Phil’s Best & Worst 2018 Films.. The Final Edition (31st December 2018)

Phil’s Best & Worst 2018 Films.. The Final Edition (31st December 2018)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of the films from 2018 (2018 Films), as well as the best films I missed from last year and, of course, the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2018… So Far:

  1. Coco
  2. Mission Impossible: Fallout
  3. I, Tonya
  4. A Quiet Place
  5. Mary Poppins Returns

Honourable Mentions:  Mandy, My Generation, Lady Bird, Revenge, Mollys Game,  Upgrade, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, You Were Never Really Here, Bumblebee, The Festival, Calibre, Avengers: Infinity War, Game Night, Black Panther, Ready Player One, Office Uprising, The Post, Bohemian Rhapsody

 

WORST Films Of 2018… So Far

  1. The Cloverfield Paradox
  2. Fifty Shaded Freed
  3. Annihilation
  4. A Wrinkle In Time
  5. Mile 22

Dis-Honourable Mentions: Gotti, The Spy Who Dumped Me,Red Sparrow, The Commuter, The Humanity Bureau, Renegades, Peter Rabbit, Ocean’s 8, Death Wish, Hellraiser: Judgement, Day Of The Dead : Bloodline, Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters Part 1, Extinction, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Patient Zero, Isle Of Dogs, Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, All The Money In The World, The First Purge, The Ballard Of Buster Scruggs, Redcon-1

 

 

The 2018 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

 


The 2018 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

Once Upon a Time in Venice

Great Films Of 2017 That I saw In 2018:

The Disaster Artist, The Babysitter, Mayhem, Icarus, The Greatest Showman, The Big Sick, LA 92, Better Watch Out

 


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Grosse Point Geek’s 2018 In Review

Grosse Point Geek’s 2018 In Review

A Blog Year In Review

Each year Will and Phil compare notes on their favourite and least favourite films of 2018… here’s Will’s look at what’s been and what he’s most looking forward to in 2019.

 

Top Ten Best:

 

  1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (just superb – loved it)
  2. First Man (brilliantly directed and the moon landing sequence was brilliant)
  3. The Darkest Hour (had me in tears)
  4. Mission Impossible Fallout (a genuine summer blockbuster, featuring a proper movie star doing his own stunts and the kind of balls to the wall action scenes we have haven’t seen in years)
  5. BlackKKKLansman (funny and brilliant – I usually don’t like Spike Lee but this was incredibly good)
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody (Rami Malik’s performance was incredible and the Live Aid concert re-enactment at the end was gobsmacking)
  7. Avengers Infinity War – (exciting, fast paced, funny, great action, a cracking villain and THAT ending – roll on Avengers Endgame)
  8. A Star Is Born (a trio of incredible performances  – Lady Gaga was a revelation, Coopers acting and direction were brilliant plus Sam Elliott was astounding)
  9. Creed 2 (not as good as Creed or Rocky Balboa – but still great and had lots of heart)
  10. 12 Strong – balls to the wall action, great story, v well-acted

 

 

Top Ten Honouree mentions

 

  1. Deadpool 2 (v funny and extremely clever in parts)
  2. A Quiet Place –  (tense and scary  – a great directorial debut from John Krasinski)
  3. Hunter Killer (ridiculous but really great fun with a smashing performance from Gerard Butler)
  4. Ant Man and The Wasp (not Marvels best but I really liked it)
  5. The Meg (complete nonsense but a good laugh)
  6. Rampage (utterly insane but top drawer entertainment)
  7. Skyscraper (a Die Hard clone but who cares when its this much fun?)
  8. Mile 22 (I must be the only person on the planet who liked this one!)
  9. Mamma Mia 2 (a genuinely lovely film that had heart and soul and wanted nothing more than to entertain and have people leave the cinema with a big smile on their faces)
  10. Outlaw King (well made, top final battle and a great turn from Chris Pine)

 

Top Ten Worst

 

  1. Death Wish (terrible terrible terrible.  Bruce  – you obviously can’t be bothered anymore so either start putting in the effort or do us all a favour and give it up)
  2. Red Sparrow (what should have a been a balls to the wall action caper turned out to be nothing more than catastrophically over long and boring as all hell)
  3. Pacific Rim Uprising (not as bad as the first one but still rubbish)
  4. Equalizer 2 (utter pants, dull and completely pretentious to boot)
  5. Love Simon (I liked the message it was trying to give but hated the way it did it)
  6. Ladybird (yes I know it was loved by the critics but I HATED this film with a vengeance!)
  7. Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald (so boring I nearly fell asleep- this franchise needs a new director – fast)
  8. Ghost Stories (complete bilge and made no sense)
  9. 15:17 To Paris (now this was awful – Clint we love you but dear God mate what were you thinking?????)
  10. Mortal Engines (not the worst film I’ve ever seen and certainly gets an ‘A’ for effort but this just didn’t work at all)

 

 

Biggest Letdown:

 

The Predator  – someone PLEASE tell Shane Black that he isn’t as good as he obviously thinks he is  -also somebody please explain to me how in the hell they managed to blow this one????

 

2019 Most anticipated:

 

  1. Avengers: Endgame
  2. Star Wars Episode IX
  3. Rambo: The Last Blood (yeah I said it!)
  4. Angel Has Fallen (yeah Hobden you read it right -I said that too!)
  5. Captain Marvel
  6. Glass
  7. Godzilla King Of The Monsters
  8. Hellboy
  9. Spiderman: Far From Home
  10. Captive State
  11. Brightburn
  12. Hobbs and Shaw
  13. The New Mutants
  14. X-Men Dark Phoenix
  15. Fighting With My Family

 

See you next year!

 

Author: Will Strong 

 


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Grosse Pointe Geek’s Ten Favourite Scenes of 2018

Grosse Pointe Geek’s Ten Favourite Scenes of 2018

A Blog Year In Review

Grosse Pointe Geek’s picks his Ten Favourite Scenes of from the movies of 2018…

12 Strong

The Tiangi Gap Battle – Chris Hemsworth, plus the special forces and their Afghan allies mount up and charge a fifteen thousand strong Taliban army on horseback – what follows is a veritable cacophony of bombs, bullets, grenades, explosions and gunfire that is made all the more incredible due to the fact the film is based on a true story and this battle actually happened!

 

Mission Impossible: Fallout

The last 20 minutes   – an astounding feat of eye-popping action choreography and amazing stunt work  – and yes that really is Tom Cruise flying that helicopter.

 

Avengers: Infinity War:

Thor’s arrival in the battle of Wakanda – “Bring Me Thanos!” (an entire army proceeds to soil themselves)

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The Kessel Run –very well handled by director Ron Howard and sadly pretty much the only thing this film got right.

 

Blackkklansman:

Looking to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan  – African American Police Detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) gets on the phone to the head of the local KKK chapter and tries to join up – the looks on his colleague’s faces (especially Adam Driver’s Flip Zimmerman) is absolutely priceless.

 

Mile 22:

Iko Uwais vs the assassins. An enormous bout of bone crushing fisticuffs that has to be seen to be believed.

 

First Man

The Moon Landing.  Neil Armstrong (a brilliant Ryan Gosling) pilots the Eagle towards the moon’s surface  – edge of the seat exciting and the standout sequence in one of this year’s best films.

 

Deadpool 2:

The Opening five minutes and the two end credit sequences  -by turns extremely rude, very clever and downright hilarious.

 

Bohemian Rhapsody

Live Aid  – Rami Malik literally transforms into Freddie Mercury in an incredible recreation of what is widely agreed to be the greatest live performance of all time.

 

Creed 2:

The training montage plus Adonis vs Viktor’s climactic boxing match

 

 

Author: Will Strong 

 


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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 25 Must See Films Of 2018

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 25 Must See Films Of 2018

Other Cr*p 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 2018

This list will also form the basis of our vote for the Essential Films of 2018.

So how many have YOU seen?

 

The Shape Of Water
A Quiet Place
Avengers Infinity War
A Star Is Born
Incredibles 2
Halloween
I Tonya
Mandy
Mission Impossible: Fallout
My Generation
Coco
Revenge
Blackkklansman
12 Strong
Mamma Mia 2
Overlord
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Operation: Red Sea
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Sorry To Bother You
Bohemian Rhapsody
Summer of ‘84
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Tag
Mohawk

 

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

Phil’s Best & Worst 2018 Films.. So Far! 4th Edition (31st August 2018)

Phil’s Best & Worst 2018 Films.. So Far! 4th Edition (31st August 2018)

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of the films from 2018 (2018 Films), as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2018… So Far:

  1. Coco
  2. Mission Impossible: Fallout
  3. I, Tonya
  4. Lady Bird
  5. A Quiet Place

Honourable Mentions: RevengeMollys Game,  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, You Were Never Really Here, The Festival, Calibre, Avengers: Infinity War, Game Night, Black Panther, Ready Player One, 12 Strong, The Post, The Meg, Deadpool 2, Love Simon, Andre The Giant

 

WORST Films Of 2018… So Far

  1. The Cloverfield Paradox
  2. Annihilation
  3. A Wrinkle In Time
  4. Red Sparrow
  5. Deep Rising 2

Dis-Honourable Mentions: The Commuter, Renegades, Peter Rabbit, Ocean’s 8, Death Wish, Hellraiser: Judgement, Day Of The Dead : Bloodline, Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters Part 1, Extinction, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Patient Zero, Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, All The Money In The World, Skyscraper

 

 

The 2018 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

 


The 2018 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

TBC

Great Films Of 2017 That I saw In 2018:

The Disaster Artist, The Babysitter, Mayhem, Icarus, The Greatest Showman, The Big Sick, LA 92

 

 

 

 

 

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Podcast: Ross and Phil Talk… Our Best Films of 2018 (so far)

Podcast: Ross and Phil Talk… Our Best Films of 2018 (so far)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we breakdown our Best Films of 2018 year so far.  And we talk about Titanic.  Obviously.   Next week we look at our worst of 2018. Oh and we talk about our 1 star rating on iTunes.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Love Simon, Black Panther, Ready Player One, 12 Strong, The Post, Avengers: Infinity War, Game Night, Deadpool 2, Andre The Giant, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Mollys Game, You Were Never Really Here, Lady Bird, I Tonya, Coco, Revenge, Braven, The Greatest Showman, Titanic, 24 Hours To Live, Left For Dead, Ten Dead Men, Avatar, Brawl In Cellblock 99, A Quiet Place, You Were Never Really Here, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

#RossAndPhil #RossAndPhilTalkMovies #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk
For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

   

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2018.. So Far! 3rd Edition (22nd June 2018)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2018.. So Far! 3rd Edition (22nd June 2018)

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2018’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2018… So Far:

  1. Coco
  2. I, Tonya
  3. Lady Bird
  4. Mollys Game
  5. Avengers: Infinity War

 

Honourable Mentions:  Game Night, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Post, Black Panther, Ready Player One, 12 Strong, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Andre The Giant

 

WORST Films Of 2018… So Far

  1. The Cloverfield Paradox
  2. Deep Rising 2
  3. The Commuter
  4. Day Of The Dead : Bloodline
  5. Annihilation

Dis-Honourable Mentions:  Renegades, Peter Rabbit, Death Wish, Hellraiser: Judgement, Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters Part 1, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, All The Money In The World

 

 

The 2017 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

TBC

 


The 2018 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

TBC

Great Films Of 2017 That I saw In 2018:

The Disaster Artist, The Babysitter, Mayhem, Icarus, The Greatest Showman, The Big Sick

 

 

12 Strong – A Quick Capsule Review

12 Strong – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
12 Strong is actually far better than I expected.  Set against the back drop of 9/11 and based on a true story, 12 Strong is a solid action war film charting the heroics of a mostly unacknowledged (at least at the time) team of special forces soldiers who were the first into Taliban controlled Afghanistan.  It’s action packed, full of over acting and the script could do with a refinement but it’s entertaining and never dull.  Recommended.

Best Bit: Charge!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker, Lone Survivor

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2018.. So Far! 2nd Edition (6th April 2018)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2018.. So Far! 2nd Edition (6th April 2018)

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2018’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2018… So Far:

  1. Coco
  2. I, Tonya
  3. Lady Bird
  4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  5. The Post

 

Honourable Mentions: Black Panther, Ready Player One, 12 Strong

 

WORST Films Of 2018… So Far

  1. The Cloverfield Paradox
  2. The Commuter
  3. Day Of The Dead : Bloodline
  4. Annihilation
  5. Renegades

Dis-Honourable Mentions:  Peter Rabbit, Hellraiser: Judgement, Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters Part 1

 

 

The 2017 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

TBC

 


The 2018 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

TBC

Great Films Of 2017 That I saw In 2018:

The Disaster Artist, The Babysitter, Mayhem, Icarus, The Greatest Showman, The Big Sick

 

 

Grosse Point Geek – 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story Of The Horse Soldiers

Grosse Point Geek – 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story Of The Horse Soldiers

A Blog Grosse Point Geek

The Film: 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story Of The Horse Soldiers

Directed by: Nicolaj Fuglsig

Principal Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, William Fichtner, Navid Negahban.

Plot Summary

Based on an actual true story  – In the days following 9/11, a 12 man US Special Forces team led by Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) is deployed to Afghanistan to join up with a local militia group and their General (Navid Negahban) to take the fight to the Taliban.

Nutshell Review

The Good: Superb direction by first time helmer Nicolaj Fuglsig, plus the photography and camera work are very impressive  – no where more so than in the outstanding action scenes – especially the climactic battle which is edge of the seat exciting.  Finally, all the central performances are excellent – particularly Hemsworth and Negahban who are both highly believable and very likable in their respective roles.

The bad: A few of the characters are underdeveloped  – mainly some of the 12 US Special forces guys and the female characters.

The could have been better: The title of the film is weak – they should have stuck with the original title which was ‘The Horse Soldiers’.

Best Scene: The final battle  -outnumbered and outgunned, Hemsworth and the lads mount up and take on a heavily armed, fifteen thousand strong Taliban force  – cue enormous gunfight, bombs, tanks, rockets and explosions  – made all the more incredible due to the fact this actually happened.

Worth Paying to see at the cinema?: Definitely

Worth buying on Blu Ray/DVD?: Yes

See this if you liked: Black Hawk Down and Lone Survivor

Score:

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek