Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2018

Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2018

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 2018 here’s my ‘Alternative’ End of Year Awards for 2018…

 

The Most Entertainingly Bad Film Of The Year Award…


 

The Gerard Butler Award For Consistently Making Entertainingly Terrible Films
… Will return in 2019 when Butler stars in Den of Thieves 2, Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin, Angel Has Fallen, Afterburn and many more…

 

 

Surprise of The Year Award…
Mandy.  If enough monkeys with typewriters can write Shakespeare then enough filmmakers can eventually make a good Nicolas Cage film again…

 

 

Performance Of The Year Award…
Blumhouse for making enjoyable film after enjoyable film this year…

 

 

Just Fuck Off and Die Award…
Netflix ‘Original’ Sci-Fi Movies… Annihilation, Cloverfield Paradox, Mute, Tau and MANY others!

 

 

Yup, I’m over them Award…
Jennifer Lawrence

 

 

I may have just slept through that Award…
A Wrinkle in Time

 

 

Oh that came out THIS year? Award…
Tomb Raider

 

 

Come In Your time is Up Award…
Comic Book Films. 2018 was good but not great year for comic book films.  Avengers, AntMan and Black Panther were good enough and Deadpool 2 was Deadpool 2. But even I’m feeling a wee big fatigued now…

 

 

Trailer Of The Year Award…
Mandy

 

 

 

Let Down of The Year Award…
Solo. It didn’t suck.  But it was also the worst Star Wars Film since Attack of The Clones.  Which meant it was a huge let down…

 

 

Emperors new clothes Award…
The Shape Of Water

Runner Up: A Star Is Born

 

 

How did they screw this up Award?
Mile 22 – Peter Berg and Marky Mark

 

 

The not actually that popular popular award to…
The Oscars for the on off Popular Oscar award

 

 

 

Cameo of The Year Award…
Drag race alumni Alaska in The Last Sharknado (as well as Drag race alumni Shangela in A Star Is Born)  

 

 

You should have left Spacey in it…
All the Money In The World

 

 

 

The Oscars only like REALLY famous dead people award for missing out other stars who died Award…
Tobe Hooper & Adam West

 

 

 

The Poof That Award Shows DONT Suck Award…
Roger Deakins FINALLY wins an Academy Award

 

 

The Proof That Award Shows Suck Award…
Roger Deakins FINALLY wins an Academy Award but really it took THIS long.

 

 

WHY GOD WHY? Award…
Overboard, Superfly, Death Wish remakes

 

 

Less Is, Er, Less Award…
Ocean’s 8

 

 

The Year Of ‘Yeah that was okay’ Sequels Award
2018 for The Predator, Sicario 2, Equalizer 2, Escape Plan 2, Pacific Rim 2

 

 

Films That SHOULD have been on my 2017 List’s but I Hadn’t Seen…
Mayhem, Icarus, The Greatest Showman, Better Watch Out 

 

 

Next time: Phil’s Look at 2019 and a look back at my 2018 predictions… 

 


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Review: Prisoners (DVD/BR)

Review: Prisoners (DVD/BR)

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The Review:  I’ll keep this brief, Prisoners is AT LEAST an hour too long. This film has no right being any longer than 100 minutes – maybe 105 at most.

Admittedly, i went into this film totally blind. I thought it was a prison drama starring Hugh Jackman and Jack Gylllenehahlannalll. But, no, it’s almost exactly on a par with Zodiac, with hints of The Silence of the Lambs. It’s just over two and half hours long. It should have been titled “Another Place Beyond the Pines”.

Two young girls vanish and the fathers, played by Jackman and Terence Howard, decide to take matters into Jackman’s hands and target the local RV-dweller; a typical bespectacled nerd. Was I meant to feel more compassion toward the nerd than for Jackman? Jackman’s character really loses it, and our sympathy. it’s a fine performance; possibly even his very best, ever. Gyllenhaaal plays the cop; his introductory scene makes him out to be the abductor, but in the end he’s chasing down all the trails with that awkward blinking. He never smiles.

And rent-a-mom Maria Bello shows up as Jackman’s wife. A lot of sobbing and depressants, immersed in a bleak setting is matched equally by Roger Deakins cinematography. Quite why relative newcomer director Dennis Villeneuve feels the urge to snap-cut to a slow dolly shot on a tree/car/house* accompanied by a *PANG* sound effect is beyond me; that’s no way to draw out emotion. The actors do a fine enough job.

I am sure Villenueve and writer Aaron Guzikowski have better films in them – but they need to sack their editor. The sad fact remains that the performers are doing in a good job in a film that scarcely deserves it. it’s too long. Too, too long. It’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” all over again..

Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay

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