Phil’s 2017 Preview & Look Back At 2016 Predictions…

Phil’s 2017 Preview & Look Back At 2016 Predictions…

Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…

Well 2016 was a bit… odd.  With most of the big films not quite hitting the mark, especially comic books films.  2017 looks like more of the same – big budget super heroes, franchises, remakes and sequels.  Here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2017.

 

Most Excited:  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Marvel continues to do solid work, with Doctor Strange being a highlight of 2016.  Also Guardians was, simply put, bloody terrific.  Oh and have you seen THAT trailer.  Baby Groot? Atomic Bomb? Yup. Sold.

 

2. Star Wars Episode 8
Lucasfilm in the hands of Disney have given us two very good Star Wars films in the shape of The Force Awakens and Rogue One.   With the original cast (mostly) returning, more promised on the origins of Kylo Ren and Rey as well as a full return to the movies of Luke Skywalker… Episode 8 should be pretty special.

 

3. War For The Planet Of The Apes
Rise was great.  Dawn even better.  And now War.  Based on THAT trailer and a synopsis which promises the final showdown between ape and man (which should lead to the end of the world/Charlton Heston) this could be one of the best films of the year.

 

 

4. John Wick Chapter 2
John Wick was old school, martial arts awesomeness.  John Wick 2 promises a LOT more of the same.  I have my seat booked.

 

 

5.  T2: Trainspotting
Trainspotting remains one of the best films of the 90’s and one of the best British films ever. Whether T2 follows the source material of Porno or not is still to be seen but either way with the cast returning and Boyle back behind the camera this should deliver a great film.

 

Bubbling Under: Baywatch (Excellent Trailer), Lego Batman (It’s Lego. Batman. Done), Spiderman: Homecoming  (this could go either way to be honest but I’m hoping…), Silence (Scorsese. I’m in), Alien: Covenant (come on it HAS to be better than Prometheus!), The Dark Tower (could be the King adaptation we’ve always waited for), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Original was amazing, same team).

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Stinker Of The Year: Transformers: The Last Knight
The previous 3 Transformers films have each rated in AT LEAST the bottom 3 of year they were released (some even rock bottom). Looking at the trailer for the fifth (yes FIFTH!) Michael Bay Transformers film does little to convince me that this will be anything but an utter mess.  It’s a bit like shooting fish in a barrel sure but come on there has to be ZERO chance of this being any good.


Also Dreading: Wonder Woman
 (The trailer is lacking, the film just doesn’t grab me), Blade Runner 2049 (Silly title, a sequel we just don’t need), Power Rangers (Urm not needed, not wanted), Logan (Want tone wrong but so far these films have just not worked), XXX: Return Of Xander Cage (Diesel is back. Nobody cares), Cars 3 (1 & 2 weren’t great) , The Mummy (Tom Cruise. A Mummy. I’ll pass).

 

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So how did I do last year?

This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2016 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

For the best: I tipped Captain America Civil War, Creed, Finding Dory, Deadpool & London Has Fallen as my most anticipated of 2016. Somewhat of a mixed bag with Creed & Deadpool sitting close to my top 10 with Creed my film of the year for a few months near the start of 2016.  Finding Dory was good but not good enough.  London Has Fallen, well that ended up being one of the worst films of the year for me.  As for Captain America Civil War? It promised a lot but fell short of the far superior Winter Solider from a few years back and Marvel’s very own Doctor Strange which was the best superhero film of the year.

 

As for the Stinkers? Point Break was terrible as expected and landed firmly in my bottom 5 for 2016. Batman Vs Superman was actually pretty fun (if flawed), The Hateful Eight overrated as I expected but there were worse films in 2016, Ghostbusters was forgettable, Warcraft was everything that’s wrong with game movie adaptations and the combination of sequels Divergent Allegiant & Independence Day Resurgence showed that both franchises have zero fun left in them and even less commercial appeal.  Only Star Trek Beyond rose above the dross as a truly fun film (until the silly somewhat overblown ending).

 

So here’s to 2016… see you again next year!

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2016

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2016

2016: In Review 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 first up… the 5 WORST film of 2016.  And there were quite a few to choose from..

Stinker of The Year: Point Break (2016)
In Brief: A film that had no purpose to exist.  Point Break touched on hallow ground for me so it would have to be pretty special for me to like it.  This film wasn’t.  In fact it totally sucked. Whilst the original was sharp, smart and exciting this remake is by the numbers, dull and worst of all made no sense. A bomb, critical failure and a mess.

 

 

2. Central Intelligence
In Brief: Neither funny or action packed, the first bomb the Rock has ever made.  Yes Central Intelligence is a film that the Rock can’t save.

3. London Has Fallen
In Brief: Other films scored worse but after the Top 5 film that was Olympus Has fallen, London Has Fallen was SUCH a come down that it, on reflection, rated as one of 2016’s worst films.

4. Inferno
In Brief: Oh Dear.  Ron Howard drops a total bollock with this horrid film.  Witness some of the worst dialogue ever put on screen with Tom Hanks worst performance.  Utter tosh.

5. Jason Bourne 
In Brief:  It’s almost criminal that a Bourne film could be this bad, especially as it reunites Greengrass and Damon. It was just dull.

6. Kickboxer Vengeance
7. The 5th Wave

8. The Girl On The Train 
9.  Cabin Fever
10. 31

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions: Divergent Allegiant, Triple 9, Bastille Day, The Mechanic Resurrection, Independence Day Resurgence, Dad’s Army

 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far (Updated: 30th September 2016 )

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far (Updated: 30th September 2016 )

Quick Review

Best Films of 2016… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2016’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. The Nice Guys (9/10)
  2. Room (8/10)
  3. The Big Short (8/10)
  4. Green Room (8/10)
  5. Deadpool (8/10)

    Honourable Mentions:
    Creed (8/10); Where To Invade Next (8/10); Midnight Special (8/10); Spotlight (8/10); Eddie The Eagle (8/10); Zootropolis (8/10), Zero Days (8/10), Money Monster (7/10), Star Trek Beyond (7/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10), Finding Dory (7/10); Eye In The Sky (7/10); Captain America Civil War (7/10); Blood Father (7/10); Angry Birds (7/10); The Shallows (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. Central Intelligence (3/10)
  3. The 5th Wave (3/10)
  4. Kickboxer Vengeance (3/10)
  5. Cabin Fever (4/10)

Dis-Honourable Mentions: Divergent Allegiant (4/10); Triple 9 (4/10), Bastille Day (4/10); London Has Fallen (4/10); Independence Day Resurgence (4/10); Dad’s Army (4/10); Huntsman Winters War (5/10); Warcraft (5/10); Gods Of Egypt (5/10); Suicide Squad (5/10); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows (5/10); The Neon Demon (5/10); Zoom (5/10)

 

The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

Sharknado The Forth Awakens

Great Films of 2015 I didn’t see in 2015

Honourable Mentions: The Lady In The Van (8/10); Straight Outta Compton (8/10); The Survivalist (8/10); The Seven Five (8/10); 99 Homes (7/10)

 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… The Half Way Point (Updated: 3rd July 2016)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… The Half Way Point (Updated: 3rd July 2016)

Quick Review

Best Films of 2016… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2016’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Room (8/10)
  2. The Big Short (8/10)
  3. Green Room (8/10)
  4. Creed (8/10)
  5. Dead pool (8/10)

  6. Honourable Mentions:
    Spotlight (8/10); Eddie The Eagle (8/10); Zootropolis (8/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10), Eye In The Sky (7/10); Captain America Civil War (7/10); Kung Fu Panda 3 (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. The 5th Wave (3/10)
  3. Cabin Fever (4/10)
  4. Triple 9 (4/10)
  5. Divergent Allegiant (4/10)

    Dis-Honourable Mentions: London Has Fallen (4/10); Independence Day Resurgence (4/10); Dad’s Army (4/10); Warcraft (5/10); Gods Of Egypt (5/10)

 

 The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

Great Films of 2015 I didn’t see in 2015

Honourable Mentions: The Lady In The Van (8/10); Straight Outta Compton (8/10); The Survivalist (8/10); The Seven Five (8/10); 99 Homes (7/10)

 

Phil’s 2016 Preview & Look Back At 2015 Predictions…

Phil’s 2016 Preview & Look Back At 2015 Predictions…

Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films… Yup 2016 is going to be a BIG year.

 

Most Excited:  Captain America: Civil War
Marvel have done pretty good overall.  And Captain america Winter Solider was one of their best.  With the Russo brothers returning, added Spiderman and the prospect of Capt and Iron Man beating 7 bells out of each other I have really high hopes that Marvel can bring it back after the slight disappointment of 2015.

 

2. Creed
Rocky. It’s Rocky. I say again.  It’s. Rocky. Okay but in all seriousness the trailer, the concept… this could be special and early reviews, coupled with Stallone’s Golden Globes nomination indicate that it is just that.  Technically a 2015 film for the US but we poor saps in the UK don’t get it until 2016.

 

3. Finding Dory 
Pixar have had a bit of truer to form this year with the rather excellent inside Out and the rather fun Good Dinosaur so a sequel to what is still considered to be one of the best films whilst they are flying this high could be something really quite special.

 

4. Deadpool
R rated comic book action film with blood, swearing and Ryan Reynolds – this could be the antidote to the PG rated Marvel films of the past few years.

 

5.  London Has Fallen 

Okay come on Olympus Has Fallen was the surprise gem of a few years ago, so if nothing else London has Fallen will be a slice of stupid fun.  Expect more OTT action, more OTT acting and more OTT bad guys.

 

Bubbling Under: Untitled Fifth Bourne Film (Jason Bourne is back) Suicide Squad (this could go either way to be honest but I’m hoping…), Star Wars Rogue One (Could this work?  The first real Star Wars spin off), Nice Guys (Shane Black back in non-Marvel territory) , Hail! Caesar! (Coen Brothers taking on the Old Hollywood studio system), Live By Night (Affleck back behind the directors chair for the first time since Argo), Green Room (Horror film coming HIGH off the festival circuit)

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Stinker Of The Year: Point Break
Fuck you Hollywood.  Point Break is about one of the most perfect action crimes films ever made. And you want to reboot it.  In the wold of ‘Extreme Sports’.  Yup Hollywood is creatively bankrupt and this is the proof. Worst still? You make me wait until another year to see it officially making this the first ever Stinker Of The Year to be nominated across TWO years!

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (Man Of Steel was crap.  The trailer is crap.  It’s going to be near three hours long ), The Hateful Eight  (Tarantino is done for me), Ghostbusters (a film NOBODY wants), Star Trek Beyond (terrible trailer) , Warcraft (Terrible trailer again) , Independence Day Resurgence (the sequel nobody wanted, twenty years after the original that lets be honest was pants ), Divergent Allegiant (the first two were pretty bad)

 

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So how did I do last year?

This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2015 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

For the Best:  I tipped Age Of Ultron,  The Force Awakens, Pitch Perfect 2, Fury Road and Spectre as my Most Anticipated of 2015.  Well Ultron was a bit of a let down for me (although critically it was mostly well  received).  Mad Max was another one loved by most except me.  Pitch Perfect 2 was very good, just missing out of my top 10, but with only The Force Awakens ending up in my Top 10 films of the year. As for Spectre the less said about that the better…

As for the Stinkers?  Well Point Break ended up being added to the 2016 list and Terminator: Genisys was pretty much as bad as expected. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost DimensionHunger Games & Maze Runner Sequels I didn’t even get to.  Jupiter Ascending was much better than I expected but still pretty weak and Jurassic World was added to my list of mostly meh! blockbusters!  Thank god then for Fifty Shades Of Grey which lived up to my worst fears and then some.  Just horrid.

 

So here’s to 2015… see you again next year!