Best Film of 2018: Coco

Best Film of 2018: Coco

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Coco is Pixar back firing on all cylinders – It’s funny, charming and endearing without being preachy or over the top.  In fact I’d say that Coco happily sits towards the top end of Pixar’s considerable cannon.  Visually stunning and with top draw voice acting, it’s day of the dead theme (whilst treading similar ground to  also very good The Book of Life) provides a rich tapestry for the animators to work with.  For my money this should be sitting amongst the crowd of best Motion Picture nominees at this years academy awards.

Best Bit: So THAT”S why it’s called Coco

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Book Of Life, Inside Out, Ferdinand, Up

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The Shape Of Water (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Shape Of Water (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shape Of Water is a pretty good genre movie.  It’s not a four times Academy award winner.  And it’s certainly not a best picture or best director winner.  What you have here is a case of emperors new clothes. Yes it’s interesting, has some great performances with solid direction and for a two hour film doesn’t feel long but there is little special about what’s on offer here and a lot of it (not least the make up) I’ve seen before.  Del Toro for me has always been overrated and The Shape Of Water further cements that for me.  Bad? Nowhere near. But Best film of 2017/8? Sorry… no.

Best Bit: The Escape

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Blade 2, Pacific Rim

 


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Phil’s 2018 Academy Award Predictions… How Did I do?

Phil’s 2018 Academy Award Predictions… How Did I do?

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So the BIG night has come and gone.  The awards were given out, the #MeToo speeches were given and the dresses were (mostly) in keeping.   So how did I do on my 2018 Academy Awards predictions…

The results are in.  In total I predicted correct 16/ 20 Awards!


Best Picture

Winner: The Shape Of Water
What Will Win: The Shape Of Water 
What I’d Like To Win: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

 

Best Director
Winner:Guillermo del Toro
Who Will Win: Guillermo del Toro
What I’d Like To Win: Greta Gerwig

 

Best Actress
Winner:Frances McDormand
Who Will Win: Frances McDormand
Who I’d Like To Win: Frances McDormand

 

Best Actor
Winner:Gary Oldman
Who Will Win: Gary Oldman
Who I’d Like To Win: Gary Oldman

 

Best Supporting Actress
Winner:Allison Janney
Who Will Win: Allison Janney
Who I’d Like To Win: Allison Janney

 

Best Supporting Actor
Winner:Sam Rockwell
Who Will Win: Sam Rockwell
Who I’d Like To Win: Woody Harrelson

 

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Jordan Peele, Get Out 
What Will Win: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
What I’d Like To Win: Lady Bird

 

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Call Me By Your Name
What Will Win: Call Me By Your Name
What I’d Like To Win: Logan

 

Best Animated Feature Film
Winner:Coco
What Will Win: Coco
What I’d Like To Win: Coco

 

 

 

Best Cinematography 
Winner: Blade Runner 2049
What Will Win: The Shape of Water
What I’d Like To Win: Blade Runner 2049

 

Best Visual Effects
Winner:Blade Runner 2049
What Will Win: Blade Runner 2049
What I’d Like To Win: War for the Planet of the Apes or Blade Runner 2049

 

Best Original Song Effects
Winner: Coco (“Remember Me”)
What Will Win: Coco (“Remember Me”)
What I’d Like To Win: The Greatest Showman (“This Is Me”)

 

 

Other categories

Production Design (Pick): Blade Runner 2049
Winner: The Shape Of Water 

Best Costume Design (Pick): Phantom Thread
Winner: Phantom Thread

Best Film Editing (Pick): Baby Driver
Winner: Dunkirk

Best Hair Styling & Make Up (Pick): Darkest Hour
Winner: Darkest Hour

Best Sound Mixing (Pick): Dunkirk
Winner: Dunkirk

Best Sound Editing (Pick): Dunkirk
Winner:Dunkirk

Best Original Score (Pick): The Shape of Water
Winner: The Shape of Water

Best Documentary Feature (Pick) : Icarus
Winner:Icarus

 

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Oscars That Should & Shouldn’t Have Been! EXTENDED

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Oscars That Should & Shouldn’t Have Been! EXTENDED

Ross and Phil Talk Movies

This episode Ross & Phil Talk… The Oscars That Should & Shouldn’t Have Been!

This episode we jump on the Oscar bandwagon, we give out the very first (and unofficial) Stunt & Action Oscars (the quippyly titled Boscars) and take a look at the best and worst decisions of the academy in our lifetime. All in a special extended 60 minute episode.

Hosted by Award winning Filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: The Departed, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Gladiator, Baby Driver, GI Jane, Brawl In Cell Block 99, Moonlight, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, Dances With Wolves, Tootsie, Rocky, Room, Titanic, Hacksaw Ridge, Jailbreak, Fate Of The Furious,Trainning Day

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Phil’s 2018 Academy Award Predictions…

Phil’s 2018 Academy Award Predictions…

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So the BIG night is almost here.  And with that in mind here are my predictions for the 2018 Academy Awards, along with the films I WANT to win.

As usual I’ll be way off…


Best Picture

What Will Win: The Shape Of Water 
What I’d Like To Win: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

 

Best Director
Who Will Win: Guillermo del Toro
What I’d Like To Win: Greta Gerwig

 

Best Actress
Who Will Win: Frances McDormand
Who I’d Like To Win: Frances McDormand

 

Best Actor
Who Will Win: Gary Oldman
Who I’d Like To Win: Gary Oldman

 

Best Supporting Actress
Who Will Win: Allison Janney
Who I’d Like To Win: Allison Janney

 

Best Supporting Actor
Who Will Win: Sam Rockwell
Who I’d Like To Win: Woody Harrelson

 

Best Original Screenplay
What Will Win: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
What I’d Like To Win: Lady Bird

 

Best Adapted Screenplay
What Will Win: Call Me By Your Name
What I’d Like To Win: Logan

 

Best Animated Feature Film
What Will Win: Coco
What I’d Like To Win: Coco

 

 

 

Best Cinematography 
What Will Win: The Shape of Water
What I’d Like To Win: Blade Runner 2049

 

Best Visual Effects
What Will Win: Blade Runner 2049
What I’d Like To Win: War for the Planet of the Apes or Blade Runner 2049

 

Best Original Song Effects
What Will Win: Coco (“Remember Me”)
What I’d Like To Win: The Greatest Showman (“This Is Me”)

 

 

Other categories

Production Design: Blade Runner 2049

Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread

Best Film Editing: Baby Driver

Best Hair Styling & Make Up : Darkest Hour

Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk

Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk

Best Original Score: The Shape of Water

Best Documentary Feature: Icarus

 

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Darkest Hour – A Quick Capsule Review

Darkest Hour – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Darkest Hour hangs on the central performance of Gary Oldman.  And it’s an epic one, nailing a sympathetic but belligerent Winston Churchill and in turn delivering one of this years best performances.  This said…  it’s a shame then that the rest of the film seems so televisual and fails to live up to what Oldman delivers.  It’s not that it’s bad but it just lacks scope and director Wright just doesn’t deliver enough visual punch or story to make this stand out.  So great performance, okay film.

Best Bit: Oldman

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Kings Speech, Dunkirk, Churchill 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

The Greatest Showman – A Quick Capsule Review

The Greatest Showman – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’m always undecided with Hugh Jackman.  For every Logan, there’s been a Wolverine or Les Mis.  This in mind (and many other factors) it’s fair to say that The Greatest Showman wasn’t top of my list but dragged on a Sunday afternoon I thought I’d give it a chance.  I hated it.  For the first ten minutes at least.  Then something happened.  It’s positive message, uplifting songs, striking photography and committed performance by Jackman (and an roundly excellent cast) bowled me over.  Much like he did for the crowds that came to his shows, the film got me. It has issues (the start is pretty dire and teh CGI lacking) but damn I was surprised just how much I enjoyed it.

Best Bit: This Is Me

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Little Shop of Horrors, LA LA Land

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – A Quick Capsule Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a brilliant film.  It’s funny, heart breaking and brutal.  It paints in shades of grey and just when it looks like it may not stick it’s landing, delivers a truly excellent last scene.  But this is Frances McDormand’s film who delivers one of the best performances of her very storied career.  It’s not an easy watch, will have you crying with laughter one moment then sadness the next BUT this is a true low key tour deforce from everyone involved.  A must see.

Best Bit: The ending

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: In Bruges, Fargo, Ladybird 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

I, Tonya – A Quick Capsule Review

I, Tonya – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From voice over, talking to camera and some stylish photography and editing I, Tonya is is one of the most Scorsese films NOT directed by Scorsese. This isn’t a dig.  It works.  God it works.  The combination of great directing, a fascination story and an amazing central performance by Margot Robbie, I Tonya is very much deserving the praise and awards that’s been heaped on it to date.  For a dark story the film is, at times, fun and funny and the tone works well.  In short I, Tonya  adds to what is become a very interesting award season.

Best Bit: Robbie is sublime

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Lady Bird 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Coco – A Quick Capsule Review

Coco – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Coco is Pixar back firing on all cylinders – It’s funny, charming and endearing without being preachy or over the top.  In fact I’d say that Coco happily sits towards the top end of Pixar’s considerable cannon.  Visually stunning and with top draw voice acting, it’s day of the dead theme (whilst treading similar ground to  also very good The Book of Life) provides a rich tapestry for the animators to work with.  For my money this should be sitting amongst the crowd of best Motion Picture nominees at this years academy awards.

Best Bit: So THAT”S why it’s called Coco

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Book Of Life, Inside Out, Ferdinand, Up

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden