Phil’s 2015 Preview & Look Back At 2014 Predictions…

Phil’s 2015 Preview & Look Back At 2014 Predictions…

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films… Yup 2015 is going to be a BIG year.

Most Excited:  Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Er of course.  What else could it be? Well probably the Avengers. or Mad max.  But actually it was always going toe Star Wars.  Even after the prequels tanked and Star Trek Into Darkness ended up being a bit of a let down, an intriguing teaser trailer and a promise of film more like the original trilogy has gotten my excitement levels peaking.  It could all still go very wrong BUT right now the signs look very good.

2. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Come on did you REALLY expect anything else???  Avengers was blockbuster cinema at it’s best and so far Marvel haven’t put a foot wrong (even the ‘risky’ Guardians turned out to be a massive hit).  So the returning Joss Whedon, the additional of the excellent Elizabeth Olson, James Spader and Andy Sirkis, the fact it’s coming after probably the strongest run of Marvel film yet (Iron Man 3, Capt 2, Guardian’s) well it all means this one has VERY hight expectations attached.  Oh and judging by the trailer… it’s shouldn’t disappoint.



3. Mad Max: Fury Road
This is an odd one.  The trailer looks amazing. Tom Hardy is about as good as you can get in terms of replacing a peak Mel Gibson. And Miller has always been at his best with the Max films.  There is a BUT. And that But is it’s been forever since the last great Miller film.  And even longer since the last good Mad Max film.  BUT (again) the trailer is amazing and it IS Mad Max… so fingers (and toes) crossed.



4. Pitch Perfect 2
Oh fuck it. Come on Pitch Perfect was awesome fun. And if they go in with even a 10th of the same spirit and sense fun as they did with that film, this should be a winner.  The Pitch Is back.



5.  Bond 24
No trailer.  No story.  Pretty much no idea other than Mendes and Craig returning, alongside Skyfall alumni Whishaw, Fiennes and Harris.  Oh and Lea Seydoux.  And Christoph Waltz.  And… okay to be honest I was sold with Mendes.  Look Skyfall was probably one of the best Bond films ever.  And whilst it’s going to be hard to follow up, you kinda get the feeling if Mendes is back he has an idea.  And THAT should make this well worth a watch.  Oh and did I mention that pesky Blofeld rumour…


Bubbling Under: Mission Impossible 5 (At worst the last two MI films have been bloody good blockbusters), Ant Man (Could this be Marvels first flop… no), Minions Movie (It’s got Minions… ), American Sniper (Clint! Cooper! Guns!), Kingsmen The Secret Service (Great trailer! Great Cast! Great Director! ), Fast & Furious 7 (It’s still got lets), Magic Mike XXL (Magic Mike was ace), London has Fallen (Butler is back!  If it’s half as mad as part 1 it should be a hoot)













Stinker Of The Year (Part 1): Terminator: Genisys
It pains me to say it but this just looks terrible.  A terrible title. Those horrid Entertainment Weekly cast shots. A reboot story.  An old Arnie T-800.  There’s just nothing that excited me about this film.  At all.

Stinker Of The Year (Part 2): Point Break
Fuck you Hollywood.  Point Break is about on 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.

Jupiter Ascending (They haven’t made a good film since The Matrix), Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Ugh… really?),  The Fantastic Four (Good director, bad cast), Fifty Shades Of Grey (Shooting fish in a barrel) , Jurassic World (Trailer didn’t grab me. ), Hunger Games, Insurgent, Maze Runner Sequels (The Teen Angst thing has dramatically run out of steam)



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 2014 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

For the Best:  I tipped X Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Interstellar, The Raid 2 and The Monuments Men as my Most Anticipated of 2014.  Well X-Men was a bit of a let down for me (although critically it was very well received).  Godzilla, Interstellar &  The Raid 2 were all very good, but with only Interstellar ending up near my top 5 films of the year. The Monuments Men flopped critically and commercially and whilst it wasn’t quite as bad as everyone thought it was a let down.

As for the Stinkers?  Well Transformers: Age Of Extinction ended up being one of the worst films I’ve ever seen.  But we all knew that even before the film was made.  So that was spot on then! Jupiter Ascending slipped to 2015 so is back on that list for next year and whilst  Need For Speed was bad Robocop wasn’tthe cluster fuck we all expected (although totally forgotten about by the time end of year rolled around), Expendables 3 was great fun probably the best of the 3 films (and the unrated cut delivered all the action the PG13 cut missed) and Noah ended up being EXACTLY as expected – dull, stupid and far too long.


So here’s to 2014… see you again next year!

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s Quick Reviews

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s Quick Reviews

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Away from the site for a few weeks, Will returns with his latest batch of Quick Reviews.



Grudge Match

Actors: Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone
Available on dvd
Shameless attempt by the studio to make a few quid by basically getting Rocky to fight Jake LaMotta.
Funny in parts, with 2 good central performances from Stallone and DeNiro, however its too long, the script isnt nearly as sharp as it should be, and the climactic boxing match is just a poor man’s variation of the one in Rocky 6
Into the Storm 

Actors: Richard Armitage, Sarah Calles
At Cinemas Now
Good sfx and inventive set pieces can’t save this Twister rip off from being – well, exactly that.
Terrible script, cheesy acting, predictable story, wooden characters, dont bother -wait for the dvd.

Actors: Scarlett Johanssen, Morgan Freeman.
At Cinemas now.
Another dud from the massively overrated Luc Besson (yes i said it Hobden!). Johannsen’s foreign student accidentally ingests a shed load of pills that allow her to use 100% of her brain capacity. Freeman is the scientist who she turns to for help. This had the potential to be a crackerjack action fest but instead disappears up its own orifice, with a plot that is too far fetched for words and boring action scenes that fail to ignite even a modicum of excitement. On the plus side Scarlett is very good and ably anchors the entire affair, but is a far better actress than this film deserves.
The Master 

Actors: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix
Available on dvd
Superbly directed by PT Anderson, this is brilliantly acted, very well written and beautifully photographed.
However (and i’m very reluctant to say this) its all kinda pointless and doesn’t really go anywhere. Certainly worth a watch – especially to see Phillip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles – just dont expect it to make a whole lot of sense.
As Above So Below 

Actors: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman.
At Cinemas Now
Really good found footage film this. An obsessed archaeologist leads an expedition into the Parisian Catacombs in search of the legendary Philosophers stone, but instead ends up going through a gateway to Hell itself.  Very creepy, extremely claustrophobic, well acted and damned scary in parts – a must for all horror fans and a pretty good date movie too.
The Haunting In Connecticut 

Actors: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan
Watched this on the telly the other day. Apparently based on a true story, not bad, sort of a variation on Amityville, but brings nothing new to the haunted house genre – passed the time.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

Actors: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanssen, Samuel L Jackson
New to dvd and Blu Ray
Recently added to my Blu Ray Collection, sharp script, fantastic story, brilliantly directed by the Russo brothers, jam packed with action and another superb turn from Evans as Cap.
Marvel does it again – outstanding.
The Raid 2 

Actors: Iko Uwais
New to DVD and Blu Ray
Following on from the events of the first film, Uwais’ hard as nails cop goes undercover to bring down a bunch of corrupt police officials and a family of gangsters. Not quite as mental as the original and a tad too long for my liking but the prison yard scrap and the incredible final 40 minutes are worth the price of the disc alone. Another masterclass in ass kickery from director Gareth Edwards – and a must for all action fans the world over.

Author: Will Strong 

Will Strong’s Preview Of 2014…

Will Strong’s Preview Of 2014…

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Quick Review

Every year Phil and Will look at what’s grabbing their attention for 2014.   Here’s Will Strong’s pick for the films to look out for in 2014…

    1. Hobbit –There and Back again (cant wait!)
    2. Godzilla (trailer looks amazing)
    3. X Men Days of Future Past (could be brilliant, could be X Men 2 good or could be meh)
    4. Interstellar (Nolan needs to deliver here but will be interesting)
    5. Pompeii (looks fun and its P WS Anderson!)
    6. Robocop (could be very good – trailer is excellent – however the original was so good I cant see this being better )
    7. Hercules The Thracian Wars
    8. Expendables 3 – Gibson, Banderas, Stallone, Arnie, Snipes etc etc  – nuff said!
    9. Fury – sounds like it could be awesome
    10. The Monuments Men – looks very good and lots of fun
    11. Captain America The Winter Soldier – im worried about this one – could be ok but the directors are very untested and are we experiencing too much Marvel output at the moment?
    12. Guardians Of The Galaxy – this will ether be Star Wars meets the Avengers or John Carter meets Dune
    13. Sabotage – looks very action packed plus Arnie is in it
    14. Edge Of Tomorrow – could be very good
    15. The Raid 2  – this could be awesome but how do you top the original?????