Author Archives: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Bad Films By Great Directors

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Bad Films By Great Directors   Close but no cigar: The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson), For The Love Of The Game (Sam Rami), Noah (Darren Aronofsky), Dark Shadows (Tim Burton), Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull ... Read More »

The Babysitter – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The latest Netflix original horror film delivers two surprises… the first that it’s actually really quite excellent and the second that it comes from the directorial “talent” that is McG.  Yes Charlies Angels McG.  I know right.  That aside, The Babysitter is funny, smart and gory.  Okay so it lacks almost any actual scares but with ... Read More »

Williams – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Williams is a fascinating look at a the life of driven, talented and flawed icon who has endured heartbreak & pain alongside success and admiration in a career unlike any other.  Frank Williams comes across as both warm and standoffish in this intimate portrayal of a man who refuses to be defined by his injury. With ... Read More »

The Disaster Artist – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Disaster Artist is better than the film that spawned it for sure.   But does it live up to it’s considerable hype? Actually for the most part yes.  What an odd year in Hollywood which ends up being bookend by La La Land at one end and The Disaster Artist at the other – two very ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Great Films By Bad Directors

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Great Films By Bad Directors   Close but no cigar: Event Horizon (Paul W S Anderson), Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly), Independence Day (Roland Emmerich), Red Dragon (Brett Ratner)    5 – The Rock (Michael Bay) The Rock was great.  Bad ... Read More »

Ferdinand – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: From the makers of Ice Age comes a kids comedy about sending bulls to the slaughter house and murdering them in bull fights in Spain.  Yup kids films have changed.  Ferdinand, despite it’s somewhat morbid story overtones, is mostly fun even if it does feel a bit long by the end.  Its well acted (surprisingly considering ... Read More »

Battle Of The Sexes – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I can see why a lot of people have enjoyed Battle Of The Sexes but for me it was just a bit dull overall with an overly long run time.  The story itself is interesting but fails to address that little changed in the tennis industry for many years to come and maybe credits itself at being ... Read More »

Brawl In Cell Block 99 – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Brawl In Cell Block 99 is an insane grindhouse prison film with a career best performance by the often renowned to phone it in Vince Vaughn.  It’s super violent, super brutal yet super fun and sits well in a year that has seen some amazing direct to streaming or direct to DVD films like Shot Caller and ... Read More »

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a fun film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, makes the most out of it’s cast’s comic talents whilst delivering a bundle of action set pieces, jokes and a few surprises along the way.   So overall it’s not going to trouble the awards season for sure but if you ... Read More »

Nativity – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Ugh.  I like a fun Christmas movie as much as the next person sadly, for me at least, Nativity isn’t that film.  The thing is for every ‘okay’ moment there’s another ten that are badly acted, badly scripted or delivered will all the subtly of a brick to the head.  And the less aid about Mr ... Read More »