What NOT to Watch:  A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

What NOT to Watch: A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

A Blog Other Cr*p Quick Review

In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

Next Up: Films to avoid like the plague (no pun intended)

 

  • Armageddon

 

  • Deep Impact

 

  • Contagion

 

  • Outbreak

 

  • Mad Max 1 2 3 and 4

 

  • Threads

 

  • Night Of The Living Dead

 

  • Dawn Of The Dead

 

  • Day Of The Dead

 

  • Land Of The Dead

 

  • Seven

 

  • War Of The Worlds

 

  • The Swarm

 

  • When Worlds Collide

 

  • Schindlers List

 

  • Doomsday

 

  • The Day After Tomorrow

 

  • Independence Day

 

  • 2012

 

  • The Plague Dogs

 

  • Day Of The Triffids

 

  • Old Yella

 

  • Tarka The Otter

 

  • Steel Dawn

 

  • Bambi

 

  • Dumbo

 

  • Eraserhead

 

  • The Elephant Man

 

  • Anything directed by Ingmar Bergman and Lars Von Trier

 

I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film and new release shortage!

Happy 2020 Rex Manning Day!

Happy 2020 Rex Manning Day!

A Blog

“We mustn’t dwell. No, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning day!” -Mark (Ethan Embry)

April 8th is a big day for Empire Records enthusiasts as it’s been deemed Rex Manning Day.  And thus we celebrate that day every year at Phil’s Quick capsule Review.

From TIME magazine:
“Rex Manning was the fictional pop star in the 1995 movie Empire Records. On April 8, “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy” Manning has a scheduled appearance at a struggling independent record store that the staff (which includes Renee Zellweger and Liv Tyler) is desperately trying to save from turning into corporate chain.

While the film flopped, making a mere quarter million dollars during its two-week theatrical run, it quickly became a cult classic — and the fake-tanned Rex Manning became an icon.”

“Who knows where thoughts come from. They just appear.”Joe

 

Check out the soundtrack on SPOTIFY

 

 

 


Follow us on Social Media:

 

 

Rewatched: Marvel Films – Part 1 (6th April 2020)

Rewatched: Marvel Films – Part 1 (6th April 2020)

A Blog The Blogs

With Disney + driving in the UK, Phil has decided to introduce his daughter to the wonderful world of Marvel films.  Mostly in order.  Here are my updated thoughts on each of the MCU films we watch (we may miss out The Incredible Hulk)…

Note scores reflect my updated IMDB ratings.


Iron Man (2008)

The Film that started it all… Iron Man is still a rock n roll action movie with an unlikely lead, an even more unlikely director and enough balls out moments to wow.  The oldest MCU film still holds up well and again the casting is spot on.  Yup the end fight could be better but Iron man is top draw cinema.

Thor (2011)

Thor was MUCH better all these years later.  I always thought of it as the weaker origin film but it’s funny, charming and good fun, whilst still carrying a lot of baggage for the wider MCU to come. Hemsworth really was born to play this role.

 

13. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 

Solid, fun and well done, this feels like a film I should like more.  But still all these years on it just seems to drag at times and the action is flat. Captain America: The First Avenger is far from being a bad film but it’s probably the weakest origin film of the initial Avengers.

 

5. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) 

All the groundwork paid off as Marvel delivered it’s first ever super hero team up.  The Hulk was back (and done right this time), Hawkeye and Black Widow joined the team and director Joss Whedon delivered the goods. The Avengers is still a high watermark and reminds you just how well put together Phase 1 really was.

 


Follow us on Social Media:

 

 

 

 

An Elephant Sitting Still (2018): Review by Your Opinion Sucks

An Elephant Sitting Still (2018): Review by Your Opinion Sucks

A Blog Other Cr*p Your Opinion Sucks

“He told me the other day, there is an elephant in Manzhouli. It sits there all day long. Perhaps some people keep stabbing it with forks. Or maybe it just enjoys sitting there. I don’t know.”

An Elephant Sitting Still is a grand tapestry of a film, a four-hour long living breathing monster that makes one proud to appreciate cinema. Its very existence is soaked through with sorrow of the most merciless kind, as one seldom mentions An Elephant Sitting Still without touching upon the passing of its writer/director, Hu Bo, who took his own life shortly after completing the film at just 29 years old. It would forever be his first and only effort, an effort that sadistically taunts you with the empty promise of what he seemed destined to achieve in his life. Perhaps a filmography of sharp, aesthetically gratifying and beautifully eye-gouging films like this one, of which there would be nothing else alike on the beautiful big screen. We will never know, what is known is that cinema is a much darker place without him.

The camera is alive in this story, almost constantly moving with and around our hapless characters. Anticipating, as we do, what unpleasantness will be arriving shortly in the grimness of their lives; when the already screaming tension is pushed beyond its limit. Refusing to cut back and forth, preferring to glide as long unbroken takes from one despairing fall to the next, we are treated to a washed out world in which people are searching for an escape. Normal every-day occurrences are the problems our characters face here, dilemmas, ultimatums, situations many of us will recognise from our own lives, the kind that can seem inescapable; and are therefore capable of terrifying us in cinema.

This is a slow, meditative piece, the tone is almost cruel, making use of a musical score that sounds both hopeful and hopeless all at the same time, the colour scheme is miserable and the story is relentless in its emotional tragedy. And yet, you will not leave empty handed in the desperate search for something-anything that could offer hope, as An Elephant Sitting Still does not wish to beat you over the head with depression, but one cannot have light without there first being darkness, and while the majority of the film is bleak in a way that smashes your glass house to the ground, it represents a flawed succession in finding that escape from the emptiness of existence. Films like this represent something the filmmaker needs to get off their chest, the need to truly express themselves, beyond commercialism and above the need for a return on their years of hard work, Hu Bo wanted to say something, tear his emotions free and in turn – he tore mine.

An Elephant Sitting Still had everything for me, my favourite combination, style and substance, substance dictated by style; there would not be one without the other. The story is expansive and relatable in its persistent and personal assault of meaningful themes, and while the style perpetuates sadness, it is almost fun, as every clear artistic decision implies a filmmaker who loved his craft. There are no pretty pictures or gorgeous landscapes, characters are either bullies or victims, a snowy setting makes for discomfort all the way through and while hope is spread very thin, still it lies before you, at the end of this painful journey, and the result is a majestic piece of work with a very satisfying sensibility to it. I will say that not every line of dialogue felt as unique in its characterisation as though it wasn’t all Hu Bo’s own words, but this is a mere spec in the shadow of what is a monumental achievement, there need to be more films like this out there, for the sake of the integrity of cinema itself.

 

 


Follow us on Social Media:

 

 

Star Wars: A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

Star Wars: A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Other Cr*p The Blogs

In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

Next Up: The Star Wars films (no derogatory comments please -I’ll have you all know I’m v sensitive when it comes to these films -yes even the prequels! – lol)

 

Watch in following order:

 

  • Episode 1 The Phantom Menace

 

  • Episode 2: Attack Of The Clones

 

  • Episode 3: Revenge Of The Sith

 

  • Solo A Star Wars Story

 

  • Rogue One a Star Wars Story

 

  • Episode 4: A New Hope

 

  • Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back

 

  • Episode 6: Return Of The Jedi

 

  • Episode 7: The Force Awakens

 

  • Episode 8: The Last Jedi

 

  • Episode 9: The Rise Of Skywalker

 

I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film and new release shortage!

The Dead Don’t Die (2019): Review by Your Opinion Sucks

The Dead Don’t Die (2019): Review by Your Opinion Sucks

A Blog The Blogs Your Opinion Sucks

Here is a completely insubstantial series of unsuccessful tonal shifts, made with the most average tier filmmaking, that makes about as much of a comedic/satirical/whatever-the-hell-this-is-supposed-to-be impression as a biblically long joke without a punchline. I’ve never understood, nor sympathised with, the sheer eccentric aggression the internet culture of today likes to resort to, specifically when someone asks a film’s naysayer if, maybe, they just “didn’t get it”. The Dead Don’t Die does nothing to change this opinion I have, as I can summarise every thought and feeling I have about this film with three words and one letter: I don’t get it. This isn’t the first time I would use this summary either, there have been a few films in my movie-watching life I can say I simply didn’t “get”, and it therefore bewilders me that people who ask this are immediately vilified as annoyingly pretentious; always!

Best not lose my train of thought, The Dead Don’t Die feels like it is about to flip the table and reveal a brand new spin on the very tired zombie genre (would still love a 28 months later though) any second now; but it never happens. And the time and time again that it shifts its tone, from curiously serious to awkwardly cartoonish, is always as smooth and delicate as a dodgy decapitation. I knew nothing of the film’s intentions before commencing my viewing, the poster/DVD cover suggests something along the lines of Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead, but when Bill Murray and Adam Driver sit in a car and emote to the rhythm of something more dramatic, with not even an attempt at humour anywhere in sight, I thought the film might just require me to also make some effort if I want to know what its deal is; nothing wrong with that, and you can’t judge a book (or DVD in this case) by its cover.

But then Iggy Pop shows up as a zombie and I start wondering if I might have nodded off without realising, and someone had changed the discs. Is this film a comedy? What was clearly supposed to be humour seemed way too few and far between for that to be the case. Was it just too subtle in other places for me to notice it was there? I honestly don’t know! Tilda Swinton did have the odd funny line here and there, and the sudden presence of familiar celebrity faces, making random extended cameos with admittedly decent enough performances, did sometimes put a smile on my face, but that’s where the positives put all their feet in the grave for me. Just when I think the film only wants to be rather quirky, it turns into a cartoon, when I feel like I might be getting close to just rolling with it, an actor delivers a performance so serious and legitimately fearful, I feel like we’re suddenly back in straight-faced territory again.

These tonal shifts hit me like a sack full of bricks every single time, and even if it settled down and just picked one for goodness sake, it would still have trouble functioning since none of them work on their own when given a chance. The humour and quirkiness were not very funny, the scenes i’ll call the “serious sounding ones” were just a bit weird, the special effects were awkwardly unconvincing, the cinematography was painfully unimaginative and cheap looking, and a fourth wall break, towards the end of the picture, found itself eliciting only embarrassment-fuelled violence upon one’s self. The Dead Don’t Die is simply a film I won’t remember, everything about feels so incredibly average that my bank has no place for it. I didn’t like it, I didn’t hate it either, but my inability to fully wrap my brain around its constantly rubix-cubing tone, atmosphere and incomprehensible motives leave me with two things:

The first is a question, just what was it about the script that attracted such a colossal cast? Does the director know them all personally? Is he just a really swell guy? Did it play out differently on paper? I would really like to know.

The second is a mere statement – I just don’t get it.

 

 


Follow us on Social Media:

 

 

Film Series:  A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

Film Series: A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Other Cr*p

In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

Next Up: Film Series (some of this lot might be an acquired taste so apologies in advance)

 

  • The Hobbit Trilogy
  • The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises)
  • The Indiana Jones Films (please not the 4th one though!)
  • Harry Potter Films
  • Rocky 1, 2, 3 4, 6, Creed and Creed 2 (avoid Rocky 5!)
  • First Blood/Rambo First Blood Part 2/Rambo 3/ Rambo/Rambo The Last Blood – (parental guidance recommended)
  • The Expendables 1 – 3
  • All 13 Star Trek Films (use caution here – can be detrimental to health – forget Covid19 you may catch Geekitis -theres no cure so be careful!)
  • Back To Future 1, 2 and 3
  • The Alien Films -in this order- Prometheus, Alien Covenant, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Ressurection
  • The Godfather 1 2 and 3

 

I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film and new release shortage!

Films To Make You laugh: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

Films To Make You laugh: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Other Cr*p

In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

Next Up: Films T0 Make You Laugh

 

  • Slapshot

 

  • Knocked Up

 

  • Superbad

 

  • Beverley Hills Cop

 

  • The Nutty Proffessor

 

  • The Big Lebowski

 

  • 21 Jump Street

 

  • Coming To America

 

  • Oh Brother Where Art Thou?

 

  • The Long Shot

 

  • Smokey and The Bandit

 

  • Every Which Way But Loose

 

  • Trading Places

 

  • Animal House

 

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral

 

  • When Harry Met Sally

 

  • City Slickers

 

  • Trainwreck

 

  • The Goonies

 

I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film and new release shortage!

Netflix & Prime Box Sets: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

Netflix & Prime Box Sets: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Other Cr*p

In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

Next Up: Recommended Box Sets on Netflix and Amazon Prime

 

Hunters (Amazon Prime)

Breaking Bad (Netflix)

Sex Education (Netflix – its a comedy before anyone gets the wrong idea!)

The Walking Dead (Amazon Prime)

Fear The Walking Dead (Amazon Prime)

The Witcher (Netflix)

Designated Survivor (Netflix)

Taken (Amazon Prime)

The X Files (Amazon Prime)

Daredevil (Netflix)

Picard (Amazon Prime)

Better Call Saul (Netflix)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

Star Trek Discovery (Netflix)

The Man In The High Castle (Netflix)

Bosch (Amazon Prime)

Vikings (Amazon Prime)

 

I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film and new release shortage!

Fantastic Feel Good Films: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

Fantastic Feel Good Films: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Other Cr*p

In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

 

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

 

List 1 – Fantastic feel good films that will be assured to cheer you all up and make you feel better about life in general (FYI some of these can be found on Netflix and Amazon Prime – some u may have to buy on dvd)

 

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Good Will Hunting
  3. Escape To Victory
  4. Warrior (I encourage ALL of you to watch this film – Tom Hardy/Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte – brilliant)
  5. Rocky 1, 2 3 4 and Rocky Balboa
  6. Wimbledon
  7. Fisherman’s Friends
  8. Shaun The Sheep Movie
  9. Wallace and Gromit – Curse of The Were-Rabbit/The Wrong Trousers/A Close Shave/A Grand Day Out
  10. Babe
  11. Shrek
  12. The Green Mile
  13. Forrest Gump
  14. The Full Monty
  15. Home Alone
  16. Back to The Future
  17. The Lion King (not the remake the proper 1994 original)
  18. Notting Hill
  19. Field Of Dreams
  20. Shakespeare In Love

I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film shortage!

 


Follow us on Social Media: