Welcome to another edition of the Snooty Ushers’ Round-Up! We’re looking back at the best (and worst) of April 2016.
For the third month in a row, a huge superhero film opens, this time it was Marvel with Captain America: Civil War. The Jungle Book was a huge hit for Disney, opening with $100 million in its first weekend in the US, and Eye In The Sky did alright for itself as well.
But that’s just cold-hard box office figures and mere reviewers… what did The Snooty Ushers think of April?
What’s the best film you’ve seen this month?
James: Captain America: Civil War was good, but it’s got to be Anomalisa, the excellent stop-motion film from Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and Duke Johnson (director of the “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” episode of Community). A customer service expert (David Thewlis) is in a world where everyone is the same (all of them voiced by Tom Noonan). When he meets someone who is actually different (Jennifer Jason Leigh), his life is changed. It was such an impressive film I needed to sit down and let it sink in for a few days before I could write my review. See it wherever you can.
Welshy: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. – Finall got to see this film and I really enjoyed it Un-cliched and baed on real events. It makes me forget why I have doubts about Tina Fey as an actress. It reminds me of Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H. As Dan knows I am a sucker for that stuff.
And what was the worst?
Dave: As always, didn’t get to the cinema much this month, so it is TV for me here. Sky One’s The Five. Utter dross, I only made it 15 minutes into this, but it was atrocious. If this is what Sky are using the money that make from hiking my subscription, I might have to consider Virgin.
James: It’s not new, and everyone and their dog has had their say on it, but Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice was such a mess. I enjoyed the section of it that was a Batman movie, but. Lex Luthor was useless, and the Justice League prequel jammed into the middle of it was too much. And Gotham and Metropolis are either side of a bay? Also, WWE Studios’ Countdown was pretty pants, unsurprisingly!
Welshy: The Huntsman: Winters War A weak film, with a wasted cast. Some good moments but not enough. I think what saved it is since it wasn’t revising a popular fairy tale it could get creative. Overall though wait for DVD/Netflix.
Anything else that has caught your eye this month?
Dave: Line of Duty – Now, I have been banging on about this for a few months now, but I can safely say that the series 3 finale was the most thrilling 90 minutes of television I have seen in my 40 years on this planet. Kimmy Schmidt’s return was everything I hoped it would be. Ellie Kemper is utterly delightful. Rush Hour – this is actually ok, fun and action packed, it is the best kind of disposable entertainment.
James: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt released its second season in the middle of the month, and was even funnier than the first. Also, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but House of Cards. It’s brilliant.
Welshy: Nothing this month but I am keeping an eye out.
What are you looking forward to in May?
Dave: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows – I only recently caught the first one and loved it. This sequel seems to have upped the ante and with Arrow’s Stephen Amel as Casey Jones and Rocksteady and Beebop included too, this looks like a total blast.
James: X-Men: Apocalypse – apart from a couple of blips, the X-Men films have been very good, and if they can learn from the mistakes of The Last Stand this should be very good as well!
Welshy: TMNT: Out of The Shadows love the original and can’t wait for the sequel, as we get Beebop, Rocksteady and Kang. Fancied the look of The Nice Guys as well, a funny looking buddy cop film from a buddy cop writer/director veteran Shane Black (we can just overlook Iron Man 3)
And what are you dreading?
Dave: Angry Birds – Looks like a hour and a half long headache, also Bad Neighbours 2, didn’t think much of the last one, so not holding out too much hope here. The there is Warcraft…I just don’t see where the audience is for this.
James: Does not having Better Call Saul to watch count? There’s a needless remake of Cabin Fever out over here this month, and we also have Bad Neighbours 2, which if I was to guess, will follow the trend of most comedy sequels and just not be funny.
Welshy: Age of Apocalypse – I hated Days of Future Past, was less than thrilled with many choices for X men first class and sad to say I was happy when Last Stand was the final film in the series. I am not looking forward to this at all. Like Days, it will pillage a brilliant story, showcase a Mystique who is in human form, and all around rape one of the cornerstones of X men fandom.
What else has got you excited for May?
Dave: In spite of myself, I am kind of excited about DC’s Rebirth. The New 52 reboot was a huge success and DC have backed themselves into a corner on a few titles, so this looks like it is coming at the right time. However, shipping titles twice monthly DC? Shame on you. I am also going to get started on Peaky Blinders this month after hearing such great things, that and watching Star Trek: Voyager from the start, should take care of my TV viewing for May.
James: After the brilliant first episode of Game Of Thrones, I’m really looking forward to how this season unfolds. Oh, and I will be heading North in May. That will be fun. And Dolph Lungdren is in Kindergarton Cop 2…
Welshy: I know its not an actual new release but am about to start Better call Saul on Netflix. I am also gearing up for Camp WWE on the WWE network
And with that, we are done! Let us know what have been your favourite bits of April’s offerings in the comments!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.