Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2020 Movies!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2020 Movies!

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the upcoming movies for 2020 in our, urm, 2020 Movie Preview!  Month by month we look at the big releases then pick our Top 3 films we can’t wait for across the next 12 months.  Warning: This podcast contains Top Gun!

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

Discussed:  Top Gun: Maverick, No Time To Die, Wonder Woman 1984, 1917, Bad Boys For Life, Gretel and Hansel, The Rhythm Section, Bad Boys For Life, Like a Boss, Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn, Dolittle, Sonic the Hedgehog, Fantasy Island, Brahms: The Boy II, The Call of the Wild, Emma, The Invisible Man, Pixar’s Onward, The Way Back, Bloodshot, The Informer, My Spy, A Quiet Place: Part II, Mulan, The New Mutants, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, No Time To Die, The Secret Garden, Trolls World Tour, Black Widow, Legally Blonde 3, The Organ Donor, Scoob!, Fast & Furious 9, Artemis Fowl, Wonder Woman 1984, Candyman, King of Staten Island, Pixar’s Soul, Top Gun: Maverick, In the Heights, Free Guy,  Minions: The Rise of Gru, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, The Purge 5, Tenet, Jungle Cruise, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Escape Room 2, Morbius, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, The King’s Man, Monster Hunter, Venom 2, Death on the Nile, Halloween Kills, Snake Eyes, The Eternals, Godzilla vs. Kong, Coming 2 America, Dune, News of the World, The Irishman, The Tomorrow War, Tom and Jerry, Stone Cold, Ip Man 4, Under Siege, The Gentleman

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

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Grosse Point Geek’s Wrap Up Of 2019 (and 2020 preview)

Grosse Point Geek’s Wrap Up Of 2019 (and 2020 preview)

2019: In Review A Blog Year In Review

As we approach the end of 2019 I have to say that on the whole it’s been a fairly good year for films. Stars Wars had a great send off with JJ Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker, the Infinity Stones story arc which had been the backbone of the MCU since 2008 ended spectacularly with the outstanding Avengers Endgame, DC finally got their house in order and delivered an absolute humdinger with Joker  – which is now the first and only R rated movie to pass the $1 Billion mark at the worldwide box office.

 

There was utter lunacy to be enjoyed in Hobbs and Shaw which was really great fun, John Wick Chapter 3 delivered some top notch action and proved to be the best entry in the franchise so far, a very funny and rather endearing love story played out  in Long Shot and good old Sylvester Stallone returned for the fifth time as Rambo in a film so violent it may well have offended just about every single critic on the planet– not that he cared, it did big bucks at the box office and we film geeks lapped up every brilliant blood drenched minute of it – (the sound of Mexican drug gangs running for the hills in terror can still be heard).

 

We also witnessed the continued rise of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime  -it has to be said though that with the notable exception of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, these still haven’t quite mastered their film output but series wise they can’t be touched – The likes of the Expanse, The Man In The High Castle, The Crown and Jack Ryan were all excellent.

 

Finally there were some top notch performances from the likes of Adam Driver (Marriage Story and Star Wars) Daniel Craig (Knives Out) Mahershala Ali (Green Book) Brad Pitt (Once Upon a time in Hollywood) Matt Damon (Le Mans 66) and of course Joaquin Phoenix who was astounding in Joker

 

Naturally and as per bloody usual there were also some serious let-downs and downright dogs,  – Alita Battle Angel was staggeringly awful, Godzilla King Of The Monsters was beyond crap, X-Men Dark Phoenix proved to be even worse than we feared, Blinded By The Light was so appallingly bad and badly acted that I almost walked out of the screening, The Lion King remake didn’t work at all  and was nothing more than a shot for shot remake of the original , then there was Dumbo which failed to recreate any of the magic that made Disney’s original such a classic, Neil Marshall’s pointless Hellboy reboot showed promise in its design work and story but ultimately turned out to be an utter turd of a film, and whilst it had its good points, the highly anticipated Terminator Dark Fate proved to be nothing more than a complete re-tread of everything we had already seen before in this franchise.

 

Anyway, enough ranting  – here are my 2019 top ten best, top ten worst, top 15 honouree mentions, top 15 best performances and finally the films I’m most excited to see in 2020.

 

Top Ten Best films:

  1. Avengers: Endgame
  2. Green Book
  3. The Irishman
  4. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
  5. Joker
  6. John Wick Chapter 3
  7. Le Mans 66
  8. Knives Out
  9. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  10. Rambo: The Last Blood (yes I know  – I’m on my way to hell for including this one!)

 

Top Ten Worst films

  1. Alita Battle Angel (pointless, boring, dull, piss poor)
  2. Hellboy (awful)
  3. Godzilla King Of The Monsters (definitely left a Michael Bay-alike stench in the nostrils – total crap and badly acted to boot)
  4. Blinded By The Light (the mere thought of this film makes me angry)
  5. The Lion King (cynical audience rip off)
  6. X-Men Dark Phoenix (damp squib – how did they screw this one up?)
  7. The Silence (terrible copy of a Quiet Place)
  8. Shazam (despite everyone really liking this one I absolutely HATED IT!)
  9. The Prodigy (forgettable rubbish)
  10. Glass (garbage sequel to Unbreakable and Split – I’m now beginning to seriously dislike M. Night Shyalaman)

 

 

Top fifteen Honouree Mentions:

  1. Long Shot
  2. Hobbs and Shaw
  3. Ad Astra
  4. Hustlers
  5. Angel Has Fallen
  6. The Mule
  7. It Chapter 2
  8. The Man who killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot
  9. Zombieland 2
  10. Last Christmas
  11. Captain Marvel
  12. Bumblebee
  13. Fighting with My Family
  14. Rocketman
  15. Marriage Story

 

 

Top 15 best performances:

  1. Joaquin Phoenix  – Joker
  2. Adam Driver – Marriage Story and Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker
  3. Scarlett Johansson  – Marriage Story
  4. Joe Pesci  – The Irishman
  5. Jennifer Lopez  – Hustlers
  6. Seth Rogen – Long Shot
  7. Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  8. Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  9. Robert Downey Jr – Avengers Endgame
  10. Matt Damon – Le Mans 66
  11. Brad Pitt – Once Upon a time in Hollywood
  12. Daisy Ridley  – Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker
  13. Sam Elliott – The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot
  14. Daniel Craig – Knives Out
  15. Clint Eastwood  -The Mule

 

 

Most Anticipated Films of 2020:

  1. Tenet
  2. 1917
  3. Top Gun: Maverick
  4. Fast and Furious 9
  5. Black Widow
  6. The Eternals
  7. Bill and Ted Face The Music
  8. Ghostbusters : Afterlife
  9. Army Of The Dead
  10. No Time To Die
  11. Wonder Woman 1984
  12. JoJo Rabbit
  13. Dune
  14. The Gentlemen
  15. Bloodshot

 

Finally will someone at Warner Bros. please please please please release the Snyder cut of Justice League! You know it exists, we know it exists, Snyder has given us proof it exists, Momoa, Affleck and Gal Gadot have seen it and said its great, you and sodding Joss Whedon short changed us with whatever the hell that version was you released last year – we are pissed off, motivated, and we demand to see it NOW!

 

Right that’s it for another year, many thanks to all the fans of Phil’s Quick Capsule Reviews for sticking with us (whoever you are) , also a big shout out to my dear friend Phil Hobden, without whom I would have no one to win arguments with about films and who does such a sterling job of keeping this great website going all year round.

 

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year

 

My name is Will Strong and I’ve Been Grosse Pointe Geek – may the Force be with you all.

 


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Blog: Grosse Point Geek – The Top Ten Most Under Appreciated Movie Villains

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – The Top Ten Most Under Appreciated Movie Villains

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When I think of bad guy’s in films  – a huge list of well known motley criminals springs to mind – notable examples would include: Palpatine, Zod, Khan, Loki, Vader, The Joker etc.

However  there are a great number of film nasties out there that  almost never get mentioned in any top ten list  – so to put right this extreme injustice , I have compiled the following list of the top ten most under appreciated  movie villains.

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1.The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Villain: Milo

Played by: Taylor Negron

Memorable one liner “I am the bad guy”

Evil doings: Swearing a lot, kidnap, threatening various sportsmen, opening fire on an entire football crowd, being very smug, having a bad hair cut.

Comeuppance: Smacked about  by Bruce Willis, shot multiple times with a machine gun, then falls into the rotor blades of a nearby helicopter.

Deserving of Fate: Absolutely

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2.Dune (1984)

Villain: Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Played by: Kenneth McMillan

Memorable one liner: “just a little bit of spittle”

Evil doings: Trying to take over the galaxy, being a bit too turned on when murdering innocent looking young men, spitting on Francesca Annis, having horrible pustule ridden skin, drooling, manically laughing a lot.

Comeuppance: Stabbed by Paul Antredes’ weird sister with a poisoned  needle

Deserving of Fate? Yep – but should have suffered a damn sight more.

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3.The Empire Strikes Back (1981) and Return of The Jedi (1983)

Villain: Boba Fett

Played By: Jeremy Bulloch

Memorable one liner: “What if he dies? – he’s worth a lot to me”

Evil doings: Being a ruthless bounty hunter, bottomless greed, standing by whilst Han Solo is encased in carbonite, having a spaceship that looks like a flying steam iron.

Comeuppance? Falls screaming into the gaping maw of the Sarlaac on Tattooine

Deserving of fate? Don’t be ridiculous! – Fett is one of the coolest  characters in the entire trilogy –rightly should have lived or at least had a lot more screen time!.

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4. Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom (1984)

Villain: Mola Ram

Played By: Amrish Puri

Memorable one liner “You- don’t -believe me? You will….Dr Jones – you will become a true Believerrrrr”

Evil doings: Human sacrifice, ripping out peoples hearts, worshipping Kali, slavery, cackling, extremely poor workplace health and safety.

Fate? Beaten to a pulp by Harrison Ford, then plummets to his doom and devoured by hungry crocodiles.

Did he deserve it? Certainly

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5. Missing In Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

Villain: Colonel Yin

Played By: Soon Tek Oh

Evil doings: Torture, murder, running a Vietnamese POW camp with little or no  regard for his guests personal hygiene.

Memorable one liner: “You lose”

Fate: Given a right shoeing by Chuck Norris.

Did he deserve it? Come on – he’s a villain in a Chuck Norris film – they all deserve it!

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6: Commando  (1985)

Villain: Bennett

Played By: Vernon Wells

Evil doings: Child kidnap, killing off various ex special forces guys, bad acting, being a bit camp by wearing both leather trousers and chainmail.

Memorable one liner: “You know what today is Matrix?………..Payday”

Fate: Skewered with a steam pipe by Arnie

Did he deserve it? Yes and no  – his motivation for evil seems to stem from the fact that Schwarzenegger’s John Matrix unjustly kicked him out of his elite special forces unit –as everyone is aware – unemployment can be a right pain if you’ve got bills to pay.

 

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7: Pulp Fiction (1994)

Villains: Zed and Maynard

Played by Peter Greene and Duane Whittaker

Evil Doings: Male Rape, kidnap, extreme perversion, liking country music.

Memorable one liners: “I guess that means you big boy”

Fate: Maynard is sliced across the chest then impaled by a samurai sword wielding Bruce Willis. However the fate of Zed is unclear – although the threat from Ving Rhames’ Marcellus Wallace to “get medieval” on him using a pair of pliars and a blowtorch speaksvolumes.

Did they deserve it? Dear God yes
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8. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King

Villain: The Witch King Of Angmar

Played by Laurence Makoare

Evil Doings: Mercilessly try’s to kill Frodo on Weathertop, then goes about attempting to enslave the whole of Middle  Earth for Sauron.

Memorable one liners: ”Feed on his flesh!”

Fate: Stabbed in the leg by Merry, then takes a well placed sword to the face from Eowyn – then disintegrates.

Did he deserve it? Without doubt
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9. Rocky 3

Villain: Clubber Lang

Played by Mr T

Evil Doings: making ungentlemanly suggestions to Rocky’s wife, publically threatening Apollo Creed (“hey boy!”),  throwing Rocky the beating of his life, giving Mickey a fatal heart attack, having dangling feather earrings.

Memorable one liners: “no I don’t hate the man – but I pity the fool”

Fate: Knocked out by Rocky in the films climactic boxing bout

Did he deserve it: Yes – a lot.

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10.Film: Escape To Victory

Villain: The Match Referee

Played By: unknown, unlisted actor.

Memorable one liner: none – unless you count any pathetic off camera excuses for disallowing a perfectly good goal by the allies that would have won them the game – sound familiar?

Evil doings: Blatantly being biased towards the Nazi team, ignoring obvious fouls on the opposition, awarding unjust penalties and being the inspiration for football referees the world over  – especially those who officiated over various future England World Cup games.

Comeuppance: unknown – however a one would hope that his post match reward was a trip to the nearest Nazi POW camp.

Deserving of fate? Probably

 

 
Author: Will Strong