Godzilla (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Godzilla (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Gareth Edwards’s second film as a director sees him once again dealing with ‘monsters’ but this time he dares to tread where many more experienced directors have failed and take on the might of Godzilla.  And you know what?  For the most part he pulls it off.  What Edwards does best is to strike the right balance between the ample destruction and the people.  Where as Zack Snider’s destruction porn is all about falling building, Edwards makes it about the characters.  Where as Michael Bay reveals in explosions, Edwards reveals in human drama.  This doesn’t mean that the film doesn’t have it’s wham! Bam! moments – it does and in spades – but they mean something. So the story isn’t perfect and the film uses the ‘hint’ reveal a few too many times, but Godzilla does so much right that you can forgive it a few small issues.

Best Bit: Monster Smack down.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Pacific Rim, Jurassic Park, Monster

 


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Grosse Point Geek’s 2018 In Review

Grosse Point Geek’s 2018 In Review

A Blog Year In Review

Each year Will and Phil compare notes on their favourite and least favourite films of 2018… here’s Will’s look at what’s been and what he’s most looking forward to in 2019.

 

Top Ten Best:

 

  1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (just superb – loved it)
  2. First Man (brilliantly directed and the moon landing sequence was brilliant)
  3. The Darkest Hour (had me in tears)
  4. Mission Impossible Fallout (a genuine summer blockbuster, featuring a proper movie star doing his own stunts and the kind of balls to the wall action scenes we have haven’t seen in years)
  5. BlackKKKLansman (funny and brilliant – I usually don’t like Spike Lee but this was incredibly good)
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody (Rami Malik’s performance was incredible and the Live Aid concert re-enactment at the end was gobsmacking)
  7. Avengers Infinity War – (exciting, fast paced, funny, great action, a cracking villain and THAT ending – roll on Avengers Endgame)
  8. A Star Is Born (a trio of incredible performances  – Lady Gaga was a revelation, Coopers acting and direction were brilliant plus Sam Elliott was astounding)
  9. Creed 2 (not as good as Creed or Rocky Balboa – but still great and had lots of heart)
  10. 12 Strong – balls to the wall action, great story, v well-acted

 

 

Top Ten Honouree mentions

 

  1. Deadpool 2 (v funny and extremely clever in parts)
  2. A Quiet Place –  (tense and scary  – a great directorial debut from John Krasinski)
  3. Hunter Killer (ridiculous but really great fun with a smashing performance from Gerard Butler)
  4. Ant Man and The Wasp (not Marvels best but I really liked it)
  5. The Meg (complete nonsense but a good laugh)
  6. Rampage (utterly insane but top drawer entertainment)
  7. Skyscraper (a Die Hard clone but who cares when its this much fun?)
  8. Mile 22 (I must be the only person on the planet who liked this one!)
  9. Mamma Mia 2 (a genuinely lovely film that had heart and soul and wanted nothing more than to entertain and have people leave the cinema with a big smile on their faces)
  10. Outlaw King (well made, top final battle and a great turn from Chris Pine)

 

Top Ten Worst

 

  1. Death Wish (terrible terrible terrible.  Bruce  – you obviously can’t be bothered anymore so either start putting in the effort or do us all a favour and give it up)
  2. Red Sparrow (what should have a been a balls to the wall action caper turned out to be nothing more than catastrophically over long and boring as all hell)
  3. Pacific Rim Uprising (not as bad as the first one but still rubbish)
  4. Equalizer 2 (utter pants, dull and completely pretentious to boot)
  5. Love Simon (I liked the message it was trying to give but hated the way it did it)
  6. Ladybird (yes I know it was loved by the critics but I HATED this film with a vengeance!)
  7. Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald (so boring I nearly fell asleep- this franchise needs a new director – fast)
  8. Ghost Stories (complete bilge and made no sense)
  9. 15:17 To Paris (now this was awful – Clint we love you but dear God mate what were you thinking?????)
  10. Mortal Engines (not the worst film I’ve ever seen and certainly gets an ‘A’ for effort but this just didn’t work at all)

 

 

Biggest Letdown:

 

The Predator  – someone PLEASE tell Shane Black that he isn’t as good as he obviously thinks he is  -also somebody please explain to me how in the hell they managed to blow this one????

 

2019 Most anticipated:

 

  1. Avengers: Endgame
  2. Star Wars Episode IX
  3. Rambo: The Last Blood (yeah I said it!)
  4. Angel Has Fallen (yeah Hobden you read it right -I said that too!)
  5. Captain Marvel
  6. Glass
  7. Godzilla King Of The Monsters
  8. Hellboy
  9. Spiderman: Far From Home
  10. Captive State
  11. Brightburn
  12. Hobbs and Shaw
  13. The New Mutants
  14. X-Men Dark Phoenix
  15. Fighting With My Family

 

See you next year!

 

Author: Will Strong 

 


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The Shape Of Water (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Shape Of Water (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shape Of Water is a pretty good genre movie.  It’s not a four times Academy award winner.  And it’s certainly not a best picture or best director winner.  What you have here is a case of emperors new clothes. Yes it’s interesting, has some great performances with solid direction and for a two hour film doesn’t feel long but there is little special about what’s on offer here and a lot of it (not least the make up) I’ve seen before.  Del Toro for me has always been overrated and The Shape Of Water further cements that for me.  Bad? Nowhere near. But Best film of 2017/8? Sorry… no.

Best Bit: The Escape

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Blade 2, Pacific Rim

 


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Grosse Point Geek: The Top 10 Undeserved Hits

Grosse Point Geek: The Top 10 Undeserved Hits

A Blog Grosse Point Geek

There are many films I’ve  been disappointed in or been let down by in equal measure  – notable recent  criminals would be the likes of,Green Lantern, Indiana Jones 4,  After Earth and anything Michael Bay has directed.

However the problem with these and many others like them is that everyone knows they were rubbish, dismissed them out of hand and moved on to the next film.

However, there are some movies who craftily sneaked under the radar, got a pass from the critics and undeservedly made bucket loads of money at the box office. In the years to come some have even been lauded as classics, even making some people’s top ten best lists.

To say the least, this has absolutely made my blood boil, so as a large two fingered salute to all those films  that thought they could get away with it… and did – here is my list of  ten massive box office hits  that frankly should be ashamed of themselves for taking our money:

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1.XXX (2002)

Director: Rob Cohen

Starring Vin Diesel

Worldwide Box office: $277,488 million

After the twin successes of Pitch Black and The Fast and The Furious, Vin Diesel was on something of a roll. So someone thought it would be a good idea to reunite him with his FF director Rob Cohen and produce an action film that aimed to become a kind of anti James Bond type franchise. Putting it mildly, XXX is absolutely terrible. The script is appallingly bad, the plot contrived, the acting (especially by the generally good value Diesel) is about as wooden as it gets, Samuel L Jackson pops up in a role that is a stupid nod to 007’s M and don’t even start on the action scenes. Ah yes – the action scenes  – now don’t get me wrong, I like a good bit of escapism, but this was just ridiculous – Diesel’s deathly dull Xander Cage repeatedly manages to pull off impossible feats of derring do that even Einstein would be scratching his head at– example – pulling a jump over a 20 foot fence on a motorbike without so much as a ramp or bump in the road in sight – then doing it again in a later scene where he escapes (on another motorbike) from some Eastern European castle.  How the hell this made so much money is any ones guess  – a truly awful film that is oddly followed by a rather acceptable (non Diesel) sequel.

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2.Hancock (2008)

Combined Worldwide Box office

Director: Peter Berg

Starring: Will Smith

Worldwide Box Office: $624,386 million

Odd one this. A classic case  of a proper “ game of two halves” type of film. Starts out brilliantly  -with Smith as a real life but universally loathed, alcoholic superhero,  taken on by Jason Bateman’s ingenious publicity guru  to win back the hearts of his once adoring fans.  This should have been great, indeed its one standout scene where,   after a lot of coaching from Bateman, the recently sober Hancock flies in to stop a huge bank robbery, is an absolute standout, director Peter Berg, creates a fantastic build up, a smashing Superman-alike score and some great one liners from Smith. But sadly that’s it  – thereafter the film becomes a right let down, with Eddie Marsan’s rubbish villain, a disappointing plot reveal  and a climax overloaded with headache inducing CGI.  Despite the massive box office this never became a franchise  – shame really as they could have righted all the wrongs they did here in the sequel. 

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3.Pacific Rim (2013)

Director Guillermo Del Toro

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba

Worldwide Box Office: $411,002 million

Now this should have worked – everything Guillermo Del Toro has directed (with the exception of Mimic) has been outstanding. His Blade 2 is one of the best sequels ever made, Hellboy and Hellboy 2 are fantastic and Pans Labyrinth is so good it defies belief. So, last summer, it was with great enthusiasm that I rushed  to my local multiplex to watch the highly talented Spaniard’s latest opus.

Unfortunately, I emerged 2 hours later with strained eyeballs, a banging headache and overcome with the kind of crashing disappointment only normally reserved for when England get dumped out of the World Cup.

Overloaded with CGI, thinly plotted, loud, over long, boring and peppered with the kind of cheesy one liners that would make even the writer of Pearl Harbour wince, Pacific Rim was, without doubt, the worst film of 2013.

Now if anyone else had directed this nonsense (i.e. Michael Bay) i would have simply forgotten it and moved on  – but the fact that it was written and  directed by a creative genius like GDT is totally and utterly unforgivable. He spends years on the Hobbit, then does a runner, wastes acres of time producing  a few sub par supernatural horror films (i.e. Mama) then chooses to make this pile of rubbish over his long cherished  adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness.  Madness indeed – here’s hoping the currently filming, GDT directed Crimson Peak is a vast improvement  – well at least he has Tom Hiddleston in the cast.

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4.Bad Boys 2 (2003)

Director Michael Bay

Starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence

Worldwide Box Office: $273,339 million

Recently made famous again after being mentioned  in Edgar Wrights superb Hot Fuzz, this was the inevitable sequel  to the original 1995 box office smash. Full of cheeky one liners, explosions, car chases, gun fights and all the right kind of mayhem that that made the first film so enjoyable – Bad Boys 2 should have been pretty good mindless fun– for about an hour and a half – tops.

Sadly in a fit of wanton hubris,  producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay decided to release it with a running time of 148 minutes – yes you read that right –its nearly 2 and half hours long!

Unbelievably, it literally just goes on and on and on, throwing in tasteless jokes about rat sex and penile dysfunction,  its  gets more  headache inducingly loud with every butt numbing minute that passes.

To say I was insulted is an understatement  – there is just no earthy reason for a film called Bad Boys 2 to be this long  and this stupid,  safe to say  – I hated this movie and by all accounts the people who made it should be confined

to the ninth circle of hell as punishment.

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5.Batman Forever (1995)

Director: Joel Shumacher

Starring Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones

Worldwide Box Office: $336,529

After Batman Returns (1991) director Tim Burton wisely handed over the reins to Joel Schumacher for this third entry in Warner’s first series of films featuring the Gotham City’s favourite son.

Forgoing his predecessors atmospherically dark style, Schumacher, in his wisdom, had the brilliant idea to bring in  loud neon colours, utterly  stupid villains and a very dull Val Kilmer as Batman.

Audiences, and critics alike,  not yet schooled in proper superhero films (done by talented directors like Chris Nolan and Joss Whedon)  – lapped it up in spades and turned this monstrosity into a sizable hit   – which was then followed up in 1997, by the staggeringly bad Schumacher helmed  fourth film in the Bat saga ,whose name I shall not utter here.

Just to prove my point  – watch it again (or rather don’t)and look on in horror at Tommy Lee Jones’   career worst performance as Two Face – screaming, shouting and gurning for all his worth,   Elliot Goldenthal’s appallinglypantomime score, the plot less “story” or worse still the lame “action” scenes that go nowhere and  smack of PG-13 baiting desperation.

To be honest – its my theory that due to the 4th film being so bad , Batman Forever has just been forgotten in the mists of time and thus dodged a bullet –how in the hell Warner’s got it so wrong for so long is a mystery that will never be solved –  just thank God and Mammon for Chris Nolan.

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6.The Other Guys (2010)

Director: Adam McKay

Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg

Worldwide Box Office: $222,914 million

Another enormous hit, audiences flocked to see Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg “comically” bickering and prat falling  through a stupid plot that had something to do with Steve Coogan’s equally awful corporate baddie. It is a rarity that I feel the urge to turn off a film and chuck the  disc out the window  – but I came mighty close with this one. Many people will disagree with me here, as it was very popular with audiences  and fairly  well received by the critics. Possibly its because I generally don’t like comedies, maybe its because I have never liked Will Ferrell that much – or maybe its because a film that contains 2 hours worth of painfully  unfunny jokes plus The Rock and Samuel L Jackson leaping to their deaths for no apparent reason just doesn’t do it for me  – go figure.

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7. 2012 (2009)

Director: Roland Emmerich

Starring John Cusack

Worldwide Box office: $769,679 million

Roland Emmerich like to destroy things  – he blew up  New York in Independence Day, froze half of America to death  in The Day After Tomorrow and bombed Washington in White House Down.

However with 2012 he went the whole hog by setting the entire earth on fire in a  blazing  orgy of CGI glory.

Now this film would have been just about forgivable had it not been for a few minor quibbles. Chiefly the fact that someone somewhere should have A. written a half decent, non vomit inducing script (“look, no pull ups Daddy!”) B. advised John Cusack to avoid being cast in this debacle as if his life depended on it and C. Informed dear old Roland that he was unashamedly and unapologetically ripping off the entire  movie going public by craftily remaking The Day After Tomorrow  and hoping to God that no one would notice. And to be fair he got away with it!!  This pile of cheese covered, plotless, over blown celluloid excrement made over three quarters of a billion dollars at the box office – and no one knows why!! – You couldn’t make it up.

 

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8. The Fifth Element (1997)

Director: Luc Besson

Starring Bruce Willis

Worldwide Box office: $263,920 million

I vividly remember being really excited about this one  – the trailer looked great, the reviews weren’t bad and it had been a big hit in the US. Since its release I’ve heard  all manner of people reminiscing on  what a great inventive film it was, how many awards it won, praising the wonderful set design etc etc. Pish I say! Had said adoring fans gone back for a second look they would have noticed a few gaping issues that would have most certainly put paid to their misguided adoration of this woeful piece of sci fi dreck.

For a start its tonally all wrong, in parts playing like a screwball comedy and injected with a streak of very unfunny humour. Now I like a laugh as much as the next geek, sci fi’s can of course be very humorous and clever with it (See Star Trek/ Star Wars etc) but not juvenile bordering on pantomime as seen here. Then there’s the plot –at its core it had potential – drawing inspiration from  Chariots Of The Gods, and featuring alien warriors, space battles and cool weaponry – its let down time and again  by the stupid humour, daft acting, Milla Jojovich babbling incoherent nonsense and Bruce Willis’s bland lead.

This isn’t the worst of it however  – indeed the mere thought of him chills me to the marrow and freezes the blood – that’s right folks, its the abomination that is Chris Tucker as intergalactic DJ Ruby Rhod. Blonde of wig, screechy of voice, killer of film and so achingly unfunny it hurts.  By far and away one of the worst movie sidekicks in living memory  – it was only until the lamentable Jar Jar  came along in Phantom Menace that Tucker’s unsurpassed screen atrocity could finally be forgotten. In short it was he who utterly ruined the Fifth Element  – one can only wonder wistfully how better it would have been had he not been in it. Luc Besson –go forth into the street and  hold your head in shame, Chris Tucker – just go forth into the street.

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9. The Sixth Sense (1999)

Director: M Night Shyalaman

Starring Bruce Willis

World Wide Box Office: $672,806 million

*SPOILER ALERT!*

Now when I saw this film I simply could not fathom what all the fuss was about. It was a gigantic sleeper hit, everyone kept banging on how good the creepy plot was, and screaming from the rooftops about the  incredible twist ending. Not to take away anything from it –the Sixth Sense is a good film, well made, skilfully directed and superbly acted  – indeed I will applaud any director who can get a half decent performance from Bruce Willis.

But what frustrated me the most was two things .

Firstly the twist –  by now anyone who has seen the film (and there aren’t many that haven’t) the big reveal at the end  is that Willis’s character –Dr Malcolm Crowe  -is in fact dead and has been the whole way through. Ok fair enough, good twist, didn’t see it coming, nicely played Mr Shyalaman.  But a twist that resulted in nearly $700 million dollars of worldwide box office????!!!

Am I alone in thinking said twist  wasn’t THAT amazing?  The studio must have thought its dreams had come true  – cinema audiences really were utterly gullible and incredibly easily pleased! Beggars belief.

Finally  – and this is the one that gets me the most – is the quite staggering plot hole that not one person seems to have noticed. Namely the fact that, all the way through, whenever Haley Joel Osment’s character feels ghosts nearby or simply just sees them – he gets freezing cold and you can see his breath. So why the hell doesn’t this happen when he’s around Bruce Willis??? Who as we know from the film’s climax ,has been pushing up the daisies for the entire film! Frankly I blame George Lucas –that year audiences were probably so mind bogglingly traumatised by the cataclysmic let down that was The Phantom Menace, they just didn’t notice  and simply  bought any old story with a hint of shock value simply to numb the pain.

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10. Braveheart (1995)

Director: Mel Gibson

Starring Mel Gibson

Worldwide box office: $210,409 million

When I first saw Braveheart I really liked it – fast, furious, at times funny and featuring two of the most realistic  battle scenes id ever seen. Audiences and critics loved it and as a  result it scored massive box office returns and – count em  –  ten academy awards – including best picture.

Over the course of the last few years I’ve probably re-watched Braveheart about eight times and as a result I have come to an  inescapable fact – chiefly that It’s the most hideously overrated and most undeserving best picture winner in the history of cinema .

The choice reasons for this are as follows:

Huge historical liberties.  To name four examples: A. the Scots didn’t wear kilts until 500 hundred years after the events of the film, B. Scottish warriors painting their faces with blue woad hadn’t been seen on a  battlefield for over a millennia, C. King Edward The Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan) didn’t die until 2 years after Wallace was executed,  D. as for the laughable storyline of Wallace having an affair with Princess Isabella (the then Princess of Wales) and siring a Scottish heir to the English throne – in real life  they never even met, and  at the time of Wallace’s revolution, she was still safely ensconced in France!

Rubbish background extras  – rightly pointed out in a past issue of Empire – at the end of the film’s first major battle (Sterling), Gibson’s Wallace has just lopped off the head of one of the main English officers in charge and  the Scots are understandably triumphant after giving the English a severe kicking – but look carefully in the background  – laughably, several extras, who obviously haven’t heard “Cut!” are still really really badly pretending to fight each other!

Comedy wobbly Axe –At the films conclusion,  what remains of Wallace’s army gathers to pay homage to the English, then in a final act of defiance, Angus Macfayden’s Robert The Bruce says the immortal words “You have bled with Wallace – now bleed with me!”. Cue slo mo final shot of the Scots brandishing their weapons,  howling like banshees and charging at the opposition. Now this would have been a great ending – save for the fact that someone gave actor  Brendan Gleeson a massive rubber axe that wobbles horribly  every time his feet hit the ground – how the hell they missed that one in the editing suite is anyone’s guess!

Overacting: Funny how it won ten Oscars but didn’t garner one nomination for its actors. Probably because the entire cast  incessantly shout and rant, Gibson annoyingly rolls his r’s whenever he speaks and  everyone (Gibson included) seems to ham it up at any given opportunity. To be honest the only one that gets out unscathed is Patrick McGoohan  – who is genuinely terrifying as the thoroughly evil King Edward The Longshanks.

Another film that got away with murder– perhaps I’m being cynical  but maybe Mel’s recent legal issues and subsequent career nosedive is karma for undeservedly winning all those awards and making so much money off it.

 

That’s it then, rant over, remember its only my opinion and unlike Messer’s Gibson, Shyalaman and Emmerich, perhaps if I had the talent to make a successful film perhaps I should have done it by now – then again  – I did part with my hard earned money to watch all of the above so I reckon I’m entitled to have my say.

Will Strong

 

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Pacific Rim Uprising – A Quick Capsule Review

Pacific Rim Uprising – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Pacific Rim 2 was meant to be pretty terrible.  After all I REALLY wasn’t a fan of the original and the trailers, cast and advanced buzz did very little to sell this sequel.  I guess then it was a pleasant surprise that Pacific Rim 2 actually turned out to be really good fun.  Okay it’s still rubbish for sure but it zips along, the action is watchable and the CGI decent.  Not every film has to be Goodfellas and there’s always a place for mindless fluff like this. Just don’t expect to remember too much after you leave.

Best Bit: Yaeger arrived  

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Pacific Rim, Real Steel, Godzilla

Pacific Rim: Uprising – Motion Picture Maniac

Pacific Rim: Uprising – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

I like Steven S. DeKnight as a creative force, Spartacus is one of my favourite TV shows of all time; I enjoyed the first Pacific Rim for what it was, a self aware excuse to put giant robots and giant monsters onto the big screen, it was stupid and had bits here and there that were straight up garbage but almost in a deliberate, fun way. For that, I was looking forward to Pacific Rim: Uprising, the trailers didn’t promise the same style or sense of scale as the first but seemed to showcase some new ideas and still maintained a sense of dumb fun; which is what I wanted. So is Pacific Rim 2 a good film? That’s honestly a tough question to answer.

Set ten years after the events of the first film, Idris Elba’s character’s son, played by John Boyega, is determined to deface his father’s heroic legacy and live a life of care free partying, stealing old jaeger parts and generally getting into trouble. One day, a misadventure lands him in police custody and he is offered a choice by a familiar face from the first movie, go to prison or join the jaeger program for new recruits in case the kaiju ever want to make a return; which of course they do, this is a Pacific Rim movie!

There are things I like about this movie and things I don’t, along with a bunch of other stuff I have no idea how to feel about. The Pacific Rim movies do not have depth or subtext on their minds and neither should they, the steam they run on is the concept: big robots fight big monsters, boom! This film doesn’t make the mistake of trying to be about some kind of real world issue and forget what it should be (if you’ll forgive the smack of my own pretentiousness there: “ooh, that’s not how the film should be, ooh”) it knows its audience and has a good grip on why it could have an excuse to exist.

The CGI is ok, not as good as the first but it’s fine, the sets are pretty good, the designs of things are interesting, the action scenes are cool and fun to watch; the image of a jaeger upper cutting another jaeger causing it to scrape up a building before gravity does what it would do with something that size and weight is a very satisfying spectacle. That’s what the film has going for it the most, instances of cool looking stuff that appeals to one’s child at heart, the new jaeger weapons, the image of three Kaiju’s channelling Devastator and combining into one even bigger beast; is offering up childhood dreams which is all good and fine.

Unfortunately, the action scenes are surprisingly few and far between, it’s actually quite a while before the kaiju show up so we’re left to fend for ourselves with the characters – in a big dumb action film that sets out to be dumb, we’re expected to care about the characters; always a good sign. John Boyega is a likeable enough screen presence and propels his character out of annoying territory and makes him tolerable but that’s about the extent of that, Scott Eastwood has nothing to him, this girl who teams up with Boyega is a little irritating with all of her wide eyed “aww-ing” at all of her surroundings and they try something with Charlie Day’s character which makes sense in theory and I want to like it but I’m not really sure it worked as well as it should have.

A character from the first film is killed off way too quickly and without much of a lasting impact, the whole ten year gap thing doesn’t make much sense regarding another character’s age and one can’t shake the feeling of discomfort when it becomes clear the jaegers are causing more damage than the kaiju’s. If I’m giving this film a 5, it’s because the bad stuff didn’t really annoy me that much, it all just stuck out enough for me to notice, like how the cinematography is rather bland and uninteresting when we follow the humans but becomes footage from a whole different movie when the big boys kick into gear, hardly a problem big enough to dwarf the super kaiju but noticeable enough to take into account.

I get what the film is going for by trying its hand at comedy relief, being aware of what it is and all, but the jokes never really got more than a slight chuckle from me sometimes and other times just fell flat on it’s face which is a shame, a film like this could do with a sense of humour; just a good one. So those are my thoughts, when the action happens it’s fun and entertaining to a certain extent but when it isn’t being big and action-y it’s rather stale, over-edited without grace or style and without much point to care, though this didn’t tick me off as much as some other films like Transformers and whatnot; I admired the effort.

I think kids will love it and they’re really the ones it’s meant for, not some jaded 20-something who thinks a real kaiju invasion would be just the kick in the arse the world deserves at the moment if it doesn’t buck up its ideas. The film isn’t bad; it has bits and pieces I liked but also a lot of not so good bits that were disappointing, would I watch it again? Maybe, I dunno, we’ll see, but for now; go enter at your own risk and see for yourself.

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #096 – (LIVE) Ready Player One, Isle Of Dogs, Blockers, Pacific Rim: Uprising

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #096 – (LIVE) Ready Player One, Isle Of Dogs, Blockers, Pacific Rim: Uprising

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: LIVE!!!! FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, STEPHEN, JOSH AND MIKE MEET UP, DRINK LOTS AND CHAT SHITE!!!!!!!!!

Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD and don’t forget to follow up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Brandon Lee

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Brandon Lee

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

This episode Ross & Phil Talk Brandon Lee.  25 years after he was tragically killed on the set of The Crow, we reflect back on his films, his impact and his death.  We also look at where he could have been all these years on. And as it’s us we talk about lots of other films as well. Naturally.

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

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Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Part 1 – A Quick Capsule Review

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Part 1 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’m not a massive Anime fan. Or Godzilla fan. Or even of Kaiju films for that matter.  But Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Part 1 looked interesting – a sci-fi take with a returning crew facing an evolved monster on an abandoned planet Earth. It’s sad then that Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Part 1 did little to engage me with this genre.  Visually I found it a bit dull with an animation style that didn’t really engage me, the story also struggled to get started ending on a predictable cliffhanger that did little to make me want to return.   It’s not terrible but I just wanted so much more.

Best Bit: The final assault 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Godzilla (2014), Pacific Rim, Godzilla (1998)

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Godzilla (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Godzilla (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Gareth Edwards’s second film as a director sees him once again dealing with ‘monsters’ but this time he dares to tread where many more experienced directors have failed and take on the might of Godzilla.  And you know what?  For the most part he pulls it off.  What Edwards does best is to strike the right balance between the ample destruction and the people.  Where as Zack Snider’s destruction porn is all about falling building, Edwards makes it about the characters.  Where as Michael Bay reveals in explosions, Edwards reveals in human drama.  This doesn’t mean that the film doesn’t have it’s wham! Bam! moments – it does and in spades – but they mean something. So the story isn’t perfect and the film uses the ‘hint’ reveal a few too many times, but Godzilla does so much right that you can forgive it a few small issues.

Best Bit: Monster Smack down.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Pacific Rim, Jurassic Park, Monster

Author: Phil Hobden