Phil’s 2018 Preview & Look Back At 2017 Predictions…

Phil’s 2018 Preview & Look Back At 2017 Predictions…

Quick Review Year In Review

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

Well 2017 saw Marvel driver big and DC retain it’s patchy record.  Horror stood out overall as most of the big Blockbusters fell short.  2018 has the promise to be even more mixed… so here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2017. And a few that I’d be happy to miss.

 

 

 

Most Excited:  Avengers: Infinity War
Like it or not this is the biggest film of the year and whilst I have reservations (Age Of Ultron wasn’t great and the trailer did little for this latest instalment did little for me) BUT Marvel have been building to this for over 10 years and with the talent involved both on screen and off this could be a once in a life time film.  Or Justice League Mark 2. Time will tell.

 

 

2. Deadpool 2
The original Deadpool was brilliant and by all accounts if the trailer is anything to go by this could be as good if not better.  Enter Cable to the X-Men universe and with all the returning faces from part one Deadpool could be the last great 18 rated film Fox makes if the merger with Disney goes ahead.

 

 

 

3. Black Panther
Marvel bring a more unconventional Superhero tale to the screen, and with an excellent trailer and Marvel’s near flawless 2017 record this has the ability to be something quiet special indeed.

 

4. Bohemian Rhapsody
Yes it’s had production issues and yes Singer isn’t a nice guy but with Dexter Fletcher taking over and with Queens backing this could be the film about the great Freddie Mercury that we have ALL been wait for.

 

5.  The Incredibles 2
The Incredibles was, er, Incredible and this belated sequel looks like it could be another smash hit for Pixar.  Lets just hope its more Toy Story 2 than Cars 2.

 

Bubbling Under: Tomb Raider (Good Trailer, great cast), Ant Man & The Wasp (Ant Man was great fun), The Predator (Shane Black + Predator = Hell Yes!), Mission Impossible 6 (These films tend to always be fun), The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson + Muppets = Heaven), The Purge: Island (LOVE the Purge Films), The Irishman (Scorsese teams with DeNiro & Pacino), Halloween (New sequel that ignores previous. With Carpenter’s blessing AND music)

 

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Stinker Of The Year: Fifty Shades Freed
Yes I’ve watched BOTH Fifty Shades movies.  And yes BOTH have previously taken the WORST FILM of the year titles. Look this franchise has nothing.  Poor acting, poor direction and poor writing topped off with S&M so softcore you could see harder on Babestation. Thankfully this will bring this torrid series to an end and hopefully the careers of all involved.


Also Dreading: Solo – A Star Wars Story
 (fired directors, Ron Howard, total reshoots – this could be the first Disney Star Wars flop), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  (Boring trailer and a sense of having done this before), Day of The Dead: Bloodline (please no), Ready Player One (Spielberg hasn’t made a truly interesting film for a while), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (X-Men films just don’t grab me anymore), Oceans 8 (Just WHY!), Scarface (Urban Scarface remake….a film NOBODY asked for), Pacific Rim: Uprising (God no)

 

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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 2017 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

 

For best: I tipped  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star Wars The Last Jedi, War For The Planet Of The Apes, T2: Trainspotting and John Wick Chapter 2 as my most anticipated of 2017.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was good but eclipsed by both Spiderman Homecoming and Thor Ragnorok.   War For The Planet Of The Apes was good but fell a bit short of the rave reviews it was given. T2: Trainspotting was one of my top 5 films of the year (and film of the year for almost half of 2017) whilst John Wick 2 was a bit shit. Star Wars The last Jedi meanwhile.  As for the rest?  Silence, Spiderman: Homecoming, Alien: Covenant and Baywatch were all either great or enjoyable.

 

As for the Stinkers? Transformers: The Last Knight was picked as the stinker of the year but eventually was pipped by Fifty Shades Darker. Both were appalling. Wonder Woman was actually mostly excellent, Blade Runner 2049 ended up as one of teh years best and Logan knocked it out the park. XXX: Return Of Xander Cage was dumb fun but The Mummy, Power Rangers and Cars 3 all were in the worst of the year.

 

So here’s to 2017… see you again next year!

Phil’s Top 5… 2018 Films I’d Rather Weren’t being made

Phil’s Top 5… 2018 Films I’d Rather Weren’t being made

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: 2018 Films I’d Rather Weren’t being made

 

Close but no cigar: Halloween, X-Men: New Mutants, Robin Hood: Origins, Oceans 8, Bad Boys for Life

 

5 – Pacific Rim: Uprising
The original Pacific Rim did nothing for me and the recently released trailer for this sequel excites me even less, especially as DelToro is not directing.

 

4 – Scarface
With it’s director now departed, this Urban Scarface remake lost it’s one appealing element.  Pachino’s Scarface (itself a remake) is so seminal that this second remake just feels little more than a very belated cash grab.

 

3 – Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral
Madea is a franchise that offers nothing. Nothing. The fact that the films still are being made helps me further question the brain power of those who continue to feed the machine

 

2 – Bumblebee
The original Transformers was ace.  Since then the films have quickly become everything that is bad about modern filmmaking. The last thing the word needs is a spin off.

 

1 – Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades Darker was the worst film of 2017 so far.  Fifty Shades of Grey was the worst film of last year. Fifty Shades Freed could break a Quick Review record of delivering three consecutive years of worst films.  Even Transformers hasn’t managed that.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Remakes!

Phil’s Top 5… Remakes!

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: Remakes.

Yes the dreaded “R” word.  But hey not all Remakes are rubbish like Total Recall or Point Break.  In fact some are stone cold classics.  Here’s some of my favourites…

 

Close but no cigar:The Fly, Little Shop Of Horrors, Cape Fear, 12 Monkeys, Halloween

 

5 – Scarface
Remaking a 30’s little known gangster film, DePalma struck gold with what is one of the definitive films of the 80’s.  It cemented Pacino as a stand out talent and helped launch careers of Michelle Pfeiffer among others.  It also owns pop culture with it’s iconic images and quotes.  Say hello to my little friend indeed.

4 –  Invasion of The Body Snatchers
Now on it’s third remake, Body Snatchers best incarnation is for sure it’s 70’s Donald Sutherland starring vehicle.  That said the 90’s version holds a lot of affection for me and the Daniel Craig/Nicole Kidman version has it’s moments.  

3 – Oceans 11
The original Ocean’s 11, whilst starring the kinds of cool in the Rat Pack, is a mess.  The remake updates it, adds a top notch cast and became a bonified mainstream hit.  Shame the sequels in the whole were messy and forgettable.

2 – Dawn of The Dead
I love Dawn Of The Dead, Romeo version.  It still is outstanding.  So it says a lot that I rate Zack Snider’s modern remake so highly. It’s excellent.  Okay so fast Zombie’s may not be everyone’s taste but the pace, set pieces and cast help this one become one of THE best remakes.

1 – John Carpenter’s The Thing
The Thing is not only the best remake for me but also one of the best 80’s films full stop. From Carpenter’s relentless direction to the spot on cast to the pounding music and ground breaking visual FX… The Thing has it all.  The modern remake/prequel was utter tosh however and did NOTHING to add to this films legacy.