Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #066 – Annabelle: Creation, Atomic Blonde

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #066 – Annabelle: Creation, Atomic Blonde

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It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: In this weeks episode we have two positive (kind of) reviews for you lucky people as well as a Top 5 on Documentaries. But Wait! After his debut win on last weeks show, Josh takes on Rich on Address The Lamb.

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Blog: Grosse Point Geek – The Huntsman: Winters War (2016)

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – The Huntsman: Winters War (2016)

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Acting as a prequel/sequel to 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman, Winter’s War tells the story of how Chris Hemsworth’s Eric became the Huntsman of the title, and gives further back-story to the Evil Sorceress Ravenna (Theron) by introducing her sister The Ice Queen (Emily Blunt).


The plot surrounds something to do with the Ice Queen banning all forms of love in her kingdom and training a bunch of stolen kids who will one day become an elite band of warriors called – you guessed it – The Huntsman.   Fast forward seven years and we catch up with Hemsworth who is living peacefully in a land far far away until he’s given a  a mission to retrieve a magic mirror before the beloved Snow White croaks it.


Snow White and The Huntsman was a perfectly acceptable film, full of inventive sfx, fairly exciting action scenes and some good performances. It was also a big film with lots of scale, and a large cast. However the same cannot be said of this sequel, which seems to do the complete opposite by merely bringing back Hemsworth and Theron and adding in one or two new actors in a vain attempt to be a bit different. Its also hideously uninspired in the action stakes,  which fail on every level to be even remotely interesting and never once give off a palpable sense of originality or danger. I also had a huge issue with Jessica Chastain  – a normally very good actress, who is criminally miscast in a role that completely wastes her talents and has her putting on one of the worst Scottish  accents since Christopher Lambert in Highlander. Emily Blunt fairs no better given little to do except ham it up something rotten by throwing the odd tantrum and looking evil.


On the more positive side Robb Brydon and Nick Frost provide very welcome comic relief that actually proves to be really funny in parts. Hemsworth in the title role is also very good and once again manages to successfully produce the same effortless charisma that he uses to such great effect as Thor in the Marvel Universe. I cant really say much about Theron  – yes she is good as the Sorceress, but really isn’t in the film that much so as to make alot of a difference.


Finally I have a right problem with the films title- (Winters War) – which proves to be only half true as there is a lot of snow and ice – but sadly not a great deal of actual war – perhaps a better title would have been some thing along the lines of “The Huntsman: A Chilly Skirmish”


So in summary i have to say that if you have kids they will probably like it – after all it is a fairy tale  – however all proper film fans would be wise to spend their ticket money on something else.



Author: Will Strong 


Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Fury Road Review

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Grosse Point Geek turns his critical eye to the latest blockbuster release  – Mad Mad Fury Road! 

Director: George Miller

Actors: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays Byrne

In a post apocalyptic future, the remnants of humanity eke out a feral existence scavenging for water, fuel and ammunition. In the midst of this chaos we meet Max Rockatansky (Hardy) an ex highway patrol cop, roaming the Earth in his souped up V8 Interceptor whilst haunted by the death of his wife and child. A series of very unfortunate events sees Max reluctantly forced to team up with Theron’s Furiosa, who has stolen the five breeding wives of (the extremely unhinged) King Immortan Joe (Keays Byrne) and is making a desperate escape across the wasteland in an armoured truck – all the while being hotly pursued by Joe’s army of homicidal War Boys.

Its been 30 years since Thunderdome, and after a myriad false starts, forced delays and a change of leading man, George Miller has finally brought us his long in gestation fourth entry in the Mad Max series.

As my erstwhile friend and colleague Mr Phil Hobden knows to his exasperation – of all the films I wanted to see this year – this was the one I was most excited about, and I am very happy to report that it was definitely worth the wait.

Now a word of warning – this ain’t your typical Hollywood summer blockbuster – in fact at times it’s a damned strange film. Indeed, I would have to say, that so far removed is it from the usual SFX heavy Michael Bay-alike crap that we are usually subjected to, that it is almost “art-house” in its approach. Amazingly what appears to have happened is that rarest of occurrence’s – where a big studio (in this case Warner Bros.) has eschewed all creative control, handed over $150 million dollars and just trusted the director to get on with it. The result being an action film like no other I have ever seen, which giddily sticks two fingers up at the conventional world of movie making and somehow manages to pull it off.

So what makes it so good? On a technical level it’s flawless – with stunning photography, brilliant editing, astounding camera work, a rousing operatic score by Junkie XL, and a refreshing lack of CGI that is instead replaced by (shock!) actual people, proper sets and real vehicles. Equally impressive are the performances – Tom Hardy is absolutely superb as Max. Making the character very much his own – gone is the anti hero of the Mel Gibson era, instead this Max has actually properly gone mad – a tortured, grunting almost wordless lost soul, repeatedly seeing visions of his dead wife and daughter with only one purpose left in life – survive to the next day. In addition, Charlize Theron is excellent as Furiosa – a hard as nails, shaven headed warrioress with a mechanical arm – indeed so great is she in the role that in years to come we will undoubtedly be celebrating Furiosa in the same way we do Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor.

Now as any hardened fan of this series will know – one does not go to see a Mad Max film just for the performances of its actors – no indeed, we go primarily for the action scenes, and it is here that George Miller has unequivocally triumphed the most – and then some. To say the least, the cinematic mayhem on display here is like nothing I have seen before. Cars, trucks and people collide, crash and explode in a giddy circus of increasingly mental set pieces that time and again left me completely and utterly breathless. One scene in particular, where Hoult’s War Boy Nux drives hell for leather into a raging sandstorm, with a muzzled Hardy strapped to his vehicle, is simply heart stopping in its brilliance.

Of course no film is perfect – and I did have a couple of very minor niggles – notably the character of Max does come across as a little underdeveloped and could have done with a bit more fleshing out. Also as good as she is, there was a tad too much emphasis on Theron as Furiosa -which at times left Hardy in a more supporting role – which was a slight disappointment . The same is true of Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe – who isn’t given nearly enough screen time or backstory and does end up with one or two very clunky lines to spit out at times.

These are however miniscule issues in what can only be described as an absolutely amazing cinematic experience. Of the many reviews I have already read, it’s already being universally hailed as one of the best action movies ever made. For me, I can’t say for sure just yet, as I need watch it again and then buy the Blu Ray – however it is undoubtedly a major contender and without doubt, one of the greatest films of its genre.

George Miller, you have the thanks of film fans the world over, take a bow mate – you did good.



Author: Will Strong 


Blog: A Million Ways To Die In The West – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: A Million Ways To Die In The West – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so if you are expecting a film on par with the rather superb Ted then A Million Ways To Die In The West will disappoint.  If you are looking for a comedy that has laughs, some nice set pieces and the greatest cameo in a film ever (yes even better than Zombieland) then there’s actually a lot to enjoy here.  It’s still crap but it passed the Kermode 6 laugh test within the first twenty minutes and maintained it throughout. SO not amazing, a film you will only ever watch once but if you like the Family Guy style humour then this should appeal.

Best Bit: THAT Cameo

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Ted, Family Guy, 22 Jump Street


Author: Phil Hobden