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April, 2018

  • 17 April

    Proud Mary – Motion Picture Maniac

    The opening credit sequence of Proud Mary gave me the impression that it would be a more action oriented version of Jackie Brown, with text directly from the Blaxploitation films of the 70’s and completely contradicting the cheap televisual look of the trailer; I actually thought it might be worth …

  • 13 April

    Phil’s Best & Worst of 2018.. So Far! 2nd Edition (6th April 2018)

    So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2018’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award. All in my very humble opinion…   BEST Films Of 2018… So Far: Coco I, Tonya Lady Bird …

  • 12 April

    Rampage – Review Round Up

    Rampage Movie Review Dwayne Johnson

    Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie. This time out: Rampage Overall Critics …

  • 11 April

    Grosse Point Geek – Death Wish


    Film: Death Wish Director: Eli Roth Principal Cast: Bruce Willis, Elizabeth Shue, Vincent D’onofrio, Dean Norris, Camila Morrone Plot in a nutshell: Remake of Michael Winner’s 1974 film starring Charles Bronson. Chicago Surgeon Dr Paul Kersey (Willis) is living the American dream, that is until a gang of vicious thieves break …

  • 10 April

    Gringo – Motion Picture Maniac

    I’m confused, is Gringo supposed to be a comedy or not? The trailer is full on comedy, but if experience has taught me anything regarding films like The Village, Inglourious Basterds and Inherent Vice, you can’t even trust trailers to get the genre right so let’s not hold that against …

  • 8 April

    Rex Manning Day: Empire Records – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

    Phil’s (Not So) Quick Capsule Review:  Empire Records was a massive bomb on it’s original release.  Critically and commercially.  Roger Ebert hated it (that said he hated The Usual Suspects…), Variety labelled it as “Soundtrack in search for a movie”  and it grossed under £300k on it’s theatrical release.   Yet as the years …

  • 8 April

    Rex Manning Day: 5 Reasons To Watch Empire Records (1995)

    Phil’s Quick Review takes a look at a film that you may not have seen first time around and lets you know, in 5 concise reasons, WHY it deserves your time!   The Plot: Empire Records is a 1995 American coming of age film that follows a group of record store employees over the course …

  • 8 April

    Happy Rex Manning Day!

    “We mustn’t dwell. No, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning day!” -Mark (Ethan Embry) April 8th is a big day for Empire Records enthusiasts as it’s been deemed Rex Manning Day.  And thus we celebrate that day every year at Phil’s Quick capsule Review. From TIME magazine: “Rex …

  • 6 April

    Must Watch: Sons Of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

    Each month we take a look at a TV show that DEMANDS to be Binge Watched. Why? Much like The Shield before it, Sons Of Anarchy was buried in the UK on it’s initial UK TV run, screening on Channel 5 + Star or something.  Created by Kurt Sutter, who …

  • 3 April

    Game Night – Motion Picture Maniac

    If ever there was such a thing as destiny, Game Night, at some point, was surely headed for disaster, on paper there is absolutely nothing special or unique about it’s material in any way, shape or form; even now I cannot bring myself to ignore the fact that it is, …