Tag Archives: 2013 Films

Blog: Rewind This – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: VHS was the moment that movies became available to everyone and the business of movies jumped up a gear.  Rewind This is an affectionate look back at those heady days of the dawn of the VHS era, an era which quite frankly changed the world forever.  Looking at the social, economic and personal impact, it’s a fascinating look ... Read More »

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Quick Reviews (Diana, Gone Girl, The Family, Locke)

Grosse Point Geek delivers his latest selection of quick reviews. -(!), The Family and more.   Gone Girl (Cinema) Director: David Fincher Actors: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike Adapted from the book of the same name by Gillian Flynn, this is cinema at its best. Affleck is perfectly cast as the wayward husband accused of murdering his seemingly perfect wife – brilliantly played by Blighty’s own Rosamund Pike. ... Read More »

Blog: The Machine – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Machine is a rare thing – an exciting, well made independent science fiction film that adeptly manages to mix high concept with arse kicking action.  Arrow’s Caity Lotz , alongside former Bond villain Toby Stephens star in a film that, in lesser hands, could have been a real drag but director Caradog W. James works his limited budget ... Read More »

Blog: The Sacrament – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I’m not a massive fan of Ti West’s work so far.   Cabin Fever 2 was bad, VHS bored me and I haven’t yet seen The Innkeepers.  However based on The Sacrament, West could actually be a director to watch.  Based loosely on the Jonestown Massacre, The Sacrament is a documentary style movie (NOT found footage as these ... Read More »

Blog: Savaged – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Brutal, bloody and spirited – this independent horror is like a throw back to the early films of Sam Rami and Peter Jackson.  And that’s a very good thing.  Unrelentingly grim, rape revenge films are usually rather predictable and boring.  Not so here – writer/director Ojeda finds a rather innovative new approach and harks back to the ... Read More »

Lovelace: A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Lovelace isn’t Boogie Nights. In fact it’s only just a step up from a Hallmark movie of the week, which is a shame because at it’s core is a solid and often brave performance from Amanda Seyfried but she’s let down by a one sided story, flat direction and a sense of always trying to be more ... Read More »

Review: Oldboy 2013 (DVD/BR)

The Review: This unnecessary remake stars Josh Brolin as a man locked away for twenty years with seemingly no reason, before being released and hooking up with a nurse to find out why the perpetrators imprisoned him. If you’ve seen the original, then you know the rest – and you know this remake. The only practically new thing Spike Lee does ... Read More »

Dirty Wars: A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Dirty Wars is an interesting documentary, hobbled by the the “look at me” focus by writer and story teller  Jeremy Scahill. It’s not that he’s bad per say, he just get’s in the way of what is a much more interesting story.  That said at times this film manages to shock and once again highlights that war ... Read More »