Phil’s 2020 Preview & Look Back At 2019’s Predictions…

Phil’s 2020 Preview & Look Back At 2019’s Predictions…

2019: In Review Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…

2019 was a good year all in all, with many smaller movies standing out from the crowded franchised blockbuster arena. That said Marvel killed it again and Star Wars Skywalker saga drew to a close.   So here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2020.  And a few that I’d be happy to miss.

 

The Must See’s

 


Most Excited: 
Top Gun: Maverick
The sequel to my second favourite film of all time, with a launch trailer that stuck the landing and an epic cast… okay so it will probably suck but I could not BE any more excited.

 

 

2.1917
Following up the dire Spectre with a big budget World War 1 film, Mendes looks to be striking gold on a film that’s already getting Oscar buzz.  And teh single take idea really intrigues me.

 

3.Wonder Woman 1984
With Marvel having a quieter year it’s down to DC to deliver the goods this year and Wonder Woman 1984 may well be the film to do just that.  The best thing in all the DC movies to date and with a well regarded film already under her belt, Wonder Woman returns to battle new bad guys. This time without Zack Snider’s influence.

 

 

4. The Many Saints of Newark
The Sopranos is my favourite TV show of all time.  This feature length look at a young Tony Soprano (played by Gandolfini’s own son) could go either way.  But, much like Top Gun, nostalgia runs high here.

 

5. No Time To Die
A risky choice for sure but No Time To Die promises lots.  A great director, Craig reinvigorated (well that’s what he says) and a different story featuring a retired Bond dragged back into action.  Every other Craig film has been good so the odds are in it’s favour.

 

Bubbling Under: Tenet (Nolan is back, always worth a watch ), Bill & Ted Face The Music (Excellent! ), A Quiet Place 2 (The original was superb ), Last Night In Soho (Edgar Wright. Say no more.  ), Halloween Kills (The last Halloween was genuinely good ), Ghostbusters 2020 (a risk but with the original cast returning… maybe. Just maybe), Black Widow (Only a fool would bet against Marvel)

 

 

The Must Nots

 

Stinker Of The Year: The New Mutants
Shooting Fish in a barrel this one.  So the trailer looked okay, the property it’s based on is solid and the cast & crew impressive… so why am I not keen? Simply this should have come out two years ago, it’s had delays, reshoots and is rumoured to be dumped direct onto Hulu.  If it even comes out.


Also Dreading: Birds of Prey
(Robbie will be great but the film will not, sadly ), Bad Boys 4 Life (Michael Bay – so will be long and a slog) , Fast & Furious 9 (No Rock, No Stath, No Walker. Just Vin ), Godzilla Vs Kong (I think we are done with Godzilla now ), Dolittle (A film we don’t need), Minions 2 (The last DM film was weak and teh Minions film equally a let down), Coming To America 2 (Murphy has had VERY little to offer of late)

 

Last Year…


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 2019 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

 

For best: I tipped Toy Story 4, Captain Marvel, Hobbs & Shaw, Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as my most anticipated of 2019. Toy Story 4 was good but not in my top 5 of the year with Captain Marvel following suit. Hobbs & Shaw was a bust but Once Upon A Time In Hollywood delivered in spades.  As for Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker… it was good but not great but still a great watch!

 

As for the rest? Avengers Infinity War Part 2 was really good and closed off the saga in spectacular fashion,  IT: Chapter Two was better than most gave it credit (but still not on par with Chapter One).  Wonder Woman 1984 never came out and has been added to 2020’s list.  Glass was good fun but Godzilla: King of the Monsters died on it’s arse.Spider-Man: Far From Home  could well be the best Marvel film of 2020 whilst Joker was simply awesome.   Jumanji: The Next Level was good fun as expected, even if it as a step down from Welcome to the Jungle,  &  The Irishman was everything I wanted it to be (other than maybe a few minutes shorter)

 

As for the Stinkers? Terminator: Dark Fate was actually okay (and certainly not the bomb I expected), The Lion King remake was also pretty good fun, Pet Sematary was weak and Pokemon Detective Pikachu was great fun (think Deadpool for kids).  Never watched What Men Want , Aladdin 2019 was solid and X-Men: Dark Phoenix was pretty much what I expected.  Rubbish.   John Wick: Chapter 3 was a return to form but both Alita: Battle Angel & Men in Black Spin Off  both failed as expected.

 

So here’s to 2019… see you again next year!

 


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Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2019

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2019

2019: In Review Quick Review Year In Review

So 2019 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 10 WORST films of 2019 (with a few honourable mentions!).  And, as always, there were more than a few to choose from..

 

 

Stinker of LAST Year: Holmes & Watson

In Brief: The film so bad I actually forgot i watched it.  Nothing funny here just a total miss of a movie. Worst thing – It actually came out in 2018 and this whole year I had this down as my 2019 Worst film of the year. I now hate it even more.

 

 

Stinker of the Year (2019): The Dead Don’t Die

In Brief: Pretentious? Yup. Boring. Yup. Pointless? Even more so. The Dead Don’t Die is just a total slog.

 

2. Lucky Day

In Brief: Roger Avery is back.  And it’s pretty clear he has no idea how to make a film anymore.  Sub Tarantino garbage.

 

3. Alita: Battle Angel

In Brief: So many years.  So much money. So little point.

 

4. Hellboy (2019)

In Brief: It’s total garbage.  A boring, mess of a film that offers nothing new and even less interesting.

 

5. The Fanatic – It’s just really, really, really stupid.

 

6. Godzilla: King of The Monsters – Lots of money + lots of monsters + zero plot still equals a shit film


7. 3 From Hell –
Rob Zombie shits on his few decent movies with this tedium.


8. Close –
Another year another failed Netflix movie.


9. Anna –
A dull Luc Besson action film that the world could have happily have done without

 

10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix  – Big budget, big ideas, stupid film and worst… it’s totally forgettable. The 2nd worst X-Men movie (yes this is still not as bad as X-Men 3)

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions: Velvet Buzzsaw , Into The Ashes, Killer Sofa, Child’s Play (2019), Crawl, Pet Sematary (2019), Gemini Man, Triple Threat, The Banana Splits Movie, Trial By Fire, Stuber, Rabid (2019), Angel Has Fallen

 

The 2019 Films I just couldn’t Finish: Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers, Mary Queen Of Scotts

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Best & Worst of 2019

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Best & Worst of 2019

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the year that was as we wrap up 2019 into an hour (ish) of podcast. What were our highs and lows, our best and worst and who won what in the Annual Phil’s Quick Review Awards?  Find out as we dive into the year that they called 2019…

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

Discussed: Joker, Booksmart, Avengers: Endgame,  The Irishman, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Rocketman , How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Spider-Man: Far From Home ,Happy Death Day 2U, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Rambo: Last Blood, Tucked, Toy Story 4, Shazam, Missing Link, The Lion King, Long Shot, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Holmes & Watson, The Dead Don’t Die,  Lucky Day, Alita: Battle Angel ,Hellboy (2019),The Fanatic, Godzilla: King of The Monsters , 3 From Hell, Close , Anna, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Velvet Buzzsaw , Into The Ashes, Killer Sofa, Child’s Play (2019), Crawl, Pet Sematary (2019), Gemini Man, Triple Threat, The Banana Splits Movie, Trial By Fire, Stuber, Rabid (2019), Angel Has Fallen, Captain Marvel, Hobbs & Shaw, Fighting With My Family, Serenity, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Terminator: Dark Fate, Six Underground, Fyre Fraud, Isn’t It Romantic, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Deadwood: The Movie, Avengement, Dolemite Is My Name, Ready Or Not, Parasite

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

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

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Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2019

Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2019

2019: In Review Quick Review Year In Review

So 2018 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 we’ve covered our best and our worst films of 2018, so before we look at the films coming up in 2019 here’s my ‘Alternative’ End of Year Awards for 2018…

 

The Most Entertainingly Bad Film Of The Year Award…

 

Oh god make them stop award!
John Travolta. Nicolas Cage. Bruce Willis. And others tarnishing their reputation with direct to streaming/DVD drivel.

 

 

Surprise of The Year Award…
Booksmart. The best Non-Joker film of 2019.

 

 

Performance Of The Year Award…
Joe Pesci, making a comeback and smashing it out the park in The Irishman

 

 

 

Yup, I’m over them Award…
Hobbs & Shaw. The Bromanace that just didn’t have legs.

 

 

Oh god HOW long…
The Irishman, Rise Of SkyWalker, Endgame, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood…

 

 

 

Okay so he CAN still make a great film...
Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

 

 

Oh that came out THIS year? Award…
Men in Black: International and Godzilla: King of the Monsters

 

 

We like you but maybe take a year off…
Ryan Reynolds. We get it.  But Maybe just a little less next year? 

 

 

Come In Your time is Up Award…
Will Smith. And Lee. Gemini Man was terrible.

 

 

Trailer Of The Year Award…
Top Gun: Maverick (Teaser)

 

 

Let Down of The Year/How The Hell Did they Fuck THAT Up? Award
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. It SHOULD have been epic.  It was okay.That film should NEVER have been okay.

 

 

Emperors new clothes Award…
Ad Astra

 

 

Oh Bollocks! Turns out that was 2018 after all…
Holmes & Watson

 

 

Cameo of The Year Award…
John McClane in Lego Movie 2

 

 

The Oscars only like REALLY famous dead people award for missing out other stars who died Award…
Dick Miller, Stanley Donen, Carol Channing, Gary Kurtz

 

 

The Poof That Award Shows DONT Suck Award…
Spider-Man wins an Oscar!

 

 

The Proof That Award Shows Suck Award…
Black Panther is the best Marvel film ever because it was nominated for Best Picture.  Urm. Okay.

 

 

WHY GOD WHY? Award…
Hellboy. Holmes & Watson. Dark Phoenix. Godzilla. Bad films we’re REALLY bad this year

 

 

Less Is, Er, Less Award…
Disney.  We know you own everything.  But maybe occasionally let someone else have a film on at the cinema?

 

 

The Year of Good Sequels Goes To…
2019 for Happy Death Day 2U, Glass, Rambo: Last Blood, Avengers: Endgame, Spiderman: Far From home, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, John Wick: Chapter 3, Toy Story 4, Jumanji: The Next Level

 

 

Remakes Suck! Award Returns from retirement for…
Child’s Play (2019), Pet Sematary (2019), Rabid (2019)

 

 

Films That SHOULD have been on my 2018 List’s but I Hadn’t Seen…
The Domestics, After The Screaming Stops, They Shall Not Grow Old, Assassination Nation, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Free Solo, The Last Movie Star, Incredibles 2, Wonder (2017)

 

 

Next time: Phil’s Look at 2020 and a look back at my 2019 predictions… 

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Joker & Best/Worst Of Year So Far!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Joker & Best/Worst Of Year So Far!

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about Joker (spoiler alert: we loved it) as well was breaking down our best and worst of the year so far.  And surprisingly Ross has found a worse film than Holmes & Watson.  Yes… really.

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

Discussed: Joker, Argo, Booksmart, Avengers: Endgame, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Rocketman, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Rambo: Last Blood, Tucked, Shazam, Green Book, Fyre, Deadwood The Movie, Ready Or Not, Stan & Ollie, Happy Death Day 2U, Holmes & Watson, The Dead Don’t Die, Hellboy 2019, Alita: Battle Angel, Godzilla: King of The Monsters, Into The Ashes, Escape Plan 3, Close, Velvet Buzzsaw, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Pet Sematary (2019), Anna, Todd Philips, Luc Besson, The Irishman, Martin Scorsese, Gemini Man

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

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

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2019 Half Year Review!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2019 Half Year Review!

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the best and worst films of 2019 so far.   Spoiler: Ross still hates Hellboy and now Phil’s on the band wagon.

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

Films Discussed: Green Book, Booksmart, Avengers: Endgame, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Rocketman, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tucked, Toy Story 4, Fighting With My Family,  Captain Marvel, Vice, Minding The Gap, Happy Death Day 2U, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Leaving Neverland, Us, Escape Room, Instant Family, Behind The Curve, The Perfection, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Alita: Battle Angel, Hellboy (2019), Close, Velvet Buzzsaw, Godzilla: King of The Monsters, Pet Sematary (2019), X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Triple Threat, Late Night, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Cold Pursuit, Serenity

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

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

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Pet Sematary (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Pet Sematary (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Pet Sematary 2019 is an odd film.  I get what it was trying to do as a film, but starting off by marketing yourself as from ‘The Writer Of IT’ already tells you this is going for the mainstream.  I kinda liked the somewhat janky 1989 Pet Sematary, it was pretty edgy for it’s time and did a lot with it’s modest budget.  The 2019 version makes some odd choices and whilst I kinda liked the ending the journey was pretty unsatisfactory.  Thing is it’s just felt like another modern day horror – Part Ring, part Annabel, part whatever and a lot of the charm of King’s book is lost.  So personally I’d stick with the original…

Best Bit: The ending

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: IT (2017), The Stand, Carrie

 


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Phil’s 2019 Preview & Look Back At 2018’s Predictions…

Phil’s 2019 Preview & Look Back At 2018’s Predictions…

Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…

2018 once again delivered some great films but mostly it was the Indie movies that did made it.   2019 has the promise to be even more mixed with a bundle of reboots and Disney remakes… so here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2019.  And a few that I’d be happy to miss.

 

The Must See’s


Most Excited: 
Toy Story 4
This could be a major bust but Pixar and Toy Story have always been a match made in heaven.  Can this sit alongside one of the best trilogies ever made?  I get the feeling it just might.

 

2. Hobbs & Shaw
The Rock.  And The Statham. In a Fast & Furious Spin Off.  If anything about that sentence doesn’t make you go ‘I’m in’ then you are probably dead already…

 

3. Star Wars: Episode IX
So the ball’s back to JJ to land the end of the Skywalker(less) trilogy.  Whether he can or not will depend on just how he takes the curve balls Johnson delivered and brings them in to make this trilogy feel complete.

 

 

4. Captain Marvel
Marvel’s first female led superhero film could be something really special and judging by the trailer this is a must watch.

 

5. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
This could see Tarantino return to the form he’s lacked since the early days.  The story, the setting, the cast… are all first rate.  But this will all come down to whether the Hollywood darling can control his worst impulses.  Let’s hope.

 

Bubbling Under: Avengers Infinity War Part 2 (Marvel delivers big as Phase 4 ends), IT: Chapter Two (Part One was amazing), Wonder Woman 1984 (the original was mostly excellent), Frozen 2 (come on!), Glass (Split was great and this could be something else), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Monsters!  Thousands of ’em), Spider-Man: Far From Home (Marvel + Spiderman = HIT), Joker (I could be wrong here but this looks pretty interesting) , Jumanji 2 (Welcome To The Jungle was great fun), The Irishman (Hopefully it will make it this year!)

 

 

The Must Nots

(Just a reminder of what T6 has to live up to!)

Stinker Of The Year: Terminator 6
It pains me to say it but the Terminator films have done nothing since T2.  Yup Cameron is back (as  producer) and yup it’s reboot territory again but I just don’t see a world where the 6th Terminator film can get anywhere near the form of its classic siblings.


Also Dreading: The Lion King 2019
(the trailer looks like the’ve done a Psycho ’98 here),  Pet Sematary (this doesn’t have an IT feel about it), Dumbo 2019 (I’d love to see it work but Burton’s not delivered in a long time), Pokemon Detective Pikachu (yup not interested), What Men Want (Remake of sorts of What Women Want… say no more), Aladdin 2019 (I’m not anti-Disney but this is yet another film that isn’t needed), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (The last X-Men movie was a total dog),  John Wick: Chapter 3 (Part 2 was a bore), Alita: Battle Angel (Looks pretty bad), Men in Black Spin Off (The world doesn’t need another MIB film)

 

Last Year…


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 2018 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

 

For best: I tipped   Bohemian Rhapsody, Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War,  The Incredibles 2 & Black Panther as my most anticipated of 2018.  And you know what all delivered one way or another.  Which to be honest is a major first! Okay so Deadpool 2 and Infinity War would never be QUITE the films our mind’s had created.

 

As for the rest? Tomb Raider wasn’t great and neither was Ant Man & The Wasp.  The Predator wasn’t great but it didn’t deserve the bashing it got, Mission Impossible 6  was epic (top 5) and The Happytime Murders again got a bashing that was (for the most part) pretty undeserved.   The Purge: The First Purge  ended up being the worst or the series so far and The Irishman never landed.

 

As for the Stinkers? Fifty Shades Freed ended up in second place behind Cloverfield Paradox, Solo – A Star Wars Story was okay (but little more),  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom disappointed, Day of The Dead: Bloodline wasn’t amazing but passed the time, Ready Player One was actually really good, X-Men: Dark Phoenix & Scarface didn’t land, Oceans 8 was everything you knew it would be and a little less and  Pacific Rim: Uprising was far better than I expected.

 

So here’s to 2018… see you again next year!

 


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