Grosse Point Geek… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

Grosse Point Geek… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

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A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. starting with 1976!

 

The 70’s

1976 – Rocky
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Jaws
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi
1984 – Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom
1985 – Back To The Future
1986 – Aliens
1987 – Predator
1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Indiana Jones and The last Crusade

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – The Silence Of The lambs
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – Jurassic Park
1994 – Pulp Fiction
1995 – Seven
1996 – Jerry Maguire
1997 – LA Confidential
1998 – The Big Lebowski
1999 – The Matrix

The 2000’s 

2000 – Gladiator
2001 – The Lord Of The Rings: The fellowship of The Ring
2002 – The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
2003 – The Lord of The Rings: The Return Of The King
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Batman Begins
2006 – Rocky Balboa
2007 –  Hot Fuzz
2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Star Trek
2010 – The Kings Speech

 

The 10’s 

2011 – Warrior
2012 – The Dark Knight Rises
2013 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
2014 – Whiplash
2015 – Mad Max Fury Road
2016 – Rogue One: a Star Wars Story
2017 – Dunkirk
2018 – Avengers Infinity War
2019 – Avengers Endgame

 

 


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Your Opinion Sucks Life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

Your Opinion Sucks Life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

A Blog Best... Other Cr*p Your Opinion Sucks

A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. starting with 1994!

 

The 90’s

1994: Pulp Fiction
1995: Se7en
1996: Breaking The Waves
1997: Jackie Brown
1998: Saving Private Ryan
1999: Fight Club

 

The 2000’s 

2000: Sexy Beast
2001: The Fellowship Of The Ring
2002: The Two Towers
2003: The Return Of The King
2004: Evolution Of A Filipino Family
2005: Earthlings
2006: United 93
2007: There Will Be Blood
2008: The Dark Knight
2009: Antichrist

 

The 10’s 

2010: Les Sept Jours Du Talion
2011: The Tree Of Life
2012: Django Unchained
2013: Captain Phillips
2014: Godzilla
2015: Mad Max Fury Road
2016: I, Olga Hepnarova
2017: Dunkirk
2018: The Miseducation Of Cameron Post
2019: Ad Astra

 

 


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1917 (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

1917 (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
1917 is a technical masterpiece. Director Sam Mendes alongside cinematographer Roger Deakins take a well worn genre and put a new spin on it with a clever one shot motif that adds a sense of drama. The films strength maybe also be it’s one weakness however as for me a certain tension get’s lost and the passage of time feels both tricked and, at times, laboured.  That said 1917 is still a brilliant film, with expertly placed action, shocks and spills and a whose who of British actor cameos. Mendes finally redeems himself for Spectre.

Best Bit: The front line

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Dunkirk, Hacksaw Ridge, Full metal Jacket 

 


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Dunkirk (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Dunkirk (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dunkirk is a good film.  From a Technical point if view it’s actually at times brilliant but for me it falls short of the “Films The Year” accolades that critics are heaping on it.  See  Dunkirk defines both the best and the worst of Christopher Nolan films – a masterclass of filmmaking for sure but with a script that needed more work and characters who barely register five minutes after you leave the screen.  And yup Tom Hardy’s back in full “What did he say” mumble mode. But for every quibble I have, and there are a few for sure, the film is expertly made.  Form the action to the music, the effects to the tension – it’s filmmaking at it’s most innovate.  It’s just a shame Nolan didn’t put as much effort into the characters as then you would have had a true modern day classic.

Best Bit: The structure

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Interstellar, Battle of Britain, Saving Private Ryan 

 


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Phil’s 2018 Academy Award Predictions… How Did I do?

Phil’s 2018 Academy Award Predictions… How Did I do?

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p

So the BIG night has come and gone.  The awards were given out, the #MeToo speeches were given and the dresses were (mostly) in keeping.   So how did I do on my 2018 Academy Awards predictions…

The results are in.  In total I predicted correct 16/ 20 Awards!


Best Picture

Winner: The Shape Of Water
What Will Win: The Shape Of Water 
What I’d Like To Win: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

 

Best Director
Winner:Guillermo del Toro
Who Will Win: Guillermo del Toro
What I’d Like To Win: Greta Gerwig

 

Best Actress
Winner:Frances McDormand
Who Will Win: Frances McDormand
Who I’d Like To Win: Frances McDormand

 

Best Actor
Winner:Gary Oldman
Who Will Win: Gary Oldman
Who I’d Like To Win: Gary Oldman

 

Best Supporting Actress
Winner:Allison Janney
Who Will Win: Allison Janney
Who I’d Like To Win: Allison Janney

 

Best Supporting Actor
Winner:Sam Rockwell
Who Will Win: Sam Rockwell
Who I’d Like To Win: Woody Harrelson

 

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Jordan Peele, Get Out 
What Will Win: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
What I’d Like To Win: Lady Bird

 

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Call Me By Your Name
What Will Win: Call Me By Your Name
What I’d Like To Win: Logan

 

Best Animated Feature Film
Winner:Coco
What Will Win: Coco
What I’d Like To Win: Coco

 

 

 

Best Cinematography 
Winner: Blade Runner 2049
What Will Win: The Shape of Water
What I’d Like To Win: Blade Runner 2049

 

Best Visual Effects
Winner:Blade Runner 2049
What Will Win: Blade Runner 2049
What I’d Like To Win: War for the Planet of the Apes or Blade Runner 2049

 

Best Original Song Effects
Winner: Coco (“Remember Me”)
What Will Win: Coco (“Remember Me”)
What I’d Like To Win: The Greatest Showman (“This Is Me”)

 

 

Other categories

Production Design (Pick): Blade Runner 2049
Winner: The Shape Of Water 

Best Costume Design (Pick): Phantom Thread
Winner: Phantom Thread

Best Film Editing (Pick): Baby Driver
Winner: Dunkirk

Best Hair Styling & Make Up (Pick): Darkest Hour
Winner: Darkest Hour

Best Sound Mixing (Pick): Dunkirk
Winner: Dunkirk

Best Sound Editing (Pick): Dunkirk
Winner:Dunkirk

Best Original Score (Pick): The Shape of Water
Winner: The Shape of Water

Best Documentary Feature (Pick) : Icarus
Winner:Icarus

 

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Phil’s 2018 Academy Award Predictions…

Phil’s 2018 Academy Award Predictions…

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p

So the BIG night is almost here.  And with that in mind here are my predictions for the 2018 Academy Awards, along with the films I WANT to win.

As usual I’ll be way off…


Best Picture

What Will Win: The Shape Of Water 
What I’d Like To Win: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

 

Best Director
Who Will Win: Guillermo del Toro
What I’d Like To Win: Greta Gerwig

 

Best Actress
Who Will Win: Frances McDormand
Who I’d Like To Win: Frances McDormand

 

Best Actor
Who Will Win: Gary Oldman
Who I’d Like To Win: Gary Oldman

 

Best Supporting Actress
Who Will Win: Allison Janney
Who I’d Like To Win: Allison Janney

 

Best Supporting Actor
Who Will Win: Sam Rockwell
Who I’d Like To Win: Woody Harrelson

 

Best Original Screenplay
What Will Win: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
What I’d Like To Win: Lady Bird

 

Best Adapted Screenplay
What Will Win: Call Me By Your Name
What I’d Like To Win: Logan

 

Best Animated Feature Film
What Will Win: Coco
What I’d Like To Win: Coco

 

 

 

Best Cinematography 
What Will Win: The Shape of Water
What I’d Like To Win: Blade Runner 2049

 

Best Visual Effects
What Will Win: Blade Runner 2049
What I’d Like To Win: War for the Planet of the Apes or Blade Runner 2049

 

Best Original Song Effects
What Will Win: Coco (“Remember Me”)
What I’d Like To Win: The Greatest Showman (“This Is Me”)

 

 

Other categories

Production Design: Blade Runner 2049

Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread

Best Film Editing: Baby Driver

Best Hair Styling & Make Up : Darkest Hour

Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk

Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk

Best Original Score: The Shape of Water

Best Documentary Feature: Icarus

 

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Darkest Hour – A Quick Capsule Review

Darkest Hour – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Darkest Hour hangs on the central performance of Gary Oldman.  And it’s an epic one, nailing a sympathetic but belligerent Winston Churchill and in turn delivering one of this years best performances.  This said…  it’s a shame then that the rest of the film seems so televisual and fails to live up to what Oldman delivers.  It’s not that it’s bad but it just lacks scope and director Wright just doesn’t deliver enough visual punch or story to make this stand out.  So great performance, okay film.

Best Bit: Oldman

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Kings Speech, Dunkirk, Churchill 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Top 10 Tom Hardy Performances – Motion Picture Maniac (with Venom Teaser!)

Top 10 Tom Hardy Performances – Motion Picture Maniac (with Venom Teaser!)

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

So the standalone Venom movie got its very first teaser trailer today (as I am writing this anyway) and while it didn’t give us a look at the big black beastie himself it did give us an excuse to laugh at all those heartbroken web articles, demanding answers like a bunch of football fans on the losing side as to why the studio ultimately decided not to unveil his new look. Pretending, for a moment, that the potentially post-production related answer isn’t as obvious as picking a fight with Tom “shut the f**k up you c**t” Hardy is a bad idea, or that French kissing Carnage will get your face slurped off, or – OR, get this, or that maybe, just maybe, CGI motion capture characters need to be RENDERED AND ANIMATED FIRST! HUH?

On that note, what satisfied me about the trailer was hearing Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and REALLY liking the sound of his voice, it’s not much to go on, this being a teaser and all, but it does sound like he’s got it down and I’m really looking forward to it. So I felt like putting together a list for him, my favourite performances of his, like I really need an excuse, he’s one of my favourite actors ever and I think I’m more excited for seeing his performance rather than the fact this could be Venom getting the cinematic justice he deserves; let’s get on – here are my top 10 favourite Tom Hardy performances.

Eames – Inception: “Mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling”

Farrier – Dunkirk: “I’m on him”

Max Rockatansky – Mad Max: Fury Road: “*grunt*”

James Keziah Delaney – Taboo: “Good day”

Ivan Locke – Locke: “I am the father”

John Fitzgerald – The Revenant: “I found God, and I shot and ate that son of a b**ch”

Reggie/Ronnie Kray – Legend: “Oh, I prefer boys/Hello Ron, cheers mate, f**k you”

Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson – Bronson: “What do I want…? What have you got?”

Bane – The Dark Knight Rises: “Shadows betray you because they belong to me”

Tommy Riordan Conlon – Warrior: “You owe me 200 bucks”

 

 

 

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The Best & Worst Of 2017 – Motion Picture Maniac

The Best & Worst Of 2017 – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac Year In Review

Remember when the disappointment that was 2016 ended and we all toasted to 2017 hopefully proving to be better? Didn’t exactly meet expectations did it? Last year many of our favourite celebrities passed away, this year many of those left have turned out to be sex offenders – go team. But anyway, just like last year I’ve had to stretch my film lists out from top 10’s to top 20’s, which could be seen as a good thing, an indication that there were enough good films to warrant a longer list but then, you remember, the same goes for the bad list.

What can I say; this year was long and depressing, the year before it was long and depressing and, realistically, the next year will probably be long and depressing also; happy days! So here we go, the best films of the year and… the other list, along with some other fun considerations because why not? Of course there were some well-regarded films I was unable to see like Call Me By Your Name and Brigsby Bear and I do hate that I missed them but hey, what can I do?

 

Best Films Of 2017

  1. Dunkirk – (Film of the year, a perfectly shot single feature length action sequence rife with lethal intensity, brutal sound design and gargantuan production value; all of which transpire to do justice to real life heroes)
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Wind River
  4. A Ghost Story
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. Loving Vincent
  7. Thor: Ragnarok
  8. Song To Song
  9. War For The Planet Of The Apes
  10. Mother
  11. American Made
  12. It Comes At Night
  13. Lego Batman
  14. John Wick Chapter 2
  15. Logan
  16. Battle Of The Sexes
  17. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  18. It
  19. The Disaster Artist
  20. Atomic Blonde

 

Honourable Mentions

The Beguiled

The Killing of a sacred deer

Detroit

Double date

Only the brave

T2 Trainspotting

Okja

Get Out

Baby driver

Spiderman homecoming

 

Special Sympathy Mention:

Justice League

 

Worst Films Of 2017

  1. The Shack – (Worst film of the year, one of the most morally bankrupt, self satisfied, arrogant and offensive pieces of propaganda garbage I have ever seen in my life, it’s not just bad, it’s hurtful and dangerous)
  2. The Bye-Bye Man
  3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  4. Unforgettable
  5. Everything, Everything
  6. Girl’s Trip
  7. The Snowman
  8. Flatliners
  9. The Zookeeper’s Wife
  10. The Sense Of An Ending
  11. Hampstead
  12. Unlocked
  13. The Emoji Movie
  14. The House
  15. Daddy’s Home 2
  16. CHiPS
  17. Bitter Harvest
  18. Overdrive
  19. Transformers: The Last Knight
  20. Fifty Shades Darker

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions

Geostorm

The Star

A Bad Mom’s Christmas

The Space Between Us

Wish Upon

Fist Fight

Table 19

The Book Of Henry

Snatched

Rings

 

 

15 Favourite Action Sequences

Pretty much everything in “The Air” – Dunkirk

Silo Hostage Rescue And Subsequent Battle – Justice League

No Man’s Land – Wonder Woman

Bifrost Bridge Battle – Thor: Ragnarok

Stairwell Fight – Atomic Blonde

Helicopter Swatting – Kong: Skull Island

Hocus Pocus – Baby Driver

The Battle Of Crate – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Drill Sight Massacre – Wind River

Art Gallery Shootout – John Wick Chapter 2

Aero Baby Rescue – Fate Of The Furious

Throne Room Slaughter – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Steppenwolf In Themyscira – Justice League

K VS Luv – Blade Runner 2049

Opening Sequence – John Wick Chapter 2

 

 

Favourite Villainous Performances

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf – Justice League

Jamie Foxx as Bats – Baby Driver

Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster – Thor: Ragnarok

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise The Dancing Clown – It

Sylvia Hoeks as Luv – Blade Runner 2049

Will Poulter as Krauss – Detroit

Woody Harrelson as The Colonel – War For The Planet Of The Apes

Ruby Rose as Ares – John Wick Chapter 2

Robert Carlyle as Francis Begbie – T2 Trainspotting

 

 

Best On-Screen Couples (Romantic, Bromantic Or Otherwise)

David and Walter – Alien: Covenant

Thor and… his Hammer – Thor: Ragnarok

K and Joi – Blade Runner 2049

Hobbs and Deckard – Fate Of The Furious

Billie-Jean and Marilyn – Battle Of The Sexes

Greg and Tommy – The Disaster Artist

Rocket and Baby Groot – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Wolverine and X23 – Logan

Batman and Superman – Justice League

Bryce and Kincaid – The Hitman’s Bodyguard

 

 

Special Awards

Best Opening Credit Sequence: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Best Use Of Music In Correlation To The Visuals: Blade Runner 2049 – “Sea Wall”

Pottymouth Of The Year: Robert Carlyle – T2 Trainspotting

Most Interesting Style: TIE – Loving Vincent/A Ghost Story

Best SFX: War For The Planet Of The Apes

Most Immersive Camera Movements: Justice League

Funniest Line (Intentional): “I’m gonna knock your teeth so far down your throat you’re gonna stick a toothbrush right up your ass to brush em” – Fate Of The Furious

Funniest Line (Unintentional): “Blow into the hole gently, I’ll do the fingering” – Alien: Covenant

Captain Obvious Award: Josh Duhamel, Transformers: The Last Knight – “Look, it’s a big alien ship”

Guilty Pleasure Of The Year: TIE – xXx: Return Of Xander Cage/Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Notable Face-Palm Of The Year: Fakest Sneeze Of All Time – The Bye-Bye Man

Done and dusted, recalling and sifting through the stuff I liked about the year was great fun, doing the same for what I didn’t like bloody hurt. Oh I wonder what the next year will hold, not just regarding the movies but the politics, the sociology, the very backbone of public opinion… who am I kidding, it’s gonna suck, it’ll all suck and we should probably all just save time by taking turns gleefully leaping into a giant deadly shit hole to boil and desolve to death.

 

Happy New Year.

Motion Picture Maniac 

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2017

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2017

2017: In Review Quick Review Year In Review

And that’s it.  Another year in the rear view mirror and another reason to take a look back at the BEST, WORST and, well, others of 2017.

So here it is: my pick of the BEST films of 2017.

 

Film of The Year:  Baby Driver

In Brief: Yup the Spacey factor makes this awkward for sure BUT the fact that it still remains as many favourite film of the year DESPITE of that should tell you just how good Baby Driver is.  Edgar Wright delivers a fanatic, charming, 90’s style film that mixes True Romance, Bullet and many other great films to make what will probably be a modern classic. Oh and THAT soundtrack.  Superb.

 

 


2. T2 Trainspotting
In Brief: : Silly title yes. Silly film? No.  Few films are ever made about what it’s like to be middle aged, by T2 Trainspotting nails it. It’s not perfect but it hit where it counted.


3. Paddington 2

In Brief:  Who saw this coming?  Well anyone who actually watched Paddington 2 obviously.  Charming, fun and silly Paddington has more heart than it can share.  It’s just brilliant.


4. Raw
In Brief: This French horror film is a tough watch and will turn some people off for sure.  But I found it captivating, brutal and, er, raw.


5. Star Wars The Last Jedi
In Brief:
  It’s a really good Star Wars film and an excellent blockbuster, up there with the year best. Full of massive highs and a few lows, The Last Jedi mostly lives up to expectation.

6. OJ: Made In America – Fascinating documentary

7. Blade Runner 2049 – One of the best SCi-Fi films in many years

8. La La Land – Charming, funny and heart breaking all at once.

9. IT (2017) – One of the best horror films for many a year.

10. Thor: Ragnarok – Marvel go three for three and Thor whilst not the obvious choice was the one, on reflection, I enjoyed most.

 

Bubbling Under:  Shot Caller, Dunkirk , Spider-Man Homecoming ,Logan ,Prevenge,  Logan Lucky ,  Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 ,Counterpunch,  Jawbone ,  Silence,  Hidden Figures