Killer Joe (2011) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Killer Joe (2011) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay this one will split audiences down the middle. Edgy, tough and at times hugely uncomfortable, Killer Joe is now for the weak at heart.  Or of stomach.  In fact it’s fair to say this former stage play is about as claustrophobic and uncomfortable as a film can be.  Move past the obvious shock value, this is a superbly acted, boundary pushing film of the highest order.  A pleasant surprise.  Be warned however when the chicken is introduced most will want to look away.

Best Bit: Fried Chicken

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Bad Lieutenant, Shallow Grave, Silence Of The Lambs

 


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Tactical Force – A Quick Capsule Review

Tactical Force – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Arriving straight to DVD back in 2011 (and probably straight to Netflix in most places), Tactical Force is a vehicle for former wrestler ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and former Spawn star Michael Jai White.  It doesn’t really do much for either career to be fair and the film is It’s terrible for the most part but doesn’t take itself too seriously so ends up being a totally forgettable but diverting low budget action film.  Packed with a few nice fights, a couple of neat car chases and shoot outs and some hysterically bad dialogue – what more could you want?

Best Bit: Austin’ dead pan delivery is ace.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Kick Boxer Vengeance, American Ninja, The Condemned 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Screwed – A Quick Capsule Review

Screwed – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Screwed is an above Average low budget prison drama that manages to get good performances out of it’s talented cast and mostly avoid the standard tropes of the prison movie.  It’s not perfect (it’s ambition out strips it’s budget at times) but there’s a lot to enjoy here, not least a pre Mr Jarvis/ Agent carter James D’Arcy and some solid direction from Reg Traviss.

Best Bit: Noel Clarke is chilling

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Scum, Brotherhood, We Still Steal The Old Way

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Author: Phil Hobden

Kung Fu Panda 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Kung Fu Panda 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Kung Fu Panda 2 is an exceptionally made animated film with possibly one of the best voice casts ever put on screen.  A great sequel which, from a technical point of view, steps the franchise up to a new level.  It’s a slight shame then that with a darker story a lot of the originals charm and wit is lost.  That doesn’t make it bad in any way – far from it – BUT you can’t help but think throughout that the original was just a much more enjoyable film.  Kids will love it but beware this is a lot darker than you may be expecting.

Best Bit: Inner peace.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 3, Ice Age

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2011

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2011

Quick Review Year In Review
FILM OF THE YEAR: Hugo
In Brief: Magical children’s fantasy film by a director who has never been anything less than brilliant.  A top notch cast, a heart-warming message and the best use of 3D yet makes for one of the best children’s films for an age.
2. Senna
In Brief: Powerful, well made documentary that gives you a glimpse into the world of motorsport at the highest end and the celebration and tragedy that goes alongside with it.
3. True Grit
In Brief: Or how you remake a classic and pretty much make it better that the original in every way.

4. Girl With A Dragon Tattoo
In Brief: Blockbuster remake of the year.  Fincher doesn’t do bad films often and GWADT is no exception.  A brilliant, brilliant film that  has been criminally overlooked for the kudos it deserves.
5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
In Brief: Best MI film yet (well maybe tied with MI3), Cruise delivers a top notch performance wowing with his own stunt work in a well made, expertly directed action film.

Bubbling under: Captain America; Tucker & Dale Vs Evil; Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Super 8, The Inbetweeners Movie, Contagion, Xmen First Class, Drive

 

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Best Film of 2011: Hugo

Best Film of 2011: Hugo

Best & Worst Quick Review
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review
Film of the year.  Period.  Hugo is a delight, a film for all ages by a director at the top of his game. Funny, exciting and with real heart, Hugo is a rare beast in that it entertains both adults and children without patronising or pandering to  either.  Oh… and 3D that doesn’t make you want to scream.  Must watch.  
 
Best bit: Scorsese Recreating the films
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
IMDB Rating: 9/10
If you liked this try: Kundun (9/10); ET (9/10); Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (7/10)

 

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2011

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2011

Quick Review Year In Review

STINKER OF THE YEAR: Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon (2/10)
In Brief: Simply put everything that is wrong with Hollywood today.  Vacuous, pointless and dull, this loud, obnoxious $250 million abortion of a movie was just dire. And yet it made lots of money,.  Go figure.

2. Sucker Punch
In Brief: Uncomfortable to watch without feeling more than a bit dirty, Sucker Punch was style over substance and ended up being just dull. One to avoid for everyone other than horney teenagers who haven’t yet discovered pornography.

3. Rubber
In Brief: If like my films off the wall. I like them mad as a box of frogs. But Rubber was just pointless, pretentious tripe.

4. Scream 4
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n Brief: The shark jumped, this was a sequel that was just not needed. Most Scary thing: Courtney Cox’s botox face. Nasty.

5. Season of The Witch
In Brief: Nick Cage makes another stinker and drags Ron Pearlman with him. Just dull, dull, dull.