Tag Archives: 2017 Films

City of Tiny Lights – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Frustratingly there is an amazing hard boiled British noir in City of Tiny Lights busting to get out and up until the ending it almost pulls it off.  Almost.  It’s not the cast (well not Ahmed at least who is excellent) or the cinematography which drips of Neon lights and hardboiled locations. It’s not even the ... Read More »

Raw – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Raw is a visceral, bloody, hardcore look at family, desire and, er, cannibalism.  Arriving on a sea of hype – people walking out of screenings, vomiting, fainting and everything in between it’s a film that has a lot of live up to.   And for once it does.   One of the most intimate looks on ... Read More »

Power Rangers (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Power Rangers is nothing like the small budget TV show that spawned a multi generation franchise.  What the original show lacked in budget it made up for in creative monsters, fun action set pieces and (mostly) light hearted fun.  Sadly the 2017 movie version replaces all this with a big fat budget, a couple of bits ... Read More »

Mindhorn – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Mindhorn would have been a really funny TV episode or even extended TV episode but over the course of a feature length film it does sometimes run out of steam which is a shame because as a comedy creation Mindhorn could have been up there with a David Brent or Alan partridge. Julian Barratt is great ... Read More »

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 3rd Edition (June 2017)

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2017’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.  All in my very humble opinion…   BEST Films Of 2017… So Far:   T2 Trainspotting (9/10) OJ Made In America (9/10) La La Land (8/10) Logan (8/10) Prevenge  (8/10) ... Read More »

John Wick Chapter 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: John Wick Chapter 2 is a film that should work better than it does.  It is, after all, a sequel to one of the best films of 2016 (well 2015 in the US) and reunites the creative team for more action, chaos and gun play.  Chapter 2 works best when it’s focused on the world building, ... Read More »

2 Lava 2 Lantula – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: It’s not winning any Academy Awards but 2 Lava 2 Lantula is fun, silly and hilarious with a surprisingly knowing script that manages to comically reference a host of 80’s and 90’s films and TV shows with style and charm.  Guttenberg is terrible, the cast seem lost half the time and the effects are shoddy.  BUT it’s more ... Read More »

Split – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: After many years in the wilderness making near unwatchable tat (see The Happening, Lady In The Water and The Last Airbender) M Night Shyamalan is back and he’s good again.  Mostly.  To be fair Split suffers from all the issues that his previous films did – poor acting, dead eyed stares and pretty ropey dialogue – ... Read More »

Wonder Woman (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: First the good news… Wonder Woman is the best DC super hero film of the modern past Dark Knight era.  So yes it’s MUCH better than Man Of Steel and delivers a more rounded story than BVSDOJ managed.  It also shows why Gadot was the right choice to play Dianna Prince, bring a real heart and soul ... Read More »

Get Out – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Get Out is one of the best reviewed films of 2017 and you can see why – it’s super tense, expertly directed and deeply layered with a quirky tone that effortlessly veers between shocking violence to comedy.  It’s not perfect – the last third whilst good doesn’t quite land and the rationale that sits underneath doesn’t convince.  ... Read More »