World’s Greatest Dad (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

World’s Greatest Dad (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Damn. There’s nothing like watching a career best performance to make you REALLY realise how you are going to miss someone.  It’s hard to watch a Robin Williams film now with no degree of post death hyperbole or cushioned, romantic, teary eyes critical love.  The sadness of his passing make sit almost impossible.  Yet beyond all this, his performance here is nothing short of excellent. Touching, heart breaking and fragile, Williams gives a more nuanced performance that his more audience friendly roles he will be remembered for. Which is a shame as World’s Greatest Dad could well be his most intimate look into himself, into Robin Williams the flawed genius.  Watch for Williams but stay for the really rather exellant film he’s part of.

Best Bit: Robin Williams

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: God Bless America, Good Will Hunting, One Hour Photo

 

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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…

Blog – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed

Blog – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed

Quick Review

To celebrate today being Friday The 13th In what may be either a heroic or heroically dumb move, off the back of the rather excellent Crystal Lake Memories documentary, I have decided back in 2014 to rewatch EVERY Friday The 13th movie.  From the original 1980’s classic to the franchise killing remake, I re-watched ever kill, every slash and every Jason death. So here it is – a complete look at the Jason Vorhees back catalogue…

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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th (2013)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So the documentary that started it all: Crystal Lake Memories is an exhaustive (and exhausting clocking it at a nearly 400 min run time) look at the history of the Friday The 13th films – from it’s humble beginnings right through Freddy Vs Jason and the studio remake and is a must see for fans of the films. Brough to you by the same team that delivered the equally essential Nightmare Of Elm Street documentary Never Sleep Again no stone is left unturned.  Best of all far from a fluff piece this digs into what worked, what didn’t work and what happened behind the scenes.  Simply put this is both essential and fascinating. 

IMDB Rating: 

Any cast of note?   Almost everyone who has ever been in or involved with the films! 

 

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Friday The 13th (2009)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So in hindsight the remake of Friday 13th is actually pretty good.  Gone are the japery and silliness of the later Friday films, back comes the hardcore gore and nudity that was a hallmark of the series at it’s best.  Plenty of gruesome kills, a story which nicely remakes three Friday’s for the price of one and a cast that can actually act, it’s directed with a sense of respect to the better instalments whilst delivering a few nice new moments.  I liked it and, stood alongside the rest in the series, it comes across as very good indeed.  Recommended.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Sleeping bag then on fire.  Ouch. 

Any cast of note?   Danielle Panabaker, Nana Visitor

 

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Freddy Vs Jason (2003)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay that’s better.  Whilst most of the Friday films have aged badly, Freddy Vs Jason is still a prime cut in a butchers shop of (mostly)offal.   Bride Of Chucky director Ronny Yu once again delivers on a quirky premise and gives fans something they have been waiting for since it was first muted back in The Final Friday.  A knowing film with a strong idea its heart, the films full of crowd pleasing smackdowns, gross out blood and guts and nudity: everything you want from a Freddy or a Jason movie.  Best of all it leaves you wanting more which, sadly, hasn’t yet arrived.  So overall even though this isn’t strictly just a Friday The 13th movie it’s certainly one of the strongest in the series and for sure the one that delivers best all-round.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy’s hand kills… er… Freddy.

Any cast of note?   Robert England, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

 

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Jason X (2001)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yup Jason X is terrible.  But it’s terrible in a knowing, fun and silly kind of way that the franchise has been seriously lacking up to this point.  Just the idea of taking Jason and putting him on a space ship is insane BUT even with terrible 90’s CGI, a near total lack of nudity and gore and acting that is at best dubious the film is just such damn fun. From VR deaths, 80’s Friday The 13th homages to a Cyborg Jason this film just knows what it is and delivers on that, never trying to be anymore or less.  And I kinda salute it for that… oh and did I mention CYBORG JASON??????

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Face, Liquid Nitrogen, Desk.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder. LexaDoig. David Cronenberg. Peter Mensah

 

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Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oh dear.  Look I totally understand that the Friday 13th movies were never grounded in reality.  But seriously Part 9 really does stretch credibility to levels even I couldn’t get on board with.  Supernatural nonsense, Jason’s heart being the key to his powers, transferring from one body to another… it just jumped the shark.  And for a franchise that had last ended with the pretty dire Jason takes Manhattan that’s saying something.  What’s worse is that the gore has been dialled down to almost PG13 levels means the film doesn’t even have that possible redeeming feature.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy comes for Jason (okay technically not a kill but buy far the best bit of the film)

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason an in a cameo as himself.  Steven Williams.  Erin Gray.

 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhatten (1989)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This was one was a bit of a slog.  Which is a shame as I quite enjoyed Jason Takes Manhattan when I was a kid.  Reanimated via electrical cable(yes really!), this film borders on PG-13 at times with virtually zero nudity or gore (and when there are FX they are pretty poor).   Add to that a host of bad performances, an idea so totally dumb that you end up laughing at it more than being scared and you are left with one of the weaker Jason films.  That said it earns an extra star for having the infamous man boxing Jason sequence…

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Head knocked clean off.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason. Also TV stalwart Peter Mark Richman. 

 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 7: New Blood (1988)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sadly Jason returns once more (via telekinesis no less) and despite marking the first time behind the mask for the legendary Kane Hodder, Part 7 is a bit of a slog.  It doesn’t help that it take almost 20 minutes for the first kill to take place, and when they do most are pretty uninspired by this point.  Gone are the higher budget effects of Jason Lives as the franchise marks it’s decline into even cheaper produced tat.  It has a few moments – the sleeping bag kill is ace, but the ending is bad even for these movies.  All in all it’s one to miss.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Sleeping bag around tree!

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder makes his debut as Jason

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Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Jason Lives picks up on the momentum of A New Beginning and runs with it – more kills, more violence but oddly less nudity.   The MPAA strike again.  It also starts the journey of the franchise being (relatively) grounded that ends with Jason being in Space.  Tommy Jarvis returns (with Thom Mathews taking over the role) and this time manages to bring back the unstoppable killer with a bolt of lightning.  Accidental of course, and from there its back to the usual routine of creative deaths.  Jason Lives feels a little more high budget than some of the other entries and a bit more polished. All in all another fun entry.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Head into a toilet wall.

Any cast of note?   Jennifer Cooke, Thom Mathews

 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Well this was a surprise.  The legendarily bad Part 5 (the one where Jason isn’t actually Jason) is actually one of the stronger entries into the series so far.  So yes the plot is total hokum, but this is the last Jason film before things start to go really mental (physic powers, resurrection, Space) and you know what it’s brutal, bloody and well paced with out the “God is anything going to happen” tedium of Parts 3 and 4.  It also has a nice pay off at the end, a hint of where things could have gone, but sadly didn’t.  So far from being rubbish, part 5 is actually a pleasant surprise. Who’d have thought…

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Belt around face, tightened.

Any cast of note?   Corey Feldman. Shaver Ross 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter (1984)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oh dear.  Growing up this was always MY Friday The 13th film.  The one that grabbed me, the one I thought I remembered.  It had Tommy Jarvis, a young Feldman and a kick arse nail in the coffin for Jason.  And years on those things remain.  It’s just a shame that the rest of the film is so tepidly done. Yes much like the previous Friday The 13th sequels, it’s an hour and 10 mins of nothing happening (well some 15 rated nudity but little else) with a handful of kills interspersed.  Sadly it ended up being quite a slog.  So far from the 7/10 classic I remember, this has been the most disappointing Friday yet (at least in terms of expectation!).  Oh and the legendarily bad Part 5 is looming.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Jason’s death at the hands of Tommy.  Brutal.

Any cast of note?   Corey Feldman, naturally. Crispin Glover (Marty McFly’s dad)

 

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Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Part 3?  In 3D?  Don’t mind if I do.  Problem is, when it’s all over, what you have is yet another retreat of the original movie, with little of new of note, zero nudity and some really toned down kills.  I know the MPAA was pretty tough back in the early 80’s but even so it takes the film almost 50 minutes to get into gear and when it does the screaming cast and modernly good FX do little to hop dour attention.  Okay so it’s fun looking at everything set up so that the 3D could be used to max effect and, back in it’s day, this was pretty innovative.  But now?  It’s just kinda funny. The weakest Friday yet…

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Eye pop into screen.  Ah… 80’s 3d!

Any cast of note?   Betsey Palmer briefly returns again with reused Part 2 footage. Dana Kimmell did a few bits after. 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So Part 2 delivers slightly less gore (thank the MPAA for that), a slower pace (mostly the murders don’t start until after 45 minutes in) and a sack-headed Jason.  But whilst it’s not as strong as the original, there’s still a  lot to enjoy here.  Jason get’s his machete for the first time, there’s a nice call back to the infamous part 1 jump scare ending and the film certainly starts to set the tone for what would follow in it’s relentless Jason as unstoppable killer trope. I also really liked the ending where Ginny pretends to be Mrs Voorhees, confusing Jason long enough for her to try and escape.  Miner is a workman like director so the film overall is proficient rather than spectacular but still enjoyable none the less.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Machette + Head + Wheelchair

Any cast of note?  Amy Steel is something of a cult favourite.  Betsey Palmer briefly returns. 

 

 

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Friday the 13th (1980)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The original, and one of the lesser regarded films in the franchise (it didn’t, after all, even feature the iconic Jason as the killer), I was surprised at just how well the film held up some 34 years later.  A nice quality HD transfer, some creative kills and some excellent early Tom Savini FX work, Friday The 13th plays more as a who done it that the slasher series it would later become.  Yup the acting is variable and the fashion dated, but overall it’s a much stronger film that I remember.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Kevin Bacon of course! Arrow through the throat.  Excellent!

Any cast of note? Kevin Bacon

 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

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Nativity – A Quick Capsule Review

Nativity – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ugh.  I like a fun Christmas movie as much as the next person sadly, for me at least, Nativity isn’t that film.  The thing is for every ‘okay’ moment there’s another ten that are badly acted, badly scripted or delivered will all the subtly of a brick to the head.  And the less aid about Mr Poppy the better.  There are a 100 better Christmas films.  Watch anyone of them instead.

Best Bit: Martin Freeman is good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Nativity 2 Danger in the Manger, Love Actually, Elf

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: All Things Film – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed (Complete)

Blog: All Things Film – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed (Complete)

Quick Review

In what may be either a heroic or heroically dumb move, off the back of the rather excellent Crystal Lake Memories documentary, I have decided to rematch EVERY Friday The 13th movie.  From the original 1980’s classic to the franchise killing remake, I will re re-watching ever kill, every slash and every Jason death.  This blog will be updated as I work my way through each of the films, cumulating with a final list of the films in order of greatness (or not… yes Part 5 i’m looking at you!).  So here we go.

Phil Hobden
July 2014

 

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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th (2013)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So the documentary that started it all: Crystal Lake Memories is an exhaustive (and exhausting clocking it at a nearly 400 min run time) look at the history of the Friday The 13th films – from it’s humble beginnings right through Freddy Vs Jason and the studio remake and is a must see for fans of the films. Brough to you by the same team that delivered the equally essential Nightmare Of Elm Street documentary Never Sleep Again no stone is left unturned.  Best of all far from a fluff piece this digs into what worked, what didn’t work and what happened behind the scenes.  Simply put this is both essential and fascinating. 

IMDB Rating: 

Any cast of note?   Almost everyone who has ever been in or involved with the films! 

 

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Friday The 13th (2009)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So in hindsight the remake of Friday 13th is actually pretty good.  Gone are the japery and silliness of the later Friday films, back comes the hardcore gore and nudity that was a hallmark of the series at it’s best.  Plenty of gruesome kills, a story which nicely remakes three Friday’s for the price of one and a cast that can actually act, it’s directed with a sense of respect to the better instalments whilst delivering a few nice new moments.  I liked it and, stood alongside the rest in the series, it comes across as very good indeed.  Recommended.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Sleeping bag then on fire.  Ouch. 

Any cast of note?   Danielle Panabaker, Nana Visitor

 

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Freddy Vs Jason (2003)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay that’s better.  Whilst most of the Friday films have aged badly, Freddy Vs Jason is still a prime cut in a butchers shop of (mostly)offal.   Bride Of Chucky director Ronny Yu once again delivers on a quirky premise and gives fans something they have been waiting for since it was first muted back in The Final Friday.  A knowing film with a strong idea its heart, the films full of crowd pleasing smackdowns, gross out blood and guts and nudity: everything you want from a Freddy or a Jason movie.  Best of all it leaves you wanting more which, sadly, hasn’t yet arrived.  So overall even though this isn’t strictly just a Friday The 13th movie it’s certainly one of the strongest in the series and for sure the one that delivers best all-round.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy’s hand kills… er… Freddy.

Any cast of note?   Robert England, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

 

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Jason X (2001)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yup Jason X is terrible.  But it’s terrible in a knowing, fun and silly kind of way that the franchise has been seriously lacking up to this point.  Just the idea of taking Jason and putting him on a space ship is insane BUT even with terrible 90’s CGI, a near total lack of nudity and gore and acting that is at best dubious the film is just such damn fun. From VR deaths, 80’s Friday The 13th homages to a Cyborg Jason this film just knows what it is and delivers on that, never trying to be anymore or less.  And I kinda salute it for that… oh and did I mention CYBORG JASON??????

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Face, Liquid Nitrogen, Desk.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder. LexaDoig. David Cronenberg. Peter Mensah

 

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Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oh dear.  Look I totally understand that the Friday 13th movies were never grounded in reality.  But seriously Part 9 really does stretch credibility to levels even I couldn’t get on board with.  Supernatural nonsense, Jason’s heart being the key to his powers, transferring from one body to another… it just jumped the shark.  And for a franchise that had last ended with the pretty dire Jason takes Manhattan that’s saying something.  What’s worse is that the gore has been dialled down to almost PG13 levels means the film doesn’t even have that possible redeeming feature.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy comes for Jason (okay technically not a kill but buy far the best bit of the film)

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason an in a cameo as himself.  Steven Williams.  Erin Gray.

 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhatten (1989)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This was one was a bit of a slog.  Which is a shame as I quite enjoyed Jason Takes Manhattan when I was a kid.  Reanimated via electrical cable(yes really!), this film borders on PG-13 at times with virtually zero nudity or gore (and when there are FX they are pretty poor).   Add to that a host of bad performances, an idea so totally dumb that you end up laughing at it more than being scared and you are left with one of the weaker Jason films.  That said it earns an extra star for having the infamous man boxing Jason sequence…

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Head knocked clean off.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason. Also TV stalwart Peter Mark Richman. 

 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 7: New Blood (1988)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sadly Jason returns once more (via telekinesis no less) and despite marking the first time behind the mask for the legendary Kane Hodder, Part 7 is a bit of a slog.  It doesn’t help that it take almost 20 minutes for the first kill to take place, and when they do most are pretty uninspired by this point.  Gone are the higher budget effects of Jason Lives as the franchise marks it’s decline into even cheaper produced tat.  It has a few moments – the sleeping bag kill is ace, but the ending is bad even for these movies.  All in all it’s one to miss.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Sleeping bag around tree!

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder makes his debut as Jason

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Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Jason Lives picks up on the momentum of A New Beginning and runs with it – more kills, more violence but oddly less nudity.   The MPAA strike again.  It also starts the journey of the franchise being (relatively) grounded that ends with Jason being in Space.  Tommy Jarvis returns (with Thom Mathews taking over the role) and this time manages to bring back the unstoppable killer with a bolt of lightning.  Accidental of course, and from there its back to the usual routine of creative deaths.  Jason Lives feels a little more high budget than some of the other entries and a bit more polished. All in all another fun entry.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Head into a toilet wall.

Any cast of note?   Jennifer Cooke, Thom Mathews

 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Well this was a surprise.  The legendarily bad Part 5 (the one where Jason isn’t actually Jason) is actually one of the stronger entries into the series so far.  So yes the plot is total hokum, but this is the last Jason film before things start to go really mental (physic powers, resurrection, Space) and you know what it’s brutal, bloody and well paced with out the “God is anything going to happen” tedium of Parts 3 and 4.  It also has a nice pay off at the end, a hint of where things could have gone, but sadly didn’t.  So far from being rubbish, part 5 is actually a pleasant surprise. Who’d have thought…

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Belt around face, tightened.

Any cast of note?   Corey Feldman. Shaver Ross 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter (1984)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oh dear.  Growing up this was always MY Friday The 13th film.  The one that grabbed me, the one I thought I remembered.  It had Tommy Jarvis, a young Feldman and a kick arse nail in the coffin for Jason.  And years on those things remain.  It’s just a shame that the rest of the film is so tepidly done. Yes much like the previous Friday The 13th sequels, it’s an hour and 10 mins of nothing happening (well some 15 rated nudity but little else) with a handful of kills interspersed.  Sadly it ended up being quite a slog.  So far from the 7/10 classic I remember, this has been the most disappointing Friday yet (at least in terms of expectation!).  Oh and the legendarily bad Part 5 is looming.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Jason’s death at the hands of Tommy.  Brutal.

Any cast of note?   Corey Feldman, naturally. Crispin Glover (Marty McFly’s dad)

 

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Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Part 3?  In 3D?  Don’t mind if I do.  Problem is, when it’s all over, what you have is yet another retreat of the original movie, with little of new of note, zero nudity and some really toned down kills.  I know the MPAA was pretty tough back in the early 80’s but even so it takes the film almost 50 minutes to get into gear and when it does the screaming cast and modernly good FX do little to hop dour attention.  Okay so it’s fun looking at everything set up so that the 3D could be used to max effect and, back in it’s day, this was pretty innovative.  But now?  It’s just kinda funny. The weakest Friday yet…

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Eye pop into screen.  Ah… 80’s 3d!

Any cast of note?   Betsey Palmer briefly returns again with reused Part 2 footage. Dana Kimmell did a few bits after. 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So Part 2 delivers slightly less gore (thank the MPAA for that), a slower pace (mostly the murders don’t start until after 45 minutes in) and a sack-headed Jason.  But whilst it’s not as strong as the original, there’s still a  lot to enjoy here.  Jason get’s his machete for the first time, there’s a nice call back to the infamous part 1 jump scare ending and the film certainly starts to set the tone for what would follow in it’s relentless Jason as unstoppable killer trope. I also really liked the ending where Ginny pretends to be Mrs Voorhees, confusing Jason long enough for her to try and escape.  Miner is a workman like director so the film overall is proficient rather than spectacular but still enjoyable none the less.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Machette + Head + Wheelchair

Any cast of note?  Amy Steel is something of a cult favourite.  Betsey Palmer briefly returns. 

 

 

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Friday the 13th (1980)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The original, and one of the lesser regarded films in the franchise (it didn’t, after all, even feature the iconic Jason as the killer), I was surprised at just how well the film held up some 34 years later.  A nice quality HD transfer, some creative kills and some excellent early Tom Savini FX work, Friday The 13th plays more as a who done it that the slasher series it would later become.  Yup the acting is variable and the fashion dated, but overall it’s a much stronger film that I remember.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Kevin Bacon of course! Arrow through the throat.  Excellent!

Any cast of note? Kevin Bacon

 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: World’s Greatest Dad (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: World’s Greatest Dad (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Damn. There’s nothing like watching a career best performance to make you REALLy realise how you are going to miss someone.  It’s hard to watch a Robin Williams  film now with no degree of post death hyperbole or cushioned, romantic, teary eyes critical love.  The sadness of his passing make sit almost impossible.  Yet beyond all this, his performance here is nothing short of excellent. Touching, heart breaking and fragile, Williams gives a more nuanced performance that his more audience friendly roles he will be remembered for. Which is a shame as World’s Greatest Dad could well be his most intimate look into himself, into Robin Williams the flawed genius.  Watch for Williams but stay for the really rather exellant film he’s part of.

Best Bit: Robin Williams

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: God Bless America, Good Will Hunting, One Hour Photo

 

Author: Phil Hobden

From The Vault: Channing Tatum Talks Fighting

From The Vault: Channing Tatum Talks Fighting

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STEP UP star Channing Tatum gives up dance shoes but not his fast-moving feet for this action-filled film. Shawn MacArthur (Tatum) finds New York City is an unfriendly place when he moves to the metropolis from a small town, but conman Harvey Boarden (IRON MAN’s Terrence Howard) sees Shawn’s potential to be a great street fighter. Shawn battles big names and brutal brawlers on his way to the top, but he soon realizes the world of New York street fighting may be impossible to escape.  COMBAT FILM caught up with Tatum to find out  about his FIGHTING credentials…

Is it true that you suggested the idea for this film?
I suggested the idea of fighting. Robert Munic brought a great script to us but it was about basketball and I just didn’t want to play basketball. I suck at basketball. While we were filming this movie we did a scene on a basketball court, and I shot and I missed the entire goal. I looked over and said: “Thank god we didn’t do a basketball film.”

(Director) Dito (Montiel) had read the script, and he saw the opportunity to bring two characters to the screen that we haven’t seen in commercial films for awhile – like Midnight Cowboy with Ratso and Joe Buck.

Could you relate to the fighting like this?
I’m from the south, Alabama and I’ve been an athlete playing football so I’ve been in my fair share of scrapes. Look I’m not a fighter at all. I would probably run more these days, but I do like watching fighting like Strike Force though.

But this is like fighting to the death
This could get really bad. There is an understanding with fighters – I don’t want to kill you. I just want to win, but in street fighting it could go all the way, so that’s what is really scary nowadays. People don’t know when to stop.

How real is that whole underground fighting world?
It’s very real. I don’t think it’s as glamorous as it’s portrayed. So many people are betting. You can get all of this information online.  There’s Felony Fights on YouTube. There is a lot of underground type of fighting going on and some of it is not safe, it’s pretty brutal.  But it’s absolutely fascinating.

You are physical actor, and coming from acting, was it hard to be accepted as a serious actor?
It was a very hard. I came from the modeling world and I would go to movie castings and they would say they don’t want any past models. You know I won the lottery. My parents had great genes. It’s not a big hurdle because it probably works more for you then against you by leaps and bounds. I’m very happy to be working.

Did you do much stunt work in Fighting?
Yeah, in Fighting there’s not a frame that I’m not in.  That was very important to me. I wasn’t going to do the movie unless I could actually do those physical scenes – fighting, dancing, flipping, anything physical, I can do that. In my mind I could probably do that better than the stunt.

Did you get hurt?
Yeah I busted my nose up a little bit. I had bruises everywhere by the end of it.

You have two huge movies, GI Joe and Public Enemies coming out. Your name is around Hollywood, on billboards and on magazine covers. You’re the next Hollywood ‘big thing’…how does that feel?
It’s a bit of a bubble right now, it hasn’t popped. I don’t know exactly. Every once in a while I’ll feel it like if I’m walking through an airport and there’s a (laughs) a high school field trip or something, then that can get a little crazy.

You seem very grounded – is that from your family?
 I’m from the south, from a little town in Alabama. My family are just good normal people. My family and friends keep me grounded

 Have you ever been so angry in your own life that you’ve just hit someone?
(Laughs) I’ve been in my fair share of scrapes, but I’m not a fighter. I’m not a tough guy at all. I walk away from fights now.


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The Goods: Live Fast, Sell Hard : A Quick Capsule Review

The Goods: Live Fast, Sell Hard : A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
By most people’s standards The Goods is a pretty terrible film.  Yet oddly booted by the considerable charisma of Entourage standout Jeremy Piven and some ample support cast (half the Hangover seem sot be in here) I found myself plenty amused by this tale of a super car sales man and an impossible mission to clear a lot over a weekend.  It has issues, but even the obligatory Will Ferrall cameo can’t sink it.  And that’s saying something…

Best Bit: Piven.  He’s superb.

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Rent

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If you liked this try: Old School (6/10); Horrible Bosses (5/10);  The Watch (4/10)

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2009

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2009

Quick Review Year In Review

Stinker Of The Year : Body Of Lies (3/10)
In Brief: Body Of Lies biggest crime was that it was just painfully dull. A bad film that you could have maybe excused if it was a cheap DTV action thriller but the whole situation is compounded by the fact it was a Ridley Scott movie with a cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio. Avoid.

2. Fighting
In Brief: Worst MMA film ever. DULL.

3. Watchmen
In Brief: Over hyped, dull and sooooo loooong.  Massive let down.

4. Transformers : Revenge Of The Fallen
In Brief: So much money. Wasted. Oh at least you see Megan Fox in jeans. DULL!

5. Xmen Origins: Wolverine
In Brief: Yawn.

Bubbling under:
Twilight; The Day the Earth Stood Still; Max Payne; Pride & Glory; Bronson; Never Surrender; Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2

Robots, Ninjas & Action Men – Summer 2009

Robots, Ninjas & Action Men – Summer 2009

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The big summer blockbuster season is upon us once again, with Hollywood already starting to roll out the big marketing campaigns and mega expensive Superbowl TV spots I thought it would be a good time to take a look at what we can expect in this years silly Season.Transformers : Revenge Of The Fallen is set to be the Summers biggest film. With a massive budget – rumoured to be in excess of $250 million USD, huge scale – Battling on pyramids! Destroying cities! and almost guaranteed box office – the original film took in excess of $700 million USD at the global box office, good or bad Transformers 2 will be massive film.

Director Michael Bey is upbeat for sure “I really feel this movie is not a forced sequel. I think the script is really good, and I think it’s got a lot of new stuff in it.” He said when recently interviewed, “There are a lot of rumours out there, but we’ve released a lot of fake stuff. We’ve done a really good job of keeping things secret”

What DO we know? Expect more robots including the Constructicons and Soundwave, a bigger role for Deceptacon & chief Megatron baiter Starscream and most of the original cast returning including Megan Fox, Turtlub and LaBouf.

Oh and that Bey will edit the film to within an inch of its life as always….

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen is out in the UK on the 26th June 2009.

Fast & Furious (which is number four in the franchise) comes care of Asian director Justin Lin who previously helmed

the better than expected third film in the series Tokyo Drift. Paul Walker & Vin Diesel return and with Lin behind the wheel (so to speak) the film should at least deliver some exciting car action which is what it’s about after all.“I just look at this one as it’s really the first true sequel.” Enthused Paul Walker at a recent Fast & Furious press junket “Vin and I in the first one and it’s kind of like okay, they’re back together again finally. When I tell fans, Vin and I are back making another one, people are pretty excited about it…”

The Fast & Furious movie shave always been popcorn escapist fun so set your expectations to low and this should be at least enjoyable.

Fast & Furious is out in the UK on 5th June.

Next up is G.I Joe : The Rise Of Cobra a film which, if done right, could be whole bunch of fun. Okay so it’s directed by Stephen Sommers who hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with his previous efforts such as The Mummy films or

the direr Van Helsing. But the trailer promises Wanted style OTT action and the film will boast the lovely but loose Sienna Miller in a tight cat suit.That aside (!), this live action version of the famed Hasbro action figure (who wouldn’t want to be a Hasbro shareholder right now!) has all the right ingredients to be a solid PG-13 action film including a quirky international cast that teams up Brit’s Sienna Miller & Ray Park alongside bigger names like Brendan Frasier and Arnold Vosloo and some OTT action care of second unit director Greg Michael (‘Mummy’; ‘Van Helsing’)

Let’s face it – whilst GI Joe will never trouble the academy, if done right this could be a diverting 90 minutes of a fun, action packed ride like Transformers. Of course if not then we could be looking at a dire, unwatchable mess like Van Helsing. Let’s hope for the former…

G.I Joe : The Rise Of Cobra is out in the UK in August 7th .

Inglourious Basterds hits cinemas in August. The latest film from film god and Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino this time sees the maverick director put his unique slant on World War 2 movies.

The film that tells the story of Lieutenant Aldo Raine (played by Brad Pitt), who teams together a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution against the Nazi’s. Known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” Raine’s squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich.

Tarrantino describes the film as “…my bunch-of-guys-on-a-mission film. [It’s] my Dirty Dozen or Where Eagles Dare or Guns of Navarone kind of thing”

Alongside Brad Pitt stars Cabin Fever director Eli Roth, Mike Myers, Sam Jackson, Diane Kruger and Jade Screen favourite Maggie Cheung as Madame Mimeux. With it’s trademark quirky cast (although not as impressive as the original rumoured cast which included Michael Madsen alongside action Icons Stallone, Willis and Arnie), no doubt snappy dialogue and heaps of OTT violence this should be the hit of the Summer.

 

Tarantino needs a hit (Death Proof and Kill Bill 2 have sullied is once great reputation) and in terms of hyping it up he has been talking about this movie since the early 90’s. See for yourself when Inglourious Basterds hits the big screen on August 21st (UK/USA).Arriving towards the end of the summer is thriller Shanghai. In the months leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbour, an American man (John Cusack) arrives in Shanghai to find his friend recently murdered. In investigating his friend’s death, he stumbles upon a secret that the United States government doesn’t want uncovered…

The film is directed by Mikael Håfström (1408, Derailed) and co-stars Batman Begins’s Ken Watanabe as well as Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li and Rinko Kikuchi .Håfströmis a good, if not great, director but the cast is good and the period setting may arose some interest.

Shanghai is out in the UK in September.

Tekken gets it’s big screen release towards the end of 2009. Starring Brit John Foo, Luke Goss, Gary Daniels the film also co-stars Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and a cast of fighters, Martial artists and all-around hard nuts. The story? Well according to the official press blurb it’s “A high-octane action movie about a young man who discovers he holds a great power and must battle a team of elite fighters who will stop at nothing in order to get it from him”

In reality it’s the big screen adaptation of the popular video game that should at least see a high bang for buck ratio. Deep Dwight H.Little directs, who of late has carved out a career directing for TV shows like Prison Break & 24, and the script comes care of Face/Off writer Michael Colleary. Will it be any good? Well video game to big screen adaptation have a chequered track record and the last film like this to be adapted, Mortal Kombat, didn’t exactly set the world on fire. BUT it has a great cast, including the much under appreciated but highly talented Gary Daniels, and good director so you never know…
Tekken is out in the UK towards the end of 2009

Finally, comes the return of two 80’s icons in Ninja Assassin. Yes that right Ninjas are back… and this time with a budget! Produced by the Brothers Wachowski and directed by V For Vendetta helmer James McTiuage, the film stars Korean Pop sensation Rain alongside Naomi Harris and one Sho Kosugi, making his return back to a sub-genre he popularised back in the 80’s.

McTiuage is clear on his frame of reference for Ninja Assassin, aiming to recapture the vibe of classic Asian cinema: “The Kouroswa ninja films, the 60’s ninja film called Shinobi no Mono… these are my inspirations here. We didn’t go down the whole 80’s route… “ What no American Ninja? McTiuage also reaffirmed that this wouldn’t be a PG-13 movie “Definitely R rating. My interest in Definitely making an adult film.”


Little other than a few training videos have been made available for the film so far but the set visit promised Ninjas galore alongside the return of a genre icon and some hardcore action means this should be a film to watch out for.
Ninja Assassin’s release date is TBC

Other films that are well worth looking out for include the Tony Scott directed remake of Pelham 1 2 3 in June, Daniel Radcliff and gang returning in July in Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince . Also in July look out for the Michael Mann directed ‘Heat with Tommy Guns’ Public Enemies, staring Christian Bale & Johnny Depp.

You can watch the latest trailers for most of these movies at

www.apple.com/trailers.Phil Hobden