Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Spielberg, Fox, Oscars & Gunn

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Spielberg, Fox, Oscars & Gunn

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk movie news! Yup we catch up on the latest happenings in the world of movies – from Spielberg’s campaign against Netflix, to Disney buying Fox, the Academy awards (yes I know we are late) and James Gunn coming back to Guardian’s 3.

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

Films Discussed: A Quiet Place, Marvel, Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, Greenbook, Bohemian Rhapsody, Suicide Squad, Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse, New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Jack Reacher, First Man, Steven Spielberg, Netflix

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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Suicide Squad (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Suicide Squad (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So’ the worst film ever made’ as seemingly branded by ever critic ever? No.  Is it any good?  Kinda.  For about 30 minutes of it’s run time at least.  Shame then it’s a near two hour film.  Look this film would NEVER live up to those trailers.  It was impossible.  They were just SO good.  So the fact it falls short shouldn’t surprise anyone.  The fact that the film also suffers from a seriously lack of vision, feels rushed yet manages to be boring at times and has a script seemingly written on the torn up back of a cigarette box also shouldn’t surprise anyone when you consider Ayer is a okay director whose never really excelled and Zack Snider has his messy finger prints all over this one. SO the headlines: Margot Robbie Steals the show, Jai Courtney is bad as you’d expect and less said about Cara Delevingne the better.  Could have been a contender…

Best Bit: Margot Robbie

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Dirty Dozen

 


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Terminal (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Terminal (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Terminal is one hell of a showcase for Margot Robbie, a neo-noir that is visually striking and with one of the most insane last fifteen minutes of any film i’ve seen this year. It’s just a shame that overall the film is so uneven, with twists and turns so obvious that you guess them as soon as they are muted.  However Robbie is so gloriously over the top and the film some insane I actually ended up liking in because of it faults.  The support cast deliver (Dexter Fletcher and Simon Pegg especially) and the direction is bold.   So not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but go with it and there’s a lot to enjoy.

Best Bit: The last fifteen minutes

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Atomic Blonde, Suicide Squad

 

 

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Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2016

Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2016

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2016 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 2016, so before we look at the films coming up in 2016 here’s my ‘Alternative’ End of Year Awards for 2016…

 

The Most Entertainingly Bad Film Of The Year Award…
Gods Of Egypt

 

The best film to watch on a train as it makes it 100 times less shit Award…
Gods Of Egypt 


Surprise of The Year Award…
Low Budget films rule the roost!


Performance Of The Year Award…
Mark Kermode… for his oddly favourable reviews for his friends movies (see Jason Bourne)


Just Fuck Off and Die Award…

Michael Bay & the Transformers 5 trailer.


Least Deserving Commercial Bomb of The Year Award…
The Nice Guys

 

Come In Your time is Up Award…
Johnny Depp’s career (see Alice Through The Looking Glass & Yoga Hosers)

 

Trailer Of The Year Award…
Suicide Squad
Let Down of The Year Award…
Suicide Squad

 

It’s NOT the fact it has women in it, it’s just the fact it’s actually an average film Award…
Ghostbusters

 

The “Really? It takes some effort to fuck up this much” Award…
DC/Warner Brothers. How hard IS it to fuck up films with THESE characters?

 

Cameo of The Year Award…
Jesus (Ben Hur)

 

The Oscars only like REALLY famous dead people award for missing out other stars who died Award…
The Oscars for leaving out George Gaynes, Vanity, Gunnar Hanson & Rowdy Roddy Piper

 

The Proof That Award Shows Suck Award…
Sly Stallone, Creed, The Martian, Star Wars: The Force Awakens all missing out on awards

 

The Poof That Award Shows DONT Suck Award…
Ex Machina being awarded for Best Visual Effects


All reboots and remakes suck award and here’s the proof Award…
Point Break, Ghostbusters, Ben Hur

 

Okay so not ALL remakes & reboots suck Award…
Westworld. The Jungle Book.
Yup we just made it for the money award (aka The Sequels Suck Award…
Independence Day Resurgence, Jason Bourne, Now You See Me 2, Alice Through The Looking Glass

 

Films That SHOULD have been on my 2015 List’s but I Hadn’t Seen…
The Lady In The Van,  Straight Outta Compton, The Survivalist

 

Next time: Phil’s Look at 2016 and a look back at my 2017 predictions… 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far (Updated: 30th September 2016 )

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far (Updated: 30th September 2016 )

Quick Review

Best Films of 2016… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2016’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. The Nice Guys (9/10)
  2. Room (8/10)
  3. The Big Short (8/10)
  4. Green Room (8/10)
  5. Deadpool (8/10)

    Honourable Mentions:
    Creed (8/10); Where To Invade Next (8/10); Midnight Special (8/10); Spotlight (8/10); Eddie The Eagle (8/10); Zootropolis (8/10), Zero Days (8/10), Money Monster (7/10), Star Trek Beyond (7/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10), Finding Dory (7/10); Eye In The Sky (7/10); Captain America Civil War (7/10); Blood Father (7/10); Angry Birds (7/10); The Shallows (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. Central Intelligence (3/10)
  3. The 5th Wave (3/10)
  4. Kickboxer Vengeance (3/10)
  5. Cabin Fever (4/10)

Dis-Honourable Mentions: Divergent Allegiant (4/10); Triple 9 (4/10), Bastille Day (4/10); London Has Fallen (4/10); Independence Day Resurgence (4/10); Dad’s Army (4/10); Huntsman Winters War (5/10); Warcraft (5/10); Gods Of Egypt (5/10); Suicide Squad (5/10); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows (5/10); The Neon Demon (5/10); Zoom (5/10)

 

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

Sharknado The Forth Awakens

Great Films of 2015 I didn’t see in 2015

Honourable Mentions: The Lady In The Van (8/10); Straight Outta Compton (8/10); The Survivalist (8/10); The Seven Five (8/10); 99 Homes (7/10)

 

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trailers!

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trailers!

Other Cr*p

Each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Movie Trailers!


Close but no cigar:
 Suicide Squad (Ballroom Blitz Trailer), Matrix Reloaded, Blair Witch Project, Psycho,


5 – Mad Max: Fury Road
Set the scene like no other and showed us why, after all these years, Mad Max could be great again.

4 – Star Wars The Phantom Menace
Simply put this trailer still sends goose bumps down my spine even though I know the film is utter crap.  Convinced a generation that Star Wars would be good again.

 

3 – Terminator 2 : Judgement Day
The trailer that defined a generation of filmmaking.  Simply put it’s note perfect for a note perfect film.

 

2 – Alien
Just a brilliant piece of marketing in an age when trailers were mostly just functional.

 

 

1 – Prometheus
This trailer was outstanding.  It marked us a film that we wanted to see, set the bar high and then the film… well… failed miserably.

 

Phil’s Best To Worst: 2016 Blockbusters

Phil’s Best To Worst: 2016 Blockbusters

Best... Other Cr*p

Listed in reserve order (From Worst to Best) Phil, of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, breaks down a film related subject in order of his own personal enjoyment.  This time out: 2016 Blockbusters 

(Not Seen: Jason Bourne, The Legend Of Tarzan,

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Worst: The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1

Such a drag of a film, like all the Divergent films they just don’t work enough for me to care.

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12. Independence Day Resurgence

The sequel no-one wanted to a film few people care about.  Yup this was a sure fire bomb.

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11. The Huntsman Winters War 

Well it was better than the first one! (Generally anything WITHOUT Kristen Stewart is an instant improvement)

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10. Warcraft  

Not the critical mess you’ve been led to believe but far from essential

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9. Ghostbusters (2016)

The fact they were women was a mute point when this reboot/remake forgot to include enough laughs to make it a worthwhile experience.

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8. Suicide Squad

The trailer of the year delivers one of the bigger let downs. Sadly this promised lots and delivered very little.

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7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows

This could have been worse.  (Could have been better too).  It had it’s moments and Amell was great.

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6. Now You See Me 2 

This sequel improved on the original in almost every way… except the point when it crawled up it’s own behind.  Up until then however…

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5. The Jungle Book (2016)

It’s a good film.  It’s also a technically brilliant film.  It’s just not a brilliant film in it’s own right.  If you see what I mean…

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4. X-Men: Apocalypse 

Not as good as First Class, better than Days Of Future Past.  But probably shows that this franchise need a break for a while…

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3. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice  

Forget the critics I liked BVSDOJ a lot.  Just don’t worry about the Extended version too much. It just offers length. And in a near 3 hour films already thats not what you need more of.

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2. Captain America: Civil War 

The war was too civil and further signs of Marvel’s halo starting to slip are present but this is still top notch blockbuster fare.

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Best: Star Trek Beyond

Better than Wrath of Into Darkness, not QUITE as good as JJ’s reboot.  Beyond offers a celebratory 50th anniversary offering that is just what the doctor ordered.  Summer 2016’s bets blockbuster !


 

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Suicide Squad – A Quick Capsule Review

Suicide Squad – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So’ the worst film ever made’ as seemingly branded by ever critic ever? No.  Is it any good?  Kinda.  For about 30 minutes of it’s run time at least.  Shame then it’s a near two hour film.  Look this film would NEVER live up to those trailers.  It was impossible.  They were just SO good.  So the fact it falls short shouldn’t surprise anyone.  The fact that the film also suffers from a seriously lack of vision, feels rushed yet manages to be boring at times and has a script seemingly written on the torn up back of a cigarette box also shouldn’t surprise anyone when you consider Ayer is a okay director whose never really excelled and Zack Snider has his messy finger prints all over this one. SO the headlines: Margot Robbie Steals the show, Jai Courtney is bad as you’d expect and less said about Cara Delevingne the better.  Could have been a contender…

Best Bit: Margot Robbie

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Dirty Dozen

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Author: Phil Hobden

Grosse Point Geek – Suicide Squad

Grosse Point Geek – Suicide Squad

A Blog Grosse Point Geek

After the events of Batman V Superman and the rise of the so called ‘Meta Humans”, senior CIA operative Amanda Waller (Viola Davies) puts together a team of highly skilled individuals to be used against any threat that the regular military are unable to combat.

The only fly in the ointment is that said team are made up of the worst criminals on earth – a crackshot assassin (Will Smith) a boomerang throwing bank robber (Jai Courtney) a flesh eating man/crocodile mutant ( Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) a fire throwing gangster (Jay Hernandez) and a completely bonkers, baseball bat wielding ex psychiatrist (Margot Robbie). So when the US city of Midway comes under attack from an ancient and very powerful pair of meta humans, our motley crew (plus Joel Kinnaman’s special forces colonel) are called into action.
 
Directed by David Ayer (Fury), Suicide Squad is the third in DC’s new cinematic universe, and after the critical mauling and slight box office under-performance of of Batman V Superman, they were naturally desperate for this one to repair some of the damage.
Sadly the critics have again been just as vitriolic and it would appear that its now down to next years Justice League and Wonder Woman movies to salvage what is rapidly becoming a bit of a shaky franchise that time and again is being blown out of the water by the mighty Marvel Studios.
 
It is my opinion though that the critics have been way too harsh on DC as neither BvS, Man Of Steel or Suicide Squad deserved anywhere near the kicking that has been doled out by them thus far.
Now that’s not to say that Suicide Squad doesn’t have its faults. To begin with the script isn’t nearly as sharp as it should have been and needed to have way more laughs. It also takes place mostly at night which means the whole thing is very dingy and dark, seemingly going for a very Escape From New York type vibe which director Ayer doesn’t really manage to pull off that well. In addition the VFX used to create the two meta human villains look very fake in parts and sadly bring back terrifying flashbacks of the monstrosity that was this years Warcraft: The Beginning. Then there is Jared Leto’s Joker –  who, despite not being as good as Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight,  gives an interesting take on the character, playing Gotham’s Clown Prince Of Crime as a totally unhinged, tattooed, bling wearing gangster. Much was made about how Leto completely immersed himself in the role and never once broke character through out the entire shoot. So one has to ask why, if so much was made of him,does he bizarrely disappear for entire swathes of the film. One gets the impression that the much rumored studio interference and last minute re-shoots may have had some bearing on this extremely odd decision. 
 
Now despite these faults there is alot on offer to enjoy. The cast are all universally excellent – particularly Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. It was also good to see Jai Courtney given more to do here than the usual one dimensional roles that we have been used to seeing him in. There are some great action sequences too  – the standout of which being a cracking fight between the Squad and an entire army of mutants, where we get to see each member show off his/her different set of deadly skills, and Its in this scene that good ol’ Will Smith really comes to the forefront with a dazzling display of gun play that would rival the likes of those seen in the Matrix and most John Woo movies.
Speaking of Smith, he gives his best performance for years and its great to see him back to his badass, wisecracking best  – one can only hope that DC give him a Deadshot spin off film or at least include him in their future expanded universe plans.
 
So overall not a bad film, it had lots to give but also failed on several levels to deliver the kind of batshit crazy caper that we were all expecting when those admittedly brilliant trailers were released earlier this year. 
Moving forward my advice to DC would be that the only way they are going to beat Marvel is to be as R rated as possible. There is nothing wrong with making more adult friendly superhero films  – (look at how successful Deadpool was)  – there is obviously a massive fan base out there craving so much more than just the PG-13 blandness that Marvel serves up with what is now bordering on hideously boring regularity. DC need to exploit this, take a few chances  and see what happens.

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

Phil’s 2016 Preview & Look Back At 2015 Predictions…

Phil’s 2016 Preview & Look Back At 2015 Predictions…

Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films… Yup 2016 is going to be a BIG year.

 

Most Excited:  Captain America: Civil War
Marvel have done pretty good overall.  And Captain america Winter Solider was one of their best.  With the Russo brothers returning, added Spiderman and the prospect of Capt and Iron Man beating 7 bells out of each other I have really high hopes that Marvel can bring it back after the slight disappointment of 2015.

 

2. Creed
Rocky. It’s Rocky. I say again.  It’s. Rocky. Okay but in all seriousness the trailer, the concept… this could be special and early reviews, coupled with Stallone’s Golden Globes nomination indicate that it is just that.  Technically a 2015 film for the US but we poor saps in the UK don’t get it until 2016.

 

3. Finding Dory 
Pixar have had a bit of truer to form this year with the rather excellent inside Out and the rather fun Good Dinosaur so a sequel to what is still considered to be one of the best films whilst they are flying this high could be something really quite special.

 

4. Deadpool
R rated comic book action film with blood, swearing and Ryan Reynolds – this could be the antidote to the PG rated Marvel films of the past few years.

 

5.  London Has Fallen 

Okay come on Olympus Has Fallen was the surprise gem of a few years ago, so if nothing else London has Fallen will be a slice of stupid fun.  Expect more OTT action, more OTT acting and more OTT bad guys.

 

Bubbling Under: Untitled Fifth Bourne Film (Jason Bourne is back) Suicide Squad (this could go either way to be honest but I’m hoping…), Star Wars Rogue One (Could this work?  The first real Star Wars spin off), Nice Guys (Shane Black back in non-Marvel territory) , Hail! Caesar! (Coen Brothers taking on the Old Hollywood studio system), Live By Night (Affleck back behind the directors chair for the first time since Argo), Green Room (Horror film coming HIGH off the festival circuit)

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Stinker Of The Year: Point Break
Fuck you Hollywood.  Point Break is about one of the most perfect action crimes films ever made. And you want to reboot it.  In the wold of ‘Extreme Sports’.  Yup Hollywood is creatively bankrupt and this is the proof. Worst still? You make me wait until another year to see it officially making this the first ever Stinker Of The Year to be nominated across TWO years!

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (Man Of Steel was crap.  The trailer is crap.  It’s going to be near three hours long ), The Hateful Eight  (Tarantino is done for me), Ghostbusters (a film NOBODY wants), Star Trek Beyond (terrible trailer) , Warcraft (Terrible trailer again) , Independence Day Resurgence (the sequel nobody wanted, twenty years after the original that lets be honest was pants ), Divergent Allegiant (the first two were pretty bad)

 

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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 2015 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

For the Best:  I tipped Age Of Ultron,  The Force Awakens, Pitch Perfect 2, Fury Road and Spectre as my Most Anticipated of 2015.  Well Ultron was a bit of a let down for me (although critically it was mostly well  received).  Mad Max was another one loved by most except me.  Pitch Perfect 2 was very good, just missing out of my top 10, but with only The Force Awakens ending up in my Top 10 films of the year. As for Spectre the less said about that the better…

As for the Stinkers?  Well Point Break ended up being added to the 2016 list and Terminator: Genisys was pretty much as bad as expected. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost DimensionHunger Games & Maze Runner Sequels I didn’t even get to.  Jupiter Ascending was much better than I expected but still pretty weak and Jurassic World was added to my list of mostly meh! blockbusters!  Thank god then for Fifty Shades Of Grey which lived up to my worst fears and then some.  Just horrid.

 

So here’s to 2015… see you again next year!