Welcome to the latest edition of the Snooty Ushers’ Round-Up! We’re looking back at the best (and worst) of May 2016.
Captain America: Civil War ruled most of the month at the box office, while X-Men: Apocalypse landed with a bit of a thud, as did Alice In Wonderland. Green Room had a very good critical reception (check out Dan’s review here) as did Everybody Wants Some!! and Florence Foster Jenkins.
But that’s just cold-hard box office figures and mere reviewers… what did The Snooty Ushers think of May?
What’s the best film you’ve seen this month?
Dave: X-Men: Apocalypse, this was a big surprise for me as I was expecting to hate it. I am not the biggest fan of the X-Men movies to begin with and given the negative reviews, I went in with pretty low expectations, but I really enjoyed it. Yes, it was daft and there were many issues, but over all, it was pretty enjoyable.
James: I’ve not had a good month with new releases, with X-Men and Alice both being disappointments. If ever there was a sign that I need to actually visit the cinema more, this is it – I’ve got nothing for this section! Can I include the TV Movie Of The Week Crank 2: High Voltage?
Welshy: Green Room – A really tense and engaging film. Very simple but effective. It was well cast and proof that less is more. I particularly like the scene where everything goes wrong, it’s so uncomfortable and what I think would be accurate reactions on all sides.
And what was the worst?
Dave: I have liked pretty much everything I have watched this month.
James: Special Correspondents is just crap. I’m a big fan of Ricky Gervais, but this is a disappointment. It’s a mess, the storylines are all over the place, and why you would get Eric Bana to star in your film but not make him the main focus is baffling. This feels like it was meant to be a comedy vehicle for Gervais and Stephen Merchant that got away from him.
Welshy: If I had to choose I would say X Men Apocalypse. It was better than Future Past, with some very interesting moments but it still had loads of problems and it didn’t really live up to what I was wanting from a movie where Apocalypse is the villain. I also mentioned the WWE Camp Cartoon. This was also very poor, it was a nice idea but execution isn’t great. It feels like a Robot Chicken skit which has gone on a bit too long. I say this because Seth Green is the mind behind it.
Anything else that has caught your eye this month?
Dave: Took the child to see The Angry Birds Movie, while it was nonsense, it was kind of fun. Syfy channel have started re-running Star Trek: Voyager from the start so I am enjoying re-living some good memories and some truly awful dialogue “Any sign of Neelix’s Lungs?” and “Quick, get the cheese to sick bay” are a few highlights. Finally caught The Man From U.N.C.L.E on blu ray this month and really enjoyed it, but probably my biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed Daddy’s Home when I rented it on Amazon this month. A great laugh.
James: GAME OF FREAKIN’ THRONES! This has been the very best seasons of one of the best shows on TV. Going beyond the original material seems to have freed up the writers, and the show is all the better for it. Also, the 11th season of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia hit Netflix this month, and I think all of us binge-watched it in a few days. “The Gang Hits The Slopes” is one of the best episodes of its entire run. A remarkable season, especially considering it is our ELEVENTH with the guys from Paddy’s Pub.
Welshy: The Musketeers Booom I am soo happy this show is back. first episode was good cant wait for the rest. On James recommendation I decided to watch 12 Rounds: Lockdown. It was really good. Dean Ambrose was great as the lead and it was a very enjoyable action thriller.
What are you looking forward to in June?
Dave: The Nice Guys, definitely. I just love the look of this. Crowe and Gosling look like they have real chemistry. Central Intelligence, with one of the best tag lines ever and a few really funny trailers, I am really looking forward to this and hey, if all else fails, it has The Rock in it.
James: The Nice Guys looks funny, and hopefully not all the best jokes are in the trailers.
Welshy: I have mentioned several films in earlier Round Ups that either haven’t been shown in the UK, been delayed, aren’t being released at all or I have got the dates Wrong. I am looking forward to Elvis Vs Nixon, and have been for months. like my fellow ushers I fancy The Nice Guys and I am also interested in a small British film about vigilantism called Mob-Handed. It will probably be dire, but you never know. It looks interesting.
And what are you dreading?
Dave: Gods of Egypt. Where is the audience for this campy mess? The Boss. I just fear this will be yet another vehicle for Melissa McCarthy to be vulgar and sweary.
James: At the very beginning of the year I mentioned Now You See Me Too as a film I was worried about (but I also named Captain America: Civil War, so what do I know!) and I still think it will be slightly underwhelming. It feels like the type of sequel that used to be made in the 80s, just not quite as good as the original.
Welshy: Now You See Me Two. I am devastated Lizzy Caplan has joined this crappy franchise. The first one was stupid and didn’t make a load of sense. It was like an Ocean’s Eleven for dicks and hipsters. The second will hardly be any better.
What else has got you excited for June?
Dave: The Snooty Ushers Podcast should be with you in June. The Preacher TV show coming on Amazon Instant Prime, towards the end of May, Dan loaned me the entire run of the comic. Can not wait to get into that and see what they have managed to do with the show. Also, there is a little matter of EURO 2016!!!
James: Our first podcast fills me with excitement and terror. It’s like waiting for a first date or starting a new job. What if I sound stupid? What if they don’t like me? What if I accidentally say something stupid about John McClane? You know, the usual things. Also the European Championships start soon, so don’t be surprised to see some hastily thrown together articles featuring our Top 10 films about tournaments. (Disclaimer: Top 10 Films About Tournaments article may not be a real article!)
Welshy: Snooty Ushers Podcast. I have also been recommended Outlander by a friend. Which I know is not new but i am going to start watching it and am looking forward. Peaky Blinders has also returned and you cant go wrong there.
And with that, we are done! You wouldn’t believe how long it took to find some happy GoT gifs. Let us know what have been your favourite bits of May’s offerings in the comments!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
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