Welcome to the latest edition of the Snooty Ushers’ Round-Up! We’re looking back at the best (and worst) of September 2016.
I’m really happy to announce our guest host this month…
It’s the chat-meister himself, Alan Partridge! So, what did The Snooty Ushers think of September?
What’s the best film you’ve seen this month?
Dave: Another barren cinema month for me in September, however I have been getting my monies worth out of Netflix and would have to point to The Lobster. A wonderfully funny, heartbreaking, satirical, confusing, challenging and down right excellent film. Can I just mention that the trailer broke for Ben Affleck’s Live By Night, his latest directorial effort is an adaptation of the brilliant novel by Dennis Lehane, looks like a cracker.
James: Kubo and the Two Strings is probably my second favourite animated film (after Anomalisa). A brilliant film that is another cracker from Laika.
And what was the worst?
Dave: Again, no cinema trips but I only lasted 13 minutes of the Will Ferrell/Zack Galifianakis “comedy” The Campaign on Amazon Prime. Juvenile sweary guff.
James: I only saw three films at the cinema, but I can’t put Rolling Stones Havana Moon in here. So instead, if you ever wonder why I like Jason Statham, I recommend the horrendous The Transporter Refuelled, to see how bad those films would be without The Stath.
Anything else that has caught your eye this month?
Dave: Most exciting thing this month in these parts was Micheal Bay, Mark Wahlberg and the entire cast and crew of Transformers: The Last Knight descending upon Newcastle to do some filming. On the film front, Jason Statham on Netflix, there is a plethora of Stath’s films on the streaming service and I clocked up 5 in 3 days. Parker, Hummingbird, Safe, The Mechanic and Wild Card. All enjoyable in their own way. I would have to say the Safe was the most fun. Lucifer returned to Amazon Prime, this show has really taken off and is really enjoyable. The BBC’s brilliant panel show Would I Lie To You? also made a return, South Park is back for a 20th series and of course Red Dwarf returned with a really strong opening episode.
James: The Beatles: 8 Days A Week – The Touring Years is a great documentary. Hearing those songs in that quality is fantastic. Because of that I watched A Hard Day’s Night, which is just a treat. That bit with John Lennon and the actress… On the TV front, I watched Chuck, which is a brilliant and I’m only about 7 years behind realising it. And yes, I have been watching Alan Partridge. How did you guess? If you’ve never seen Mid-Morning Matters, it has got one of the best endings of any comedy show.
What are you looking forward to in October?
Dave: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I thought the last one was a decent thriller. This one is based on one of the later novels and was a good read. Trolls looks fun and will be dragging the child along to that.
James: I was sure that Thor was a step too far for the MCU. I was convinced that Guardians Of The Galaxy would be a flop. But this month, I’m going all in on Doctor Strange. The fact that Benedict Wong (taking some time off from playing Street Countdown) is a headline name is just another reason to get me excited. Marvel’s latest aside though, it’s not the biggest month – Inferno and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back should both be decent, but The Girl On The Train looks like it could be the best film I’ll see next month.
And what are you dreading?
Dave: I wouldn’t say dreading as such but I can’t really be bothered with Doctor Strange, no real reason other than I find the character a bit dull. The Marvel films haven’t really let us down, so I am sure it will be okay. The Girl On The Train, only because I hate the bandwagon jumping that goes on when a popular book becomes a film (Gone Girl is a good example), still if it gets people reading, then how can it be a bad thing right? Finally Inferno, now I love Tom Hanks, who doesn’t? but do we really need another Robert Langdon film? I don’t think we do.
James: Trolls – because I know it will have a catchy song that gets stuck in my head for the rest of the month.
What else has got you excited for October?
Dave: I am really looking forward to the TV adaptation of Westworld, it looks stunning and the DC TV shows return, so that will give me something to enjoy and moan about in equal measure. Then, of course, the original Snooty Usher Wedding brings James back up north, so always a good thing.
James: Someone is getting married. But who is it…
I’m sure it’ll come back to me.
And with that, we are done! Let us know what have been your favourite bits of September’s offerings in the comments!
Not at all, Alan. Thanks for joining us.
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
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