Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so this isn’t the disaster the early marketing suggested it could be but it’s also FAR away from the 4 star reviews it’s been getting. I think, ultimately, I just don’t get Paul Feig films – The Heat, Bridesmaids and Spy especially did NOTHING for me and here, again, whilst the cast all do okay (standout being Kate McKinnon) you just can’t help but feel there’s nothing new here once the role reversal gimmick wears off. You are left with a reboot I didn’t really want, of a film that didn’t need it, and a director that goes out of his way to remind you just how good the original film really was.

Best Bit: Hemsworth

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Heat, Bridesmaids,  Spy

 


Follow us on Social Media:

 

 

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #093 – Red Sparrow, Lady Bird, Game Night

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #093 – Red Sparrow, Lady Bird, Game Night

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: Join us as we talk about everything to do with the Oscars!!!

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

#TheSmokingLamb #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts #FilmPodcast

 

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #072 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #072 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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: We have a license to kill (a perfectly good podcast) and we aren’t afraid to use it! In this Spy themed episode we review the slightly disappointing Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we go over our Top 5 Spy Movies and Josh is in the classroom to share his thoughts on Leon.

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

#TheSmokingLamb #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts #FilmPodcast

 

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #071 – Mother!, American Assassin

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #071 – Mother!, American Assassin

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: He’s back! Josh returns to a whopper of an episode. We have two great reviews of Mother! and American Assassin, a Top 5 on Posters That Ruined The Movie as well as our most creative Address The Lamb yet!

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

#TheSmokingLamb #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts #FilmPodcast

 

Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so this isn’t the disaster the early marketing suggested it could be but it’s also FAR away from the 4 star reviews it’s been getting. I think, ultimately, I just don’t get Paul Feig films – The Heat, Bridesmaids and Spy especially did NOTHING for me and here, again, whilst the cast all do okay (standout being Kate McKinnon) you just can’t help but feel there’s nothing new here once the role reversal gimmick wears off. You are left with a reboot I didn’t really want, of a film that didn’t need it, and a director that goes out of his way to remind you just how good the original film really was.

Best Bit: Hemsworth

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Heat, Bridesmaids,  Spy

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2015

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2015

2015: In Review Quick Review Year In Review

So 2015 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 2015.  And there were quite a few to choose from..

Stinker of The Year: Fifty Shades Of Grey
In Brief:Oh god why, why did I watch this?  I guess it was partly to see what all the fuss was about.  And apparently the fuss was about awkward sex scenes, bad acting and a script that could have been written by a middle aged woman writing bad Twilight fan fiction.  Oh.  It was.

 

 

2. He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down
In Brief: The funniest film of 2015 by a long way.  Filmmaking as pure incompetence.

3. Magic Mike XXL
In Brief: Not funny, not charming, Not anything.  Just piss poor.

4. Blackhat
In Brief: From the guy who made Heat comes possible one of the biggest let downs of 2015.  Just one of the most boring films I’ve seen this year.

5. Assassin
In Brief:  Danny Dyer on Brighton seafront riding a push bike rates as possible this years best 30 seconds of cinema.  So bad i cried laughing.  As for the rest of the film: utter shite.

Dis-Honourable Mentions:
Maggie, Insurgent, Spy, Minions, Taken 3,  Everly, American Sniper, Spectre, Big Eyes, Jupiter Ascending

 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2015… So Far! (Updated: 7th Oct 2015)

Quick Review

Best Films of 2015… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2015’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2015… So Far:

1. Whiplash (9/10)
2. Inside Out (9/10)
3. Shaun The Sheep (9/10)
4. Birdman (8/10)
5. Kingsmen: The Secret Service (8/10)

Honourable Mentions: Pitch Perfect 2 (8/10); Unfriended (8/10); The Infinite Man (8/10); John Wick (8/10) ; Focus (8/10); The Theory Of Everything (8/10); Going Clear (8/10); Cinderella (8/10); Son Of A Gun


Worst Films Of 2014… So Far:

1. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2/10)
2. He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down (2/10)
3. Magic Mike XXL (3/10)
4. Blackhat (3/10)
5. Assassin (3/10)

Dis-Honourable Mentions:  Maggie (3/10); Insurgent (4/10), Spy (4/10); Minions (4/10), Taken 3 (4/10), Everly (5/10), American Sniper (5/10), Big Eyes (5/10), Jupiter Ascending (5/10)

 

 The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

Kung Fury (And Sharknado 3)


Great Films of 2013 I didn’t see in
2013

Honourable Mentions: I, Origins (7/10), Pride (9/10), The Imitation Game (7/10), Paddington (8/10), Kajaki (9/10)

 

Blog: Spy – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I officially don’t like Melissa McCarthy.  I’ve tried but I just don’t get her or her “humour”.  Spy is everything I hate in modern ‘comedy’. Without Jason Statham this would have been at best a 3/10 film.  Statham add’s enough humour and class in his limited appearances to make this lifeless, dull as dishwater ‘comedy’ JUST about bearable. I wear that I think this team will be making Ghostbusters for nearly next year.

Best Bit: Statham 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Bridesmaids,  Hot Pursuit, The Heat

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Spy (2015) & Jurassic World (2015)

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Spy (2015) & Jurassic World (2015)

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Uncategorized

Our very own Grosse Point Geek Will Strong casts his crucial eye over two new releases: Spy (2015) & Jurassic World (2015)

[divider]

MV5BNjI5OTQ0MDQxM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzcwNjMyNTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Spy

Director: Paul Feig

Actors Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Miranda Hart

McCarthy plays an overweight desk bound CIA agent who is called up for a dangerous mission when her action man partner (Law) is apparently killed by  Rose Byrne’s bitch on wheels super villain.  I have to admit that when i read the reviews for this, i was quite intrigued to see it – however after 2 hours of limp comedy, buffoonish pratfalls, a screeching McCarthy and crap action – i really wished i hadnt bothered. To say the least i hated this  with the kind of vengeance that  i only usually reserve for a Michael bay movie.

After seeing four of her films, I simply fail to see the appeal of Melissa McCarthy – OK i’ll admit she can act, but does she really have to play the same sweary obnoxious character in EVERY film she appears in?  Also  – who in the hell does this Paul Feig person think he is?  – Oh yes that’s right he’s the comedy director of the moment, the one that mainstream audiences flock to whenever his name is on a poster, same as they did with Reitman, Landis and Apatow  – and look what happened to them! One can only hope that his Ghost-busters reboot can cut the mustard or i fear that we will have seen the last of him.

I will however say one thing for Spy – it does feature a very funny turn from Jason Statham, who really should concentrate more  on comedy or (as we saw with Furious 7) bad guy roles, and it is he alone who saves this generic rubbish from being the one star dud that it deserves to be.

At Cinemas now

Rating:

[divider]
MV5BMTQ5MTE0MTk3Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjczMzk2NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_
Jurassic World
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Actors: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’onofrio, B.D Wong
After a number of false starts (i.e running, screaming, death) John Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur theme park has finally become reality in the form of Jurassic World. Situated on the island of Isla Nublar  – it attracts thousands of visitors every year, but in an effort to keep the profits flowing, its owners have created a new attraction – the Indominous Rex – a hydrid dinosaur that is even bigger and badder than the T-Rex.  Unfortunately, said beastie is also highly intelligent, mean as a snake, and filled with a burning desire to escape its captive surroundings as soon as possible – which naturally it does – with somewhat destructive results.
In 1992 Steven Spielberg gave us Jurassic Park, which i still believe to be the last brilliant blockbuster he directed  before going all serious with Schindler’s List, then trying and failing  to get it all back with the last (and deeply crap) Indiana Jones film and various other misfires like Minority Report and Tin Tin.  Featuring astounding ground breaking effects and relentless action, Jurassic Park set the bar so high that most filmmakers to this day are still trying to emulate its success – it is without doubt, one of the greatest films ever made.  Sadly the same cannot be said of the two sequels that followed. The Lost World was certainly entertaining in parts but mostly average, and the less said about the Joe Johnson directed Jurassic Park 3 the better. Mercifully the same cannot be said of Jurassic World  – which manages to not only crap all over the previous two sequels but almost manages to give Spielberg’s original a run for its money as well.
To begin with, the casting of Chris Pratt is a stroke of genius. He was fantastic in last years Guardians of The Galaxy and here firmly cements his leading man status with a great turn as grizzled Raptor wrangler Owen Grady  – a total bad ass hero type that he absolutely nails to a T –  and on the evidence here the guy is surely a shoo in as the new Indiana Jones. Bryce Dallas Howard also does well as the corporate damsel in distress type – proving to be just as adept in the action stakes as she is fending off Pratt’s nefarious flirting – however the fact that she manages to do a Usain Bolt type sprint, wearing high heels does beggar belief.  Kudos must go too to director Colin Trevorrow (Safety not Guaranteed  – see it asap – superb) who keeps proceedings going at a rare old pace, is obviously a filmmaker who plainly knows what audiences want from a big summer  film  – which is rollicking good action -and  to his credit delivers this in spades – and then some.
Special mention must also be given to Industrial Light and Magic’s incredible dino effects  -particularly  the Indominous Rex and the Velociraptors , which are simply a marvel of CGI ingenuity – no more so than in the absolutely thrilling climax.
On the negative side i did have some quibbles  – at its heart the story really doesn’t break much new ground  and in places annoyingly copies a few of the of the original films character subplots. However these are somewhat minor complaints in what is a cracking piece of cinematic gold – in short i absolutely loved  this film and i thoroughly recommend you see it asap.
Wonderful stuff.
Rating:
At Cinemas now

 
Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: All Things Film – Spy

Blog: All Things Film – Spy

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Uncategorized

After the risible Tammy from last year, I half vowed never to tread down the one-trick pony Melissa McCarthy road ever again. To make matters worse, shortly after that mess, writer/director Paul Feig announces he’s rebooting Ghostbusters 3 with McCarthy and a ll female cast. To say this team fled down the bottom of my must-watch pile was putting it nicely.

And then we have Spy, from Feig and with McCarthy in the starring role. It’s not what drew me to the film. The supporting cast which includes Jason Statham, Jude Law, Alison Janney and a bevvy of others to long to mention was what drew me in. In the back of my mind I knew disappointment was abound.

What a pleasure, then, to report that Spy is actually very good – and I mean from everyone concerned. We may have a new franchise in our midst; and McCarthy is perfectly suited to it playing a frumpy, bubbly CIA coordinator for the real spy in her life as he undergoes some perilous activities. One thing leads to another, and she’s forced to don the agent role disguised as a random bunch of unattractive, loner ladies to thwart a nuclear deal going down.

McCarthy is capable of delivering one liners and possesses a strange physical comedy not unlike that of the late Chris Farley, or perhaps even Kevin James. Law and The Stath consign themselves to extended cameos in the main, but with a focus on playing up their reverential status in more straight-faced movies. There are violent nods and winks to movies like Austin Powers, and the Lethal Weapon series (Stath rattles off bizarre encounters he has had in his dark past in the same way Gibson showed off his bodily cabinet of scars) and, of coruse, there’s the Bond-esque motif.

It’s not on a par with Austin Powers, but then again, it’s not intending to be. It exists in a world that cohabits straight-faced, often crass and crudely-worded deadpan delivery from all concerned and a mild scientific silliness. Take for example the film’s Bond equivalent of Q; McCarthy is given a bunch of secret pills with spurious labels designed to conceal their true identity. The entire thing, and indeed the majority of the movie, is deadpan that it can’t fail to raise more than a few laughs.

The scene-stealing belongs to two periphery characters; one played by Miranda Hart as McCarthy’s best friend, and Peter Serafinowicz who plays a rogue Italian connection with wandering hands and a mind that would land him on his sort of register. The stand-out, though, is Rose Byrne as the spoiled-but-ruthless daughter of an insanely rich megalomaniac. She has some of the best lines and action. The support players compliment McCarthy’s central (some may say gravity-sucking) performance.

Sure, it’s silly, but Spy manages to bring the laughs home more often than not. Weirdly, Feig has managed to allay my fears for the impending Ghostbusters 3. If McCarthy can nail the Dan Aykroyd part well (and Spy suggests she can) then at least when eventually ‘we gonna call’ sometime next year, it’s nice knowing that there’s a slim – no pun intended – chance that Feig and co. won’t fuck it up. And that’s quite a journey from how I felt about things three hours ago before I saw Spy.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

 

To hear more on this review (and others like it) make sure you download the Filmsploitation podcast, part of the All Things Film network.