Good Boys (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Good Boys (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
An ‘R’ rated teen comedy, Good Boys has received a fair share of mixed reviews and I can kinda see why.  Yup it’s funny, yup its crude and yup at times it’s even pretty charming. But also it’s lowest common denominator humour and for sure in a post #metoo world it may not be the best timed release.  But in the same way that American Pie pushed boundaries in the 90’s Good Boys does here and oddly for the most part its gender politics are far more interesting than some may give it credit for.  Best bet here is don’t do a Kermode… watch it and make up your own mind.

Best Bit: An-al beads?

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Superbad, American Pie, Booksmart 

 


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Eighth Grade (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Eighth Grade (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Eighth Grade is a hard watch.  It’s uncomfortable, real and disarming.  It’s also pretty darn good.  In fact Eighth Grade probably nails Coming Of Age for the millennial generation better than any film has to date.  With a super honest and believable performance by Elsie Fisher at its heart it makes you feel every rejection, every let down and every emotion.  It will probably resinate just as much for parents seeing this from the outside.  So not an easy watch but one that is well worth it.

Best Bit: Graduation

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Booksmart, Stand By Me, Ladybird

 


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Stuber (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Stuber (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stuber has a nice central idea – a temporally blinded cop being driven by an Uber driver called Stu whilst investigating a case – but be it the poor chemistry between the two leads or the pretty pedestrian script, the film fails to deliver.  Even the usually reliable Kumail Nanjiani seems to be phoning it in and Dave Bautista never seems that comfortable with the role.  It has a few nice moments and rustled up a couple or laughs but overall in a year packed with some pretty entertaining films, Stuber just doesn’t grab you. Shame.

Best Bit: The first fight

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Collateral, Let’s Be Cops, 48 Hours

 


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Anna (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Anna (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What happened to Luc Besson.  From the heady heights of Nikita and Leon to the brilliant but more controversial Fifth Element he was the darling of early 90’s cinema. But it all went a bit wrong after that.  Joan Of Arc to Lucy and everything in between director Besson was desperately in need of a hit.  Sadly Anna isn’t it.  A messy plot, phoning it in performances and a bloated run time does little to help what is yet another rerun of Nikita. It’s just pretty dull and commands neither your time or your energy when there are FAR better action films this year (see John Wick 3).  Sadly yet another miss for the once great director.

Best Bit: The restaurant fight… maybe

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Nikita, Leon, The Fifth Element, John Wick 3: Parabellum

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… TV (Arrowverse, AHS, Apprentice & More)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… TV (Arrowverse, AHS, Apprentice & More)

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On this episode of the podcast we talk about all things TV.  Yup we move our attention to the wonderful world of television as we deep dice into the Arrowverse, chat Ballers, breakdown the latest season of American Horror Story and, most importantly, share our love for The Apprentice.

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

Discussed: Arrowverse, AHS 1984, American Horror Story 1984, The Apprentice (UK), Arrow, Flash, Batwoman, Black Lightening, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Ballers, Watchmen, Karate Kid, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Cobra Kai, The Kitchen, Teen Agent, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Good Boys

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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Light Of My Life (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Light Of My Life (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Light Of My Life isn’t a fun film to watch.  It’s also not one that delivers much pace or narrative drive.  This is a film about the relationship between a father and his daughter in a post-apocalyptic world where children don’t seem to exist.  You can mostly work out what will happen from the start but its less about the story and more about the relationships and writer/director/star Casey Affleck does a good job making this film feel very real.  For sure it could have been shorter or a little pacier but fans of films like The Road will have a lot to enjoy here.

Best Bit: The opening shot

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Road, Birdbox, Leave No Trace

 


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Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
After the ‘slight’ misfire that was Early Man, Ardman returns back to one of its most beloved characters for a sequel to 2015’s  much loved Shaun the Sheep: The Movie.  It’s fair to say that once again they deliver the goods – Farmageddon is a wonderful film full of great jokes, charming characters and epic set pieces that rival (and eclipse) some of the best comedy films of 2019.  Smartly they also make sure there’s more than enough for grown ups – with references from a plethora of Sci-Fi classics like X-Files, 2001, Close Encounters and many more.  It’s a joyful, smart and beautiful film that will easily appeal to kids and parents alike.

Best Bit: The supermarket – one of the best scenes of 2019

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Shaun the Sheep: The Movie, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Early Man

 


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El Camino : A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

El Camino : A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
El Camino : A Breaking Bad Movie picks up seconds after the end of the much loved TV series.  Yup the cast have aged somewhat but that’s suspicion of disbelief aside there’s a lot to enjoy here.  Was it an essential addition to the near perfect TV show? No. In fact if you never watched El Camino you’d not be missing that much BUT if you want some serious fan service and a bow tied around the end of the show once and for all then this is the film for you.  It’s got cameos, call backs as well as a few surprises along the way and all in all it’s great fun.  One for the fans.

Best Bit: THAT cameo.  Oh and Forster’s last movie role.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Sopranos

 


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Rabid (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Rabid (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Soska Sistser’s remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid doesn’t really add much to what is regarded as somewhat of a genre classic.  It’s not bad – in fact it has a few decent gore moments – but in its desire to pay homage to the legendary film and director it fails tread it’s own path.  Sadly the Soska Sister’s have yet to wow me and, like a lot of modern horror, Rabid (2019) needed to dial it up to 11.  So terrible… no? Essential… not even close.

Best Bit: The reveal

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: American Mary, Rabid (1977), Shivers 

 


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Terminator Dark Fate (2019):  Review by Grosse Point Geek

Terminator Dark Fate (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot In a Nutshell: Forget everything you already have seen in the previous three sequels (Rise of The Machines, Salvation and Genysys), Dark Fate is a direct sequel to Terminator 2 Judgement Day and thus completely reboots the franchise. Linda Hamilton is back as Sarah Connor, as is Arnie in another reincarnation of the T800, plus James Cameron returns in a principal producer capacity and contributes heavily to the story.

As we saw in T2 Skynet is no more however in the near future its been replaced by another AI program gone mad called Legion, which attacks humanity by setting off a nuclear war, the surviving  humans fight back, Legion then sends an advanced terminator (known as a Rev 9) back in time to kill the leader of the resistance (Natalia Reyes), who in turn send back a heroic warrior (Mackenzie Davis) to serve as said future leader’s protector.

What worked? The action is excellent  – in fact its the best its been since T2 – an opening freeway battle is expertly handled by director Tim Miller (Deadpool) as is a breathtaking  aerial set piece featuring two huge planes and alot of firepower.

Linda Hamilton is once again brilliant as Sarah Connor,  Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes are superb plus Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a very good and pleasingly understated performance as a T800 who has become almost human after spending years in the present timeline. Finally the effects are pretty impressive too  – particularly those used to create the Rev 9 terminator who is even more unstoppable than Robert Patrick’s T1000 from T2.

 

What could have been better? In a word – The Plot. With the notable exception of the fourth film (Salvation – flawed but still pretty good) the Terminator series at its base level has always just been about two characters coming back in time from a nuclear ravaged future to kill/protect a person of extreme significance to the survival of the human race – with a few twists here and there.

This same story has now been done FIVE times over and its wearing pretty bloody thin. As a good friend of mine is known to say “same shit – rehashed” – and rehashed Terminator Dark Fate most certainly is. Yes there is a couple of twists (one fairly shocking) but so what?- At its heart the film is nothing more than everything we have seen before and the result is that it doesn’t move the Terminator story on one inch more. Yes i agree its a helluva lot better than the godawful Genysys – which was absolutely piss poor, but on reflection i found that it was marginally better than Rise Of The Machines and overall only managed to be on about a level par with Salvation.   

 

So what next for this franchise?  – well I for one want to see the future war actually happen, i want to know what is in store for Sarah, i want to see how Natalia Reyes character becomes the leader of the resistance, how the human race fights back, how they get their weapons, what battles they fight etc etc  -what i DON’T want is the same old sodding time travel plot  told over and over again  as it has been done to death! I also certainly don’t want to have my intelligence insulted any more by the likes of James (slowest film maker in the universe) Cameron braying on about how he is going to bring something fresh to the table when all he and director Tim Miller have done is serve up the SAME DAMN STORY AGAIN! 

Finally can someone please have a word with dear old Arnold Schwarzenegger? The man is an absolute legend, we all love him to death but theres no denying that the Austrian Oak is looking seriously past his prime and now needs to hang up the shotgun and let this franchise move on without him  –  just saying.

 

Review Summary: Certainly not at all the worst of the franchise – not by a long long way – in fact i have to admit that on the whole it IS a pretty good film, the action is superb, its well acted and its never ever less than enjoyable, indeed if there is another sequel i will of course go and see it. However  – its glaringly not even close to the brilliance of the first and second films plus the plot is nothing more than a complete and utter redo/rehash/total copy of everything we have already seen before  – and if anyone says otherwise (i.e James Cameron) then they are lying their heads off.

 

See at The Cinema? – Yes

Buy On Blu Ray? Yes

Pray the next sequel has a different plot? Get on your knees now

Author: Grosse Point Geek 

 

 


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