Mortal Engines (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Mortal Engines (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Mortal Engines is actually quite entertaining.  I say that like I’m shocked but to be honest I am a little – after all reviews have been pretty brutal across the board for this Peter Jackson produced CGI fest.  But there’s loads here to enjoy, even if it’s not without flaws.  Oh and those flaws… the story is weak, the film very much has a Star Wars lite vibe about it and not all the cast deliver.  BUT Mortal Engines rockets along with stunning visuals and some pretty impressive CGI effects and ideas on display.  It’s those core ideas that drive you through the weaker bits. Probably something to see in the cinema if you are at a loose end.

Best Bit: Time to eat a city…

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: A New Hope, Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, The Maze Runner

 


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Truth or Dare (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Truth or Dare (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Truth or Dare is another fairly typical Blumhouse production.  It’s safe, it’s sold and it flies by.  And none of that is a criticism by the way… for the most part Blumhouse films are good time passers, with Truth or Dare being a prime example of a film that’s fun to watch but one that won’t stay with you for a second after you leave the cinema. The cast are good, the direction keep’s you guessing and the deaths inventive.  A great time passer!

Best Bit: Snap Chat Faces!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Happy Death Day, Unfriended Dark Web, Halloween 2018

 


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My Generation (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

My Generation (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
My Generation is one of the best films of 2018 so far. Charming (well it is Sir Michael Caine after all) for sure but actually it’s more than that – the style, editing, use of archival footage (and of previous Caine movies) and narrative voice over combine to make a really outstanding film that is captivating from start to finish.  A faithful retelling of a dawning of a new age, My Generation sets a high bar for documentaries

Best Bit: Sir Michael Caine

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: American: The Bill Hicks Story, Alfie, They Shall Not Grow Old

 


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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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The Humanity Bureau (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Humanity Bureau (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Humanity Bureau arrived on Netflix before Cage experienced a cult hit with indie horror Mandy.   If not for that film, 2018 would be another low for the once interesting Cage with films like Humanity Bureau just reinforcing just how far he’s fallen over the past 10 years.  Okay thats a little harsh.  At least he makes an effort in these films (unlike Bruce Willis) but THB is FAR from a good film.  Low budget, weak direction and a well hashed story make this one to skip.

Best Bit: The ending is interesting

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Mandy, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Con Air

 


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Isle of Dogs (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Isle of Dogs (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Look I get what Isle of Dogs was trying to do.  It’s a pretty typically quirky Wes Anderson film after all. But it just didn’t connect with me at all.  Yes technically it’s very clever and the artistry in the film is first rate (as are the amazing voice cast) but it also seems to be trying a little bit too hard for it’s own good.  Of course Wes Anderson fans will love it (I mean don’t they always) but for everyone else (and especially me) it’s just a little too much whimsy for me to stomach.

Best Bit: The animation is first class

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Moonrise Kingdom, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Grand Budapest Hotel

 


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The Happytime Murders (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Happytime Murders (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Happytime Murders got a pretty hard deal when it was released earlier this year, with critics rounding to brand it a failure.  You can see WHY… the film doesn’t quite deliver on its premise and it often fails to go too far (something I think is required by this genre) stopping at ‘just far enough’ sometimes.  But all these things considered I still enjoyed the hell out of this crude, rude, puppet buddy cop comedy that had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.   Oh and one tip – stick around for the outtakes… well worth the extra five minutes!

Best Bit: Puppet orgasm

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Meet The Feebles, The Muppets, Team America: World Police

 


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Creed 2 (2018): Review by Grosse Point Geek

Creed 2 (2018): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot in a nutshell: Newly crowned world heavyweight champion Adonis Creed (Johnson) faces an irresistible challenge by undefeated Russian fighter (and man mountain) Victor Drago (Munteanu)  who just so happens to be the son and boxing protege of one Ivan Drago (big Dolph) who killed Adonis’s father Apollo Creed 33 years previously (see Rocky IV for more).

However, Adonis’ trainer and mentor Rocky Balboa (Stallone) wants nothing to do with it, feeling that Adonis is doing the fight for all the wrong reasons and is likely to get seriously hurt in the process.

To say anymore would spoil it for you but safe to say that if you have seen any of the other Rocky films you can pretty much guess the rest.

 
What worked? Very much like 2015’s Creed, all the performances are absolutely superb – Stallone is of course brilliant as Rocky (in his 8th go around), Johnson is extremely good again as Adonis as is Tessa Thompson as his long term girlfriend Bianca. Munteanu also does very well in what could have been a standard villain role but instead manages to give Viktor a good deal of depth which was very refreshing. Finally Dolph Lundgren is absolutely superb and a total joy to behold returning to his most famous role as Ivan Drago – snotty critics take note  -never let it be said that this guy cant act as he is bloody fantastic here. Lastly the boxing matches are very well staged  – particularly the bruising climactic bout and naturally there’s a great training montage which will have you clapping and cheering.
 
What could have been better? As good as it is this sequel doesn’t quite scale the heights of its 2015 predecessor, the original Rocky or for that matter the sixth entry Rocky Balboa.
Newcomer Steven Caple jr does well in the directors chair but lacks the same raw flair and edge of Ryan Coogler (who takes an executive producer credit here) also for me the filmmakers could have had Stallone and Lundgren share more scenes together and this seemed like a wasted opportunity. Finally the film does drag a bit in the middle somewhat. 
 
Best Scene: What else? The training montage, the big fight between Drago and Creed and naturally THAT music theme.
 
Review summary: Not as bonkers as Rocky IV nor as good as some of the other entries, but despite some shortcomings Creed 2 is a damn good sequel and another great entry in this wonderful and seemingly never ending franchise. 

 


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The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Spy Who Dumped Me is pretty bad.  It’s overlong, unfunny and grating.  The jokes land flat, the action is pretty meh and overall it did very little to entertain me for it’s two hour run time.  for me it probably sits in the bottom 10 films of 2018 and certainly not one I’d suggest was worth a revisit.

Best Bit: The escape/Gymnast fight is pretty fun

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: The Heat, Bridesmaids, Bad Moms

 


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BlacKkKlansman (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

BlacKkKlansman (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
BlacKkKlansman tells a fascinating story in a very uneven way.  The issue here is that Spike Lee can’t decide if the film is a arthouse movie, a comedy or a serious historical document and the end result is that tonally the film is a bit of a mess which ultimately robs it of its power. The performances are great (this said Adam Driver still seems to play every character the same) and Lee’s direction is polished but I honestly think there’s a better film to be made here.

Best Bit: Bang!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Insider Man 

 


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