Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is a look back at all the films I gave the coveted Best & Worst awards each year to from the previous decade, as we look back at the previous 10 years of movies.  Have opinions changed?  Actually on a few… yes.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – The Social Network
2011 – Hugo 
2012 – Argo (Should have been: Skyfall)
2013 – Rush
2014 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash (Should have been: Mad Max: Fury Road)
2016 – The Nice Guys (Should have been: Kubo And The Two Strings)
2017 – Baby Driver (Should have been: T2 Trainspotting)
2018 – Coco (Should have been TIED with: Mission Impossible: Fallout)
2019 – Joker

BEST FILM Of the Decade: Mad Max: Fury Road


Honourable Mentions:
American: the Bill Hicks Story, Senna, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty, Life Itself, Inside Out, Kubo And The Two Strings, T2 Trainspotting, Mission Impossible: Fallout

 

WORST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – Skyline
2011 – Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon
2012 – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance
2013 – The Host
2014 – Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 
2015 – Fifty Shades Of Grey
2016 – Point Break (2016)
2017 – Fifty Shades Darker
2018 – The Cloverfield Paradox (Should have been Holmes & Watson)
2019 – The Dead Don’t Die 

WORST FILM Of the Decade: Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions: 44 Inch Chest, Sucker Punch, Cold Light of Day, The Worlds End, Sex Tape, He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down, Central Intelligence, Transformers The Last Knight, Fifty Shades Freed

 

 


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Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2014

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2014

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2014 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 2014.  And there were quite a few to choose from..

Stinker of The Year: Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 
In Brief: Not only the worst film of the year, but the worst blockbuster ever.  Hell it may end up being the worst film ever. Disgusting, stupid and about as thrilling as watching Loose Women, Transfourhours is too long, too dumb and too poorly made to exist.  Yet it does. And was the highest grossing film worldwide of 2014. Michael Bay is the devil.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8HPIH5JCak

2. Sex Tape
In Brief: A comedy without laughs. Or charm. Or any reason to exist. At all. Just dire.

3. The Other Woman
In Brief: A second commercial & critical bomb for Diaz, if The Other Woman has been made about men they would have been strung up by the balls by now.  Unfunny tripe.

4. The Legend Of Hercules
In Brief: The funniest film of 2014 wasn’t actually a comedy but a Nu-Image made, boring ” action film” that was as action packed and exciting as a day at an old pensioners home.  Watch the other one instead.

5. He Who Dares
In Brief:  It kinda feels wrong to bash a British independent film.  But He Who Dares is just fucking incompetent.  Piss poor action, piss poor acting, piss poor production values. It’s just piss poor.

Dis-Honourable Mentions:
Tusk, Need For Speed, Revenge Of The Green Dragons , 300 Rise Of An Empire, Under The Skin,  Noah ,  Into The Storm,  The Dead 2, Willow Creek,  The Zero Theorem, American Hustle ,  Transcendence , The Devils Knot ,  The November Man,  No Good Deed

 

Blog: Sex Tape – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Sex Tape – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Do you like extended advert for Apple products?  Do you like really unfunny films? Do you like being REALLY bored for over and hour and a half?  If the answer to all these questions are YES then I’d invite you to watch Sex tape.  If not… I implore you to avoid this unfunny pile of crap.

Best Bit: I just can’t find one.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Burn

If You Liked this Try: The Other Woman, Bridesmaids, Walk Of Shame

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: All Things Film – Sex Tape Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Sex Tape Reviewed

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Uncategorized

Do you remember Kevin Smith’s Zack & Miri Make A Porno? Yeah, me neither – and I saw it. One thing I do remember, though, was the acute disappointment that it decided to go down the schlocky, friendly slapstick route. I remember saying on our old podcast that it should have been retitled “Zack & Miri Make A Sex Tape” and taken an altogether more serious tone. Doing this would have accentuated the awkward moments, which would have been ripe for comedy.

Here, we have a director not a bazillion miles away from Smith; Jake Kasdan (of Juno fame) directs this time, with Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz – two very capable performers of comedy – as a couple who, once they get married and have kids, stop having instant, spontaneous and raucous sexual encounters. They succumb to a life of routine mediocrity; she’s a successful “mommy” blogger, and he’s… something else. They get drunk one night while the kids are on a sleepover and decide to make a sex tape on an iPad. He doesn’t delete it, and has a penchant for giving iPads as a gift. Guess what happens next? Yep, some recipient of said tape starts sending Segel threatening messages saying that the tape will go viral. Diaz and Segel then enlist their best friends to go on a wild goose chase to track down everyone who might have received the iPad.

See, this the problem; the conceit and the set up. I was really hoping that the said three hour sex fest was going to make it online. I was curious to see some extremely wrought and cringe-inducing drama turning into comedic moments. For the second time of trying, the yanks screw it up again.

What we get is a series of elongated, yet fairly charming, set pieces. This mostly involves an extended farce-lite sequence involving Rob Lowe as a mega rich CEO as Diaz and Segel charm their way into his house. She ends up doing cocaine as he searches the house and wrestles Lowe’s violent dog. In any other movie, for any other narrative, this may have been a blast. Here, it nestles itself comfortably into a different movie; around the half way mark the writers seem disinterested in the tape and more on the relationship. We groan at the more contrived set ups.

I was on board with the first two thirds of the movie. There’s no denying Diaz and Segel have the requisite charm to carry the movie along. We see her naked behind twice. Rob Corddry turns up as the weirdo best friend.

What’s not to like?

The third act, that’s what. I can suspend disbelief only so far, but the final twenty minutes feature a cameo by a very well-known funny man playing the chief of an extremely well-known porn site. The film at this point sticks two fingers down its own throat and vomits whatever creativity or wit and wisdom it once had right down its chest. I cannot swallow (as it were) this final swerve into creative bankruptcy – more so, I can’t fathom the actual message contained therein. Do you really mean to tell me that someone like that would care that much, based on the oldest of contrivances that his squeeze can influence his decision? I realise this means little to you, dear reader; but one day, perhaps soon, you may catch Sex Tape and remember what I’ve written in this paragraph, if nothing else. The couple’s kids are there to witness the entire exchange for the most part, which makes it even more arduous and contemptible.

The filmmakers ought to have known better. Make a stupid Zack & Miri lightweight entertainment – or, go hog wild. Sitting in the middle with all the R-rated language and none of the determination to really wring the concept dry just sits uneasy.

It’s such a shame because, for a while there, this could have been a relatively engaging comedy drama. I expect better from all involved, not least Kasdan. Sex Tape will go down in my memory as the movie that showed Kasdan will sell out – and work with a cast and crew who didn’t pause for two seconds and question this dumb conclusion. My guess? They were probably too busy thinking about which shots that week will make the red band trailer, and what the poster may look like.

I fear it may be too late for Diaz, Segel and Kasdan – the distributors will release this embarrassment into the cinemas soon, and none of them will be able to take it down, or remove it from their resume.

Author:Andrew Mackay