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Snowden – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Snowden tells an interesting story that the documentary Citizen Four did better.  In fact I’d argue that whilst Snowden is fine overall if you’ve seen Citizen Four there is no real need to watch this.  And if you haven’t? Well watch Citizen Four instead.  In short: Oliver Stone coasting.  Best Bit: Gordon-Levitt is very good as the titular ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Oscar Best Picture Winners

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: to celebrate this years Academy Awards, I take a look at my favourite 5 Best Picture Winners.  No Crash is NOT included.   Close but no cigar: Braveheart, The Godfather, Platoon, The Deer Hunter, The French Connection, The ... Read More »

My Favourite… Bill Paxton Film

As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most. This time out: My Favourite…. Bill Paxton Film (1955-2017) Film ALIENS (1986) The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. ... Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or The Harry Potter Spin off that’s isn’t as good Harry Potter but hey there’s no more Potter films so this will do. Once again directed by David Yates who has never shown the aptitude to do anything outstanding, Fantastic Beasts showcases the world of Potter but yet feels oddly disconnected from the franchise ... Read More »

Jack Reacher Never Go Back – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: There’s a lesson in the title for this pretty dull sequel… for whilst the original Jack Reacher was flawed, it was well made and packed full of striking action and gritty hard boiled drama, Never Go Back is just a slog.  Cruise seems uninterested, the cast feel awkward and the action just doesn’t land.  And it ... Read More »

The Magnificent Seven – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Remakes can be good.  Look at The Thing or Invasion of The Bodysnacthers. They can also be a bad thing (Point Break).  Magnificent Seven sits firmly in the middle (see Ghostbusters) as neither that good or that bad.  It has it’s moments but this spiritual remake of the classic Western is just lacking in pace or ... Read More »

Grosse Point Geek – John Wick Chapter 2

Taking place immediately after the explosive finale of the last film,  not quite retired hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is reluctantly called back into action after an old acquaintance calls in a long forgotten blood debt. Naturally things go spectacularly sideways, and Wick (plus cute pet dog) finds himself double crossed and on the run with a multi million dollar bounty ... Read More »

Patriots Day – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The team behind Deepwater Horizon are back for a look at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in what is a workman like effort.  Walhberg plays the lead once again (his third film with Berg)  alongside a top draw support cast featuring John Goodman, JK Simmons (criminally wasted in a small role), Kevin bacon and Michelle Monaghan ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Moments from the Star Wars Prequels

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: The BEST Moments from the Star Wars Prequels . Look we all know that, in hindsight, the Prequels were rubbish.  But even bad films have good points and to be fair the prequels does have a few.  So here ... Read More »

Fifty Shades Darker – Motion Picture Maniac

So… yeah… I went to the cinema to see Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades Of Grey, a movie about a sweet innocent idiot who ends up in a controlling and abusive relationship with a billionaire sadist and… not much else to be perfectly honest, the plot didn’t really go further than that. Speaking of being perfectly honest, ... Read More »