Angel Has Fallen (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Angel Has Fallen (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Angel Has Fallen is probably my favourite on this trilogy of action movies.  But that’s not saying much – I hated London has Fallen and White House Down trumped Olympus Has Fallen in almost every way. In truth Angel Has Fallen is good enough to entertain/pass the time but its lacklustre action choreography, weak CGI and bored Gerard Butler do little to push it over the edge.  So… fans of the ‘franchise’ will probably like it, but in a year where Hobbs & Shaw blew up half the world, Angel Has Fallen doesn’t offer a great deal new or better…

Best Bit: The assault on the president

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, London Has Fallen

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Vengeance with Bryan Larkin

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Vengeance with Bryan Larkin

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we (finally) talk about Ross’ action revenge thriller Vengeance that comes out in the UK on the 28th September, as we are joined by one of the films co-stars actor & martial artist Bryan Larkin (London has Fallen)

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

Films Discussed: Vengeance, Get Carter, Point Blank, Revenge, Commando, Deadpool, Walking Tall, Revenge Of The Ninja, You Were Never really Here, Taxi Driver

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #084 – Drunk DVD Commentary: London Has Fallen

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #084 – Drunk DVD Commentary: London Has Fallen

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode:

WARNING! THE FOLLOWING COMMENTARY IS BEST LISTENED TO ALONG WITH THE FILM AS THERE ARE PERIODS OF SILENCE. HOWEVER, IT IS STILL ENTERTAINING EITHER WAY!!!!

The Drinking Rules are as follows (we hope you play along).
Drink Everytime:
1) Every time it cuts back to the US Situation room
2) Any vehicles gets destroyed
3) Cheesy one-liner
4) Butler kills someone with his bare hands/knife
5) Morgan Freeman clearly isn’t with the main cast

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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

 

Grosse Point Geek – 2016 In Review (And a look to 2017)

Grosse Point Geek – 2016 In Review (And a look to 2017)

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Year In Review

2016 – in short, a terrible year for big movies – in fact i struggle to remember another time where the Hollywood studios produced so many blockbuster films as badly made, boring, and lacking in imagination as what we were subjected to over the last 12 months.

To begin with were subjected endless numbers of superhero films  – one of which (Captain America: Civil War) was so contrived it was painful, then there were the dull and at times terrible sequels to long dead franchises (ID4:2 Jason Bourne, The Huntsman, Blair Witch), crap comedies (Bad Moms) iffy fantasies (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) shoddy remakes (Point Break) and yet another godawful game to film adaptation (Warcraft).

Mercifully there were some shining lights among the inky darkness – mostly for which we have to thank the many smaller budgeted productions, such as Room, The Nice Guys, Hell or High Water, Spotlight etc. These were the films that probably struggled to get made for years because the likes of Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich and the other sell outs were hoovering up all the money that the studios could throw at them, just so they could vomit their shoddy, franchise prolonging, zero imagination celluloid turds on Joe Public – bastards.

To be fair though not all the biggies were rubbish  – Star Trek Beyond was pretty good, so was The Revenant, Deadpool was awesome,  Creed rocked, London Has Fallen and Doctor Strange were great fun  and Rogue One completely blew us all away to become one of the best entries in the Star Wars franchise since Return Of The Jedi.

So here it is then – my rundown of the best and worst of 2016 and a look at what I think will be worth seeing next year.

 

Top 10 best films of 2016

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Room
  3. Deadpool
  4. Creed
  5. Spotlight
  6. Eddie The Eagle
  7. Arrival
  8. Eye In The Sky
  9. The Magnificent Seven
  10. London Has Fallen (i’m gonna burn in hell for that one)

Top 15 Honorary mentions of 2016

 

  1. Doctor Strange
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. The Nice Guys
  4. A Street Cat Named Bob
  5. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
  6. Ghostbusters
  7. Conjuring 2
  8. Purge: Election Year
  9. Ben Hur
  10. The Revenant
  11. Jungle Book
  12. Star Trek Beyond
  13. The Siege Of Jadotville
  14. Bridget Jones Baby
  15. Midnight Special
The Top Ten Performances of 2016
  1. Brie Larson (Room)
  2. Jacob Tremblay (Room)
  3. Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
  4. Benedict Cumberbach (Doctor Strange)
  5. Ben Affleck (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice)
  6. Luke Treadaway (A Streetcat Named Bob)
  7. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
  8. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
  9. Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
  10. Alan Rickman (Eye In The Sky)
The Top ten Best Action Scenes/on screen fights of 2016
  1. That utterly incredible, pant wettingly brilliant last 20 minutes of Rogue One – ive seen it twice now and i still cant believe it.
  2. The monumental, bullet riddled arse kicking that Gerard Butler and The SAS throw the terrorists in the climax to London has Fallen.
  3. Will Smith (guns and all) vs the Meta-Human mutants – Suicide Squad (i hasten to add it was that films one saving grace)
  4. Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman’s big face off against Doomsday in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
  5. The edge of the seat finale to Eye In The Sky
  6. Little Jack’s escape from the room – Room
  7. The one take, no edit boxing match – Creed
  8. Leonardo DiCaprio vs The Bear  – The Revenant
  9. The Chariot Race  – Ben Hur
  10. The big finale – Magnificent Seven
Grosse Pointe Geek’s 2016 Hero of The Year
Gareth Edwards –  for finally giving us the Star Wars film we’ve all been waiting for with Rogue One – well done my son.

The Top Five Biggest Disappointments of 2016

  1. X-Men: Apocalypse (someone needs to grab this franchise and give it a bloody good shake)
  2. Suicide Squad (one of the best trailers of the year – just a shame it couldn’t translate into a better film – God this one had SO much potential!)
  3. Bone Tomahawk (how in the hell a western featuring Kurt Russell as sheriff going up against a bunch of psychopathic cave men could end up so dull beggars belief)
  4. 10 Cloverfield Place (another brilliant trailer  -and a complete sell out of an ending)
  5. The Hateful Eight (undoubtedly well made but Tarantino disappeared up his own arse with this one)

The Top ten Worst Films of 2016

  1. Independence Day: Resurgence (a message to Roland Emmerich –  Dear Roland, i and every film geek on the planet sincerely hope that you and Dean Devlin rot in the pit of direct to dvd hell for the rest of your miserable careers – yours sincerely – The Film going public)
  2. Warcraft (a CGI monstrosity and a complete steaming dung pile of a film)
  3. Hardcore Henry (i hated this so much i thought i was going to need therapy)
  4. Bad Moms (i’ve had more fun cleaning cat puke off the kitchen floor than i did watching this)
  5. Allegiant (a franchise killer that deserved to be the gigantic flop that it was)
  6. Point Break (pointless remake and an insult to the original -all i can say is that Patrick Swayze must be turning in his grave)
  7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (good idea, utterly crap film)
  8. Gods Of Egypt (so laughably bad i cant believe it got a cinema release)
  9. Bastille Day (probably the most unoriginal and most torturous to watch “action” film i’ve ever had the displeasure to sit through)
  10. Blair Witch (total pants  – scariest movie of the decade my distended arse)

 

and finally..Will’s 2017 most anticipated films:

  • Star War Episode 8
  • Guardians of The Galaxy Volume 2
  • Wonder Woman
  • Justice League
  • The Mummy
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Manchester By The Sea
  • Geostorm
  • Ready Player One
  • Spiderman Homecoming
  • Thor Ragnarok
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Alien: Covenant
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes
  • Dunkirk
  • John Wick Chapter 2
  • Fate of The Furious (aka Fast 8)
  • Logan

 

So there we are  – my round up of 2016, overall a pretty poor year  – still never mind, Rogue One and the smaller films did alot to make up for it plus 2017 is looking very good indeed. As ever id like to thank anyone and  everyone who read my reviews (whoever you are!) and visited this fantastic website, plus a big thanks to the illustrious Mr Phillip Hobden for continuing to let me vent my spleen upon the movie going world.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous new year

 

My name is Will Strong and I’ve been Grosse Pointe Geek.

 

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Blog: London Has Fallen – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: London Has Fallen – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Where as ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ was a fun if silly action film, London Has Fallen ejects all that was pleasurable about the original and replaces it with poor cgi, a terrible over ernest script and Gerard Butler pissing away any last resemblance of talent he had left.  A dirty, violent and nasty film with pretty dubious ethics at it’s heart. Yet there were was some quite enjoyable moments and for all the things it does bad, the moments it get’s right are well handled.  And if nothing else you an laugh at Butler delivering some of the worst lines ever committed to an action film… it’s all pretty pointless but there are worse films out there.

Best Bit: The final assault

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, Die Hard 4.0

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – London Has Fallen

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – London Has Fallen

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Uncategorized
When the British Prime Minister dies suddenly, the leaders of the Western World  gather in London for his state funeral.
Just as proceedings are getting under way, all hell breaks loose as the capital comes under attack from a massive terrorist force who proceed to off the German Prime Minister (noble) , The French President (a snob) , The Italian Premier (a hilariously and very thinly disguised Berlusconi clone) plus various other world leaders and then blow up a number of well known London landmarks such as the houses of parliament and Tower Bridge just for good measure. Naturally the Americans arent having any of it and with the help of hard-as-nails secret service agent Mike Banning (Butler) The US President (Eckhart) ends up going on the run through the deserted streets of the  Big Smoke whilst being hotly pursued by half the worlds terrorists.
This, as you may have guessed, is the sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen, which, upon release was a surprise box office hit and proved to be one of the most enjoyable action films for years. However alot of the critics didn’t agree and so it is again with London Has Fallen which has been somewhat savaged in most of the reviews i have recently read. I have to say that this is somewhat of a mystery to me as i (and my fellow Newport film club geeks) absolutely loved it. Now i will agree that it isn’t in any way what one would refer to as high art, nor does it have the greatest script ever written, plus it completely  wastes the combined acting talent of Melissa Leo, Robert Forster and the great Jackie Earl Haley, who barely register and have nothing to do except look shocked and appalled.
However, if you can get over these small(ish) issues and the fact that the whole thing is totally preposterous and utterly daft to boot  – you might just end up having one of the best nights out at the cinema this year. For London Has Fallen is, simply put, a smashing slice of top notch escapism, chock full of everything you could possibly want from an  action film. Indeed once the mayhem really kicks off there is an almost non stop cacophony of bullet riddled gunfights, breathless car chases and huge explosions , all helped along by Butler’s effortless charisma, barbed one liners and very funny bromance with Eckhart’s POTUS. Its also well directed by Babak Najafi, who stages some great action sequences  – in particular a very impressive and relentlessly exciting one take set piece, where Butler teams up with the SAS (hooray!) and proceeds to lay waste to the terrorist stronghold using guns, knives, grenades and all manner of arse kicking fisticuffs.
In conclusion, i honestly cant recommend this film highly enough, its fast, its furious, its thrilling and funny in all the right places, the action is blood soaked and brutal, and Butler once again proves to be a fantastic action hero. Please please just ignore the highbrow critics who have unfairly dismissed it and get yourself the cinema asap – i guarantee you wont be sorry.
Big, dumb, fun and properly mad as cheese -simply put London Has Fallen is why i love films!
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Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek –  2016 Most Anticipated Films

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – 2016 Most Anticipated Films

A Blog Grosse Point Geek

Grosse Point Geek wraps his work for 2015 by looking the films coming in next year…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: ETA Xmas 2015.

The first of the Star Wars spinoffs,  -to be honest  I know little about it  -other than it takes place between episodes 3 and 4 and concerns a plot to steal the Death Star plans. However  as its directed by Blighty’s own Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) hopes are very high indeed – plus its Star Wars so ‘nuff said!

Creed:  (AKA Rocky 7) – ETA January

Seventh in the Rocky franchise  – could have been a joke if it were not for it being a smash hit at the  US  box office, plus stellar reviews and various supporting actor award nominations for good old  Sly Stallone – we don’t get this in the UK until January  -it looks fantastic and I cant wait.

The Revenant: ETA January

Leo DiCaprio goes on a rampage of revenge against fellow fur trapper Tom Hardy in this hotly anticipated 18th Century  American frontier actioner  – the trailer looks amazing and the reviews are through the roof – a must see.

DeadPool: ETA February

My fellow geeks at the Cineworld film club are in a frothing fervour about this – looks  good fun and Ryan Reynolds as the 4th wall breaking “ Merc With a Mouth” is inspired casting  – has all the potential to be 2016’s best comic book film – just as long as it can banish all memory of The Green Lantern.

London Has Fallen: ETA March

Olympus Has Fallen was one of the most enjoyable films of 2013 – completely daft but very entertaining, really exciting and jam packed with gunfights, explosions and fisticuffs – the sequel has a different director but with most of the original cast returning and a cracking looking trailer this has all the hallmarks of a great night out at the cinema – just please don’t let it be a PG-13!!!

Captain America: Civil War: ETA May

After the disappointment of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel really needs to pull it out of the bag here. The signs are very good though – Winter Soldier directors The Russo Brothers are back, the trailer is great, plus we’ve got Cap fighting Iron Man –overall I’m fairly confident about this one.

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice: ETA Summer

Sequel to Man of Steel sees Henry Cavill returning as Superman, Ben Affleck donning the cowl as Batman, Gal Gadot showing up as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. I honestly don’t know about this one  folks – director Zach Snyder has an iffy track record – whereas his  Watchmen and 300 were superb – Man Of Steel was really only half a good film and featured way too much CGI, plus one has to ask whether this all a case of DC being a bit Johnny come lately after Marvel’s success with their Avengers franchise – I hope I’m wrong.

X-Men: Apocalypse: ETA Summer

Bryan Singer returns to the directors chair for this follow up to X-Men Days of Future past – I’m decidedly non plussed about this one – DOFP was very disappointing and not a patch of X2 or X-Men First Class – I’ll see it but not expecting much.

Warcraft: ETA Summer

Oh dear God where to start?! –  the trailer debuted last month and frankly looked like nothing more than a bad version of  Lord Of The Rings meets Shrek.  With a summer chock full of superheroes this could be a gigantic flop of John Carter sized proportions- and then some.  However – it does have one advantage that could turn the tide and that’s highly talented British director Duncan Jones at the helm – lest we forget this is the man who gave us Moon and Source Code – here’s hoping he can pull it out of the bag.

Suicide Squad: ETA Summer

Another of DC’s expanded universe, it certainly has an impressive cast  that features Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, and was looking like the business until I heard a rumour that its been slapped with a PG-13 rating – again very much like Batman V Superman we shall just have to wait and see.

Star Trek Beyond: ETA Summer

3rd in the JJ Abrams rebooted Trek series – this time directed by Fast Furious 3,  4, 5 and 6’s Justin Lin, co-written by Simon Pegg and featuring Idris Elba in an as yet unnamed role, (which at a guess is probably the villain). I very much enjoyed the previous two outings but after recently watching the rather awful teaser trailer my faith has been a tad shaken -however it’s Star Trek so I’m going to see it regardless.

Independence Day: Resurgence: ETA Summer

Very belated sequel to the 1996 smash hit alien invasion blockbuster. Will Smith isn’t in it but most of the original cast, plus director Roland Emmerich make a return. The trailer looks pretty action packed but for it to succeed its going to have to be a great deal less cheesy than its predecessor, which sadly has aged very badly over the years and gets worse with repeated viewings. Still, ID4 mark 2 certainly isn’t the worst prospect ever and overall I’m quite looking forward to it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them: ETA November 2015

Harry Potter spinoff, featuring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Don’t know that much about it, but could be a winner if done right

The BFG: ETA Summer 2015

Live action adaptation of the rather lovely Roald Dahl book features Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant and is directed by Steven Spielberg – to be honest I really cant see how this one can fail.

May I take this opportunity to thank my erstwhile colleague and friend Mr Phil Hobden for continuing to let me vent my spleen on this fantastic site and to do so once more in 2016.

I wish you all a happy and peaceful new year

My name is Will Strong and I’ve been Grosse Pointe Geek.

See you in 2016.
Author: Will Strong 

 

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!