Rewatched: Marvel Films – Part 3 (22nd May 2020)

Rewatched: Marvel Films – Part 3 (22nd May 2020)

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With Disney + driving in the UK, Phil has decided to introduce his daughter to the wonderful world of Marvel films.  Mostly in order.  Here are my updated thoughts on each of the MCU films we watch (we may miss out The Incredible Hulk)…

Note scores reflect my updated IMDB ratings.


Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron is darker, less humorous than its predecessor and for sure deserved a lot of its mediocre press when it was released.  That said years on (and only my second watch of the film) it holds up better than I expected.  But Ultron is still the best and worst of Marvel’s MCU in one place – great characters with iconic performances, cutting edge effects and a feel of earn history but a dial it up to 11 mentality that wears you down by the end and effects that at times seem unfinished.  Yup it has great action but probably 20 minutes less would have made it more fun. Still better than I remembered!

 

 

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Guardians Of The Galaxy remains one of Marvel’s best movies.  It’s not just the amazing casting (although that plays a part) but the story & direction by James Gunn is on point.  The best thing here is that it’s just something totally different from what’s come before – talking Racoons, fighting trees, space battles… it was just so refreshing after a number of Earth bound adventures.

 

Captain America: The Winter Solider  (2014)

Six years later and Winter Solider remains my favourite Marvel film.  It’s action packed with one of Marvel’s best story lines ( a story line that actually mattered in the grand scheme of things), is directed near perfectly AND has Frank Grillo.  What more could you want?

 

Iron man 3 (2013)

Iron man 3 is still one of the best Marvel films.  From Shane Black’s whip smart script and direction to Downey Jnr firing on all cylinders, to a decent villain and THAT twist… it’s a fun ride and often very untypical in it’s approach to what is often a rather stilted genre.

 

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Considered tone one of the weaker Marvel MCU films, actually Thor: The Dark World is great fun even if it does fall apart a little in the final act.  Again this is Hemsworth and Hiddleston’s film and benefits greatly when they are on screen (and even more so when they are together) but it’s funny, charming and well paced.  Well worth a rewatch.

 

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 was never my favourite Marvel film and, in fact, may well be the only MCU film i’ve only seen once. Rewatching ten years on a lot of the same issues remain but overall it’s not a terrible film, its just not anywhere near as good as the original Iron Man.  Whiplash is a good enough Villain but the more, bigger, louder motif just honest play off.

 

 

Iron Man (2008)

The Film that started it all… Iron Man is still a rock n roll action movie with an unlikely lead, an even more unlikely director and enough balls out moments to wow.  The oldest MCU film still holds up well and again the casting is spot on.  Yup the end fight could be better but Iron man is top draw cinema.

Thor (2011)

Thor was MUCH better all these years later.  I always thought of it as the weaker origin film but it’s funny, charming and good fun, whilst still carrying a lot of baggage for the wider MCU to come. Hemsworth really was born to play this role.

 

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 

Solid, fun and well done, this feels like a film I should like more.  But still all these years on it just seems to drag at times and the action is flat. Captain America: The First Avenger is far from being a bad film but it’s probably the weakest origin film of the initial Avengers.

 

Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) 

All the groundwork paid off as Marvel delivered it’s first ever super hero team up.  The Hulk was back (and done right this time), Hawkeye and Black Widow joined the team and director Joss Whedon delivered the goods. The Avengers is still a high watermark and reminds you just how well put together Phase 1 really was.

 


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Pontypool (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

Pontypool (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A unique spin on the Zombie thriller, Pontypool ALMOST pulls it off. The problem here is neither budget (of which there was little of) or cast (who are great) it’s more the overall tone.  It doesn’t know whether it wants to be scary or funny, ultimately failing to be either to any great degree.  So what you are left with them is a highly competent, well imagined low budget film that was entertaining enough but promised os much more.

Best Bit: The cure

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Shaun of The Dead, 28 Days Later, Zombie Flesh Eaters

 


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Rewatched: Marvel Films – Part 2 (25th April 2020)

Rewatched: Marvel Films – Part 2 (25th April 2020)

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With Disney + driving in the UK, Phil has decided to introduce his daughter to the wonderful world of Marvel films.  Mostly in order.  Here are my updated thoughts on each of the MCU films we watch (we may miss out The Incredible Hulk)…

Note scores reflect my updated IMDB ratings.


Iron man 3 (2013)

Iron man 3 is still one of the best Marvel films.  From Shane Black’s whip smart script and direction to Downey Jnr firing on all cylinders, to a decent villain and THAT twist… it’s a fun ride and often very untypical in it’s approach to what is often a rather stilted genre.

 

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Considered tone one of the weaker Marvel MCU films, actually Thor: The Dark World is great fun even if it does fall apart a little in the final act.  Again this is Hemsworth and Hiddleston’s film and benefits greatly when they are on screen (and even more so when they are together) but it’s funny, charming and well paced.  Well worth a rewatch.

 

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 was never my favourite Marvel film and, in fact, may well be the only MCU film i’ve only seen once. Rewatching ten years on a lot of the same issues remain but overall it’s not a terrible film, its just not anywhere near as good as the original Iron Man.  Whiplash is a good enough Villain but the more, bigger, louder motif just honest play off.

 

 

Iron Man (2008)

The Film that started it all… Iron Man is still a rock n roll action movie with an unlikely lead, an even more unlikely director and enough balls out moments to wow.  The oldest MCU film still holds up well and again the casting is spot on.  Yup the end fight could be better but Iron man is top draw cinema.

Thor (2011)

Thor was MUCH better all these years later.  I always thought of it as the weaker origin film but it’s funny, charming and good fun, whilst still carrying a lot of baggage for the wider MCU to come. Hemsworth really was born to play this role.

 

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 

Solid, fun and well done, this feels like a film I should like more.  But still all these years on it just seems to drag at times and the action is flat. Captain America: The First Avenger is far from being a bad film but it’s probably the weakest origin film of the initial Avengers.

 

Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) 

All the groundwork paid off as Marvel delivered it’s first ever super hero team up.  The Hulk was back (and done right this time), Hawkeye and Black Widow joined the team and director Joss Whedon delivered the goods. The Avengers is still a high watermark and reminds you just how well put together Phase 1 really was.

 


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Rewatched: Marvel Films – Part 1 (6th April 2020)

Rewatched: Marvel Films – Part 1 (6th April 2020)

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With Disney + driving in the UK, Phil has decided to introduce his daughter to the wonderful world of Marvel films.  Mostly in order.  Here are my updated thoughts on each of the MCU films we watch (we may miss out The Incredible Hulk)…

Note scores reflect my updated IMDB ratings.


Iron Man (2008)

The Film that started it all… Iron Man is still a rock n roll action movie with an unlikely lead, an even more unlikely director and enough balls out moments to wow.  The oldest MCU film still holds up well and again the casting is spot on.  Yup the end fight could be better but Iron man is top draw cinema.

Thor (2011)

Thor was MUCH better all these years later.  I always thought of it as the weaker origin film but it’s funny, charming and good fun, whilst still carrying a lot of baggage for the wider MCU to come. Hemsworth really was born to play this role.

 

13. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 

Solid, fun and well done, this feels like a film I should like more.  But still all these years on it just seems to drag at times and the action is flat. Captain America: The First Avenger is far from being a bad film but it’s probably the weakest origin film of the initial Avengers.

 

5. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) 

All the groundwork paid off as Marvel delivered it’s first ever super hero team up.  The Hulk was back (and done right this time), Hawkeye and Black Widow joined the team and director Joss Whedon delivered the goods. The Avengers is still a high watermark and reminds you just how well put together Phase 1 really was.

 


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Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ozploitation is a thing.  The low budget exploitation cinema of Australia may have rarely troubled our shores but the films, filmmakers and actors were too important to todays current crop of movie makers to not be recognised at some point.  Enter 2008’s Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation – a wild, crazy documentary that breaks down the key films, key players and key fans (including Quentin Tarantino) of these often insane and often near unwatchable movies. It’s a ball, especially if you grew up loving low budget films.  There’s stories, footage and tales here that you will relish.  A real must for fans and wannabe filmmakers a like.

Best Bit: Seeing David Hannay (an old friend) on screen! Also loads of amazing film clips

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape, American Grindhouse, American Movie

 


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Mamma Mia (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

Mamma Mia (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Mamma Mia is an odd film.  I went through a whole range of emotions watching this movie – from hate to acceptance to tapping my & feet singing along.  I’m not sure I’d say I loved it but I certainly didn’t hate it like i thought I would.  It’s unpretentious, the cast are obvious having a blast and you almost can’t help getting caught up in it all. So I may be late to the party but it’s was (just about) worth the price of entry!

Best Bit: Meryl Streep

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Sunshine on Leith, Rock Of Ages, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

 


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Must Watch: Sons Of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Must Watch: Sons Of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

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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 previously worked on The Shield as a writer and latterly producer, the series starred Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman and was set in a fictional Californian town with a story focused on an the exploits of an outlaw motorcycle club.  Nominally in the same universe as The Shield (certain Motorcycle clubs/gangs are referenced in both), it shared the uncompromising violence of Sutter’s earlier work as well as almost the entire Shield cast (the highlight being Walton Goggin’s Cletus Van Damme).

Less consistent than The Shield for sure, Sons Of Anarchy’s focus on family (be it blood or club) drove it’s narrative which took in ample death and murder along the way.  IT wasn’t for the faint of heart but it was excellant entertainment, even in it’s weaker 3rd series.

An incredible support cast (Mark Boone Jnr, Katy Segal, Kim Coates), cinematic visuals and added Danny Trejo make this an essential watch.

How Many Episodes? 92 Episodes (7 Seasons)Best Moment? Gemma takes action against Tara.

Where: Hulu, Amazon, Itunes

Must Watch: The Shield (2002–2008)

Must Watch: The Shield (2002–2008)

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Each month we take a look at a TV show that DEMANDS to be Binge Watched.

Why? The Shield was buried in the UK on it’s initial run, screening on some random Channel 5 derivate at 11pm where no one was watching.  Which is a shame as personally for me The Shield rates as one of the best TV shows of  the 20th century.

Over seven seasons The Shield delivered some of the most densely plotted and expertly paced television I’ve ever seen.  A sprawling story of corruption, vengeance and betrayal that took multiple twists and turns along the way.  It’s slice of the seedy side of LA painted a grim picture of crime, gangs and violence that often served both as a case of the week drama and serialised narrative.

It also had an impressive cast.  From Forest Whitaker’s turn as an internal investigator determined to stop Vic to Glenn Close’s driven police chief, The Shield packed some impressive guest stars in it’s run but few could outshine leads Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey and Walton Goggins as Shane Vendrell whose relationship and story drives the shows narrative.  It’s violent, heart breaking, in your face and raw but barely packs a duff episode in it’s run.

How Many Episodes? 88 Episodes (7 Seasons)
Best Moment? Opening episode – Terry Crowley’s death sets the tone for the whole series
Where: Hulu, Amazon, Itunes
Anvil The Story Of Anvil – A Quick Capsule Review

Anvil The Story Of Anvil – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Anvil is so insane that I genuinely had to Google whether or not it was a Mocumentry or not.  Turns out it isn’t.  Which in itself is concerning because in all honesty this is one of the most insane music stories ever.  From supporting bands like Bon Jovi to playing one of the worst tours ever, it’s a rollercoaster of a story that, even the cameras stop rolling, has taken even more twists. It’s captivating and heartbreaking.  A must see.

Best Bit: The tour

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: This is Spinal Tap, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Lemmy

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Author: Phil Hobden

The Dark Knight (2012) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

The Dark Knight (2012) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick 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 the Naughty’ (if not THE best) whilst also being the best Batman film and the best comic book adaptation yet made.  High praise indeed.

But it really is that good.  But whilst it’s remembered for The Joker, this film is so much more than Heath Ledger’s final film.  From the supporting roles (thankfully no Katie Holmes this time out) to the very well realised Harvey Dent/Two face, to the stunning visual effects, to the cinematography, the music and more… this is blockbuster filmmaking at it’s best.

In short Nolan (and his team) knock it out the park.

Best Bit: Rewatching the film knowing it holds up.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Batman Begins, Wonder Woman, Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Author: Phil Hobden