A while back I gave my “awards” for the movies Barb and I saw in the first half of 2015. Here is the second half of my movie round-up for this year. Multiple entries are in order of excellence or terribleness.
MOVIE WE WALKED OUT ON (JUST THIS WEEKEND):
THE NIGHT BEFORE
MOVIE WE SHOULD HAVE WALKED OUT ON:
THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED
BEST OF ENEMIES (documentary)
MOVIES THAT WERE BETTER THAN THEY HAD ANY RIGHT TO BE:
THE PEANUTS MOVIE
HITMAN: AGENT 47
MOVIES THAT WERE WORSE THAN THEY HAD ANY RIGHT TO BE:
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
BEST MOVIE A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN’T LIKE:
BEST SPY FILM EVERYBODY SAW (THAT WASN’T “SPECTRE”):
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION
BEST SPY FILM A FEW PEOPLE SAW:
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
BEST SPY FILM NOBODY SAW:
SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD
MOVIES I HATE THAT I WILL NEVER SEE:
RIKKI AND THE FLASH
MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS
RIKKI AND THE FLASH
MAGIC MIKE XXL
PITCH PERFECT 2
Did I remember to say RIKKI AND THE FLASH?
BEST BASED-ON-FACT MOVIES:
BRIDGE OF SPIES
BEST SCIENCE-FICTION FILM IN A WHILE:
BEST HORROR-FANTASY IN A WHILE:
MOVIES THAT SHOULD HAVE SUCKED BUT DIDN’T:
SELF/LESS (or: REGENERATION WITHOUT ROYALTIES)
BEST ACTION MOVIE SINCE “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD”:
BEST COMEDY SINCE “SPY” (SURPRISINGLY):
For those wondering what I’ve been up to, I spent last week writing a script for the second season of QUARRY. Does that mean the series has been picked up for a second season already? Unfortunately, not – but it’s a very good sign that HBO/Cinemax has ordered up a second season of scripts.
The possible second season is loosely based on QUARRY’S CHOICE, and the formative Quarry (aka Mac Conway) is moving closer to the Quarry of the novels. This makes sense, because the first season is a kind of expanded origin story.
Speaking of Quarry – and this is something I discussed last week – it’s increasingly gratifying if odd to see books I wrote a long time ago being reviewed today. Check out this very nice review in the prestigious PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY for my 1976 novel, QUARRY’S LIST. How I wish they’d noticed me back then!
My buddy (and one of my favorite writers) Ed Gorman has taken a look at SPREE on his blog. I think this is a reworking of an earlier review, but I am pleased to see it. Ed singles out this, the last of the Nolan novels, as a particular favorite of his among my books.
Here’s another review of SPREE that I was happy to read (and a little surprised to see).
I am particularly pleased to see my Mike Hammer collaborations with Mickey getting some space in one of the numerous overviews about the current trend of continuations of classic mystery and spy series. Frankly, we often get left out. What’s fun here is that the great Jon L. Breen (the Anthony Boucher of our time) is not at all a Spillane fan, but still appreciates these continuations. Specifically, he takes a look at KISS HER GOODBYE, and says wonderful things. No idea why he’s about four books behind! Do try to keep up, everybody….