Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Halloween Special (A week late!)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Halloween Special (A week late!)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we deliver our Halloween Special (A week late!) as Ross returns to the podcast.  Yup it’s Michael Myers from strat to finish as we break down the Variety list of Worst to Best Halloween films. With a few other franchises in there for good luck!

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

Films Discussed: Halloween, Halloween (2018), A Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday 13th , IT, Evil Dead, Day Of The Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army Of Darkness, Bride Of Chucky

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Phil’s Top 5… Horror Movies Franchises

Phil’s Top 5… Horror Movies Franchises

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Horror Franchises

 

Close but no cigar: The Purge, Final Destination , Scream,  Saw

 

5 – Childs Play
Childs Play started well, went pretty rotten in the middle but managed to stick the landing with Bride, Child and most recently Cult Of Chucky.  Still got legs.

 

4 – Halloween
One great film, a few weak sequels, an excellent reboot and now a new new reboot means that Halloween is far from finished.

 

3 – A Nightmare On Elm Street
Elm Street is a mix of the good (the original, a New Nightmare, Dream Warriors), the bad (part 5) and the ugly (the remake) but s a horror icon few beat Freddie.  

2 – Evil Dead
Four movies and an incredible TV show, The Evil Dead franchise continues to endure well past it’s original roots as a down and very dirty low budget calling card for Sam Rami.

 

1 – Friday The 13th
Yup they haven’t aged that well and the franchise has stalled of late but growing up few films or horror icons scared me as much as the Friday films.  From the iconic (Part 4) to the Crazy bad but fun (Jason takes Manhattan)  I still love everyone of them.  Including the rather good remake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sharknado Week: Sharknado 2 The Second One – A Quick Capsule Review

Sharknado Week: Sharknado 2 The Second One – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As you would probably expect Sharknado 2 is either the best film you’ve ever seen or the worst film ever made – depending on if you found the first one as genius as I did.  From Evil Dead references (several in fact) to off the hook performances, the worst CGI you have ever seen and an opening sequence so utterly stupid that it rates as possibly the best sequence in a film in 2014, Sharknado knows it’s dumb and naff.  And that’s kinda why it works.  It never takes itself seriously, relishes in it’s own stupidity and places it’s tongue firmly in cheek… which is exactly why this is one of the most enjoyable films of 2014 so far.

It aint the Godfather… but it also aint Tranfourhours 4.  Which is something to be grateful for.

Best Bit: Sharks On A Plane

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Sharknado, Snakes On A Plane; Giant Something vs Mega whatever (pick the something and whatever)

 

Rating:

 

Author: Phil Hobden

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Bruce Campbell Films

Phil’s Top 5… Bruce Campbell Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Bruce Campbell’s lead/ featured roles!

 

Close but no cigar: Maniac Cop, My Name Is Bruce, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat

 

5 -Wax Work 2: Lost in Time
Anthony Hickox’s frankly barking sequel is full of ideas even if it’s a bit light on budget.  

 

4 – Bubba Ho Tep
Bruce is old Elvis in a nursing home.  I’ll just leave that there.


3 – Evil Dead

The film that launched a thousand  gurns, gave us the term ‘shemp’ and more importantly the careers of both Campbell and director Sam Raimi.

2 – Army of Darkness
A sillier Evil Dead movie that up’s the camp and plays down the horror, it’s no less effective with Campbell giving an amazing performance. Also it’s so damn quotable.


1 – Evil Dead 2
The Sequel/remake of Evil Dead gives us full Bruce Campbell.  Think one of the Marx brothers on speed.  Funny, violent and essential.

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Movie Funko Pops!

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Funko Pops!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Movie Funko Pops!

 

Close but no cigar: Pinhead (Hellraiser), Jack Burton (Big Trouble In Little China), Ash (Evil Dead), Groot (Guardians Of The Galaxy), Eleven (Stranger Things), The Joker (The Dark Knight)

 

5 – Flash – Zootropolis 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 – Shark – Sharknado

 

 

 

 

 

 


3 – Sloth – The Goonies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 – Prince Vultan – Flash Gordon 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 – Maui – Moana

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Top 15 Rules For Being A Film Geek

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Top 15 Rules For Being A Film Geek

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Every person I have ever met has an interest in something – be it football, cars, music etc. All worthy, normal pastimes that are generally tolerated  by most people.

However if there’s one type of individual within the human race that receives an enormously unjust amount of ridicule – it is the dedicated film geek.

I am proud to say that I have been a member of this select group since approximately 1977 – the year Star Wars came out – coincidence? You be the judge.

This means that for the past 37 years I spent far too many hours ensconced in a cinema or in front of the telly and amassed a vast knowledge of useless information that, I have found to my cost, doesn’t really impress the fairer sex or put money in my pocket. Nevertheless  – it is my firm belief that out in the world today there are many closeted film geeks just wishing to break free from their clandestine existence and declare themselves upon society.

So if you are reading this article and have an inkling that you may well be film geek, then here are 15 simple rules that must be strictly obeyed  – read on:

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Rule Number 1

Without question, critique, pause or doubt you must have seen, be a massive fan of and own on dvd/blu ray the following 30 films:

The original Star Wars trilogy, Rocky,  The Matrix, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (Extended Versions),  Alien, Aliens, Blade Runner, The Terminator, Terminator 2, The Big Lebowski, Xmen2, Die Hard, The Raid, The Shawshank Redemption, Commando, Raiders Of the Lost Ark, Mad Max 2, Jaws, Pulp Fiction, Highlander, Star Trek 2, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Evil Dead 2 and Predator.

 

Rule Number 2

Your dvd/blu ray collection must be extensive, deeply personal to you, proudly on show in your place of residence and in strict alphabetical order.

 

Rule Number 3

A true geek does not arrive late at the cinema, nor does he talk during the film. In addition he does not leave said establishment if he has come to the end of watching a Marvel Studios production and knows full well that there is a post credits sequence to be enjoyed.

 

Rule Number  4

You must own at least one decent movie T Shirt and one piece of  film memorabilia.

 

Rule Number 5

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a fan of Star Trek – but not a pathologically obsessive one. This is an affliction commonly referred to as “Trekiitis”. Symptoms include: pale skin, speaking in tongues, an aversion to exercise, zero social life, a stalled career, perpetual forced celibacy and hairy palms. Unfortunately there is no cure –so be warned.

 

Rule Number 6

You must buy one film magazine per month and read at least one film website per day to keep yourself up to date.

 

Rule Number 7

The following films must be universally dismissed by you as utter crap and must not have been enjoyed in anyway shape or form: Batman and Robin, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull, Highlander 2, Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, and Superman 4:The Quest for Peace. Any opinion voiced  to the contrary will result in immediate exclusion from the world of geek and eternal damnation to a life of watching reruns of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

 

Rule Number 8

You must, on demand, be able to quote verbatim “The Path of The Righteous Man” from Pulp Fiction and the “Tears in Rain” speech from Blade Runner.

 

Rule Number 9

Shedding a happy tear whilst watching a film is perfectly acceptable and nothing to be ashamed of – examples include:  the end of Rocky 1, and the Death Star trench sequence from Star Wars.

 

Rule Number 10

It is always accepted that the creation of Jar Jar Binks, writing a biblically awful script and casting Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker was an unforgivable act of wanton neglect and  thoughtlessness by George Lucas on all true Star Wars fans the world over.

 

Rule Number 11

Complete avoidance of any film directed by Uwe Boll is a must.

 

Rule Number 12

Anything written, produced or directed by the following  has to be seen straight away: JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon, Sam Raimi, The Coen Brothers, Gareth Edwards, Gareth Evans, Christopher Nolan.

 

Rule Number 13

Most critics are not to be trusted  – especially those that write for certain UK Newspapers.

(However those who write for ALLTHINGSFILM are perfectly acceptable and always right in their opinion)

 

Rule Number 14

The dedicated geek does not just restrict his viewing to the big screen. An unhealthy and moronic interest in various TV programmes must also  be wholly embraced. It is therefore recommended that the following series be got into with immediate effect: Game Of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Spartacus, The Sopranos, Sons Of Anarchy, Firefly, The X Files, The Walking Dead and (using caution) Star Trek.

 

Rule Number 15

Han shot first – end of.

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There you go – 15 simple rules to follow – and if you can successfully do that, keep your head whilst all others are losing theirs – you’ll be a film geek my son.

 
Author: Will Strong 

 

Will Strong’s Preview Of 2014…

Will Strong’s Preview Of 2014…

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?????

 



Review: Evil Dead 2013 (DVD/BR)

Review: Evil Dead 2013 (DVD/BR)

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The Review: Quite how I was suckered into believing that this remake would be any different to the slew of remakes we’ve had from genre-defining 80s horror masterpieces would be any different is anyone’s guess. Quite what other critics are seeing in this movie is also anyone’s guess. Is this the remake that would buck the horror trend of shitty-ass remakes? Nope.

The story is much the same as Raimi’s original – after a ball-shatteringly silly and unintentionally hilarious “poignant” opening about a basement witch burning, a bunch of teenagers holed up in the very same cabin get hassled by some sort of malevolent spirit awoken from its slumber due to one of the teens opening up and reading aloud – duuuh! – from the book of the dead, despite being warned not to.

Straight away any character empathy is vacuumed from the narrative.

This time around David has apparently staged something of an intervention with two other chicks and a hippy to try and get his sister, Mia, off dope. She agrees to give it up, drop it down a well, and go cold turkey for the weekend. What transpires shortly thereafter is the best excuse to fall off the wagon, and possibly one of the goriest cold turkeys ever committed to celluloid.

Let’s get straight to the point here; Evil Dead is not the original – in fact, nowhere near. Gone is the strong vein of humour entirely. Fede Alvarez – here directing and co-writing – is no Sam Raimi. It’s perfectly clear to me that young hot director’s do not have the carefree attitude it actually takes when a studio plies money on them. Alvarez on occasion does try to emulate some of the fast-moving shots, but to little effect. Without humour, you’re left with the scares and the story. And guess what – yep, there’s not much to write home about there, either. Scary? Nope. It’s as if Scream and Scary Movie 5 had never been made. If you’ve seen approximately 3.8 horror movies before you see Evil Dead, you’ll see the scare beats coming a mile off.

The gore, on the other hand, is marvellous – though too infrequent. Plenty of the red stuff is sloshed around, and the movie somewhat unwisely goes down the Final Destination route of making it as wince-inducing as possible. Why oh why do common-or-garden contemporary horrors want to exploit the wince factor with 18-rated horrors these days? Is a decapitation not enough, that we have to have someone seemingly purposely slice their tongue in half through the middle? What’s going on there? And where did that dead dog come from? And why all the hanging cats? Are you TRYING to repulse us just to repulse us? Noooo… why not try giving us characters we care for! Let’s dig a bit deeper here.

All this vicious, spiteful maiming etc, tells me that the malevolent spirit is bored; the evilness is in fact operating with an audience in mind. The bad essence knows it is in a movie – clearly, the good guys didn’t get that memo, and routinely fall into that “duuuh” trap with their actions at every available opportunity.

On the way out of this routine bore fest, one of my party I attended with asked me what I thought. Without a moment’s pause, my mouth blurted out “It was approximately 90% shite – the 10% that was okay was the last scene” – it’s true; just when you think it’s all over, there’s an extended sequence (involving a character, rain and a chase – am spoiling nowt) – ah, see, THAT was what I was expecting throughout the entire 90 minute run time. Not the flaccid and, frankly, pathetic exposition that vacuumed any joy out of the whole thing. If the whole movie had been as obnoxious, stupid and blood-filled as the last scene, we’d be in the high single digits for the score out of ten. Finally, 80 minutes in the gears grind up full pelt – but by then, it’s too late, far, far too late.

So, Evil Dead? Evil Shed, more like. The hippy pissed me off, the token black girl helped with the order of who gets offed first, and then a blonde thing came out of nowhere only to get de-limbed. It’s nasty for nasty’s sake – in a completely naff, “trying too hard” way. One person in my party was not up on horror, and is fairly easily satisfied, and thought it was boring, too. Did I mention that Diablo Cody did a somewhat uncredited rewrite on this picture? I’m sure I had a feeling about this somewhere, but frankly I’m boring myself to death writing about this movie now.

Oh – and while we’re on it, if you do sit through the credits and wait for the final scene – you’ll be treated to a certain character played by a certain actor who has a certain famous line. It’s not worth sticking around for.

Wait for the DVD if you absolutely must. Unless of course you’ve never seen a horror movie before – in which case, knock yourself out. Preferably just before the film starts.

Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay

Editors Note:  I loved this film – gory, bloody and fun. It’s not the original Evil Dead and more me that makes it a 100% better.  I loved Rami’s Evil Dead and the fact this didn’t have Ash or other characters we love and makes some bold narrative choices just emphasise how much better this film is that it should have been.  Sorry Andrew totally disagree on this one…

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Review: Evil Dead 2013 (Cinema)

Review: Evil Dead 2013 (Cinema)

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Quite how I was suckered into believing that this remake would be any different to the slew of remakes we’ve had from genre-defining 80s horror masterpieces would be any different is anyone’s guess. Quite what other critics are seeing in this movie is also anyone’s guess. Is this the remake that would buck the horror trend of shitty-ass remakes? Nope.

The story is much the same as Raimi’s original – after a ball-shatteringly silly and unintentionally hilarious “poignant” opening about a basement witch burning, a bunch of teenagers holed up in the very same cabin get hassled by some sort of malevolent spirit awoken from its slumber due to one of the teens opening up and reading aloud – duuuh! – from the book of the dead, despite being warned not to.

Straight away any character empathy is vacuumed from the narrative.

This time around David has apparently staged something of an intervention with two other chicks and a hippy to try and get his sister, Mia, off dope. She agrees to give it up, drop it down a well, and go cold turkey for the weekend. What transpires shortly thereafter is the best excuse to fall off the wagon, and possibly one of the goriest cold turkeys ever committed to celluloid.

Let’s get straight to the point here; Evil Dead is not the original – in fact, nowhere near. Gone is the strong vein of humour entirely. Fede Alvarez – here directing and co-writing – is no Sam Raimi. It’s perfectly clear to me that young hot director’s do not have the carefree attitude it actually takes when a studio plies money on them. Alvarez on occasion does try to emulate some of the fast-moving shots, but to little effect. Without humour, you’re left with the scares and the story. And guess what – yep, there’s not much to write home about there, either. Scary? Nope. It’s as if Scream and Scary Movie 5 had never been made. If you’ve seen approximately 3.8 horror movies before you see Evil Dead, you’ll see the scare beats coming a mile off.

The gore, on the other hand, is marvellous – though too infrequent. Plenty of the red stuff is sloshed around, and the movie somewhat unwisely goes down the Final Destination route of making it as wince-inducing as possible. Why oh why do common-or-garden contemporary horrors want to exploit the wince factor with 18-rated horrors these days? Is a decapitation not enough, that we have to have someone seemingly purposely slice their tongue in half through the middle? What’s going on there? And where did that dead dog come from? And why all the hanging cats? Are you TRYING to repulse us just to repulse us? Noooo… why not try giving us characters we care for! Let’s dig a bit deeper here.

All this vicious, spiteful maiming etc, tells me that the malevolent spirit is bored; the evilness is in fact operating with an audience in mind. The bad essence knows it is in a movie – clearly, the good guys didn’t get that memo, and routinely fall into that “duuuh” trap with their actions at every available opportunity.

On the way out of this routine bore fest, one of my party I attended with asked me what I thought. Without a moment’s pause, my mouth blurted out “It was approximately 90% shite – the 10% that was okay was the last scene” – it’s true; just when you think it’s all over, there’s an extended sequence (involving a character, rain and a chase – am spoiling nowt) – ah, see, THAT was what I was expecting throughout the entire 90 minute run time. Not the flaccid and, frankly, pathetic exposition that vacuumed any joy out of the whole thing. If the whole movie had been as obnoxious, stupid and blood-filled as the last scene, we’d be in the high single digits for the score out of ten. Finally, 80 minutes in the gears grind up full pelt – but by then, it’s too late, far, far too late.

So, Evil Dead? Evil Shed, more like. The hippy pissed me off, the token black girl helped with the order of who gets offed first, and then a blonde thing came out of nowhere only to get de-limbed. It’s nasty for nasty’s sake – in a completely naff, “trying too hard” way. One person in my party was not up on horror, and is fairly easily satisfied, and thought it was boring, too. Did I mention that Diablo Cody did a somewhat uncredited rewrite on this picture? I’m sure I had a feeling about this somewhere, but frankly I’m boring myself to death writing about this movie now.

Oh – and while we’re on it, if you do sit through the credits and wait for the final scene – you’ll be treated to a certain character played by a certain actor who has a certain famous line. It’s not worth sticking around for.

Wait for the DVD if you absolutely must. Unless of course you’ve never seen a horror movie before – in which case, knock yourself out. Preferably just before the film starts.

Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay

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One Sentence Reviews… Bruce Campbell

One Sentence Reviews… Bruce Campbell

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Looking through my DVD collection there’s a raft of films that due to age, obscurity or general lack of point in doing so will never be reviewed here.

So with that in mind let me re-introduce a semi-regular new feature. 

The one sentence review. The MTV/McDonalds hamburger of reviews… this time BRUCE CAMPBELL films.

ARMY OF DARKNESS
In Bruce’s own words… Groovy

BUBBA HO TEP
Bruce Campbell as Elvis… yes ELVIS!!! What more could you possibly need!

SPIDERMAN 3
“Bad film… great Bruce Campbell cameo!”

ESCAPE FROM LA
Much loathed John carpenter sequel which I actually quite like. Does that make me mad?

MCHALES NAVY
Yes Bruce is in it. But so is Tom Arnold. Which most certainly makes this one to avoid.

SUNDOWN : VAMPIRES IN RETREAT
Little seen Bruce gem. Well worth tracking down…


CONGO
Rubbish talking monkey film which Bruce is in for seconds.

WAXWORK 2: LOST IN TIME
Witty horror comedy from director Anthony Hickox

MANIAC COP
Clasic 80’s horror – gory and violent but frankly now very dated