Tag Archives: 2016 Films

Life Animated – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Life Animated is an interesting story for sure but for whatever reason it just didn’t wow me as much as it has others.  It’s heartbreaking at times, uplifting others and never fails to be anything less than interesting but it’s just not great in a year where there are many better documentaries. A must for those ... Read More »

Silicon Cowboys – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Fantastic documentary about the story of then underdog Compaq and it’s assault on corporate giant and market leader IBM.  From a meeting in a Texas diner in 1981 through to the inevitable decline (see the Apple story also), it’s fascinating stuff.  And it won’t just be for tech heads and nerds, this story has appeal beyond that.  Well ... Read More »

A Street Cat Named Bob – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: A Street Cat Named Bob is a great story.  It’s also one that in the hands of a better director could have made a really good film.  It’s not that this is bad.  It just feels incredibly televisual (not helped by the use of several notable TV actors) to be a feature film.  And the amateurish ... Read More »

Spark – Motion Picture Maniac

Let’s have a bit of fun with this review, I’m going to recite the plot of the animated sci-fi kiddie adventure “Spark” and every time I mention something that’s already appeared in countless films before, you take a shot, OK ready? So there’s this planet that’s apparently wonderful and brilliant, because voiceover narration tells us it is, and it’s ruled ... Read More »

A Monster Calls – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: A Monster Calls is a beautifully made film that takes an emotional look at love and loss from the point of view of a child.  With a cracking central performance from Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson as the monster the mix of formats, animation and visuals make this a real unique, standout film that may not be for everyone but ... Read More »

Hush – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: For some reason some critics take offense at Blumhouse’s paired down high concept horror films.  I don’t. For the most part I’ve enjoyed the hell out of them and Hush is yet another hit.  Effectively a home invasion film with a twist, Hush takes it’s concept and runs with it leaving us with a creepy, tense ... Read More »

Petes Dragon (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The original Pete’s Dragon was never one of my favourite Disney films. It was okay.  But nothing more.  Considering how much success Disney have had of late with adapting their own animated to live action, I had high hopes they could deliver something better here.  Sadly however I was once again left with an overriding feeling of ... Read More »

I, Daniel Blake – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I, Daniel Blake is a tough watch.  Whilst it shows there is hope in the actions of others, it’s over arching presentation of a society so consumed by technology and so lacking in a human touch, you cant help but leave reflecting how life is so hard for some in life today. It’s powerful stuff.  That ... Read More »

The Edge Of Seventeen – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Hailee Steinfeld has been an actress to watch since her breakout role in the Coen’s remake of True Grit.  And whilst she’s spent time in support roles, she more than shows here that she can carry a film and deliver enough charm and heat to win over the most cynical of film watchers.  A real joy ... Read More »