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Phil’s Top 5… British Films


In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: British Films! NB: Okay this will be British as in made in Britain, by a British director and a mostly British cast.  They MAY be funded by Americans or have American producers but they are at their core British!   Close ... Read More »

Star Trek Beyond – A Quick Capsule Review


Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Star Trek Beyond is a really good film. It doesn’t QUITE hit the heights of the JJ Abrams reboot but it’s far more cohesive and fun than The Wrath of Into Khan Darkness was and delivers action, laugh and a few surprises.  Helped by a sparky script by Pegg, some excellent new characters and a solid ... Read More »

Pan (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review


Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: It don’t want to see like I’m being overly harsh here but Pan possibly rates as one of the films I’ve least connected with in my long history of watching movies.  And I sat through The Thin Red Line.  Pan is admitably visually stunning but it lacks any cohesion, leaving you feeling oddly hollow. Ye this is ... Read More »

Phil’s 5 Reasons To Watch: The Shield (TV)


Phil’s Quick Review takes a look at a film TV show that you may not have seen first time around and lets you know, in 5 concise reasons WHY it deserves your time! The Plot: The Shield is the story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren’t above breaking the rules or working against their ... Read More »

The Purge: Election Year – A Quick Capsule Review


Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Purge films started a big shaky – a good idea on paper but not brilliantly executed. The Purge Anarchy was a bump is quality but still lacked something overall.  Two years later then comes (in an election year no less) The Purge: Election Year a scary look into what a word under Trump will probably look like.  It ... Read More »

Grosse Point Geek – Ghostbusters (2016)


Remakes – the bane of serious film fans the world over, usually pointless and generally always thought of as pale imitations of the more superior original classics they are based on. In fact i dare anyone to name more than five remakes that were actually better or at least a match for the original. So as you can imagine i was seriously dismayed when ... Read More »

Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review


Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Okay so this isn’t the disaster the early marketing suggested it could be but it’s also FAR away from the 4 star reviews it’s been getting. I think, ultimately, I just don’t get Paul Feig films – The Heat, Bridesmaids and Spy especially did NOTHING for me and here, again, whilst the cast all do okay (standout ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Trilogies


Each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time: Top 5 Movie Trilogies For most a sequel is an unwanted thing.  And rightly so, after all most can be let downs and for every Godfather 2 there is an Independence Day Resurrection.  However their are also some great sequels and in fact some great threequels out ... Read More »

Terrence Malick Retrospective – Motion Picture Maniac


My latest investigation into a possible UK release for Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups did not come up short like any of my other ventures I’m happy to say, I don’t know if this is true or not but apparently it’s getting a Blu-Ray and DVD release on the 22nd of August, and dear God I hope that’s accurate, do ... Read More »

Dad’s Army – A Quick Capsule Review


Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Dad’s Army was always going to be a tough sell.  Big budget (well compared to the TV show at least) remake of a TV show much mocked and imitated in the near 40+ years since it went off air, it’s a film made for people who probably don’t go to see films anymore.  And me.  See ... Read More »