Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2014

Phil’s End Of Year Awards 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 we’ve covered our best and our worst films of 2014, so before we look at the films coming up in 2015 here’s my ‘Alternative’ End of Year Awards for 2015…

Alternate Film Of The Year…
Sharknado 2

Surprise of The Year…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… It didn’t suck!

Performance Of The Year…
Jake Gyllenhaal, Night Crawler

Just Fuck Off and Die Award…

Michael Bay

Trailer Of The Year Award…
Mad Max Fury Road


The Emperors New Clothes Award…
American Hustle.


That Came Out This Year… Damn.  Totally Forgot
Robocop Remake


They gave the Oscar to WHAT? Award for 2014…
Best Cinematography for Gravity


The Poof That Award Shows Suck Award…
NOTHING for Sons Of Anarchy at the Emmy Awards. Again.


The Poof That Award Shows DONT Suck Award…
American Hustle didn’t win anything at the Oscars.

Best TV Show of 2014…
The Newsroom


The will probably be the Worst Film of 2015 Award (Seen it but not released until next year)…
He who Dares 2: Downing Street Down


Films That SHOULD have been on my 2013 List’s but I Hadn’t Seen…
The Place Beyond The Pines & Sunshine On Leith
Next time: Phil’s Look at 2015 and a look back at my 2014 predictions… 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – July Rapid Fire Review

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Will quick round up of films he’s seen in July!  

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Actors: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell
In Cinemas now.
Quick Review: Outstanding film, superbly directed by Matt Reeves, featuring brilliant mo cap performances  from Serkisand Kebbell, incredible vfx from WETA and relentlessly exciting action, DOTPTA will deservedly go down as one of the greatest sequels ever made, and is by miles the best film of 2014 so far. Words cannot describe how good this movie is – miss it at your peril.
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The Frozen Ground

Actors: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack
Available on dvd to buy and Netflix
Quick Review:So so thriller has Cage’s cop on the trail of serial killer Cusack. Well acted and quite atmospheric in parts but both actors are better than this kind of thing, especially Cusack who, of late, seems to have headed to dvd hell  – yes folks, im talking about THAT John Cusack – you remember him – he was in High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank  -and  if memory serves – they were somewhat superb films – unlike his latest output which has been utter rubbish!
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Actors: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard
Available to buy and on Netflix
Quick Review:A very good central performance from Seyfried as former Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, cant save this from being a somewhat under directed and  rushed affair. Boogie Nights this aint, but not the worst film ever made.
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Only God Forgives
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Kristen Scott Thomas
Available to buy and on Netflix
Quick Review: Gosling re teams with Drive  director Nicholas Winding Refn in what can only be described as a load of arty farty crap.  Awful film, hideously boring, with yet another half asleep, virtually wordless performance from the highly over rated Gosling. Yes Ryan, we know you did Drive, and yes it was a good film  – but for Gods sake do something different!
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Europa Report
Available on Netflix
Actors: Sharlto Copley,Embeth Davitz
Quick Review: Superb found footage film about a doomed space  mission the moon Europa. Very professionally made on a limited budget, extremely tense and well acted by the entire cast.
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Insidious Chapter 2
Actors: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne
Available on Netflix and to buy on dvd.
Quick Review:Not bad sequel to the 2010 surprise smash hit, some scary bits, entertaining in parts, but nothing to write home about.
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Texas Killing Fields
Actors: Sam Worthington, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain.
Available to buy on dvd
Quick Review:Worthington and Morgan are Texas cops pursuing a serial killer. Both actors give standout performances and  its extremely tense in parts – certainly worth watching if you are a fan of True Detective.
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The Place Beyond The Pines
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes.
Available to buy on dvd and to rent from Lovefilm.
Quick Review: Gosling is the bank robber who is trying to provide for his baby son, Cooper is the rookie cop who rises in the ranks due to a selfless act of heroism. Good in parts, and inventively directed, however once again, Gosling annoyingly recycles his Drive character, thankfully though the ever reliable Cooper is simply brilliant and proves once again that he is more than just a pretty face.
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Author: Will Strong