Welcome to the latest edition of the Snooty Ushers’ Round-Up! We’re looking back at the best (and worst) of July 2016.
Yes Mike, we are back.
So, July was one heck of a month. Ice Age Collision Course, The BFG, and Finding Dory all played to the family audience, and Ghostbusters, Star Trek and Jason Bourne all made welcome cinematic comebacks. Now You See Me 2 and The Legend Of Tarzan… were also there.
But that’s just cold-hard box office figures and mere reviewers… what did The Snooty Ushers think of July?
What’s the best film you’ve seen this month?
Dave: Ghostbusters, this was a triumphant reboot of a legendary franchise. This was a fresh take on a classic. It was funny, scary and an utter blast. Everything a summer blockbuster should be.
James: A good month all round. I managed to get to see 7 films this month – and although I really, really enjoyed Ghostbusters, Jason Bourne, and Finding Dory, it was Star Trek Beyond that was the best one for me in July. I loved the original TV show, and this felt like a longer episode of that, only with a brilliant action sequence towards the beginning.
And what was the worst?
Dave: Ice Age Collision Course was a bit of a disappointment. I didn’t hate it, but it really did seem like a journey too far for these great characters.
James: The Legend Of Tarzan – it wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t any good. Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz are always enjoyable, but it took itself far too seriously. Just cut out the slavery stuff, have the Djimon Hounsou character demand the Belgians bring Tarzan to him, and it would have been a better film. Probably still a bit rubbishy, but better.
Anything else that has caught your eye this month?
Dave: Star Trek Beyond and Jason Bourne were both great fun. Stranger Things on Netflix was a wonderful homage to 80s cinema. If you have Netflix, get it watched, if you haven’t, then do yourself a favour and get your 30 day free trial.
James: THE FINAL DELETION was epic. BoJack Horseman season 3 did the remarkable and continued to get better and better, that underwater episode is a masterpiece that will be talked about for years to come. If you take Dave’s advice and get the Netflix trial, watch BoJack Horseman as well! Plus, Suits is back on TV!
What are you looking forward to in August?
Dave: It has to be the Suicide Squad, can this rescue the DC cinematic universe? Also, War Dogs with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller looks good too. I saw a trailer for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, not normally my thing, but I like everyone involved.
James: After a packed July, it slows down a bit, and like Dave, I’m really looking forward to Suicide Squad, although something tells me it won’t quite be the film the trailers are suggesting. And of course, The Stath is back in Mechanic: Resurrection, which features Tommy Lee Jones as well and therefore will automatically be very good. However, The Boss is Back, so I’ve got to say David Brent: Life On The Road, especially after that Lady Gypsy music video. I loved when Alan Partridge was brought to the big screen in Alpha Papa, and I’m sure I will love this.
And what are you dreading?
Dave: God, it has to be Brotherhood.…the 3rd part of Noel Clarke’s chav culture trilogy. Kidulthood and Adulthood were the other entries, so glad I don’t work in a cinema anymore. These films have trouble written all over them.
James: Nine Lives looks… well, I don’t really understand how that film happened. I also reckon that Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping won’t be any good, which is a shame because Adam Samberg is due to break out as a huge film star.
What else has got you excited for August?
Dave: Batman: The Killing Joke animated movie is released on Blu ray, have been waiting for this for a long time, probably THE definitive Batman/Joker story, with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to the roles they defined in the awesome 90s Batman Animated Series. There is also the release of The Snooty Ushers 2nd Podcast….
James: The new football season starts, and that’s cool and everything, but it also means it’s time for THE SHIVA BOWL DRAFT! Also, the Olympics are actually happening in August, despite what I said last time. Yes, I’m an idiot. Also, check out our Podcast. We enjoyed it, and you might as well!
And with that, we are done! Let us know what have been your favourite bits of June’s offerings in the comments! There’s just one thing left to say, with regards to the suggestion that I am over-reliant on GIFs…
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
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