Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Tomb Raider & Video Game Movies

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Tomb Raider & Video Game Movies

Ross and Phil Talk Movies

This episode Ross & Phil Talk… Tomb Raider & Video Game Movies.  Yup with Tomb Raider fresh in the cinema Phil gives some every brief thoughts on the film and then we talk about ComicBook.com’s frankly ludicrous Best Video Games Adaptations Of All Time List  which features maybe one decent film.

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

Films Discussed: Super Mario Bros, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Resident Evil, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Silent Hill, Assassin’s Creed, Warcraft, Max Payne, Hitman, Mortal Kombat, Mute, Cloverfield Paradox, Netflix, Danny Boyle, 007, Bond, Video Game Movies, Tomb Raider (2018)

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Assassins Creed – A Quick Capsule Review

Assassins Creed – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Assassins Creed is dull.  It’s everything you have seen before in better films.  It’s cast is wasted, the story predictable and… you know what?  Why not just go play the game instead.  It’s much more fun…

Best Bit: Urm….

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Warcraft

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 2017 Preview & Look Back At 2016 Predictions…

Phil’s 2017 Preview & Look Back At 2016 Predictions…

Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…

Well 2016 was a bit… odd.  With most of the big films not quite hitting the mark, especially comic books films.  2017 looks like more of the same – big budget super heroes, franchises, remakes and sequels.  Here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2017.

 

Most Excited:  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Marvel continues to do solid work, with Doctor Strange being a highlight of 2016.  Also Guardians was, simply put, bloody terrific.  Oh and have you seen THAT trailer.  Baby Groot? Atomic Bomb? Yup. Sold.

 

2. Star Wars Episode 8
Lucasfilm in the hands of Disney have given us two very good Star Wars films in the shape of The Force Awakens and Rogue One.   With the original cast (mostly) returning, more promised on the origins of Kylo Ren and Rey as well as a full return to the movies of Luke Skywalker… Episode 8 should be pretty special.

 

3. War For The Planet Of The Apes
Rise was great.  Dawn even better.  And now War.  Based on THAT trailer and a synopsis which promises the final showdown between ape and man (which should lead to the end of the world/Charlton Heston) this could be one of the best films of the year.

 

 

4. John Wick Chapter 2
John Wick was old school, martial arts awesomeness.  John Wick 2 promises a LOT more of the same.  I have my seat booked.

 

 

5.  T2: Trainspotting
Trainspotting remains one of the best films of the 90’s and one of the best British films ever. Whether T2 follows the source material of Porno or not is still to be seen but either way with the cast returning and Boyle back behind the camera this should deliver a great film.

 

Bubbling Under: Baywatch (Excellent Trailer), Lego Batman (It’s Lego. Batman. Done), Spiderman: Homecoming  (this could go either way to be honest but I’m hoping…), Silence (Scorsese. I’m in), Alien: Covenant (come on it HAS to be better than Prometheus!), The Dark Tower (could be the King adaptation we’ve always waited for), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Original was amazing, same team).

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Stinker Of The Year: Transformers: The Last Knight
The previous 3 Transformers films have each rated in AT LEAST the bottom 3 of year they were released (some even rock bottom). Looking at the trailer for the fifth (yes FIFTH!) Michael Bay Transformers film does little to convince me that this will be anything but an utter mess.  It’s a bit like shooting fish in a barrel sure but come on there has to be ZERO chance of this being any good.


Also Dreading: Wonder Woman
 (The trailer is lacking, the film just doesn’t grab me), Blade Runner 2049 (Silly title, a sequel we just don’t need), Power Rangers (Urm not needed, not wanted), Logan (Want tone wrong but so far these films have just not worked), XXX: Return Of Xander Cage (Diesel is back. Nobody cares), Cars 3 (1 & 2 weren’t great) , The Mummy (Tom Cruise. A Mummy. I’ll pass).

 

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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 2016 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

For the best: I tipped Captain America Civil War, Creed, Finding Dory, Deadpool & London Has Fallen as my most anticipated of 2016. Somewhat of a mixed bag with Creed & Deadpool sitting close to my top 10 with Creed my film of the year for a few months near the start of 2016.  Finding Dory was good but not good enough.  London Has Fallen, well that ended up being one of the worst films of the year for me.  As for Captain America Civil War? It promised a lot but fell short of the far superior Winter Solider from a few years back and Marvel’s very own Doctor Strange which was the best superhero film of the year.

 

As for the Stinkers? Point Break was terrible as expected and landed firmly in my bottom 5 for 2016. Batman Vs Superman was actually pretty fun (if flawed), The Hateful Eight overrated as I expected but there were worse films in 2016, Ghostbusters was forgettable, Warcraft was everything that’s wrong with game movie adaptations and the combination of sequels Divergent Allegiant & Independence Day Resurgence showed that both franchises have zero fun left in them and even less commercial appeal.  Only Star Trek Beyond rose above the dross as a truly fun film (until the silly somewhat overblown ending).

 

So here’s to 2016… see you again next year!

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 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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Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… The Half Way Point (Updated: 3rd July 2016)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… The Half Way Point (Updated: 3rd July 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. Room (8/10)
  2. The Big Short (8/10)
  3. Green Room (8/10)
  4. Creed (8/10)
  5. Dead pool (8/10)

  6. Honourable Mentions:
    Spotlight (8/10); Eddie The Eagle (8/10); Zootropolis (8/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10), Eye In The Sky (7/10); Captain America Civil War (7/10); Kung Fu Panda 3 (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. The 5th Wave (3/10)
  3. Cabin Fever (4/10)
  4. Triple 9 (4/10)
  5. Divergent Allegiant (4/10)

    Dis-Honourable Mentions: London Has Fallen (4/10); Independence Day Resurgence (4/10); Dad’s Army (4/10); Warcraft (5/10); Gods Of Egypt (5/10)

 

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

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)

 

Warcraft – A Quick Capsule Review

Warcraft – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ah computer game adaptations.  The bad, the really bad and the ugly of blockbuster filmmaking.  Be it Doom, Super Mario or any of those little seen but still horrific Uwe Bowl films, there has yet to be a truly outstanding computer game to film adaptation.  Sadly Warcraft won’t change that fact.  That’s not to say it as bad as may have made out (our very own Grosse Point Geek slaughtered the film with his 1 star review). It’s just that it’s not good enough, especially considering the time, the quality of the director and money lavished on it.  It’s doesn’t all miss – a few great fight scenes, some good FX (when you settle in to them) and lots of big ideas but sadly its’ all squandered with campy, Z grade performances, a terrible script and an over ernest ethos that belies the fun of the game. So in short: one for complaints only.  Sadly.

Best Bit: Durotan stands out as a good character

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Steam

If You Liked this Try: Deadpool, Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Game Of Thrones

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Grosse Point Geek – Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

Grosse Point Geek – Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

A Blog Grosse Point Geek

Looking to escape their dying world, a vicious horde of bloodthirsty Orcs use a magic portal to invade the peaceful realm of Azeroth and claim it for their own. Upon learning that their home is under threat, King Llane (Dominic Cooper) dispatches his best knights led by Travis Fimmell’s Lothar, to destroy the enemy and save Azeroth from certain doom.

 

Based on Blizzard Entertainments incredibly popular online game, this is yet another attempt by Hollywood to break the curse of the video game to film genre that (with the exception of Doom and Resident Evil) has thus far churned out some of the worst blockbusters ever made. Sadly Warcraft: The Beginning is no exception. Now i never want to see a film fail, nor do i go into one wanting to hate it – mainly for the simple reason that i am fully aware of how damned hard the filmaking process can be and that no one (not even Uwe Boll and Michael Bay) set out to produce a substandard product. However………i cannot in all good conscience say anything remotely positive about Warcraft  as it is, simply a terrible terrible film.

 

To begin with, there is no effort put in to giving the audience any backstory to the etheir the Orcs, The Humans or the world in which they occupy. Instead we are asked to simply accept everything we see and get on with it – its as if director Duncan Jones is assuming that most people will know the Warcraft universe the same way he does. The cast are also universally bad  –  Dominic Cooper so out of his depth as the king its almost painful to watch, Travis Fimmell  fails  on every level to display one iota of charisma or bring any gravitas to the central character of Lothar, Ben Foster is simply dreadful as the Guardian Of Azeroth  – a sort of Yoda/Obi wan type wizard person, who looks permanently knackered and spouts the kind of “direlogue” that would put Edward D Wood jr to shame,  Then there is Paula Patton (so good in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) playing a human/orc hybrid with a bad attitude,  green skin and  big teeth –  all i will say is that the poor woman should fire her agent with immediate effect.

 

Now on to my biggest bugbears  – the setting and the story. Putting it mildly there is little story to speak of and only the barest attempts at character development have been made,  instead we get a plethora of substandard, cartoonish,  CGI laden action scenes that fail to even remotely raise any interest or excitement.  Worst of all though,   the whole thing is nothing more than an utterly shameless rip off of Lord Of The Rings, Avatar and Game of Thrones. Azeroth is a  thinly disguised Middle Earth/Westeros , Lothar is obviously modelled on Aragorn, the capital city of Stormwind looks just like Minas Tirith,  there are a few Dwarves  introduced early on that seem to have wandered off the set of The Hobbit and did no one bother to notice that the central protagonists are called ORCS for God’s sake!!!!

 

Safe to say i hated this film, so much so that i actually had to apologies to my rather good sport of a  girlfriend for dragging her along to see this monstrosity and  promised her  that i would go and see any film of her choice for the next month. Yes folks it really is that bad.

 

Indeed so appalling, humourless, boring and bereft of entertainment is Warcraft that i would compare it to the steaming turds that were Uwe Boll’s In The Name Of The King and that Jeremy Irons starring Dungeons and Dragons crap  -films that I have never quite managed to get over and still occasionally have nightmares about.

 

As a conclusion to this review i would like to say again at how saddened i am with the current dearth of originality in films today. 2016 has thus far been a rotten year at the cinema  – with only a few shining lights (Creed, Room, Deadpool and Spotlight) manging to shine through the murky darkness. Its also not fair that studios will happily spends tens of millions of dollars on nonsence like Warcraft, Xmen and those bloody Transformers films and not give a moments thought to genuinely great filmakers who are at this moment desperately waiting in the wings just needing someone to give them a chance – it simply isnt right.

 

So that’s it, another god-awful blockbuster has been vomited forth  upon our beloved local multiplexes, and once again i am forced to write about how much i hated it  – just once in the coming months i would like to see a film that inspires me to write nothing but good things, a film that would restore my faith in modern moviemaking…………..unfortunately my hopes are not high.

 

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!