The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 2010’s to Now! 

 

The close but no cigar Films: Everybody Wants Some, The Final Girls, I Olga Hepnarova, No One Lives, The Jungle Book (2016), Hugo, The Guest, Zootopia, Black Swan, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Drive, Florentina Hubaldo CTE

 

 

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My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

Best... Other Cr*p

A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. (Yes ’86 and ’84 was impossible to split!)

… And yes a few do differ from my Annual ‘Film of The Year’.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!!

The 70’s

1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Ghostbusters/ Gremlins
1985 – The Goonies

1986 – Aliens/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/ Top Gun
1987 – The Lost Boys

1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Tango & Cash

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – Terminator 2 Judgement Day
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Heat
1996 – Trainspotting
1997 – Con Air
1998 – Lock Stock & Two Smoking barells
1999 – Fight Club

The 2000’s 

2000 – Snatch
2001 – Black Hawk Down
2002 – 28 days Later
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Serenity

2006 – Children of Men
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum

2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Slumdog Millonaire
2010 – The Social Network

The 10’s 

2011 – Hugo
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Rush
2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash
2016 – The Nice Guys

Phil Hobden
Editor – Phil’s Quick Capsule Review

War Dogs – A Quick Capsule Review

War Dogs – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
War Dogs is much better than I thought, even if it does come off a bit like a bit of a cut price Wolf Of Wall Street with guns.  That’s not to take anything away from the film which for sure if fun and well cast, it just lacks any level of originality as the events play out exactly how you would expect as people fall out, family get torn apart and, eventually, authorities close in.  We’ve seen it before.  

Best Bit: Iraq !

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Wolf Of Wall Street, Goodfellas, Lords Of War

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Money Monster – A Quick Capsule Review

Money Monster – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Money Monster is a short sharp, biting satire in a year where the actions of Wall Street and the financial system since the financial crash finally hit the glare of Hollywood. Directed by Jodie Foster, this showy paring of George Clooney and Julia Roberts delivers a cracking sub 100 minutes of entertainment that, whilst it looses steam towards the end of it’s brief by modern standards run time, rates as one of 2016’s most enjoyable films.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: They are aiming for me!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Big Short, Wolf Of Wall Street, Boiler Room

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Kill Your Friends – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Kill Your Friends – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Kill Your Friends did not do well commercially or critically.  Which is a shame as this story of a boozed up drug fuelled record exec in the 90’s is actually quite good fun.  Okay so it’s dark as tar and for sure won’t be everyones tastes (those looking for a ‘hero’ to route for will be left wanting) but Holt does a great job and even James Cordon doesn’t make me want to smash the screen. Which is a first.  This feels like the kinda film we used too make in the 90’s when Transporting and Twin Town filled the cinema.  So yes probably out of it’s own time and cinema has moved on but hell for some reason I quite enjoyed it.

Best Bit: It’s like being in the 90’s again

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Trainspotting, Wolf Of Wall Street, The Big Short

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: 99 Homes – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: 99 Homes – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The flip side of The Big Short and Wolf Of Wall Street shows what it’s like at bottom of the money chain, when houses and lives are taken away.  At the centre is yer another epic performance by the always slightly unhinged Michael Shannon  in a film that works as almost a natural companion piece alongside The Big Short. What’s more, Andrew Garfield finally redeems himself after the two failed Spiderman films.  99 Homes is a glossy , Hollywood take on the financial crisis but a worthy one to watch none the less.

Best Bit: It’s over

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Big Short, Wolf Of Wall Street, Boiler Room

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Best Film of 2014: The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best Film of 2014: The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best & Worst Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
You can debate the merits of The Wolf Of Wall Street’s characters all you want but as a film it’s almost peerless.  Scorsese returns to the crime genre (and that of ‘unlikeable’ leads) and delivers BIG time with a film that is funny, painful and visually stunning  that delivers stand out performances from both DiCaprio & Hall and a career launching performance from Margot Robbie.  This is Scorsese’s best film since the 90’s for sure.  It’s flashy, contemporary and biting, feeling even more current in the decade of global crashes and failing banks.  in short it’s ended up being one of my favourite films of the last decade.

Best Bit: Ludes.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Wall Street, Goodfellas, Casino

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2014

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 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. Having already covered off my worst films, next up (logically I guess)… I my pick of the BEST films of 2014.

Film of The Year: Wolf Of Wall Street
In Brief: From early on in 2014 this film stood head and shoulders above the rest for me.  Morally I can see why some people had an issue with it, but creatively this is a director back on form and actor whose never been better and a three hour film that flies by.  Brilliant.

 

2. Life Itself
In Brief:  Documentaries don’t get any better than this.  Heartbreaking, inspiring and beautiful all at once, Life Itself will grab you and not let go.

3. The Babadook
In Brief: The best independent film of the year,  The best horror film in a decade. Welcome to The Babadook then, a game changer in these days of torture porn and jump care horror.

4. Nightcrawler
In Brief:Any other year this would have been film of the year for me.  Probably one of the best performances of 2014, in a film that ends up deriving it’s crown as a modern day Taxi Driver.

5. Guardians Of The Galaxy
In Brief: Marvel does it again.  And Twice in one year with it’s other creative and commercial smash Captain America. Guardians is what a space epic should be.

Bubbling under:
Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club, Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes, Starred Up, Captain America Winter Solider, The Guest, Cheap Thrills, Horns, Muppets Most Wanted, The Book Of Life

 

Blog: All Things Film – Andrew Mackay’s Best & Worst Films 2014

Blog: All Things Film – Andrew Mackay’s Best & Worst Films 2014

Quick Review

2014 has been truly hit-and-miss. I could well have copied this paragraph from last year with a quick find-and-replace. But just as we were marching into the middle of the decade thinking “Oh Christ, here we go – more Michael Bay, more Ice Cube, more nah nah nah…” along come at least two films that really did make me rethink my stance on the movie industry today (See my #1 and ‘3 on the best list). It’s not been a terrible year for movies. It’s been very good, on the whole – and I sincerely hope 2015 can fill these big boots!

WORST

5: The Came Together

Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler prove that former SNL players continue to suck at satire, as They Came Together aim for all the right targets and continually miss them. It’s akin to watching a small child with learning difficulties throw balls at a coconut shy, and standing back and feigning a smile at how well they had done – despite throwing the ball 180 degrees in the opposite direction and accidentally scoring an own goal. An insufferable, turgid and most unfunny piece of rancid shite.

4: Tammy

Sticking with the learning difficulty angle, Melissa McCarthy turned up as Tammy; an overweight, unpleasant and charmless oaf who manages to drag Susan Sarandon under her tyres for one of the year’s cosmic laugh-free zones. There’s nothing funny about someone who’s clearly one of society’s beat-upon plumpsters having the piss taken out of her for nearly 100 minutes. It’s soul-crushingly hateful stuff, and not in a good way, either.

3: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Angriest man? I can see the poor sod who played him spinning in his grave. It’s a well known fact that Robin Williams took on roles simply to pay the rent. I guess one could argue that Williams’ response mid way through the year was perhaps a bit harsh, but if I’d viewed my performance in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, then I’d empathise to a point. The bleedin’ obvious aside, this movie stinks to high heaven anyway – and it’s nothing to do with Robin Williams (it’s merely a shame) and/or Mila Kunis (again, merely a blip). It’s shittingly bad and, once again, less funnier than Cold in July.

2: Zombeavers

It’s no coincidence that the bottom five of 2014 are mostly all comedies, is it? Comedy is hard to get right. Comedy and horror, even more so. The beavers look like puppets, and the characters have about as much depth as puppets, too. I know, I know – that’s sort of the point. And yes, I am a Troma fan. Zombeavers sits awkwardly in a sort of dole office of being too good to be bad, and too bad to be anything other than second in my top ten worst list for 2014. They couldn’t even get the “hot jock” boyfriends hot-o-meter correct. I suppose there’s no saving grace about Zombeavers; if guys these fugly can get chicks those cute – well, maybe there’s hope for us all.

1: Tusk

Fuck Kevin Smith.

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BEST

5: Wolf of Wall Street

Originally getting a 7 out of 10 in my review from January, I did make the prediction that Wolf could be a stayer and rank among Scorsese’s best. It’s now nearly one year later, and I think I was right. I was right, also, to award it a seven; it’s not a perfect movie by any stretch; but what it is, though, is a shit-load of fun and as absorbing a story as the characters are impervious to humanity. A thoroughly loathsome bunch of feral, money-hunting wankers that would put The Riot Club to shame. As far as overindulgence and excess goes, we will all use Wolf of Wall Street as the barometer; both for the characters and storyline, and for Scorsese’s “have it all and eat it, too” barbarism.

4: Dallas Buyers Club

For a long, long stretch was sitting at my number one spot in the top ten until, of course, those films in my top three came about. An award-winning performance from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (the latter being performance of the year, probably) and about a story that would help shape our attitude toward the AIDS epidemic. An absolutely wonderful film, rich in detail and disciplined in narrative and length, it is truly one of the best dramas in recent memory.

3: The Babadook

Jennifer Kent writes and directs her way in to what I had long since regarded as a genre that is impossible to win me over; horror. Seriously, after so much watered-down PG-13 ghost/doll/clanking doorway shite, I’d pretty much all but abandoned this pithy, lifeless genre. I suppose it’s no surprise to learn that if anyone was going to buck the trend it’d be an independent Aussie filmmaker. But there you go. Fundamentally, The Babadook is a semi-realistic drama about a woman who grows evermore scared of her weird son. The fact that it has a bad guy and some whacked-out, truly innovative elements in the third act all contribute to one of the best – and most unsettling – surprises of the year. The Babadook never puts a foot wrong, and manages to do so with the minimum of fuss. I love The Babadook.

2: John Wick

Is Keanu Reeves back? YEAH. I’m thinking he’s back. Well stone me if John Wick isn’t the baddest-est ass, action-packed, violent, kill-happy revenge thriller of the year. Perhaps even the decade. It’s the usual sort of stuff, but directed and played with such freneticism that you simply have to drop to your knees and worship at the Wick alter. Even if you’re not a fan of action, you’ll love this movie. I can’t wait to see it again – and it’s unlike me to espouse the awesomeness of a silly action film. So I’m just as shocked as you. Check out the soundtrack, too. It’s terrific.

1: Life Itself

Roger Ebert has played a huge part in my life as both a film critic and film maker. I often step back and think “what would Roger Ebert award my movie, out of four stars?”. Life Itself is the equivalent (for me) of a film maker making a documentary about someone you personally admire and love. In a sense, it feels as if the documentary was made for you. I’ve never cried at a film – ever – in my entire life; that’s still true today, but God damn it if Steve James’ masterful documentary Life Itself did not come close. It’s a film about life as Roger Ebert expertly and humorously clings on to his own; a film about love, as his wife Chaz makes his twilight months comfortable and keeps up a brave face, even past the inevitable – and then, it’s a film about friendship, as we delve in to his hate/love relationship with Gene Siskel, who died fifteen years earlier. Ebert awarded director Steve James’ Hoop Dreams (1994) the accolade of Best Film of the 1990s. He remarked that real-life throws plot points at you that you could never see coming, and that a truly gifted documentarian would seize on any opportunity that came their way. Siskel dying alone and unannounced really affected Ebert (one of the handful of facts I did not know till seeing Life Itself) and seeing Ebert doing precisely the opposite seals the friendship and, by virtue, the love(s) of his life.   In so many ways Life Itself is the best film of the millennium, and a more-than-fitting closing chapter in the life of a man I so admired.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Best & Worst of 2014… so far (June 19th 2014)

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Best & Worst of 2014… so far (June 19th 2014)

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Uncategorized

Best Films Of 2014… So Far:

1. Wolf Of Wall Street (brilliant)
2. Dallas Buyers Club (utterly amazing)
3. Captain America Winter Solider (up there with Iron Man and The Avengers as one of Marvel’s best)
4. Godzilla (The best monster movie since Jurassic Park – what it lacks  in good human characters is more than made up for by Gareth Edwards’ outstanding directing talents)
5. Edge Of Tomorrow (very very good indeed)

Honourable Mentions:

300 Rise Of An Empire (good fun), Maleficent (Angelina is incredible in this), Lone Survivor (top notch action), Noah (odd but dammed good), The Raid 2 (slow in places, but the last 20 minutes contain some of the greatest action scenes of all time), Pompeii (top movie -read my review) Jack Ryan (relentlessly exciting plus Pine, Knightley and Costner are very good)

 

Worst Films Of 2014… So Far:

1. The Legend Of Hercules (I’m still reeling rom this one  – so gob smackingly bad it makes Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space look positively Oscar worthy by comparison)
2. Non Stop (the title is a contradiction in terms)
3. 47 Ronin (very poor)
4. 3 Days to Kill (boring boring boring)
5. The Monuments Men (criminally wasted opportunity – George’s worst since Ocean’s 12)
6. Amazing Spiderman 2 (bleedin’ awful)

Most Over hyped film on 2014
Snowpiercer – good but cant see what all the fuss was about – and just this once maybe the Weinstein’s were right to ask for a re-edit)


Dis-Honourable Mentions
:
Robocop,  X Men Days Of Future Past , Transcendence
Best films seen this year from 2013:
Warm Bodies, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty


2014 – Most anticipated:

Expendables 3
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Fury

 
Author: Will Strong