Welcome to the latest edition of the Snooty Ushers’ Round-Up! We’re looking back at the best (and worst) of December 2016.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story absolutely dominated at the box office, both at home and abroad – although not quite matching the heights of The Force Awakens. Passengers and Why Him? both did decent, but slightly underwhelming number as well. Snowden, Office Christmas Party, and Birth Of A Nation all came and went without leaving too much of an impact.
But that’s just cold-hard box office figures and mere reviewers… what did The Snooty Ushers think of December?
What’s the best film you’ve seen this month?
Dave: Caught Hell or High Water this month and it was utterly brilliant. Jeff Bridges at his best. A brilliant modern western.
James: I don’t if anyone noticed, but I’ve been buried under Christmas films for most of December, and Rogue One was a fantastic break from my festive marathon. Gripping, exciting, and surprisingly meaningful.
Welshy: Rogue One – Incredible entry into the cannon and if this is what we are going to get from the spin-offs and tie-ins then colour me happy. I have a few issues but all in all a spectacular film.
Rich: I finally got round to watching The Exorcist after putting it off for 15 years. Not as scary as I remember when I was younger but excellent in every way. Let’s hope this never gets a remake.
And what was the worst?
James: Just the one trip to the cinema, but Santa With Muscles is an EPICALLY bad film.
Rich: On my flight to Bali I watched Batman v Superman again, not really sure why. It happened though and it still didn’t hit the mark with me and I even fast forwarded the first 30 minutes.
Anything else that has caught your eye this month?
Dave: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on Netflix was great fun and well worth a watch, I also re-watched Batman Returns over the festive period and it remains my favourite Batman film.
James: The Inside No. 9 Christmas Special “The Devil Of Christmas” was very good, an nice return from Pemberton and Shearsmith to set up a new series in 2017. Some of the older Christmas films like Meet John Doe and We’re No Angels were nice surprises, and if I ever watch Christmas films again they will be added to the usual selections, as will some of the horror films.
Rich: I’d heard a lot of buzz around Hell or High Water, so I watched it on my flight and it was amazing. A smart movie with a brilliant cast and lashings of Coen brothers feels.
What are you looking forward to in January?
Dave: Trainspotting 2, without a doubt. As a Scotsman, Trainspotting is almost required reading. Danny Boyle’s adaptation of an almost unadaptable novel was a triumph. I am full of hope that this will hit all the right marks. Live By Night sees Ben Affleck adapting Dennis Lehane’s sprawling epic novel. The trailer is great, hope the film lives up. Let’s not forget Sing, the campaign has been great and my daughter is desperate to see it.
James: Trainspotting 2. I’m also still holding out hope that M. Night Shyamalan’s Split will be a career saving comeback. Hey… I’ve just watched a whole bunch of Christmas films, I believe in miracles!
Rich: Being a fan of the games I’m intrigued to see how Assassin’s Creed will come out. I’m always the optimist when it comes to video game movies but sadly nothing seems to ever deliver.
And what are you dreading?
Dave: xXx3: The Return of Xander Cage, everyone remembers that the first one was rubbish don’t they? Do we really need this?
James: Assassin’s Creed looks like a box office bomb (Michael Fassbender’s first failure?) but I also think it’s going to be rubbish, which is worse.
Rich: probably Assassin’s Creed as well.
What else has got you excited for January?
Dave: Working in the service industry, I am just looking forward to everyone going back to work. Other than that, Blue Bloods is back on the telly and hopefully seeing World Number 1 SIR Andy Murray finally win The Australian Open.
James: I live in Edinburgh now! A whole new city to explore and immerse myself in… so I’ll probably stay indoors and catch up on a bunch of films I’ve missed over the last few months. Moana, Passengers, Bleed For This, The Pass… Plus A Series Of Unfortunate Events will bring Neil Patrick Harris back to my TV/Netflix screen, so that’s a plus!
And with that, we are done! Let us know what have been your favourite bits of December’s offerings in the comments!
Happy New Year!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
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