Suicide Squad (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Suicide Squad (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So’ the worst film ever made’ as seemingly branded by ever critic ever? No.  Is it any good?  Kinda.  For about 30 minutes of it’s run time at least.  Shame then it’s a near two hour film.  Look this film would NEVER live up to those trailers.  It was impossible.  They were just SO good.  So the fact it falls short shouldn’t surprise anyone.  The fact that the film also suffers from a seriously lack of vision, feels rushed yet manages to be boring at times and has a script seemingly written on the torn up back of a cigarette box also shouldn’t surprise anyone when you consider Ayer is a okay director whose never really excelled and Zack Snider has his messy finger prints all over this one. SO the headlines: Margot Robbie Steals the show, Jai Courtney is bad as you’d expect and less said about Cara Delevingne the better.  Could have been a contender…

Best Bit: Margot Robbie

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Dirty Dozen

 


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Blood Father (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review  (Revisited)

Blood Father (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so I love Mel Gibson films.  There I said it.  It may not be a popular opinion but Gibson is always good value on screen.   A few years ago ‘How I spent My Summer Vacation’ was a massive return to form for the once highly coveted Gibson.  No-one saw it and the critics were predictably snippy but after years in the shadows it was a welcome return.   He follows did up with a few supporting or lead bad guy roles but that return to lead actor status alluded him.  Blood Father continues to build on that earlier success and whilst not quite as impactful as Vacation, it’s still a bloody good film with a sterling central performance from Gibson who continues to prove once again with the right material (and personal baggage aside) he has a hell of a lot to offer Hollywood.

Best Bit: Gibson

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: How I spent My Summer Vacation, Machete Kills, The Expendables 3

 

Author: Phil Hobden


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Here Alone (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Here Alone (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Here Alone is a tense post apocalyptic thriller with some seriously dark twists and turns that manages to side step its obvious budget limitations for some incurably tense and atmospheric moments.  Yes it’s a bit overlong and repetitive but it mostly manages to be predictable and that goes a long way to helping you overlook some of the weaker elements.  Well worth checking out.

Best Bit: Into the house

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead, Maggie

 


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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)

Quick Review

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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