Welcome to the latest edition of the Snooty Ushers’ Round-Up! We’re looking back at the best (and worst) of August 2016.
Thanks for joining us BoJack.
August is in the books, and the Rio Olympics slowed down the cinematic output. Suicide Squad had a huge opening weekend (the biggest ever in August), so congratulations to the marketing department of Warner Brothers. Brent was back in Life On The Road and also packed audiences in, and The Stath came back with Mechanic: Resurrection.
But that’s just cold-hard box office figures and mere reviewers… what did The Snooty Ushers think of August?
What’s the best film you’ve seen this month?
Dave: Following my record breaking 5 visits in July, I managed exactly zero visits in August. Having said that, I did finally catch Eddie The Eagle, which was just delightful.
James: A pretty busy month for me, somehow mixing the Rio Olympics with 6 visits including David Brent, Nerve, Suicide Squad, The Shallows, and War Dogs. The best film was Lights Out, a cracking horror film from first time director David Sandberg.
Rich: Haven’t had a load of time to get to the cinema this month but I got to watch a little gem of a film called The Mind’s Eye, which I have just reviewed. Well worth a watch!
Welshy: Nerve is my choice, I was unsure going in, but it was a very enjoyable thriller. I think Dave Franco is a rising star. He is infinitely better than his big brother.
And what was the worst?
Dave: Again, no cinema visits for me this month, but I did catch The Jungle Book, which I found a bit dull, apart from the elephants, but the worst for me was the disappointing DC animated movie Batman: The Killing Joke, a good interpretation let down by a truly dreadful prologue.
James: Suicide Squad is such a mess. A real, real mess, like Gods Of Egypt bad. We discussed it at some length, and the DC film universe has a lot of work to do. Probably the worst thing about it (and there are a lot) is that David Ayer could have made a great Suicide Squad movie.
Rich: I eventually got around to watching Gods Of Egypt, I fell asleep through it but what I did watch seemed a bit messy and incoherent. I won’t be finishing it.
Welshy: Suicide Squad what a shambles. It’s an absolute waste of talent, time and energy. Mechanic Resurretion is not great either.
Anything else that has caught your eye this month?
Dave: The latest series of the brilliant Friday Night Dinner was again, excellent. Check it out on 4OD if you have never seen it. Tamsin Greig in the straight role and a wonderfully off the wall supporting turn by the wonderful Mark Heap. I also finally started watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which is just genius and I am saying goodbye to Pawnee with the final season of Parks and Recreation.
James: It was a bit of a palette cleanser this month. Nerve and The Shallows were both good, 90-minutes films that told their story and moved on, which made a nice change from the convoluted, franchise fare that has mostly dominated this year. I rewatched The Office (which probably didn’t do any favours when it came to David Brent, it’s not an Office movie) and the excellent The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Roll on the third series based in Spain! Also, The Porridge remake with Kevin Bishop was pretty good. The Are You Being Served? one… not so much.
Rich: I started watching an Amazon original show called Braindead, a show about Republican and Democrats being taken over by space ants and having their brains pushed out through the ear. Decent little show with a nice side helping of gore starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Welshy: The Netflix series Last Chance U is an incredible documentary for anyone interested in american football. Its a little slow but draws you in. NSU:German History X is about the far right neo-nazism it looks at all points of view, includng members of the movement, it’s victims and the Police trying to prevent it. Only three episodes but there is supposedly more to come. Finally Impractical Jokers, I know its been out a while but I have just discovered it and I love it.
What are you looking forward to in September?
Dave: Has to be The Magnificent Seven for me. Don’t think a remake was needed, but with that cast, who I am to argue. Kubo and the Two Strings looks like it beautifully put together, might drag the child along to that.
James: Hunt For The Wilderpeople is from Taika Waititi, who made the excellent What We Do In The Shadows (and directed a couple of episodes of Flight Of The Conchords) and is making the next Thor film for Marvel. It might take some seeking out, but I think it’ll be worth it.
Rich: I’m sitting with Dave on this one, The Magnificent Seven is setting itself up to be pretty good.
Welshy: LUKE CAAAAAAAGE I literally cannot wait.
And what are you dreading?
Dave: Sausage Party. Looks like more of the same vulgar nonsense from the guys who brought you some other vulgar nonsense that 12 year-olds find hilarious. And see what James said…
James: Ben Hur. Why?
Rich: See James’ answer
What else has got you excited for September?
Dave: Lucifer returns to Amazon Instant Prime, Red Dwarf is back for an 11th series and The Night Of, with Riz Ahmed and John Turturro starts on Sky Atlantic.
James: Sausage Party, Kubo And The Two Strings, Blair Witch, The Magnificent Seven – it looks like a mostly decent September. But also, Poldark is back on BBC1, and Ripper Street returns to BBC2 (although it has already aired on Amazon Prime)
Rich: The return of Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, A TV show which feels like it has been away for ages, it scratches a huge itch for a gory horror TV series.
Welshy: Magnificent Seven. I am also looking forward to Dont Breathe. It caught my eye and I was intrigued
It’s alright BoJack, you can go back to Hollywoo now.
And with that, we are done! Let us know what have been your favourite bits of August’s offerings in the comments!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
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