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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

 


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Bloodshot (2020): Review by Grosse Point Geek

Bloodshot (2020): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot in a Nutshell:
A crack US Marine (Vin Diesel – one dimensional) and his wife (Tallulah Riley – hideously miscast) are kidnapped and murdered by a shadowy bunch of mercenaries, all is not lost though as here comes Dr Guy Pearce (sleepwalking) and his trusty advanced nanobot technology and hey presto big Vin is rebuilt as an unstoppable, unkillable super soldier armed with the ability to instantly heal himself every time he gets shot, knifed or blown up. I could go on but as you have probably guessed from here on in there are a lot of fights, explosions and more than a fair share of slo-mo shots of Diesel looking hard as nails and really pissed off.

What worked?
The effects are pretty good, one or two of the action scenes are well handled and there is a fairly clever plot twist halfway through that wasn’t bad at all.

What could have been better?
The action tries to be inventive but is mostly bland and fails to excite, the baddie and the rest of the supporting cast are faceless non entities, plus there is the glaring problem that Diesel has not one iota of charisma and simply cant act –  and (with the notable exception of the Riddick trilogy) he’s no different here than he was in every other action film he has ever made:

frowns a lot? – check

looks constipated?  – correct

Wears a vest showing off his abs? Yep

Thinks he is making Shakespeare? You betcha

Rest of the cast just there for the money? Absolutely

Review Summary:

Vin tries his best but proves once again that he simply cannot compete with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Arnie or even John Cena in the charisma stakes, not only that but the story is one we’ve seen many times before particularly in Robocop and Universal Soldier.

On the whole this is just a forgettable film that passed the time well enough but is really is bit of a waste of time and effort – which as always, is a bit of a shame.

 

 


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Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards RESULTS!

Blog: Phil’s 2020 Academy Awards RESULTS!

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So it’s that time again… the 2020 version of the Academy Awards are on us!  And as it traditional here is my list of predictions with the actual results from the 2020 Awards!

Reminder: I’ve picked the films I think WILL Win and that I think SHOULD Win! (WILL win’s count only for predictions, blanks indicate I’ve not seen enough films to decide who Should Win!)

So how did I do?  Find out below! 

 


Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
1917 – Will Win
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Should Win
Parasite
Joker

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Philips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917 – Will Win
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho – Should Win

 

Leading Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renee Zellweger, Judy – Will Win

Leading Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – Will AND Should Win! 
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

 

Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women – Will Win! 
Margot Robbie, Bombshell – Should Win

Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Win AND Should Win! 

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out – Should Win
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Will Win 
Parasite

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman – Will AND Should Win 
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window – Will Win (Guess!) 
Saria
A Sister

 

Animated Short Film

Dcera
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable – Will Win (Guess!) 
Sister

Original Score

Joker – Will Win and Should Win! 
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Best International Feature Film Award

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory
Parasite – Will and Should Win!

 

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917 – Will and Should Win
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 

Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit – Will Win
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Should Win

Documentary Short

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman – Will Win (Guess!) 
Walk Run Cha-Cha

 

Documentary Feature

American Factory – Win Will AND Should Win 
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Achievements in Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWill And Should Win
Parasite

Achievements in Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari – Will Win And Should Win
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

 

Achievements in Cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917 – Will Win AND Should Win! 
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Achievements in Visual Effects

1917 – Will Win
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman – Should Win! 
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Achievements in Make-up and Hairstyling

Bombshell – Will Win
Joker – Should Win
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Will Win AND Should Win
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

 

Best Original Song

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story – Will Win
I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman – Should Win
I’m Standing With You, Breakthrough
Into the Unknown, Frozen II
Stand Up, Harriet

Total:  14/24

 


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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 36 Must See Films Of The Decade (2010-2019)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 36 Must See Films Of The Decade (2010-2019)

2019: In Review Other Cr*p Quick Review Year In Review

So this is it: Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests (including podcasters Mike Parkin & Josh Morris, Filmmaker Ross Boyask and Phil’s Quick Capsule Review writers Will Strong & Matt Duddy) LONG list of the 36 must see films of the Decade (2010-2019)

This list will also form the basis of our vote for the Essential Films of the Decade (2010-2019)

So how many have YOU seen?

Avengers Assemble
Avengers Endgame
Avengers Infinity War
Cabin in the Woods
Captain America: Winter Soilder
Deadpool
Ex Machina
Green Room
Happy Death Day
How To Train Yoru Dragon 
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Inception
John Wick
Kings Of Summer
Kubo and the Two Strings
Mad Max Fury Road
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Misson Impossible: Fall Out
Nightshooters
Operation Red Sea
Pitch Perfect
Skyfall
Social Network
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Star Wars: Rogue One
Super 8
T2 Trainspotting
The Greatest Showman
The Signal
The Way Way Back
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Toy Story 3
Warrior
What We Do in the Shadows
Whiplash
Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Check back in the next few days for our final list or take the QUIZ HERE  to see how many you have seen!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is often considered to be a classic Christmas Movie. And whilst it’s not up there with the likes of Home Alone and Die Hard (Yes Die Hard IS a Christmas movie) it’s still pretty funny stuff, even if I am watching it for the first time some 30 years after it’s original release date.  Chase was always good value in the 80’s and early 90’s and gives it all here whilst the support cast equally seem to be enjoying themselves.  Yup time hasn’t always been kind but for the most part National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation deserves it rep as an essential Christmas text.

Best Bit: The Lights

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Home Alone, Die Hard, Gremlins

 


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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 25 Must See Films Of 2019

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 25 Must See Films Of 2019

2019: In Review Other Cr*p Quick Review Year In Review

So this is it: Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests (including podcasters Mike Parkin & Josh Morris, Filmmaker Ross Boyask and Phil’s Quick Capsule Review writers Will Strong & Matt Duddy) LONG list of the 25 must see films of 2019

This list will also form the basis of our vote for the Essential Films of 2019.

So how many have YOU seen?

Avengement
Green Book
Ready or Not
Avengers: End Game
Knives Out
Rocketman
Joker
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Irishman
Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Rambo: Last Blood
Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Booksmart
Happy Death Day 2U
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot
Long Shot
Zombieland 2
Ad Astra
Fighting with my Family
How to Train your Dragon 3
Escape Room
Dave Made a Maze
The Night Comes For Us
Harpoon
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

 

 

Check back in the next few days for our final list or take the QUIZ HERE  to see how many you have seen!

Star Wars: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

Star Wars: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot in a nutshell

Sometime after the events of The Last Jedi, the Resistance are still battling the First Order and Rey (Daisy Ridley) is training to be a Jedi under the watchful eye of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher),  meanwhile a terrifying message is detected coming out of the depths of space  – the evil Emperor Palpatine is alive and threatening to destroy all who oppose him  – its now a race against time to find his whereabouts before he can unleash a vast armada of planet killing ships and bring about the return of the Sith.

 

What worked?

In my view – a lot.

To begin with the story is superb, a rollicking good old fashioned space adventure, spanning lots of different locations, throwing in various McGuffins with some really interesting twists and unexpected turns.

As always with Star Wars, the action scenes deliver in spades, light sabre duels, blaster fights, space battles and endless escapism which had me whooping for joy.

Once again, the acting is also excellent  –  Adam Driver as Kylo Ren/Ben Solo is extremely good and has now become one of the film industry’s most talented actors working today.

I also have to say that Daisy Ridley was brilliant as Rey, effortlessly showing how she has come on leaps and bounds from her rather wide eyed performance in The Force Awakens, the girl absolutely gives it her all here and along with Adam Driver totally anchors the whole film. The ever charismatic Oscar Isaac is great as Poe Dameron, even managing to channel his inner Han Solo with some cheeky one liners and knowing smirks. Finally there is the return of the magnificent Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine  -the stuff of nightmares, seriously evil, and completely beyond redemption  – the guy owns this role so completely that when he’s on screen you just cant take your eyes off him – to say he is incredible in this role would be the understatement of the millennium.

 

What could have been better?

Despite how good the plot was I have to say that it was at times a bit too densely packed and there were some ‘Basil Exposition’ moments that caused me to roll my eyes on several occasions.

The whole thing also seemed somewhat too focussed on Poe, Rey and Kylo which meant that some characters remained underdeveloped or didn’t get enough screen time – for example Billy Dee Williams comes back as Lando Calrissian but isn’t nearly in the film enough, then there is the excellent Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico who finds herself side-lined here in an almost afterthought of an appearance – a decision which seemed to be paying lip service to the hammering she had off the idiotic troll fanboys for The Last Jedi. Lastly, even though he’s on screen for most of the film, John Boyega as Finn isn’t really allowed to shine much at all and is very overshadowed by Ridley, Driver and Isaac – which is a shame as he is a great actor and was very central to the plots of the last two films.

 

Review summary

Very well directed by JJ Abrams, winning performances from Ridley, Driver, Isaac and McDiarmid , cracking action, lots of throwbacks to the original trilogy and an interesting plot with lots of unexpected twists and reveals -Rise Of Skywalker is a fantastic thrill ride that had me completely fixated for its nearly 140 minute running time, yes there are flaws, but to be honest I was so caught up in the whole thing that it really didn’t matter. Wonderful stuff, I loved it.

 

 


Review epilogue

As the Skywalker story comes to a close I thought id share with you some of my thoughts on this incredible film franchise. As most who know me (long suffering girlfriend, long suffering family, the eternally exasperated Phil Hobden etc) will be aware that I have been a dedicated Star Wars fan for nigh on 42 years. For me its always been about the films themselves, I’ve never cared for the expanded universe, the books, the games etc plus I really don’t take any notice of the highbrow critics or rabidly moronic fanboys who still cant see what Star Wars is all about.

For me Star Wars is simply a wonderful fairy story  -one based on all the classic tales our parents read us when we were little –   theres a castle, a hero, a princess, a wise old wizard and a man dressed in black –and  that’s all a fairy story needs to be.

Star Wars represents everything incredible in this world and in life itself-  the ability to rise above your standing, that mastering a skill isn’t ever easy and takes lots of hard work, that failure is the best lesson of all because it teaches us to always try harder,  that those who are older and wiser are in fact pretty much right about everything (even if they are 900 years old) that heroes can be flawed, villains can be redeemed and most important of all –  good will always triumph over evil.

Thankyou George Lucas and may the force be with you – always.


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