Gregory Wakeman

The Kid truly was a family affair

The Kid is a dark movie, packed full of abuse, murder, crime and robbery. Set in 1879, it revolves around Rio (Jake Schur) and Sara (Leila George), a brother and sister running away from their abusive uncle (Chris Pratt), only to encounter the legendary outlaw Billy The Kid (Dane DeHaan) and...

Monday, March 4, 2019, 3:02 PM

Sofia Boutella on Gaspar Noe’s Climax

Gaspar Noe’s Climax is a truly beguiling and increasingly unsettling cinematic delight.  It also perfectly combines the French director’s visual flair and desire to shock and surprise with refreshingly unfettered and unhinged performances from an array of dancers, most of whom had never acted...

Friday, March 1, 2019, 3:19 PM

Leaving Neverland makes the case that Michael Jackson was a ‘career pedophile’

Michael Jackson was a career pedophile that used very deliberate, manipulative, deceitful, and well-organized methods to ensnarl his victims, according to Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed.   Reed has spent 3 years working on the explosive HBO documentary, interviewing two of Jackson’s...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 3:16 PM

Chiwetel Ejiofor was 'galvanized' to make his 'inspiring' directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Chiwetel Ejiofor didn’t harbor any serious ambition to write and direct before reading The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind. Sure, he’d overseen two short films, but he insists to Metro that these were just made “recreationally,” as he wanted to “learn more about screenwriting and filmmaking.” But as...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 3:21 PM

How Crazy Rich Asians changed the movie industry

2018 was the ultimate proof that diversity in movies isn't just good for society but it is actually profitable, too. Not only did Black Panther become a culture phenomenon, but Crazy Rich Asians basically rejuvenated the romantic comedy genre all on its own.  While its haul of $174.5 million...

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:00 AM

How Barry Jenkins became the best and most important director in Hollywood

The critical acclaim for If Beale Street Could Talk was such that 3 Academy Award nominations was deemed a disappointing return for Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel.  Especially considering the success of Moonlight, Jenkins’ last film, which was nominated for 8 awards,...

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 10:00 AM

Ray Romano goes ‘slow and intimate’ with Paddleton

Ray Romano’s legacy as a comedian has long been secure.  Mostly because of the monstrous success of his hit CBS show Everybody Loves Raymond, but also due to his stellar comedic career that made him one of the most respected stand-ups of the 1990s.  Over the last few years, though,...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 10:00 AM

What will win at the Oscars 2019?

The 91st Academy Awards is still incredibly open.  Over the last few weeks the likes of Roma, The Favourite, A Star Is Born, Vice, If Beale Street Could Talk, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and BlacKkKlansman have been jockeying for accolades during awards season. That's understandable, as they’re...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

Why is Green Book so controversial? Here are the problems with the Best Picture Oscar nominee

Green Book has somehow rivalled Bohemian Rhapsody as the most controversial 2019 Best Picture Oscar nominee. After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Green Book quickly won the festival's People’s Choice Award. It followed that up with successes at the Producers Guild Of...

Monday, February 18, 2019, 1:56 PM

Why are the Academy Awards called the Oscars?

This year marks the 91st time that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences have celebrated the cinematic achievements of the previous year. Those that are lucky enough to be victorious in categories that range from Best Picture to Best Cinematography, Best Editing and also include various...

Monday, February 18, 2019, 10:00 AM

All the female directors who should've been nominated for an Oscar

The 5 men up for the Best Director Academy Award are all worthy nominees. To try and even suggest that one of Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Adam McKay (Vice), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War) or Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) should be omitted would be cruel.  But, at this...

Friday, February 15, 2019, 10:45 AM

Everybody Knows was the most challenging role of Penelope Cruz’s career

As an Academy Award winner, who has also received two further nominations, Penelope Cruz has always put her heart, soul, and intellect into every role she has ever taken on. But despite the toil that went into her being recognized for Vicky Christina Barcelona, Volver and Nine, Cruz insists that...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 9:59 PM

Jamie Bell is a brutal fighter with depth in Donnybrook

Donnybrook is a brutal film. Anytime Jamie Bell’s Earl, a struggling veteran, and Frank Grillo’s Angus, an evil drug dealer, are on screen violence seems inevitable. Especially when they’re together, as the duo head to the titular bare-knuckle cage match where the winner takes home $100,000....

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:42 AM

The Russo Brothers talk visual effects, Avengers Endgame and Thanos

A quick look at The Russo Brothers’ CV suggests that the siblings should have struggled with directing the mega Marvel blockbusters that they have quickly excelled at overseeing.  Before directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and the...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:29 PM

Nick Frost lived out his childhood dream with Fighting With My Family

Fighting With My Family tells the true story of how Paige went from the obscurity of amateur wrestling in Eastern England to one of the most acclaimed stars of the WWE. Written and directed by The Office’s Stephen Merchant, Fighting With My Family is as hilarious as expected, while also being...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 11:34 AM

The Russo Brothers on the Oscars finally recognizing the superhero genre

The Oscars have been and always will be divisive.  Not only are the nominations roundly debated, even the eventual winners are usually disputed, and that’s before we get to the controversy over the televised show. Of course, social media has only inflamed and made these arguments even more...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 11:33 AM

Why it took 20 years for James Cameron, Guillermo del Toro and Robert Rodriguez to make Alita: Battle Angel

While it has taken 20 years for producers Jon Landau and James Cameron to finally bring their adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga series Alita: Battle Angel to the big-screen, to say that it has languished in development hell would be doing those involved a disservice.  Landau and Cameron...

Monday, February 11, 2019, 3:47 PM

Recreating Happy Death Day scenes for Happy Death Day 2U was ‘miserable’

When filming concluded on Happy Death Day Israel Broussard thought that he would never have to see the plaid shirt that his character Carter repeatedly wore ever again.  However, he didn’t realize the trick that its director Christopher Landon had planned for the follow-up, which sees Jessica...

Friday, February 8, 2019, 10:30 AM

Do you need to have seen Happy Death Day to see Happy Death Day 2U?

Happy Death Day 2U proves that the time loop that trapped Jessica Rothe’s Tree wasn’t quite as closed as the original film’s conclusion suggested. More than that, it actually delves into how the time loop was created, putting the blame firmly at the feet of Carter (Israel Broussard)’s room-mate...

Friday, February 8, 2019, 10:00 AM

Will there be a Lego Movie 3? Here’s what we know

The Lego Movie not only introduced a brand new way of bringing beloved characters to the big-screen, this time in miniature form, but it established a new cinematic world where there were endless possibilities for sequels and spin-offs.  In fact, in the five years since the release of The...

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4:00 PM