The Shark is Still Working (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Shark is Still Working (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shark is Still Working is a fascinating look at the making and impact of Spielberg’s classic horror film Jaws. From it’s never before highlighted behind the scenes footage to interviews with cast and crew to the director himself, you get an honest overview of what was a very tricky production process.  Watching this 12 years on from its original release (and 43 years on from the film itself being made) it’s still amazing to see just how well the original film, its impact and influence still holds up.  If you have any interest in filmmaking or Jaws this is a must.

Best Bit: Behind the scenes footage

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jaws, The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, Full Tilt Boogie, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

 


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The Orphanage (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Orphanage (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Crikey.  I watched the bulk of The Orphanage behind a blanket.  Ye sit really is that unsettling/scary/creepy.  But then again spooky children and ghost films have always been my achilles heal.  It’s true to say however that The Orphanage is one of the scariest films I have seen in a long time that relies more on tension and acting than cheap scares and shocks.  A must watch.

Best Bit: Oh.  So that’s what happened.  *Tear*

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Others Stir Of Echoes, Pans Labyrinth 


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Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I like Blade Runner. I rewatched it today in it’s Final Cut form (a version I’ve never seen before). It’s a great film for sure, visually stunning and unquestionably groundbreaking .  BUT and this is a BIG but… the story isn’t that great and worse still Decker is pretty useless as a character (Come on he lucks in at almost every turn). Controversially I also think the music is WAY to intrusive throughout and dates the film much more than the visuals or FX which hold up well. I can see why it’s classic to many and it’s influence has been vast. BUT not in my top 50 films, maybe even not in my Top 100.

Best Bit: “Ive seen…”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Blade Runner 2049, Alien, Strange Days

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

 

The Magicians

The Magicians

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Diverting in a Sunday afternoon movie kinda way, The Magicians never escapes the fact it feels like an extended TV show from start to finish with little scope or big moments.

IMDB Rating: 6/10

Best Bit: Loosing you head over a trick…

If you liked this watch: The Prestige (8/10); Wallace & Gromit : Curse… (8/10); League Of Gentlemen: Apocalypse (6/10)

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2007…

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2007…

Quick Review Year In Review

Film of The Year: Bourne Supremacy (9/10)
In Brief:  I had low expectations, liking but not a massive fan of the first 2. I was blown away with its story, action and performances.

2. Transformers
Why It was good: Because against all odds (toy adaptation, Michael Bay directing) this film was simply brilliant, delivering and then some.

3. Rocky Balboa
Why It was good: Stallone returns and brings pathos, heart and soul along with him. A feel good movie like they just don’t make any more.

4. Knocked Up
Why It was good: When a film arrives with so much hype, normally it’s a let down. Not so with Knocked Up, the funniest, warmest and most honest film of the year!

5. Grindhouse
Why It was good: Because it was Tarantino & Rodriguez both on superb form, once again making movies I love to watch!

Bubbling under:
Death Sentence (8/10); Ratatouille (8 /10); Hot Fuzz (7/10); 300 (7/10); 28 Weeks Later (7/10)

 

Review: Transformers (Cinema)

Review: Transformers (Cinema)

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Phil’s Quick capsule Review:
OMG! It’s not only a great film, with real heart and soul… it’s also directed by that hack Michael Bay!

The Hollywood Exec Pitch:
It’s about robots. That like Transform. Geeks will love it!

The Good:
This is a wet dream of a movie. Everything you wanted from a Trasnformers movies and MUCH More. This film makes me forgive Bay for Pearl Harbour. Yes it’s THAT GOOD!

I love the characters in this film… they just work. Even Anthony Anderson and John Turturro (who could have been really annoying) come in the right side of OTT. Just. But special credit to leads Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox who make sure the film is grounded in a believable relationship, no matter what chaos is happening around.

I watched this on a region 1 import, upscaled through a Panasonic DVD player and the film looked AMAZING. And not just the effects (which on DVD seem almost flawless) but the colour, feel and mood of the movie. This was one of the BEST upscaled DVD’s I have ever watched so I can only imagine how good the HD-DVD version looks.

Top marks also to Bay for getting Peter Cullen back as Prime lending a familiar voice to the robot hero.

FX are perfect. The sound is amazing. Fuck this film is just AWESOME!

The Bad:
Okay, so the robots are over designed. The beauty of the TV show was in the simplicity of each robot, they each had personality, a look and most importantly stood out from each other. Here they get lost in their similar and highly over complex designs. They just don’t work as well as they could.

It’s a shame that you only really appreciate this movie on DVD. In the cinema it was too much, too quick and too fast. A typical Michael Bay movie but thankfully off the big screen this film works a treat.

The Ugly:
The story. About the Cube or All Spark. Which makes NO SENSE. Even to a child.

Worth Watching For:
The final robot smack down. It’s simply amazing!

Watch Instead: Transformers: The Movie (4/10)