Endgame Week: Avengers Assemble (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review

Endgame Week: Avengers Assemble (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Avengers Assemble changed the landscape of modern cinema.  Yup Iron Man was more significant in terms of launching the MCU but The Avengers/ Avengers Assemble showed that a multi-layered set up across multiple films and characters could be brought together in a film that gave (almost) everyone their moment in the sun whilst being coherent, fun and full of memorable moments (and quibble lines). It also nailed the Hulk after multiple miss steps.  Avengers Assemble is still the best of all the Avengers movies and wipes the floor with Justice League.  Essential.

Best Bit: Attack on New York

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Iron Man, Thor , Captain America

 


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Nativity 2 : Danger In the Manger – A Quick Capsule Review

Nativity 2 : Danger In the Manger – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Nativity 2 : Danger In the Manger is one to miss.  Yup even if you liked the first outing (I was NOT a fan) there’s little to enjoy in this seriously bloated and unfunny sequel.  In fact I offer up that with much tighter editing and a much shorter finale (god so much pointless singing) this film would have least had the fact it was short going for it but now, at just under two hours, it doesn’t even have that. My kid liked it but I feared even she was bored by the end.  Watch one of the many better Christmas movies instead.

Best Bit: Tennant is the best thing here by far

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Nativity, Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?, Nativity Rocks

 


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West Of Memphis (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

West Of Memphis (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review
West Of Memphis is one of the most engaging, tense and fascinating films i have seen in 2012.  Not documentary.  Film.  An unbelievable story, about an unbelievable set of events, Memphis tacks this familiar case from origins up to date, leaving you in no uncertain terms where the filmmakers and their many supporters lay their suspicions.  Emotionally charged and simply brilliant.

Best Bit: That was nearly 3 hours?  Flies past.

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy

If you liked this try: Into The Abyss, Inside Job, Catfish, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hill

 

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GLOW The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling  – A Quick Capsule Review

GLOW The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Few people will remember the crazy antics of GLOW – the Glamorous Ladies Of Wrestling. Even as a wrestling fan of the late 80’s I only have a passing memory.  But this 2012 documentary, released on Netflix on the eve of it’s own dramatised GLOW series, gives you an affectionate look back at the rapping, highly stylised characters behind what was a landmark in wrestling television.  One for fans and non fans alike.

Best Bit: The reunion

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (On Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Beyond The Mat, Hitman Hart Wrestling With Shadows, The Rise And Dall Of Fall

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Author: Phil Hobden

Rise Of The Guardians – A Quick Capsule Review

Rise Of The Guardians – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Rise Of The Guardians is a really good film.  It’s full of adventure, humour and epic set pieces with a strong central morality that makes it stand out from the many similar films that are out there.  Also my 7 year old loved it which is usually a good sign that a film has hit the mark.  The characters are well drawn (both in a character sense and a artistic sense) and the film leaves you with a warm feeling by the end.  Great for kids and adults alike.

Best Bit: The elves are brilliant

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Epic, Frozen, The Minions Movie

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Author: Phil Hobden

Safety Not Guaranteed : A Quick Capsule Review

Safety Not Guaranteed : A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Safety Not Guaranteed is a sweet, charming romantic science fiction comedy with excellent central performances, good direction and a story just quirky enough to pay off for everyone involved.  Special mention must go to leads Mark Duplass & Aubrey Plaza whose chemistry fizzles out the screen.  One for the romantics. And the slightly mad.

Best Bit: The pay off.

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Rent

If you liked this try: Chasing Amy (8/10); Liberal Arts (7/10); Coffee Town (4/10)

Birth of The Living Dead: A Quick Capsule Review

Birth of The Living Dead: A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Birth Of The Living Dead is an extended interview with Zombie godfather George A Romero about, unsurprisingly, the birth of the his original dead trilogy, the iconic Night of The Living Dead.  Even in his 70’s Romero is captivating, and the stories (whilst mostly heard before) are well told.  The film is reality simple but the analysis of the times racial politics against the films production paints a fascinating story of what, in the hands of a lesser director, could have been a total mess. Interesting then, if not essential.

Best Bit: Romero.  He’s still a fantastic interviewee.

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Rent

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If you liked this try: The Hamster Factor (9/10); Full Tilt Boogie (8/10); Document of The Dead (7/10)

Review: Stand Up Guys (DVD/BR)

Review: Stand Up Guys (DVD/BR)

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The Review: It’s a dream cast and a film I’ve been looking forward to for a while; three old gangster codgers hook up together for one last job-type of a movie. Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, reuniting – if nothing else – two of the principle players from Glengarry Glen Ross. Theoretically, this sounds promising; part mob flick, part comedy, part drama. I think. The advertising has been a bit confusing – and now, after having sat through it, I still don’t know what this is. And do not be fooled by the poster, either.

What I can reveal about it, however, is that it isn’t terribly good. Walken collects Pacino as he’s released from jail after 28 years to show him a good time (literally, courtesy of our own Brit-turned-Hollywood star Lucy Punch and her gaggle of Eastern European hookers) and innumerable trips to steak houses, bars and coffee huts. The thing is, Walken is on strict instructions to pop a cap in Pacino’s ass from mob boss Mark Margolis (in a stilted half-a-day cameo) – and it’s all quite bittersweet as they reminisce about “da good ol’ days” – culminating in an attempt to rescue the remaining member of their gang from an old folks home. Alan Arkin plays this character that they have to rescue. The old folks home has as much security as a KFC, and he simply could have wandered out of there any time he pleases.

Here’s the problem; the script is by first-timer Noah Haidle. Yeah, I never heard of him, either. Looking him up on the IMDb, he has two short films under his belt, and looks to be about 15 years old. Funnily enough, that’s precisely how the script unfurls on screen. The movie is lifeless and staid as a result, aided none by actor Fisher Steven’s pedestrian direction.

Is it any wonder that Pacino, Walken and Arkin look thoroughly bored? At times this felt like a sort of mess-around recce for another film. They’ve not got much to work with, and the film meanders trying to find purpose. Everyone looks as bored as I felt sitting through it. It’s a directionless vacuum of entertainment; no, not even the trademark “Walkinisms” register on screen. Arkin looks angry that he’s involved in this mess. The only player emerging unscathed is the cute Addison Timlin playing the down-to-earth waitress entertaining the old codgers in the wee small hours.

Sure, the film perks up in the final moments, but by then it’s too little, too late – and anyway, just as things get cooking, the film conveniently ends.

It’s a shame – this movie could have been a small, hidden belter.

I’ve no doubt it will go straight to video here on its eventual release. And how ironic and prescient would it be if it did so in April – around about the time the tax bill is due from the main players, obviously signing on the dotted line for this embarrassing yawn-fest to avoid the IRS for another tax year.

 

Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay

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