Kajaki – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Kajaki – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Kajaki is the best movie from 2014 that you haven’t seen.  Scrub that it’s probably one of the best movies from 2104 period.  Kajaki is as brutal and intimate a war movie as you are ever likely to experience.  And trust me experience is the word… I watched Kajaki and at times forgot to breathe.  The tension is palpable, the acting flawless and the direction outstanding.  This is a must see.

Best Bit: Tension.  In spades.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: BlackHawk Down, Platoon, ’71


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The Babadook – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Babadook – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
There’s little left to be said about The Babadook.  From All Things Film’s own Andrew Mackay’s glowing review to the heaps of 5 star reviews across the globe, it’s fair top say the film arrives with bucket loads of hype.  And you know what… for once it actually deserves it! Scary as hell, this old school horror film is so unsettling and oppressive that it will stay will for you for weeks to come. Needless to say this is a film that demands to be seen in teh best possible way – so turn off the lights, send teh kids to bed and get prepared to be scared shitless.

Best Bit: Direction.  One of the most assured feature debuts ever.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Shining, The Others, We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

 

 

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The Equalizer – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Equalizer – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Equalizer is a film Tony Scott would have made if he’d still ben alive. In fact if anything it feels like a prequel to Man On Fire. If this sounds like a great idea, then this is very much for you.  A revenge film heavy on revenge, violence and creative ways to kill, this is Washington (and director Antoine Fuqua for that matter) on cruise mode. But he does ‘Cruise’ almost better than anyone and whilst he’s never stretched he’s certainly having fun.  And that’s never a bad thing.  In short: Bloody, violent if a bit over long.

Best Bit: Home depot finale

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Commando, Man On Fire, Harry Brown

 

Author: Phil Hobden

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Sharknado Week: Sharknado 2 The Second One – A Quick Capsule Review

Sharknado Week: Sharknado 2 The Second One – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As you would probably expect Sharknado 2 is either the best film you’ve ever seen or the worst film ever made – depending on if you found the first one as genius as I did.  From Evil Dead references (several in fact) to off the hook performances, the worst CGI you have ever seen and an opening sequence so utterly stupid that it rates as possibly the best sequence in a film in 2014, Sharknado knows it’s dumb and naff.  And that’s kinda why it works.  It never takes itself seriously, relishes in it’s own stupidity and places it’s tongue firmly in cheek… which is exactly why this is one of the most enjoyable films of 2014 so far.

It aint the Godfather… but it also aint Tranfourhours 4.  Which is something to be grateful for.

Best Bit: Sharks On A Plane

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Sharknado, Snakes On A Plane; Giant Something vs Mega whatever (pick the something and whatever)

 

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Spoiler Alert: Gone Girl (2014)

Spoiler Alert: Gone Girl (2014)

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In this regular feature we go places few others dare… by spoiling the twist from some great (and not so great) films. So if you haven’t seen the film in question… don’t look!

No really.  Don’t.

 


 

Amy planned it all along.  And traps Nick by artificially inseminating herself with his semen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

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In our continuing regular feature, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of a particular genre… 

 

This time out: The Best Superhero Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: Batman Vs Superman, Thor Ragnarok, Mystery Men

 

 

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Avengers Week: Guardian’s Of The Galaxy – A Quick Capsule Review

Avengers Week: Guardian’s Of The Galaxy – A Quick Capsule Review

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With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films! 

 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay let’s get this out the way early doors: this film is awesome.  In fact it’s probably top 2 or 3 of Marvel movies to date as well as being the most fun and enjoyable film of 2014.  Quite simply director James Gunn delivers in a film that most people had written off before the first frame was ever shot.  The characters connect (Rocket Racoon is simply genius), Chris Pratt stamps his mark as a leading man and the otherworld setting makes for a nice change from the usual Earth bound superhero movies.  The action works, it’s funny as hell and, quite frankly, if you heaven seen this you are missing out.  Big time.

Best Bit: Rocket Racoon

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars, The Avengers, Captain America Winter Solider

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Author: Phil Hobden

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I‘m a late convert to the HTTYD franchise having only just seen the first two films with my daughter. The fact she has had these on repeat (along with the equally good TV Show) is credit to the appeal these movie shave.  Adventure, romance, action and loss… it deals with them all keeping boys and girls (as well as mums and dads) massively entertained. In short: cracking fun.

Best Bit: The Final rescue! 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: How to Train Your Dragon, Dragons: Race To The Edge, Rise Of The Guardians

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: All Things Film – Exodus Gods And Kings Reviewed (Well Kinda)

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So Ridley Scott’s latest… well to save you time (both in reading this review and watching this film) it joins a VERY small list of films I couldn’t actually finish.  Yup with a planner full of Justin’s, House Of Cards and, frankly, watching point dry as alternatives I gave up at just over an hour and a quarter.

However in lieu of a review of the full film, this is what I have learnt from what I managed to endure:

1) All Egyptians are camper than Julian Clary at a camping exhibition on national be camp day.

2) Every-time a Hebrew speaks I keep expecting dialogue from Life Of Brian to come out. Yes it’s that badly mounted at times.

3) It looks amazing. Computers can sure make an impressive looking film. Sadly however as you know nothing is real in the film and everything is CGI (maybe even Bale’s beard?) I keep trying to grab my PS4 remote to start playing the game then remember it’s actually a film and I haven’t just been watching cut scenes. This is disappointing. 

4) ALL Ridley Scott films MUST start with Basil Exposition captions. It’s the law. 

5) There are no mirrors in Ancient Egypt. If there were, Moses would clearly be able to see he looks nothing like a fucking Egyptian and therefore when he is told he is in fact Hebrew he, like everyone else watching, should be able to go ” Duh! No shit! Do I look like one of them?”. This could make the film about an hour shorter. 

6) John Turturro is a terrible actor. This is only JUST a step up from his appearances in Transformers. He should now retire safe in the knowledge that anything good he once did has now been forgotten. Much like Rolph Harris. 

7) Egyptians seem to have accents ranging from what I assume is Egyptian, to American, to British American to I have no god damn idea what accent Turturro was doing.  This is Russell Crowe in Robin Hood all over again but with a whole cast instead.

8) Time jumps from meeting someone to getting married in the NEXT SHOT just doesn’t work at all. Then to do it again seconds later and he has kids? Criminal.

9) Alien and to a lesser extend Blade Runner were flukes. Ridley Scott is a hack.

10) Prometheus 2 should now be avoided at all costs. As should this.

Author: Phil Hobden

 

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Blog: All Things Film – Pride Reviewed

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I meant it when I said 2014 was reserving its best for the latter half of the year. Pride is astonishingly strong and moving stuff.

Set in 1984 during the miner’s strike, a small group of gays and lesbians form LGSM – Lesbians and Gays Supporting the Miners, and go around collecting any old scrap bit of change from the public and directly donate the proceeds to the miners as they enter their near-year strike against Thatcher. Into the fray are leader Mark, played by Ben Schnetzer, and a young Kevin McKidd-looking guy named Joe. Joe is twenty and joins the London gay pride march, where he hooks up with this clique of cheery fellows. There’s a lone girl (a lesbian, and not too quiet about it) and the time then comes for them to visit Wales; a sleepy town where the locals are not exactly open minded about this gang’s sexual proclivities.

Well, I must say Pride is a joyous little romp and no mistake. It’s interesting, also, that it’s based on true events which are ground breaking in so many ways. While I was watching the film I kept a keen eye out for plot contrivances or any smearing of the truth to better the narrative’s cause. It turns out very little (character pieces aside, anyway) was fudged in favour of creating a decent story.

And so what director Matthew Warchus creates here is a little belter of a picture, complete with largely extended cameos from Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton. It’s pretty formulaic stuff and without a genuine antagonist, unless of course you count Thatcher as the prime bad guy, but what it does is tell a good story and hits all the right notes.
I think the film is a triumph in particular for Dominic West, who plays Jonathan, one of the first ever men in the UK to be diagnosed with HIV. The end text reveals he’s still alive today and has just turned sixty-five.

The star of the show, though, is Ben Schnetzer has Mark. Schnetzer was one of the disgusting, narrow-eyed dolts in The Riot Club earlier this year, and his Mark character here couldn’t be any further from the role he plays in that other film. Schnetzer successfully tightrope walks between cloy sentimentality and somewhat camp charisma, which is beautifully understated throughout the picture. It’s a tough ask to carry the weight of the picture on your shoulders, but Schnetzer manages brilliantly.

Pride is the story of one of 1985’s triumphs, and one of 2014’s truly unadulterated gems

 

Author: Andrew Mackay