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The Snooty Ushers’ Round-Up: March 2016


Welcome to the second edition of the Snooty Ushers’ Round-Up! We’re looking back at the best (and worst) of March 2016.Like Deadpool last month, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice had a huge opening at the box office. 10 Cloverfield Lane did well, and Kung Fu Panda 3 was another good installment in the trilogy. Meanwhile Hail, Caeser! had great reviews and Grimsby really, really didn’t.

But that’s just cold-hard box office figures and mere reviewers… what did The Snooty Ushers think of March?

What’s the best film you’ve seen this month?

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Dave: ZootropolisWho needs Pixar? as Disney’s own animation studio goes from strength to strength as they turn out another winner.  Check out my review here.  An animated Chinatown.  Unmissable.

James: It’s been a quiet one for me, literally the only films I have watched for most of this month were Annie Hall, The Muppets Most Wanted, and Kung Fu Panda 3. Then I finally managed to catch a matinee performance (I’m old, I’m going to embrace it!) of the brilliant Spotlight. The story develops, unfolds, and changes through the film, with a fantastic cast, but most importantly – entertaining (and I could be pushed to call it enjoyable). The way the characters react feels very real, as they realise how far the scope of the church has reached into all of their lives, and still does. Ruffalo, Keaton, and McAdams are great, but it was Liev Schreider (a slightly schlubby role as the editor and basically being the straight man that sets in motion the investigation) who stood out for me. An awesome, understated performance. Now, does it count as a Christmas movie?

Welshy:  London has Fallen I haven’t seen much I have liked this month. If I had to choose, it would be this one. While not a film that blew me away, I really enjoyed watching it. It was easy to get into.  Gerard Butler was good returning for the role of Secret Service Agent Mike Banning.  Me and my friend had a great laugh watching it mainly because we couldn’t get Dan’s review out of our heads, if you missed it, it’s here

And what was the worst?

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Dave: Batman v Supermana huge let down, check out my review for the full story.  I also caught San Andreas – anyone familiar with our site will know that I never get to see anything at the cinema so caught this when it premiered on Sky this month.  The Rock!  Earthquakes! Destruction! Paul Giamatti! Great right?  Nope, this was rubbish.

James: Kung Fu Panda 3 – it’s a really good looking film, and it’s cool to see Po kick ass again, but this is a bit weaker than the first two installments. It seems to have been aimed at a slightly younger audience.

Welshy:  Batman v Superman– I was not impressed, very messy. The casting of the three heroes is good, I like all three in their roles. Not a fan of Eisenberg’s Luthor, he really grinds on me. It’s just a let down  and throws doubt on other properties. 

Anything else that has caught your eye this month?

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Dave: Line of Duty – The gritty British cop show came back for it’s 3rd series on the 24th.  Brilliantly written, tense and thrilling, this is a sometimes damning view of modern policing as it focuses on the anti corruption unit.  Each series focuses on a new case, with the core cast retained.  Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar all return.  This season see them investigate Daniel Mays’ armed response unit.  The first 2 seasons are on Netflix.  Check them out.  Also caught The Program, the story of cycling legend Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace, a good watch with yet another astonishing performance by one of our Dependables, Ben Foster.  Took the child to see Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip and enjoyed it way more than I should have.

James: I’ve been watching a lot of TV this month. Daredevil season 2 was fantastic. I’ve started watching a show called Suits on Netflix, I’m surprised Dave has never recommended it. Love and Flaked were also two shows that I watched, and I’m still not sure if they were good or not! Also, Better Call Saul is really delivering, going from strength to strength.

Welshy: Daredevil… as I said in my review one of he best pieces of Television I have seen in a long time. I have started watching From Dusk Till Dawn on Netflix. I am really enjoying it. It is tense and I like how they are developing backstories of characters and  the vampires.  Street Fighter: Resurrection an excellent internet mini series that follows Street Fighter: Assasins Fist made by the same internet company a while ago.

What are you looking forward to in April?

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Dave: Captain America: Civil Warwhat else?  After the crushing disappointment of BvS, it is over to Marvel to show them how it is done. Eddie The Eagle looks like it could be a delightful treat and of course  Supergirl – The best of the DC Superhero shows returns to Sky 1 on April 1st. Not to mention the fact that the Robert Redford classic Three Days of The Condor is finally released on blu ray in the UK.

James: Game Of Thrones – It’s back on the 24th April! YES!

Welshy: Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot I thought it was out this month in the UK but it is only been released in America its out in April though so were cool. I also fancied Elvis and Nixon but again its only a US release. we don’t get see it till June. There is nothing else I am looking forward to during April.

And what are you dreading?

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Dave: Nothing that really jumps out at me Friend Request looks like tweeny slasher pish but other than that, all is well.

James: So… my answer last month was Batman v Superman but I’m actually going to see it (on IMAX) this month. I trust Dave to the end of the earth, and his review hasn’t got me excited for it. Right now, I’ve still got the hope that Dave is wrong… I’m dreading that he is right.

Welshy:  The Huntsman: Winters War  When you do a revisionist prequel to a revisionist fairy tale you are taking massive  risks. Especially when your original film was only had a luke warm reception with fans and critics alike. Jessica Chastain, who I love stars, and have no idea why she would choose a film like this. It looks unnecessary and (cue deep Bale esque Batman voice)  Dark and Gritty for the sake of it.   

What else has got you excited for April?

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Dave: Other than James coming back up north for a visit?  11.22.63 starts this month staring James Franco going back in time to stop The Kennedy Assassination, based on the novel by Steven King.  Upstart Crow, BBC 2 sitcom due in April starring David Mitchell as William Shakespeare, written by Ben Elton. The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade by Frank Miller and Brian Azzerello, this one shot comic book serves a a prequel to the classic Batman story, exploring his last case before he hung up his cowl and of course there is a little matter of Wrestlemania 32.

James: WRESTLEMANIA 32 – It’s a big weekend of wrestling sports entertainment. Oh, and there’s the small matter of THE SNOOTY USHERS PODCAST! COMING SOMETIME IN APRIL! Plus, this month will decide if Leicester City win the title, which is truly extraordinary.

Welshy: I am going to be boring and say like film, nothing is really floating my boat. Sorry Guys. Oh yeah our very first Podcast Boom 

And with that, we are done! Let us know what have been your favourite bits of March’s offerings in the comments!

Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.

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About Snooty Usher James

Favourite Film: This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Least Favourite Film: Probably the American version of One Missed Call (2008) Guilty Pleasure: No Holds Barred (1989) I'm the exile of the group, after living in the South for a couple of years I've now moved to Edinburgh to start the next chapter. I've got a wide ranging love of film and TV, but I am definitely the fourth usher in terms of film knowledge. I do however have a stack of DVDs to work through, and both a Netflix and an Amazon Prime subscription with which to get involved. So, even if my job means I don't get to see as many of the new releases as I would like, I hope to be able to chip in with some reviews of my own. My other hobbies include playing the guitar, trying to play the ukulele, Football Manager and Radio 4. I'm also a big fan of wrestling. Part of that means that I have a bunch of ideas for columns that I have stolen from various parts of IWC, so look out for them. But hey, enough of my yacking. What do you say.....let's boogie.

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