The Guest (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Guest (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Guest is rather good.  Actually it’s excellent.  Which is a good thing because at times you’re not quite sure whether this film will end up being as bold as it sets out.  With a winning central performance by Dan Stevens, some top notch directing from Wingard and enough bat shit mental moments to reference for a long time to come, The Guard is truly one of the most unique films of the year.

Best Bit: Stevens central performance.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Drive, You’re Next, The Purge

 

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Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…

The Boxtrolls (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Boxtrolls (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however,.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit

 

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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…

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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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

 

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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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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