War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
WFTPOTA is not your average Summer blockbuster.  Dark, brooding and much smaller scale that the trailer and title would have you believe.  And that for me was the issue.  I wanted a bigger film.  A bolder film. This is much more intimate and small scale.  It’s a good film but it’s not the film that should, for me, be potentially ending Caesar’s story.  There are really interesting elements at play but as the film starts to repeat some motifs from the earlier films, I just wanted things to speed up a little.  Also whilst the ending is satisfying, how they get there isn’t.  The final confrontation and especially it’s conclusion just doesn’t work, playing on convenance  and underplays the cleverness that the series has displayed to date.  So good but not the sequel many would have wanted.

Best Bit: Sirkis is stunning

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes, Planet of The Apes (1968)

 


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The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 2010’s to Now! 

 

The close but no cigar Films: Everybody Wants Some, The Final Girls, I Olga Hepnarova, No One Lives, The Jungle Book (2016), Hugo, The Guest, Zootopia, Black Swan, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Drive, Florentina Hubaldo CTE

 

 

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War For The Planet Of The Apes – A Quick Capsule Review

War For The Planet Of The Apes – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
WFTPOTA is not your average Summer blockbuster.  Dark, brooding and much smaller scale that the trailer and title would have you believe.  And that for me was the issue.  I wanted a bigger film.  A bolder film. This is much more intimate and small scale.  It’s a good film but it’s not the film that should, for me, be potentially ending Caesar’s story.  There are really interesting elements at play but as the film starts to repeat some motifs from the earlier films, I just wanted things to speed up a little.  Also whilst the ending is satisfying, how they get there isn’t.  The final confrontation and especially it’s conclusion just doesn’t work, playing on convenance  and underplays the cleverness that the series has displayed to date.  So good but not the sequel many would have wanted.

Best Bit: Sirkis is stunning

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes, Planet of The Apes (1968)

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2014

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2014

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2014 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year. Having already covered off my worst films, next up (logically I guess)… I my pick of the BEST films of 2014.

Film of The Year: Wolf Of Wall Street
In Brief: From early on in 2014 this film stood head and shoulders above the rest for me.  Morally I can see why some people had an issue with it, but creatively this is a director back on form and actor whose never been better and a three hour film that flies by.  Brilliant.

 

2. Life Itself
In Brief:  Documentaries don’t get any better than this.  Heartbreaking, inspiring and beautiful all at once, Life Itself will grab you and not let go.

3. The Babadook
In Brief: The best independent film of the year,  The best horror film in a decade. Welcome to The Babadook then, a game changer in these days of torture porn and jump care horror.

4. Nightcrawler
In Brief:Any other year this would have been film of the year for me.  Probably one of the best performances of 2014, in a film that ends up deriving it’s crown as a modern day Taxi Driver.

5. Guardians Of The Galaxy
In Brief: Marvel does it again.  And Twice in one year with it’s other creative and commercial smash Captain America. Guardians is what a space epic should be.

Bubbling under:
Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club, Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes, Starred Up, Captain America Winter Solider, The Guest, Cheap Thrills, Horns, Muppets Most Wanted, The Book Of Life

 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – 2014 Roundup Best & Worst Of The Year!

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – 2014 Roundup Best & Worst Of The Year!

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Uncategorized

As the year comes to a close, it has to be said that on reflection, 2014 has been pretty damn good for films. The summer blockbuster season produced one of the best sequels for ages in Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, we bade a fond farewell to Middle Earth with the release of the final Hobbit film and Marvel managed to do it again with the one two punch of both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of The Galaxy. There was also the continued rise of some really exciting actors, specifically Richard Armitage (The Hobbit and Into the Storm) Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Matthew McConaughey (just about everything).

It wasn’t all plain sailing though – Michael Bay managed to take a stinking robot sized dump on us all with the appalling Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Renny Harlin proved that Die Hard 2 and Cliff-hanger were but distant memories by giving us the risible Legend Of Hercules, and shockwaves went round Hollywood with the untimely deaths of both Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams – both wonderful, talented actors who will be sorely missed.

So to business – now remember the following is only my opinion and doubtless a certain person (no names mentioned Hobden) will be in dire disagreement with me on most of it.

Read On.

 

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2014’s Top Ten Best Films (in no particular order):

  • The Wolf Of Wall Street – one of the most entertaining, profane and downright hilarious films since Pulp Fiction.
  • The Dallas Buyers Club – managed to be both heart-breaking and very funny with a brilliant academy award winning turn from Mathew McConaughey
  • Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes -really well made with amazing SFX, Andy Serkis’ astounding motion capture performance as lead ape Cesar and some exciting top notch action.
  • Captain America The Winter Soldier -incredibly entertaining and refreshingly different.
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy – utterly mental but so much good fun – damn clever too.
  • The Imitation Game – cracking film – If Cumberbatch doesn’t win an Oscar for this there’s simply no justice.
  • Fury -highly realistic, relentlessly exciting, and superbly acted – will stand the test of time as one of the best war movies ever made.
  • Interstellar -mind bending sci fi, outstanding SFX, great direction from Nolan and yet another amazing performance from McConaughey.
  • Gone Girl -great date movie, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were fantastic in the lead roles, and there was the usual rock solid direction from David Fincher. A must see.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies – certainly flawed and not as good as Return of The King, but still a cracking good movie, full to the brim with director Peter Jackson’s boundless imagination, epic battles and great acting (especially Richard Armitage as Thorin).

 

The Top Ten Honourable mentions

  • The Expendables 3 – daft as a brush, but absolutely huge fun, jam packed with fisticuffs, explosions and gunfights – plus Mel Gibson was a revelation as the villain.
  • Godzilla – Would have easily made the top ten best list if it hadn’t been for some very limp human characters and the criminal underuse of Brian Cranston. However it was exceptionally well directed by Blighty’s own Gareth Edwards and featured SFX and monster action that was frankly gobsmacking.
  • Maleficent – surprisingly lovely film, with real hidden depths and a wonderful performance from Angelina Jolie.
  • Pompeii – great action, good use of 3d that actually benefitted proceedings and a deliciously OTT Kiefer Sutherland as the chief Roman baddie.
  • Hercules – preposterous in just about every way you can think, but a rollicking good ride, featuring some top battles and good show from Dwayne Johnson.
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Another fun film – Phil hated this, but I just couldn’t help liking it – hopefully there will be more.
  • 300: Rise Of An Empire – ridiculous prequel/equal/sequel to Zach Snyder’s 2006 original. Nary a shot was without a rippling torso, severed limb or a lot of shouting, and Gerard Butler was sorely missed – but despite this it managed to be extremely entertaining.
  • The Raid 2 – Another one that would have made the top ten best list – not quite as good as the first entry, a bit talky and at least 20 minutes too long, but the presence of the indestructible Iko Uwais, Gareth Evans sure handed direction and some bone crunching fight scenes made for a absolute corker of a film.
  • Lone Survivor – Peter Berg atones for Battleship, with the true story of four Special Forces commandos trapped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. Featuring brutal action, a welcome absence of jingoistic American flag waving and some great acting – especially from Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch.
  • Edge Of Tomorrow – Basically Groundhog Day meets Aliens –but Cruise gets his best role for a long time, plus it was really well written, and all the set pieces were excellent.

 

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The 4 Most Overrated of 2014

  • X-Men: Days Of Future Past – With Bryan Singer back directing, I expected to be blown away by this one – but instead of a welcome return to the awesomeness of X2 and X-Men 1st Class, what we got was at times a very entertaining film, that sadly let itself down all too often by miring the audience in overly talky dialogue and overblown exposition. Not only that but the ending made no sense at all.
  • 22 Jump Street : The first one was well written and funny, this admittedly was good in places – especially when Ice Cube was on the screen – but was I the only one who thought it was just a rehash of the original film?
  • Lucy – On release this was a massive box office hit – however I am still trying to fathom out as to why. Ok Scarlett Johansson was pretty good in the title role, but the story was basically a rip off of Limitless and by the end got so preposterous that it stretched even my usual levels of tolerance.
  • Snowpiercer – Despite having a good first 40 minutes plus a great title, cast and setting – this one turned out to be a right let down. Mainly due to the fact that what should have been a slam bang post apocalyptic actioner ,turned out to be a rather boring arty farty oddity that had woefully disappeared up its own orifice by the time the credits had rolled.

 

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The Top Five Worst of 2014

  1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – There are not enough words in the English language to describe the utter unmitigated hatred I have for this steaming pile of celluloid ordure. There is just no excuse for a summer blockbuster about Robots fighting each other to be nearly 3 hours long, deathly dull, mind numbingly boring, badly written and offensive. Without doubt the worst film of 2014 and quite possibly of the last 10 years too. Shameful.
  1. The Legend Of Hercules – Laughably pants, with a balsa wood infused “performance” from Kellan Lutz, crap fights; terrible direction from Renny Harlin and editing that appears to have been done with a blunt machete. Avoid like the plague.
  1. Non Stop – how on earth an action movie starring Liam Neeson of all people can be this bad is beyond me. Dire.
  1. 3 Days To Kill – Despite a spirited central performance from Kevin Costner , this meandering Taken wannabe failed miserably on every level to be even remotely engaging and provided more evidence (if any was needed) that McG is one of the most inept directors working today.
  1. The Amazing Spiderman 2 – Overly bloated sequel with an oddly dislikeable performance from Andrew Garfield as Spidey, Jamie Foxx’s awful pantomime villain, zero story and dull action scenes – which all in all made for one of poorest superhero movies for a very long time.


Next Time: My Preview of 2015

 
Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – July Rapid Fire Review

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Uncategorized

Will quick round up of films he’s seen in July!  

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Actors: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell
In Cinemas now.
Quick Review: Outstanding film, superbly directed by Matt Reeves, featuring brilliant mo cap performances  from Serkisand Kebbell, incredible vfx from WETA and relentlessly exciting action, DOTPTA will deservedly go down as one of the greatest sequels ever made, and is by miles the best film of 2014 so far. Words cannot describe how good this movie is – miss it at your peril.
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The Frozen Ground

Actors: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack
Available on dvd to buy and Netflix
Quick Review:So so thriller has Cage’s cop on the trail of serial killer Cusack. Well acted and quite atmospheric in parts but both actors are better than this kind of thing, especially Cusack who, of late, seems to have headed to dvd hell  – yes folks, im talking about THAT John Cusack – you remember him – he was in High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank  -and  if memory serves – they were somewhat superb films – unlike his latest output which has been utter rubbish!
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Lovelace
Actors: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard
Available to buy and on Netflix
Quick Review:A very good central performance from Seyfried as former Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, cant save this from being a somewhat under directed and  rushed affair. Boogie Nights this aint, but not the worst film ever made.
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Only God Forgives
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Kristen Scott Thomas
Available to buy and on Netflix
Quick Review: Gosling re teams with Drive  director Nicholas Winding Refn in what can only be described as a load of arty farty crap.  Awful film, hideously boring, with yet another half asleep, virtually wordless performance from the highly over rated Gosling. Yes Ryan, we know you did Drive, and yes it was a good film  – but for Gods sake do something different!
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Europa Report
Available on Netflix
Actors: Sharlto Copley,Embeth Davitz
Quick Review: Superb found footage film about a doomed space  mission the moon Europa. Very professionally made on a limited budget, extremely tense and well acted by the entire cast.
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Insidious Chapter 2
Actors: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne
Available on Netflix and to buy on dvd.
Quick Review:Not bad sequel to the 2010 surprise smash hit, some scary bits, entertaining in parts, but nothing to write home about.
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Texas Killing Fields
Actors: Sam Worthington, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain.
Available to buy on dvd
Quick Review:Worthington and Morgan are Texas cops pursuing a serial killer. Both actors give standout performances and  its extremely tense in parts – certainly worth watching if you are a fan of True Detective.
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The Place Beyond The Pines
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes.
Available to buy on dvd and to rent from Lovefilm.
Quick Review: Gosling is the bank robber who is trying to provide for his baby son, Cooper is the rookie cop who rises in the ranks due to a selfless act of heroism. Good in parts, and inventively directed, however once again, Gosling annoyingly recycles his Drive character, thankfully though the ever reliable Cooper is simply brilliant and proves once again that he is more than just a pretty face.
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Author: Will Strong 

 

Will Strong’s Preview Of 2014…

Will Strong’s Preview Of 2014…

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Quick Review

Every year Phil and Will look at what’s grabbing their attention for 2014.   Here’s Will Strong’s pick for the films to look out for in 2014…

    1. Hobbit –There and Back again (cant wait!)
    2. Godzilla (trailer looks amazing)
    3. X Men Days of Future Past (could be brilliant, could be X Men 2 good or could be meh)
    4. Interstellar (Nolan needs to deliver here but will be interesting)
    5. Pompeii (looks fun and its P WS Anderson!)
    6. Robocop (could be very good – trailer is excellent – however the original was so good I cant see this being better )
    7. Hercules The Thracian Wars
    8. Expendables 3 – Gibson, Banderas, Stallone, Arnie, Snipes etc etc  – nuff said!
    9. Fury – sounds like it could be awesome
    10. The Monuments Men – looks very good and lots of fun
    11. Captain America The Winter Soldier – im worried about this one – could be ok but the directors are very untested and are we experiencing too much Marvel output at the moment?
    12. Guardians Of The Galaxy – this will ether be Star Wars meets the Avengers or John Carter meets Dune
    13. Sabotage – looks very action packed plus Arnie is in it
    14. Edge Of Tomorrow – could be very good
    15. The Raid 2  – this could be awesome but how do you top the original?????