Straight Outta Compton (2015) –  A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Straight Outta Compton (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Biopics are hard to pull off, especially when the subject (s) are both well known and still living.  But give a good director a good story and an oscar nominated script (criminally the only nominations or this film) and you end up with Straight Outta Compton – a quality look at the rise of N.W.A and rap music in America in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Dre, Cube, E and Snoop are all represented here and whilst the film has taken some flack for leaving some of the rougher edges out, it’s still pretty hard hitting at times. Racism, AIDS, betrayal, drugs and money – it’s all on display alongside some of the best music of the decade.  A must see.

Best Bit: F–k The Police

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: 8 Mile; Boyz In The Hood

 


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Krampus (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review

Krampus (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Krampus is the dark horror comedy you need during the festive period.  Yup for every family that’s ever argued or had in-laws over that, to be honest you just can’t stand, Krampus will take those moments and add a bucket load of weirdness to it.  It’s hard to describe Krampus – it’s part Home Alone, part Gremlins. But whatever it is it’s a whole load of fun. OTT, crazy and pretty trippy – If you like your Christmas films with a dash of bite then this is for you.

Best Bit: The loft

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Better Watch Out, Gremlins, Rare Exports, Home Alone,

 


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Ant Man – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Ant Man – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ant Man isn’t what you expect.  For all those who (wrongly) complain that all the Marvel film are the same, here you have a heist movie come buddy comedy which (for the most part) separates itself from the wider Marvel universe and just sets about making itself a fun, entertaining film. Something it does in spades.  The cast is great, with great rapport between Rudd and Douglas, the FX top notch and the script (by in part former project director Edgar Wright) is the right side of silly. Ant Man makes up for the slightly disappointing Age Of Ultron, and shows that given an interesting property Marvel can pretty much make anything work on screen.

Best Bit: Train Fight!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Iron Man, Captain america Winter Solider, Guardians Of The Galaxy


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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Overall Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is very entertaining and very well made.  But that’s kinda standard in a franchise that has set a very high bar previously. The good? The fact that for once the trailer doesn’t actually give that much away and what you think is a big moment spoiler actually happens pretty early on. Cruise is excellent as always, as is the support cast.  The bad- one underwater sequence which undoes all the good work the plane sequence does in terms of stunts and FX and a horrible cartoon car crash which doesn’t work at all.

It drags a little by the end as the convoluted plot twists on itself but overall probably the third best MI film..

Best Bit: THAT Plane sequence

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Mission Impossible 2, Mission Impossible 3, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

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Sicario – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Sicario – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wow Sicario was rather unexpected.  What a film – a tense, brutal and at time uncompromising look at the war against drugs on the borders of America. With a great cast (including Del Toro in a recent career best performance), some stunning cinematography, expert direction and a well paced 60’s style, Sicario easily jumps into my top 10 of 2015 and is for sure one of the best films of this year. Just be prepared for a film that at times is a hard watch.

Best Bit: Border crossing

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Miami Vice, Bullet, Narcos (TV)

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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: Age Of Ultron: A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Avengers: Age Of Ultron: A (Not So) 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! 

So the bigger, louder, more action packed sequel arrives in cinemas with a weight of expectation on it’s shoulders, a weight sadly even it’s great cast & solid director just can’t live up to. Even if it’s still likely to smash box office records globally…

Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a bad film BUT even I’m getting a bit bored of this formula now and in an age when Guardians and Winter Solider did it differently enough to stand out from the crowd, Ultron just seems a bit of a backward step delivering us action, humour and character beats we’ve seen countless times before.

Starting with some of the worst CGI I’ve seen in a long time, the film rattles along at a pace with action scene after action scene, adding more and more characters along the way. Problem is, like I noted above, we’ve seen it all before and, except for the Hulk vs Iron man bit, there was little that really got me excited – especially as the film ends in pretty much a repeat of Avengers Assembles impressive last 40 minutes (hordes of faceless bad guy getting pummelled by CGI Avengers). Yes the humour’s here once again, as is the stand out character interactions, but this time it feels more forced and whilst Ultron, the titular foe for this Avengers outing, is solid good creation voiced expertly by Spader, he lacks the charisma of say a Loki, as is always the way when it’s a purely CGI creation.

So for me this is one of the weaker Marvel films, not because it’s badly made, but because familiarity surely now is starting to breed contempt and with another 5 years of Superhero films in the works I just wonder what they can do different now to stop the inevitable decline of this genre of films.

 

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

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Mad Max Fury Road – A Quick Capsule Review Redux

Mad Max Fury Road – A Quick Capsule Review Redux

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So first time around I wasn’t blown away with Fury Road.  I found it repetitive, a bit dull and hated the way the film sidelines it’s titular character for most of the film.  Two years on… I finally got it.  Mad Max Fury Road is actually rather brilliant.  From it’s practical effects that carry weight and danger to it’s almost relentless action, Mad Max is a visually stunning ride that packs punch after punch after punch.   Theron is superb, Hardy is good (but still too muted for my taste) and the support cast memorable.  So the film STILL feels like it’s  Furiosa: Fury Road rather than a Mad Max film but oddly second time around i’d even say Max works better in a support role.  So I’m a big man who can admit his mistakes… Fury Road is a modern classic.

Best Bit: Action. Lots of it.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Mad Max, Mad Max Beyond ThunderDome, Mad Max The Road Warrior 

The Bad Education Movie – A Quick Capsule Review

The Bad Education Movie – A Quick Capsule Review

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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 feel much more than just an extended TV episode.  Whitehall is a good lead, support comes from the awesome Iain Glenn and the ‘kids’ continue playing the parts they perfected well over the three years of the show.  It won’t convert anyone new but for fans this is a must.

Best Bit: Amsterdam

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Inbetweeners Movie, The Inbetweeners Movie 2, Fresh Meat (TV)

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Author: Phil Hobden

Danny Collins – A Quick Capsule Review

Danny Collins – A Quick Capsule Review

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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 to low, but the film made he smile, passed Kermode’s six laugh test with ease and gave memorable roles to Garmer, Plummer and Bening. What more could you ask for?

Best Bit: The Kid. She’s awesome.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Almost Famous, Walk The Line, Boogie Nights

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Author: Phil Hobden