Author Archives: Phil Hobden

My Favourite… Roger Moore 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…. Roger Moore (1927-2017) Film   LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) When Bond (Roger Moore) investigates the murders ... Read More »

Office Christmas Party – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Certain critics with a tin ear for comedy didn’t appreciate the rowdy, raucous and OTT delights of Office Christmas Party and you can see why.  It’s not subtle for sure.  BUT it is funny. Not Animal House funny but Office Christmas Party sailed past the Kermode 6 laugh test with ease and delivered many more.  Yes it wont be to everyone’s taste but Munn, Miller and Bateman do some ... Read More »

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Aka Lock, Stock And One Smoking Jude Law.  A hot mess of a film for sure, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword ranges from nearly brilliant to boring, often in the same sequence.  It’s what happens when you cross Lock Stock, Assassins Creed, Game Of Thrones, Excalibur, Lord Of The Rings and some insane fever dream. ... Read More »

Hush – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: For some reason some critics take offense at Blumhouse’s paired down high concept horror films.  I don’t. For the most part I’ve enjoyed the hell out of them and Hush is yet another hit.  Effectively a home invasion film with a twist, Hush takes it’s concept and runs with it leaving us with a creepy, tense ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Ridley Scott 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: To celebrate (hopefully) the release of Alien Covenant I present my top 5 Ridley Scott films.   Close but no cigar: Legend, Black Rain, Thelma & Louise   5 – The Martian After years of sub-par films, Scott returns ... Read More »

The Autopsy of Jane Doe – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: What starts off as a (relatively) convention thriller quickly turns into something a very unexpected. Troll Hunter director Andre Overadal does a great job of building tension, even if his vision exceeds his budget.  The cast is excellent with Hirsh once again shinning nut sadly the talented Lovibond is wasted in what is little more than ... Read More »

Alien: Covenant – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Alien Covenant is the best Alien film since Alien 3.  For many that may be damning with faint praise but actually I have always held (and still do) Alien 3 with high regard, and for sure it’s the Alien film I have watched the most. Covenant is also miles better than Prometheus, which again wasn’t hard, ... Read More »

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I‘m a late convert to the HTTYD franchise having only just seen the first two films with my daughter. The fact she has had these on repeat (along with the equally good TV Show) is credit to the appeal these movie shave.  Adventure, romance, action and loss… it deals with them all keeping boys and girls ... Read More »

My Favourite… Michael Parks 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…. Michael Parks (1940-2017) Film Red State (1979) Kevin Smith’s Red State is set in Middle America where ... Read More »