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The Void – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Void is like watching an 80’s horror film with a 00’s budget.  It’s brutal, have top notch creature FX work but doesn’t quite hold together through it’s final act.  That said it’s great to see an old school horror that takes me back to the days of top shelf 18 rated horrors of old.  So ... Read More »

Top 10 Movies Of The 70’s – Motion Picture Maniac

Ah the 70’s, such an odd decade, one we’re looking back on today for its contribution to cinema and the films it gave us, pretending for a moment that the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions the 70’s isn’t “oh yes, the time taken for the LSD induced insanity of the 60’s to transform into the ... Read More »

Dunkirk – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Dunkirk is a good film.  From a Technical point if view it’s actually at times brilliant but for me it falls short of the “Films The Year” accolades that critics are heaping on it.  See  Dunkirk defines both the best and the worst of Christopher Nolan films – a masterclass of filmmaking for sure but with ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

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 5 Years for Movies… Ever!   Close but no cigar: 1982 (Blade Runner, The Thing, E.T, Tron, Rambo, Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior ), 1989 (Batman, Back To The Future Part 2, Dead Poet’s Society, ... Read More »

Grosse Point Geek – Dunkirk (2017)

1940, World War Two – four hundred thousand British soldiers are stuck on the beaches of Dunkirk in Northern France – in front of them is the English channel and behind them the ever advancing German army. Unable to use their own ships, the navy conscripts civilian boats to save the stranded soldiers .Meanwhile, in the skies above two daring spitfire pilots (Tom Hardy and ... Read More »

Jawbone – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Jawbone is a cracking British social boxing drama.  Think I, Daniel Blake meets Rocky.  Or Southpaw.  Look any film that gives Ray Winstone a chance to act (rather than yell ‘cunt’ and shout a lot) is a good thing and he remains one of the best British actors working today.  But it’s Johnny Harris’ film and ... Read More »

Freefire – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Freefire is funny.  It’s clever. It’s exciting. And often it’s unique.  The problem comes in that it’s not enough of each of those to sustain even it’s skinny sub 90 minute running time. Yup this is classic Ben Wheatly – 50% an amazing film, 50% waffle or unfocused.  Thing is when the film sticks its landings ... Read More »

The Dark Knight – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Dark Knight is what every DC comic book adaptation should be.  Layered, visually stunning, director lead with practical effects and with a villain that is both memorable and real. Yes there’s CGI here but it’s used to enhance rather than lead the film.  Simple put, The Dark Knight is one of the best films of ... Read More »

War For The Planet Of The Apes – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: WFTPOTA is not your average Summer blockbuster.  Dark, brooding and much smaller scale that the trailer and title would have you believe.  And that for me was the issue.  I wanted a bigger film.  A bolder film. This is much more intimate and small scale.  It’s a good film but it’s not the film that should, ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Christopher Nolan Films

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: On the heels of Dunkirk we look at Christopher Nolan Top 5 Films…   Close but no cigar: Insomnia, Memento, The Dark Knight Rises   5 – Intersteller Epic, confusing, pretentious, muddled, genius… you name it, Interstellar’s been called ... Read More »