The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Spy Who Dumped Me is pretty bad.  It’s overlong, unfunny and grating.  The jokes land flat, the action is pretty meh and overall it did very little to entertain me for it’s two hour run time.  for me it probably sits in the bottom 10 films of 2018 and certainly not one I’d suggest was worth a revisit.

Best Bit: The escape/Gymnast fight is pretty fun

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: The Heat, Bridesmaids, Bad Moms

 


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Daddy’s Home 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Daddy’s Home 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
There is a really easy way to watch all the ‘funny’ bits from Daddy’s Home 2.  Watch the trailer. Watching the trailer also means you don’t have to watch the film.  It’s a win win.  In truth it’s not that Daddy’s Home 2 is a bad film, it’s just not that funny. And whilst I’m all for a Mel Gibson come back, his persona here is just a little too close to him real life.  The rets of teh cast do what they can with the limited material but when John Cena arrives it quickly hits a wall. So overall – there are FAR better films to watch that Daddy’s Home 2. Like Daddy’s Home for a start.

Best Bit: Mel Gibson is good.  If a bit close to home

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Daddy’s Home, Knocked Up, Bad Moms 

A Bad Moms Christmas – A Quick Capsule Review

A Bad Moms Christmas – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I liked the original Bad Moms a lot.  It was funny, charming and silly. Despite the sequel not receiving the same amount of general critical or commercial acclaim, i found it to be almost equally as funny with the cast delivering as expected with the film flying past the 6, 10 and more Kermodian laugh test.  Yes it’s retreading the same ground as before but it more than passed the evening.  And let’s face it we’ve all been there once or twice…

Best Bit: Footlocker Tree

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Bad Moms, Daddy’s Home, Bridesmaids

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2016 (Updated)

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2016 (Updated)

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2016 may be in the rear mirror but having now seen a few of 2016’s last few must see movies I’m having a do-over and republishing my list of the best films of 2016.

So here it is: my FINAL pick of the BEST films of 2016.

 

Film of The Year: The Nice Guys 
In Brief: It was pretty much Room or The Little Prince all the way this year until The Nice Guys came along.  But then any film directed and written by one of my favourite filmmakers in Shane Black was always going to have a fighting chance. Smart, funny and sharp as a tack… The Nice Guys is the best film you probably didn’t see this year!

2.  Kubo And The Two Strings
In Brief: : Paranorman, Coraline, The Boxtrolls and now Kubo.  That was high bar for sure but amazingly Kubo sets it higher still. Near perfect.

3. The Little Prince
In Brief:  Who saw this coming?  Adaptation of a popular kids book, released almost exclusively on Netflix. But man it knocked it out the park.  Brilliantly animated and heart wrenchingly performed, Little Prince is up there with the best of the genre.

4.  Sing Street
In Brief: Much like Sunshine Of Leith a few years back, Sing Street brings the songs, the charms and the heart and brings them all in spades.  One of the best films of the year for sure.

5. Hunt for The Wilder People
In Brief: A coming of age family drama that will spawn a million “Shit Got real” T-shirts.  Worth all the amazing reviews…

6. Room

7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

8. Moana

9. Green Room

10. The Girl With All The Gifts

Bubbling Under:  Deadpool, The Big Short, Arrival, Doctor Strange,  Train To Busan, Eddie The Eagle, Midnight Special , Creed, Bad Moms, Spotlight 

 

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2016 (Updated)

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2016 (Updated)

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2016 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year.

So here it is: my pick of the BEST films of 2016.

 

Film of The Year: The Nice Guys 
In Brief: It was pretty much Room or The Little Prince all the way this year until The Nice Guys came along.  But then any film directed and written by one of my favourite filmmakers in Shane Black was always going to have a fighting chance. Smart, funny and sharp as a tack… The Nice Guys is the best film you probably didn’t see this year!

2.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
In Brief:  Holy wow.  Blockbuster of the year, the 4th best Star Wars film and a film that **spoilers** managed to raise a horror icon from the dead.  A War film, a hiatus movie, a Star Wars story.  Yup… Rogue One is THAT good.

3. The Little Prince
In Brief:  Who saw this coming?  Adaptation of a popular kids book, released almost exclusively on Netflix. But man it knocked it out the park.  Brilliantly animated and heart wrenchingly performed, Little Prince is up there with the best of the genre.

4.  Room
In Brief: Was a contender from the moment I saw it and one of the few times that Oscar bate lives up to it’s billing. It’s touching, masterfully made and beautiful.

5. Moana
In Brief: A stunningly well made animation from Disney with heaps of charm, laughs and catchy songs.  A late entry into my Bets Of for 2016.

6. The Big Short
7. Green Room
8. Deadpool
9. Doctor Strange
10. Arrival

Bubbling Under: Eddie The Eagle, Midnight Special , Creed, Bad Moms, Zootropolis,  Star Trek Beyond, Spotlight 

 

Grosse Point Geek – 2016 In Review (And a look to 2017)

Grosse Point Geek – 2016 In Review (And a look to 2017)

Grosse Point Geek Year In Review

2016 – in short, a terrible year for big movies – in fact i struggle to remember another time where the Hollywood studios produced so many blockbuster films as badly made, boring, and lacking in imagination as what we were subjected to over the last 12 months.

To begin with were subjected endless numbers of superhero films  – one of which (Captain America: Civil War) was so contrived it was painful, then there were the dull and at times terrible sequels to long dead franchises (ID4:2 Jason Bourne, The Huntsman, Blair Witch), crap comedies (Bad Moms) iffy fantasies (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) shoddy remakes (Point Break) and yet another godawful game to film adaptation (Warcraft).

Mercifully there were some shining lights among the inky darkness – mostly for which we have to thank the many smaller budgeted productions, such as Room, The Nice Guys, Hell or High Water, Spotlight etc. These were the films that probably struggled to get made for years because the likes of Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich and the other sell outs were hoovering up all the money that the studios could throw at them, just so they could vomit their shoddy, franchise prolonging, zero imagination celluloid turds on Joe Public – bastards.

To be fair though not all the biggies were rubbish  – Star Trek Beyond was pretty good, so was The Revenant, Deadpool was awesome,  Creed rocked, London Has Fallen and Doctor Strange were great fun  and Rogue One completely blew us all away to become one of the best entries in the Star Wars franchise since Return Of The Jedi.

So here it is then – my rundown of the best and worst of 2016 and a look at what I think will be worth seeing next year.

 

Top 10 best films of 2016

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Room
  3. Deadpool
  4. Creed
  5. Spotlight
  6. Eddie The Eagle
  7. Arrival
  8. Eye In The Sky
  9. The Magnificent Seven
  10. London Has Fallen (i’m gonna burn in hell for that one)

Top 15 Honorary mentions of 2016

 

  1. Doctor Strange
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. The Nice Guys
  4. A Street Cat Named Bob
  5. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
  6. Ghostbusters
  7. Conjuring 2
  8. Purge: Election Year
  9. Ben Hur
  10. The Revenant
  11. Jungle Book
  12. Star Trek Beyond
  13. The Siege Of Jadotville
  14. Bridget Jones Baby
  15. Midnight Special
The Top Ten Performances of 2016
  1. Brie Larson (Room)
  2. Jacob Tremblay (Room)
  3. Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
  4. Benedict Cumberbach (Doctor Strange)
  5. Ben Affleck (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice)
  6. Luke Treadaway (A Streetcat Named Bob)
  7. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
  8. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
  9. Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
  10. Alan Rickman (Eye In The Sky)
The Top ten Best Action Scenes/on screen fights of 2016
  1. That utterly incredible, pant wettingly brilliant last 20 minutes of Rogue One – ive seen it twice now and i still cant believe it.
  2. The monumental, bullet riddled arse kicking that Gerard Butler and The SAS throw the terrorists in the climax to London has Fallen.
  3. Will Smith (guns and all) vs the Meta-Human mutants – Suicide Squad (i hasten to add it was that films one saving grace)
  4. Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman’s big face off against Doomsday in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
  5. The edge of the seat finale to Eye In The Sky
  6. Little Jack’s escape from the room – Room
  7. The one take, no edit boxing match – Creed
  8. Leonardo DiCaprio vs The Bear  – The Revenant
  9. The Chariot Race  – Ben Hur
  10. The big finale – Magnificent Seven
Grosse Pointe Geek’s 2016 Hero of The Year
Gareth Edwards –  for finally giving us the Star Wars film we’ve all been waiting for with Rogue One – well done my son.

The Top Five Biggest Disappointments of 2016

  1. X-Men: Apocalypse (someone needs to grab this franchise and give it a bloody good shake)
  2. Suicide Squad (one of the best trailers of the year – just a shame it couldn’t translate into a better film – God this one had SO much potential!)
  3. Bone Tomahawk (how in the hell a western featuring Kurt Russell as sheriff going up against a bunch of psychopathic cave men could end up so dull beggars belief)
  4. 10 Cloverfield Place (another brilliant trailer  -and a complete sell out of an ending)
  5. The Hateful Eight (undoubtedly well made but Tarantino disappeared up his own arse with this one)

The Top ten Worst Films of 2016

  1. Independence Day: Resurgence (a message to Roland Emmerich –  Dear Roland, i and every film geek on the planet sincerely hope that you and Dean Devlin rot in the pit of direct to dvd hell for the rest of your miserable careers – yours sincerely – The Film going public)
  2. Warcraft (a CGI monstrosity and a complete steaming dung pile of a film)
  3. Hardcore Henry (i hated this so much i thought i was going to need therapy)
  4. Bad Moms (i’ve had more fun cleaning cat puke off the kitchen floor than i did watching this)
  5. Allegiant (a franchise killer that deserved to be the gigantic flop that it was)
  6. Point Break (pointless remake and an insult to the original -all i can say is that Patrick Swayze must be turning in his grave)
  7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (good idea, utterly crap film)
  8. Gods Of Egypt (so laughably bad i cant believe it got a cinema release)
  9. Bastille Day (probably the most unoriginal and most torturous to watch “action” film i’ve ever had the displeasure to sit through)
  10. Blair Witch (total pants  – scariest movie of the decade my distended arse)

 

and finally..Will’s 2017 most anticipated films:

  • Star War Episode 8
  • Guardians of The Galaxy Volume 2
  • Wonder Woman
  • Justice League
  • The Mummy
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Manchester By The Sea
  • Geostorm
  • Ready Player One
  • Spiderman Homecoming
  • Thor Ragnarok
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Alien: Covenant
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes
  • Dunkirk
  • John Wick Chapter 2
  • Fate of The Furious (aka Fast 8)
  • Logan

 

So there we are  – my round up of 2016, overall a pretty poor year  – still never mind, Rogue One and the smaller films did alot to make up for it plus 2017 is looking very good indeed. As ever id like to thank anyone and  everyone who read my reviews (whoever you are!) and visited this fantastic website, plus a big thanks to the illustrious Mr Phillip Hobden for continuing to let me vent my spleen upon the movie going world.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous new year

 

My name is Will Strong and I’ve been Grosse Pointe Geek.

 

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

Bad Moms – A Quick Capsule Review

Bad Moms – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bad Moms is funny.  Really funny.  Surprisingly funny in fact.  With several laugh out loud moments throughout.  On reflection, Bad Moms it’s one of the funniest films of 2016.  Who knew?  Kunis is charming as usual but actually it’s Oona Laurence who steals the show here as her daughter.  Expert support from Bell, Pinkett-Smith, Applegate and Kathryn Hahn with a great script… yup Bad Moms has rightfully enjoyed considerable success on a very modest budget.  A must watch.

Best Bit: End credit sequence

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Knocked Up, Bad Neighbours 2, How To Be Single

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Bad Moms – Motion Picture Maniac

Bad Moms – Motion Picture Maniac

Motion Picture Maniac

Bad Moms is neither a good film or a bad one, the kind of film that you know you’re probably going to completely forget about by the following morning, but, at the same time, one you didn’t mind spending time with while it played onscreen. This is one of those cheap throw-away comedies that have whatever’s popular at the moment as its soundtrack, a tone that never stops alternating between raunchy “oh no they didn’t” humour and stupid seriousness whenever the main character wants to have a little mope about their relationship/family problems, and cinematography a little on the dish-water side of things. Know what I mean? Movies like Let’s Be Cops, Ride Along 2, How To Be Single, they all look, sound and feel exactly the same, and I feel more than comfortable adding Bad Moms to that list.

So why am I not going to give it a thrashing? Why 5/10 rather than anything less? The answer is simple, this movie is supposed to be a comedy and it made me laugh, which is all that matters at the end of the day. If I want to see top notch cinematography, I’ll watch a film that involved Emmanuel Lubezki or Roger Deakins, it’s hardly wise to see a film like this and expect masterclass filmmaking, all that really should concern you is whether or not it’s funny, and being a comedy, that’s all it has to get right to work and Bad Moms got it right about 50/50. There are a number of different ratings you can give a film like this, there’s the 7/10 for the “not good but still funny” that you would happily see again, there’s the 6/10 for guilty pleasures that you know are horrendous but still enjoy watching, then you have 5/10, I’m glad I watched it, it made me laugh, but I’m not so sure I’d ever want to see it again, just once is enough for this one, that and I’m also not so certain who to recommend it to.

Story-wise, we have Mila Kunis as one of those mothers who have a hundred and one things to do in a single day, run the children to school, go to work, go shopping, take the kids to various other activities, it goes on and on. One particularly bad day sends her right around the twist and she decides to become a bad mom, a rule breaker, one with a give no shits attitude, and so the comedy begins. I never hated life itself like some other films have made me do because the comedy was putting a smile on my face, it’s just really unfortunate that the film strangely insists on getting serious from time to time, moments of drama erupt and slam the humour to an awkward halt.

It’s really difficult to describe, one minute it’s funny and the next minute it isn’t, I’m actually rather worried with the amount of films that keep doing this, they forget they’re comedies and try tugging at your heart strings in serious attempts to be more than they should be and it really only spoils everything and becomes a little embarrassing. The performances are all fine, the timing is on, no one doesn’t know what they’re doing when it comes to telling a joke and one scene in particular involving a marriage counsellor had me in stitches, but it’s all bogged down by the fact that this is really just another throw-away disposable comedy with not so great filmmaking or craftsmanship that every now and again tries to be more than it is, not pretentious, not more than it “should” be, just more than it is.

I’m completely split on this movie, there are things I liked, things I didn’t, is it good? Is it bad? I’d say it’s both and neither, perhaps I should see it again as this is an opinion that could change with repeat viewings but the thought of seeing it again sort of frightens me as I really don’t want to, maybe that’s clause enough to go lower than 5, perhaps I’m not being harsh enough, but then I just remember that marriage counsellor scene and think yeah, it did have some funny parts worth remembering. The best I can offer is if you don’t see it, you’re not missing much, if you do, it’s completely up to chance whether you’re going to like it or not.