The Hurt Business (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hurt Business (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hurt Business is a solid documentary about the rise of combat sports, specifically Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the United States.  Taking a look at a group of fighters in different stages in their career, the film skirts around the sport and leaves some of it’s more interesting stories on the cutting room floor.  For me I want to see a deeper dive into the dark elements of the sport – concussions, injuries and the what happens next after a career is over.  So on a surface level it’s a good watch but I feel there is a much darker version of this film to be made.

Best Bit: Behind the curtain

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Anderson Silva: Like Water,  Tyson, Hoop Dreams

 


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Green Room – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Green Room – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s often in a season of blockbuster excess and budget smashing destruction, that the smaller films stand out.  Green Room is that film.  Tense, expertly directed, super violent and brilliantly performed it’s one of the best films I’ve seen in 2016 so far.  And hell who hasn’t waited for the moment Patrick Stewart played an uber bad guy neo-Nazi! Green Room is a must see film that will shock and wow in equal measure.

Best Bit: “I know where they keep their…”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Blue Ruin, It Comes At Night, You’re Next

 

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The Nice Guys – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Nice Guys – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So most people would have seen a Shane Black film and probably never realised it.  A writer (and occasional bad joke teller is Arnie films) and then director, he’s not a house hold name.   But a few of us… well we’ve been all in from the start.  From lethal Weapon to The Last Boy Scout, Black’s films (as writer then latterly as a director) have uniformly been excellent, and often cornerstones to my teens.  SO I really look forward to Black’s films.  So with that much anticipation in mind I’m happy to report that  The Nice Guys does not disappoint and in fact as we stand today is probably the most enjoyable film I’ve seen in 2016 so far.  It’s bloody brilliant.  From script to direction, this film oozes cool, the kind cool that you can’t fake.  Add to that one of Russell Crowes best performances, Gosling on top form and an excellent support cast and you have a film that just delivers.

Best Bit: Gosling & Crowe

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Lethal Weapon, Iron man 3, The Last Boy Scout

 

 

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Sharknado Week: Sharknado 4 The Forth Awakens – A Quick Capsule Review

Sharknado Week: Sharknado 4 The Forth Awakens – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Forth Awakens – Okay so this was the year that Sharknado finally jumped the shark, so to speak, but yet still it delivers on it’s frankly beyond stupid premise with more sharks and more ‘nados than ever before.  Go in expecting high art and yes you will be disappointed.  But come on it’s called Sharknado, why would you even do that? Go in expecting the forth Sharknado film and everything that comes with it  (not least a ludicrous amount of cameos) and you know what, you end up with one of the most gloriously fun films of the year.  Set brain to dumb.

Best Bit: Boulder Sand Water Sharknado

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Sharknado, Sharknado The Second One, Sharknado: Oh Hell No

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Spoiler Alert: Split (2016)

Spoiler Alert: Split (2016)

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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.

 


 

It’s actually set in the same world as Unbreakable and features the return of Bruce Willis’ Dunn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Author: Phil Hobden

 

 

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Star Wars Week:  Rogue One – Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars Week: Rogue One – Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

With Solo: A Star Wars Story out this week it felt a good time to revisit our previous reviews for the Star Wars films…

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Rogue One is better than The Force Awakens.  In fact it’s now officially the 4th best Star Wars film.  Action packed with great, memorial characters, ample surprises and a convincing, driving narrative, this Star Wars story delivers on the promise despite extensive reshoots and rewrites at the latter end of production.  The effects are everything you’d hope for and the battles at times breathtaking.  Okay so not everything works well (see a few certain effects that break the uncanny valley) BUT this is by far the best blockbuster of 2016.  A must see.

Best Bit: WAR!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: A New Hope

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Author: Phil Hobden

Deadpool – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Deadpool – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Deadpool has its flaws but in a $60million budged film that EVERYONE thought would do ‘okay’ which has now become one of the most critically and commercially successful X-Men and non Marvel studios films ever, you can kinda overlook them.  In modern parlance Deadpool has smashed it.  Thanks to Ryan Reynolds who has Shepherded this film form the start, Deadpool is everything the fan boys wanted it to be.  And everything the non-fan boys wanted as well.  R rated, potty mouthed, action packed and clever… Deadpool just works.  In a cinematic landscape awash with similar superhero films at least we have something very different…

Best Bit: Sexy time.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Ironman, Guardians Of The Galaxy, X-Men 2

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

 

 

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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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