Contagion (2011) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Contagion (2011) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Contagion is a superbly tense, gritty look at how the world falls part when pushed to its limits by a highly contagious virus.  Matt Damon especially delivers in a very untypical role and the star studied support cast are all on top form. Okay so maybe Outbreak is more fun but Contagion is far more scary.  Excellent if chilling.

Best Bit: Day 1

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Outbreak, The Invasion, I Am Legend 

 


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

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

A Blog The Blogs

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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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 36 Must See Films Of The Decade (2010-2019)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 36 Must See Films Of The Decade (2010-2019)

2019: In Review Other Cr*p Quick Review Year In Review

So this is it: Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests (including podcasters Mike Parkin & Josh Morris, Filmmaker Ross Boyask and Phil’s Quick Capsule Review writers Will Strong & Matt Duddy) LONG list of the 36 must see films of the Decade (2010-2019)

This list will also form the basis of our vote for the Essential Films of the Decade (2010-2019)

So how many have YOU seen?

Avengers Assemble
Avengers Endgame
Avengers Infinity War
Cabin in the Woods
Captain America: Winter Soilder
Deadpool
Ex Machina
Green Room
Happy Death Day
How To Train Yoru Dragon 
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Inception
John Wick
Kings Of Summer
Kubo and the Two Strings
Mad Max Fury Road
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Misson Impossible: Fall Out
Nightshooters
Operation Red Sea
Pitch Perfect
Skyfall
Social Network
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Star Wars: Rogue One
Super 8
T2 Trainspotting
The Greatest Showman
The Signal
The Way Way Back
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Toy Story 3
Warrior
What We Do in the Shadows
Whiplash
Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Check back in the next few days for our final list or take the QUIZ HERE  to see how many you have seen!

Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is a look back at all the films I gave the coveted Best & Worst awards each year to from the previous decade, as we look back at the previous 10 years of movies.  Have opinions changed?  Actually on a few… yes.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – The Social Network
2011 – Hugo 
2012 – Argo (Should have been: Skyfall)
2013 – Rush
2014 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash (Should have been: Mad Max: Fury Road)
2016 – The Nice Guys (Should have been: Kubo And The Two Strings)
2017 – Baby Driver (Should have been: T2 Trainspotting)
2018 – Coco (Should have been TIED with: Mission Impossible: Fallout)
2019 – Joker

BEST FILM Of the Decade: Mad Max: Fury Road


Honourable Mentions:
American: the Bill Hicks Story, Senna, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty, Life Itself, Inside Out, Kubo And The Two Strings, T2 Trainspotting, Mission Impossible: Fallout

 

WORST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – Skyline
2011 – Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon
2012 – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance
2013 – The Host
2014 – Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 
2015 – Fifty Shades Of Grey
2016 – Point Break (2016)
2017 – Fifty Shades Darker
2018 – The Cloverfield Paradox (Should have been Holmes & Watson)
2019 – The Dead Don’t Die 

WORST FILM Of the Decade: Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions: 44 Inch Chest, Sucker Punch, Cold Light of Day, The Worlds End, Sex Tape, He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down, Central Intelligence, Transformers The Last Knight, Fifty Shades Freed

 

 


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Bellflower (2011) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bellflower (2011) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bellflower is a bit of an enigma.  A few days after watching the film I still don’t really have an clue what the point actually was.  That’s not to say that it’s not enjoyable – it is, or that I didn’t like it – in fact I liked it a lot… BUT I just don’t really have a clue what the film was about. This award winning indie darling, made for under a million USD, is superbly crafted all things considered and really brings a unique visual style and feel.  Performances are strong but this wont be for everyone.

Best Bit: Medusa!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Mad Max, Take Shelter, Safety Not Guaranteed

 


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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 

IMDB Rating: 

 

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

IMDB Rating: 

 

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

IMDB Rating: 

 

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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