Dumbo review “Tim Burton and the flying elephant”

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If you had told me 15 years ago that Tim Burton would be directing a live-action adaptation of Disney’s classic, Dumbo I would’ve been overwhelmed with excitement. The director, famed for his unique sense of gothic style and visual flair has directed some of the best films ever made.

Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Beetlejuice are just a few classics on a resume populated by cracking movies. However, over the last decade Burton has become a director that has focused on style over substance. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory was a pale imitation of the original and his live-action remake of Alice in Wonderland was successful but hollow. Continue reading

The films that influenced me: Rob Stoakes

Rob StoakesIn a series of special articles, Movie Metropolis contributor Rob Stoakes and founder Adam Brannon share the 10 films that changed the way each of them view cinema. We kick off with Rob’s first five, with Adam’s following later this week.

I don’t think I’ve written a more personal article on this or any other site. The Lion King review is perhaps the closest. But this is special, because recently my debut novel, Mother and Monster, was published.  And while I could do an entire article about the book and pestering you to buy it, I imagine you lot are more interested in films, I’ve instead decided to share something very personal; the ten biggest influences on me from the world of cinema.

This is not a list of my favourite films. This is not a list of the best films. Some of the films on this list are those, some are dumpster fires, but all of them have had an impact on me, as a filmgoer, as a writer and, perhaps most importantly of all, as a person. I wouldn’t recommend all of them, you might not enjoy them, but when the police find the bodies and try to figure out why I did it, this is probably where they should start. Continue reading

“Curiously terrible” Through the Looking Glass review

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By Adam Brannon

Disney is set for a bumper year of takings. 2016 is dominated by the House of Mouse in all of their guises, whether Marvel, Pixar or Disney itself. We’ve already had the fantastic live-action remake of The Jungle Book and now Alice returns to Wonderland in Through the Looking Glass.

Tim Burton took us to the murky depths of “Underland” in the 2010 predecessor; a film that was hugely overrated with a box-office return of $1billion. Naturally a sequel was greenlit soon after, but is Through the Looking Glass another case of style over substance?

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