Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The passing of Robin Williams hit me hard.  Obviously I didn’t know him personally but his films and his comedy were cornerstones across my life.  His genius is very much missed.  This documentary takes words from the man himself along new interviews of friends, Comedians and family along with a healthy dose of film from his career and, most interestingly, rarely seen behind the scenes footage.  It’s fascinating stuff and gives you a look at just what drove him both as a person and a comedian.  Essential for fans of Robin Williams and for fans of comedy.

Best Bit: Mork & Mindy outtakes

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (HBO)

If You Liked this Try: American: The Bill Hicks Story,  Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, Looking for Lenny

 


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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #113 – Velvet Buzzsaw, Polar, Glass

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #113 – Velvet Buzzsaw, Polar, Glass

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

On this episode: Mike and Steve take a look at Oscar nominations, the latest M Night Shamalam movie GLASS….hmm given our track record with his films, I wonder how much we liked this one???

A couple of Netflix films, POLAR and VELVET BUZZSAW are also on the agenda.  We also look at our favourite films from ’96 to 91 in out TOP FIVE.

The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD and don’t forget to follow up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Sorry to Bother You (2018)- A Quick Capsule Review

Sorry to Bother You (2018)- A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so to explain Sorry to Bother You would be pretty hard without some pretty big spoilers. That said if you think along the lines of Get Out then you are not a million miles off.  And much like Get Out, Sorry to Bother You arrives with great hype.  Also like Get Out, Sorry to Bother You probably doesn’t quite warrant it.  A pitch black social commentary without any subtly, it’s a good ride but ultimately it asks more than it answers.

Best Bit: The toilet

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Get Out, Idiocracy, Blindspotting

 


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The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Re-shoots, changes of director and overruns didn’t bode well for Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms and for sure it feels like the sum of lots of parts.  That said at just over and hour and a half in length and a very game cast there’s quite a lot to enjoy here. Knightly especially seems to revel in her campy Sugar Plum role.  Foy is great and the production design top notch, it’s just a shame that  Nutcracker just lacks that special something to take the film from good to great.

Best Bit: Keira Knightly

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Beauty And The Beast (2017), Aladdin (2019), Cinderella (2015)

 


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Dumplin’ (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dumplin’ (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Netflix have always done better with comedies that they have sci-fi films (see Cloverfield, Tau and many, many more).  And once again Dumplin’ proves the point – a sweet, small dramedy about a plus-size teenage signing up for a local pageant.  Danielle Macdonald (of Patti Cake$ fame) plays the titular character with spark and charm but also with an impressive and relatable degree of insecurity but the film also benefits from a winning support cast (including Drag Race alumni Ginger Minge and former Friend Jennifer Aniston). It won’t be for everyone but Dumplin’ is a charming film that’s well worth your time.

Best Bit: The Pageant

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Patti Cake$, Life Of The Party, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

 


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Black Panther (2018) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Black Panther (2018) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Black Panther is still a good film.  And it’s still not quite as good as the reviews and Academy Award nominations make it out.   Black Panther add’s new depth to the ever expanding Marvel universe and remains one of Marvel’s more intimate stories but as usual it throws in the standard amount of things blowing for good measure.   The films issues still bug me (the Korean action sequence needed better FX and the final battle gets a bit meh!) but yet again Marvel delivers a film that will made a lot of money alongside considerable positive fan, award nominations and media notes. So what do I know…

Best Bit: Rhinos!

Worth A Rewatch: Just

If You Liked this Try: Thor: Ragnarok, Thor, Spiderman: Homecoming 

 


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The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Late runner for best Independent of the film, The Domestics is a cracking post apocalypse (Kinda) action road trip film that owes a debt to Mad Max, Escape From LA and The Road but with a bit more violence and pulp. It’s nothing new but what it does it does really well and when the violence and blood hits it hits really well. Boswell is good as it Hoechlin (TV’s Superman) and the direction keeps the film moving at pace.  Really enjoyed this one.

Best Bit: You served me what?

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Mad Max,  The Road, Doomsday

 


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Anna And The Apocalypse (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Anna And The Apocalypse (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Anna And The Apocalypse is surprising for many reasons.  Firstly I had no idea it was a musical.  Secondly, as much as it tried to be a musical version of Shaun of The Dead it’s just not. Look it’s not a bad film it’s just very disjointed and by the end the limited budget really does start to show.  It’s got some great moments (the waking up musical number is well staged) but  for me the idea was better than the execution.  Just about worth a watch.

Best Bit: Dancing in the zoo

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Shaun of The Dead, Cockneys Vs Zombies, Zombieland

 


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Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Crazy Rich Asians isn’t the film its marketed as.  Whether that’s good or bad thing depends on what kind of film you are looking for because s a comedy it’s not that funny. As a romantic comedy with a lot of empathises on the romance side it nails it.  Mostly that comes from some cracking chemistry between the cast and an excellent stoic performance from Michelle Yeoh.  It’s a film that isn’t afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve and that, combined with a cracking script and an indulgent but right run time makes for a very enjoyable film.

Best Bit: Mahjong

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Bachelorette, Love Actually

 


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Await Further Instructions (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Await Further Instructions (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A film is only as good as its ending and whilst Await Further Instructions is a really good (often expertly handled) low budget British sci-fi horror with a slightly stronger ending this could have been a potential classic.  It’s not that it’s bad – far from it – it just could have been a touch more subtle, with the final message about TV controlling our lives (don’t worry this isn’t a spoiler) almost literally being beaten over our head.  Maybe a little more experienced director could have stuck this landing.  Still recommended however…

Best Bit: The growing tensions

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Better Watch Out, Red-Con 1, The Babadook

 


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