Retro Review: A.I Artificial Intelligence

AI movie posterIn the early 1970s, Stanley Kubrick acquired the rights to the 1969 short story by Brian Aldiss titled ‘Supertoys Last All Summer Long.‘ Intellectually obsessed, Kubrick began working on a screenplay to turn Aldiss’ short story into a modern-day Pinocchio, hiring a team of writers to work on a script for over 20 years including the original author, sci-fi author Bob Shaw and eventual screen-story credit Ian Watson.

The film stagnated in development for years. Kubrick felt that a child actor would make David too human and that the CGI capabilities of the day weren’t quite up to scratch. Rather than give up on the project, Kubrick chose to wait for technology to catch-up with the demands of the film. Attempts were even made to create automated, robotic version of David, though efforts were quickly stopped as the robot was described as ‘too creepy’ by the production team. Continue reading

Ready Player One review “Virtually amazing”

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a novel with such intricate parts and such nostalgia it should be next to impossible to film. In the hands of most directors it would have failed, luckily for Warner Bros. and us as an audience the great Steven Spielberg stepped up. However is this massive task of bringing a world filled with wonder and excitement, too much for the veteran director?

Ready Player One follows Wade Watts in the year 2045, where the world is in decline and people fill their time in the OASIS, a virtual world where everything is possible and the only limits are people’s imagination. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he releases his will to challenge all the users of the OASIS to find his very own Easter Egg inside the game, whoever wins becomes the new owner. Continue reading

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

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

“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