Unpopular Opinion: Ridley Scott hasn’t made a good film since Gladiator

Ridley Scott hasn't made a great film since GladiatorMake no mistake about it, Ridley Scott’s early, pre-2000s career is littered with enduring classics and hidden gems. Blade Runner, to this day, remains one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. Thelma and Louise remains an immensely enjoyable, girl power-fuelled joyride that holds up so well it’s perhaps more impactful now than it was at the time of release. And 1977’s The Duellists (Scott’s directorial debut) remains a well crafted and considered film.

To experience Ridley Scott as his peak though, we must travel all the way back to 1982. Following the release of Alien and Blade Runner in quick succession, Scott had not only established himself as one of Britain’s best filmmakers, he’d claimed his place as the premier director within the science fiction genre. Alien, quite rightly, is regarded as a masterpiece hybrid of sci-fi and horror. And Blade Runner, one of my favourite films, is without a doubt one of the greatest, pure science fiction movies ever conceived. Continue reading

“Titanic in the sky” Passengers review

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyPassengers review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are two of the world’s most bankable stars. What with Pratt helping to resurrect prehistoric franchises like Jurassic Park and Lawrence turning The Hunger Games series into one of the biggest ever, it seems they are the people Hollywood wants to work with, right here, right now.

It was inevitable they’d team up together at some point, though director Mortem Tyldum’s (The Imitation Game) sci-fi flick Passengers perhaps isn’t what their fan-bases had in mind. But do the pair sizzle together as much as they do apart? Continue reading

The Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars

tropy-awardVOTING IS NOW CLOSED: Click here for the results.

For a long time I’ve suggested that the Academy Awards are a little out of touch with what movie-going audiences love to watch. Yes, they reward technical brilliance, The Revenant has certainly proven that for this year, but they forget to realise that blockbuster cinema is an ever-present source of entertainment for the masses.

With that in mind, I’m hosting the first Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars. Using the majority of the categories from the glamorous event, but with films we’ve probably all seen in the last year.

So, please vote in each category, select your favourite and the winners will be revealed on February 28th, Oscars night. 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