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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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

 

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2008

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2008

Quick Review Year In Review

Stinker Of The Year : The Happening  (2/10)
In Brief: Dull, unintentionally funny and just plain stupid, this what just a mistake on every level. One to avoid.

2. Diary of The Dead

In Brief: This was just painful.  Low budget, low rent and if this is the best Romero can do I hope he stops now.

3. Prom Night
In Brief: A PG-13 rated horror film with zero horror and even less gore.

4. 10,000 BC
In Brief: Emerich strikes again.  Dull. 

5. Mummy 3
In Brief: Yup like we needed a third one and yup as expected this is just terrible. 

Bubbling under: Indiana Jones 4; Saw V; Pathology; Deception; X-Files : I Want To Believe; Sex & The City

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2008

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2008

Quick Review Year In Review

Film of The Year: The Dark Knight (9.5/10)
In Brief: Without a doubt one of the best movies in many a year, let alone best superhero film ever, The Dark Knight is an amazingly well made and well acted blockbuster that ticks all the right buttons.

2. Wall – E

In brief: Pixar hit gold with this charming kids film

3. In Bruges
In brief: Shock Horror! An original take on the British gangster film.

4. Sweeney Todd
In brief: Tim Burton is back on form with this gruesome musical.

5. Iron man
In brief: Marvel strike gold with what will be one of the all time great Superhero films.

Bubbling under:
Hell Boy 2; Taken; Felon; RockNRolla; Forgetting Sarah Marshal; Rambo; Doomsday; Son of Rambow; Quantum Of Solace; What Happens In vegas