Tag Archives: 2017 Films

Death Note (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I’ve not seen the Death Note Anime.  So with that in mind I approached director Adam Wingard’s live action reboot/remake with zero baggage.   Which is good because pulled away from all the “Not as good as the original” standard remarks, I found a heap of stuff to enjoy in this well paced, teen thriller.  Playing ... Read More »

What The Health – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: What The Health is well made, delivers startling information and, if you believe what you see, offers a cure for everything but just changing your diet.  Thing is, as with any documentary, it’s a very one sided view of it’s subject and delving deeper you find out that it relies on some very shaky facts & ... Read More »

Snow Steam Iron – Motion Picture Maniac

I recall Roger Ebert’s review of Cloud Atlas in which he stated that, even after more than one viewing, he still had no idea what it was about but that was the very thing he admired about it; he liked being bewildered by it. That is pretty much how I feel about Zack Snyder’s 4-minute short film Snow Steam Iron, ... Read More »

Grosse Point Geek – Blade Runner 2049

K (Ryan Gosling)- an LAPD “Blade Runner” (i.e a cop who tracks and kills runaway artificial humans known as Replicants) – makes a startling discovery that could, in the words of his boss (Robin Wright) “break the world”. Disobeying orders, his investigations lead him to an underground group of rogue replicants and a certain long retired Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Released ... Read More »

Blade Runner 2049 – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: So this is a turn up for the books – Blade Runner 2049 (Still a terrible DTV title) ends up being one of the best films of 2017.  Who saw that coming?  To be fair teaming up Reynolds, Deakins and director Villeneuve was a good starting point but still this was a sequel that nobody really wanted ... Read More »

It Comes At Night – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: A divisive film for sure, It Comes At Night has been critical hit but landed less well with the fans for it’s less than obvious story, seemingly random events and denouement that flatly refuses to neatly wrap up every story thread.  BUT the ride is pretty great and the performances carry a film that is all ... Read More »

6 Days – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: 6 Days tells the true story of the Iranian Embassy assault in the early 80’s, a story most baby boomers will remember vividly.  Jamie Bell and Mark Strong are good in their roles as SAS soldier and Police Negotiator respectively and the film moves at a pace.  It does however mostly ignore the wider politics of ... Read More »

The Lure – Motion Picture Maniac

I’m a big fan of films that do things differently, I like it when the limitations are thought of beyond what’s simply possible to put on screen and rather set by the question of why it shouldn’t be put on screen, I’m talking films with story telling so deeply rooted in visual metaphors they can be considered downright hostile to ... Read More »