#177: Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters - Silver Screen SnobsCan women really be in movie films? Not according to some corners of the Internet. We investigate this new phenomenon of ‘females in the movies’ with our review of Ghostbusters! Plus a whole host of recent films get the once over in our trademark Lightening Round. Also: Zoolander 2, The Good Dinosaur, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Point Break, Mustang, Bone Tomahawk, 99 Homes, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, Eye In The Sky.

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The Fast and the Furious (2001) – Best Point Break remake ever

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This may be news to no-one, but I’ve only just caught up with this franchise, so humour me. Let me first lay some cards on the table: I’m a Point Break tragic. Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 surfing bank-robber bromance was the first M15+ film I ever saw, so for that reason alone it holds a special nostalgic place in my heart. The excitement at the time was immense. It had M rated violence! Boobs! Guns! Swearing! It’s been a great relief to find that throughout the many re-watches I’ve undertaken since that fateful soft-drink fueled sleepover (yeah, I was 10, that’s what cool kids did), it still holds up. Taut, stylish bank robbery sequences, a foot chase that was unrivalled in cinema until Casino Royale, and that bit where Keanu shoots his gun in the air and goes ‘ahhh.’ Patrick Swayze was never more watchable than when he inhabited the the hippy-guru-criminal-mastermind persona of the enigmatic Bodhi. And Reeves? What better way to utilize the actor’s perpetually stoned and bewildered persona by having the plot dictate that he impersonates a Californian surfer dude? ‘Vaya con Dios, Brah.’ Brilliant. Everyone just pretend he’s acting. Then, of course, there’s Gary Busey. Let off the chain as FBI agent Angelo Pappas, he leaves behind a trail of destruction and endlessly quotable dialogue: ‘I’m so hungry I could eat the ass end out of a dead rhino.’ Continue reading →