seem to be in their own little world. Yes, they award technical brilliance, but the majority of movies nominated aren’t massively financial darlings.

This year, the Alternative Oscars became even bigger. Last year, we had 350 votes cast which at the time I thought was absolutely incredible. This year, we were just shy of 1000. That means nearly 1000 people shared their views on the best movies of last year. Without further ado, let’s crown this year’s winners!

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Films I’m Worried About in 2018

Movies I'm Worried About in 20182018 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in cinema ever, if not the biggest. If you thought 2015 was exciting, take a look at the Movie Metropolis Film Calendar and prepare yourself, there’s some serious celluloid coming to screens everywhere over the next 12 months.

However, there are a few blockbusters that I’m a little concerned about. It’s also unfortunate that my favourite ever franchise also features on this list, but more on that a bit later. Here are 5 movies that I’m worried about in 2018. 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