Doctor Sleep review “Stephen King is as Stephen King does”

Doctor Sleep posterBook adaptations, who knows how they’ll turn out? My two favorite film series, James Bond and Harry Potter, are both based off of film series, but one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, After, was also based on a book, in the loosest sense of the word. These extend to one of the most prolific authors in recent memory, Stephen King. Currently, he has forty-eight films, twenty five television shows and miniseries, and sixteen others I’ll put under “Miscellaneous”, and they range from amazing (Shawshank Redemption, Misery), to terrible (The Mangler, Cujo) which really made me worried about the latest film to be based off of a Stephen King story, Doctor Sleep.

While it is directed by Mike Flannagan, the director of Gerald’s Game, which is one of the most terrifying Stephen King films in recent memory. The movie had an amazing trailer, was directed by someone with talent, has a pretty good cast featuring Rebecca Ferguson, and is based off of an amazing boo- OH GOD IT’S THE SNOWMAN ALL OVER AGAIN. While I can’t say that Doctor Sleep is a bad movie, I don’t think it’s close to the best Stephen King adaptation. Not to sleep on the matter any further, let’s get into Doctor Sleep. Continue reading

IT: Chapter Two review “Good job I wore the brown pants”

IT: Chapter Two posterPart of this post is sponsored by 4DX Cinemas. With poignancy and heart on its side, 2017’s IT managed to avoid its occasional flaws to become an unnerving addition to the horror genre. While the film could never be classed as outright terrifying, the character of Pennywise, portrayed exceptionally by Bill Skarsgard, is an unsettling antagonist and one of the best in film.

Two years later, the town of Derry is back on the big screen in Andy Muschietti’s epic conclusion. But at nearly 3 hours long, is IT: Chapter Two just a bloated mess, or does it float to new heights? Continue reading

The Best Films of 2017: Star Wars, Kingsman & More

Film in 2017It feels like five minutes ago that I was airing my thoughts via podcast, declaring 2016 to be a fantastic year in film. A lot has changed on Movie Metropolis since then and for film, 2017 has been a mixed bag, with the latter half of the year throwing up some absolutely incredible moments in cinema.

Naturally, it’s impossible to put all the greats and not-so-greats within this article, but I’ve picked those that stood out to me for bringing something different to the table.

To celebrate such a varied 12 months, I’ve put together a list of the very best, and very worst films of the year. From superhero blockbusters to wartime epics and small independent movies, it’s been a rollercoaster year. First up, we’re going to look at the very best films of 2017. Have you seen all of the movies on my list? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Gerald’s Game review “Not a very fun game”

Gerald's Game posterThe horror film market is huge. Hundreds, if not thousands, of horror films are made every year, with only few standing out of the blood-drenched crowd. Netflix, with a penchant for outstanding horrors and thrillers, decided to hop on the horror flick train, bringing about an adaptation of Stephen King’s terrifying novel ‘Gerald’s Game’.

The film follows Jessie (Carla Gugino) and her husband, Gerald (Bruce Greenwood), as they head to a remote lake house in order to spice up their marriage. One thing leads to another, and then Gerald has a heart attack and dies, leaving Jessie handcuffed to the bed with the keys out of reach. She must then fight to survive, whilst having a few disturbing flashbacks and encounters along the way. Continue reading

IT review “Make sure you take a pillow”

IT PosterHorror buffs and Stephen King fans everywhere have been waiting for this moment since 2009. It is of course, a modern adaptation of the author’s novel, IT. 

Plagued with production problems from the get-go, I see a pattern emerging here, IT has been in the hands of multiple directors with numerous actors in the running to play that iconic clown. I am of course, talking about Pennywise.

Fast forward to 2017, and with Mama Andy Muschietti taking over directorial duties and Bill Skarsgård hopping into that tight-fitting suit we finally have a finished product. But what is it like? Continue reading