Tag Archives: 2015 Films

Only The Dead – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: A war documentary that tries to explore both sides of the story, Only The Dead hits home with some pretty gruesome imagery and a blurred morality that puts you uncomfortably both in front and behind enemy lines. How much you’ll connect the film will depend a lot on how you feel for it’s Australian “lead” whose front and centre throughout, but it’s ultimate ... Read More »

The Minds Eye – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The low budget sequel to Scanners we never wanted or needed, The Minds Eye is made on a shoe string with all the trappings of a low budget film you’ve come to expect.  OTT lighting, weak actors, limited locations, poor script, SHOUTING.  The films ONE saving grace is that when it finally gets going near the ... Read More »

The Survivalist – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: A corker of a film – certainly not one that will appeal to everyone for sure – but if you liked The Road or saw German film Hell this is certainly one to watch.  Set after an unexplained apocalypse, The Survivalist is a dark, uncompromising film that at times is very hard to watch.  That said it’s ... Read More »

Pan (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: It don’t want to see like I’m being overly harsh here but Pan possibly rates as one of the films I’ve least connected with in my long history of watching movies.  And I sat through The Thin Red Line.  Pan is admitably visually stunning but it lacks any cohesion, leaving you feeling oddly hollow. Ye this is ... Read More »

Concussion – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: In the whitest Academy award nomination season ever, there’s an argument to say that Will Smith’s performance in the worthy but very obvious Concussion more than deserved at least a nod.  He is for sure excellent in the film.  I guess the problem with this, and many other ‘award’ films, is that they are almost made ... Read More »

Big Hero Six – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Well that was a pleasant surprise.  For nearly two years I’ve been trying to crusade my daughter to watch Big Hero Six but she’s always flatly refused. Under the guise of fathers day, she finally relented.  She loved it. And so did I. Win/win in my book.  Gloriously animated, lovingly voiced and with a strong script ... Read More »

Blog: Legend – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Ultimately Legend is a film that is made or broken on it’s performances and in this case what you have is probably one of Tom Hardy’s best as he plays both Ronnie and Reggie Kray.  Aside from that simply stunning central performance the rest of the film is a bit hit and miss.  With a voice ... Read More »

Blog: The Final Girls – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Horror comedy is a tough gig to pull off and post scream self referential horror comedy even more so. Enter The Final Girls – a great idea that’s just not quite as cleverly produced as the filmmakers think it is.  That said there is LOADS to like here and when it works (which to be fair ... Read More »

Blog: The Martian – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: And enter what is by far one of the best films of 2015.  From it’s powering central performance by Matt Damon to the tough script and expert direction, The Martian is a joy.  It’s also one of the funniest films of the year (yet still not the comedy the Globes claim!) and shows after years of ... Read More »