John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot In a nutshell:After killing a member of the all powerful High Table on the sanctified grounds of the Continental Hotel, John Wick (Keanu Reeves plus dog) is on the run with a $14 million dollar bounty on his head and every assassin on the planet after him for the reward. Its now a race against time for John to get out of New York and somehow make good with the High Table before his deadly pursuers catch up with him.

What worked:To be honest  – just about all of it, and as long you dont take it too seriously you’re in for one hell of a ride. To say the least this film is bonkers   – which is mostly due to the utterly insane action sequences which get madder by the minute  – you name it this film has it – fisticuffs by the bucketload, bullet riddled  gun fights, knife smackdowns, sword fights, motorbike chases and in one very wince inducing scene what will now be forever known as “Horse Fu”  – no honestly you will have to see it to believe it.
Its also well acted  – Keanu is very good as Wick and deserves alot of kudos for how he throws himself into all the action scenes. Halle Berry is also impressive as an old acquaintance who is forced to help him after he cashes in a blood oath, plus Ian McShane, Lance Reddick and Lawrence Fishburne all return to their respective roles and lend the film some smooth gravitas and high quality acting chops.

 

Finally director Chad Stahelski proves once again he is one of the most accomplished action directors working today -coming up with some truly death defying camera shots and some very inventive set pieces.
What could have been better: Its at least 15 minutes too long, Halle Berry isnt in it for long enough and towards the end one does feel a bit of sensory overload with just how much endless scrapping is going on.
Best Scene:An almighty blazing gun fight that takes place in an empty Casablanca market involving Berry, Reeves, a whole swathe of bad guys plus two extremely vicious and  very well trained attack dogs.
Review Summary:A bit long but so enjoyably nuts that you wont really care – this refreshingly quirky action franchise just keeps going from strength to strength – roll on Chapter 4.

See It At the Cinema?– Definitely

Buy On DVD/Blu Ray?  –Of Course

 

 


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Escape Room (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Escape Room (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Escape Room is basically Saw light. In fact it’s so lacking in gore and real threat for the most part you wonder just how close it could have been to getting a 12 rating.  That’s not to say that it isn’t enjoyable. It is.  In fact Escape Room is a whole bundle of fun – if you don’t mind checking your brain at the door.  It doesn’t stick the landing sadly with a weirdly sequel focused denouement but the cast are good, the puzzles crazy and the story just about believable.

Best Bit: Pool

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Saw, The Belko Experiment, Cube

 


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Shed Of The Dead (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Shed Of The Dead (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Shed Of The Dead  tries hard to be very like a certain other ‘S’ of the Dead.  Hell, it even references the classic Edgar Wright film (and many others) in the rather knowing animated title sequence.  Yup it’s aspirations to be the latest in a long list of Zom-Com’s are set out right from the start and, happily, for the most part it works. Avoiding the pitfalls of other independent Zombie films (mostly trying to do too much with too little), director Cullingham makes the smart choice to focus down hard to the characters rather than the gore, with the money splashed at the right moments and the bad taste humour picking up the slack throughout.  Shed also drags together icons from franchises such as Friday the 13th, Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw for extended cameos in what turns out to be a clever gimmick – enough screen time to get bums on seats but not enough to distract.  With this and it’s Shaun-esk feel, brisk run time and clever use of budget you have what is a pretty enjoyable Zombie romp. In short: Shed Of The Dead has a great cast, is slick, sick and funny.

Best Bit: Shed Zombie

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Shaun of The Dead, Anna And The Apocalypse, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

 


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Podcast:  Phil And Drew Talk… Shed Of The Dead (Guest host Drew Cullingham)

Podcast: Phil And Drew Talk… Shed Of The Dead (Guest host Drew Cullingham)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast Drew Cullingham replaces Ross in the co-host chair as he and Phil re-team after many years (*they used to co-host Filmsploitation/ All Things Film podcast back in the day) to talk about Drew’s new film Zom-Com Shed Of The Dead.  They also break down their favourite ‘Zombie’ movies (well this is a Zombie themed podcast after all).  All this and more.

Hosted by filmmaker Drew Cullingham and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films & People Discussed: Shed Of The Dead, Shaun of The Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn of The Dead, Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, Bill Moseley, Brian Blessed, A Nightmare On Elm Street. Devils Rejects, House Of A Thousand Corpses, Friday The 13th, Army of Darkness, Evil Dead 2, Dead Snow, REC, Night of The Living Dead, Day of The Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn Of The Dead, Shaun of The Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters ( Zombi 2), Dawn Of The Dead (2004),Train to Busan, Paranornan

For more on Shed Of The Dead check out the website at shed of the dead.com or follow the film @ShedoftheDead on Twitter.  Shed Of The Dead is released on Demand on the 20th May 2019. 

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Finding Steve McQueen (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Finding Steve McQueen (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Finding Steve McQueen is a nice idea, with a nice payoff all played around the true story of a bank robbery gone mostly right.  It’s the cast that makes the films and for the most part they deliver – especially old hands William Fichtner & Forest Whitaker. There’s nothing new here, every-step is pretty predictable and the film isn’t as cool as it thinks it is but still it’s enjoyable whilst it lasts and doesn’t hang around longer than it needs to.  Diverting but not essential.

Best Bit: The car escape

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Ocean’s 11, Baby Driver, Bullitt

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Best & Worst of 2019 So Far!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Best & Worst of 2019 So Far!

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the best and worst films of 2019 so far.  Spoiler: Yup ladies and gents Ross REALLY doesn’t like Hellboy.

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

Films Discussed: Us, Isn’t It Romantic, The Oath, Fyre, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Cold Pursuit, Captain Marvel, Holmes & Watson, Triple Frontier, Hellboy, Inbetweeners, Ready To Rumble, No Holds Barred, Stan & Ollie, Happy Death Day 2U, Shazam!, Daredevil, The Punisher, Avengers: Endgame, Game Of Thrones, Stan Lee, Cineworld, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Greenbook, Fighting With My Family, Alita: Battle Angel, Close, Velvet Buzzsaw Triple Threat

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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The Silence (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Silence (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Silence boldly goes exactly where A Quiet Place and Netflix’s own Bird Box goes before it.  Okay so that’s not strictly true but for sure the three films all feature very familiar ideas, beats and execution which leads to some very obvious comparisons.  Sadly for The Silence it’s probably the weakest of the three, in part to the rather pointless voice over the film is lumbered with and whilst it throws in a couple of surprises it’s pretty predictable from start to end.  Now it’s not terrible – in fact at times it’s pretty fun and it’s 90 minute run time is much appreciated.  BUT you can’t help but think this could have been so much more!

Best Bit: Dog. Crash. Car.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: A Quiet Place, Bird Box, Annihilation

 


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Avengers: Endgame (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review (Spoiler Free)

Avengers: Endgame (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review (Spoiler Free)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
After 21 films, 12 years and a whole lot of characters, stories, directors, box office success and (a few) failures it all comes down to this.  So do the Russo Brothers and Marvel stick this landing? Oh yes. Simply put: Endgame is a triumph.  A complex film full of emotions, twists, turns, humour and endings (story endings rather than a Return of The King twenty five endings ending).  This could have easily gone wrong but rather than a chuck a load of CGI action at it approach (yes DC I’m looking at you), Endgame is story and character led and doesn’t hit the “heavy render fight” button until right at the end.  Yes it’s long and yes the internet nailed a lot of the story points but Endgame is something quite special in a world where Marvel was at risk of loose it’s shine just a little bit.

Best Bit: Getting the stones

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Avengers: infinity War, Avengers: Assemble, Captain America: Winter Solider 

 


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Podcast: Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this (solo) episode of the podcast Phil delivers his InstaTake on the latest Marvel mega-blockbuster – Avengers: Endgame.  Was this worth 11 years and 21 films of wait?  Find out on this podcast!

Hosted by Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed:  Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age Of Ultron

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Glass (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Glass (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Glass is the final part of M Night Shyamalan’s loose and somewhat unconventional superhero trilogy, following on from Unbreakable and Split. Shyamalan isn’t the most reliable filmmaker – he’s either good (see The Sixth Sense) or really, really, really bad (see The Happening).  Thankfully Glass, following on from Split just a few years ago, is firmly in the first camp… with maybe a few small caveats.  Headlined by yet another excellent performance from a crazy James McAvoy , Glass delivers a fun and playful movie that knows exactly the right buttons to push.  Never too knowing, never too serious. Yup it’s a bit long and yup it could do with out the now standard Shyamalan cameo but Glass is really good ending to what are three of the director better films.

Best Bit: McAvoy

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Unbreakable, Split, The Sixth Sense

 


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