Tag Archives: 2015 Films

The Bad Education Movie – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Here’s a turn up for the books… The Bad Education Movie is actually really quite fun, smashing the famed Kermode 6 (and now 10) laugh test, delivering an interesting take on the standard Trip Abroad big screen TV show adaptation story line and having enough charm, wit and creativity to make the monty minute run time ... Read More »

Danny Collins – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Danny Collins is a surprisingly good film.  It has heart, soul and a cracking central performance by Al Pacino who, much like the films titular character, proves there’s still mileage left in the tank.  It also features the cutest kid since that “Human Head Weighs whatever” kid from Jerry Maguire.  Maybe because my expectations were set ... Read More »

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 »