Phil’s Best & Worst 2019 Films… 1st Edition (18th March 2019)

Phil’s Best & Worst 2019 Films… 1st Edition (18th March 2019)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of the films from 2019 (2019 Films), as well as the best films I missed from last year and, of course, the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review ‘Sharknado’ Award.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2019… So Far:

  1. Green Book
  2. Fighting With My Family
  3. Captain Marvel
  4. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden City
  5. Vice

Honourable Mentions: Happy Death Day 2U, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Fyre Fraud, Instant Family, Behind The Curve, IO, Reign Of The Supermen, The Kid Who Would Be King

 

WORST Films Of 2019… So Far

  1. Alita: Battle Angel
  2. Close

Dis-Honourable Mentions: 

 

 

The 2019 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

 

 


The 2019 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

 

Great Films Of 2018 That I saw In 2019:

The Domestics, After The Screaming Stops, They Shall Not Grow Old, Assassination Nation, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Free Solo, The Last Movie Star, Incredibles 2

 


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Podcast: Captain Marvel (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Captain Marvel (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 (and first female led) Marvel blockbuster – Captain Marvel.  Is this a Wonder Woman or a Catwoman (yes I know both DC films but come on there’s no Marvel ones to joke about yet!)

Hosted by Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Captain Marvel, Avengers, Wonder Woman

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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Captain Marvel (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Captain Marvel (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From its awesome Stan Lee homages to its 90’s throw backs and references to 10 years plus of Marvel cinematic cannon, Captain Marvel knows exactly what film it wants to be from the start.  And that’s a good thing.  Marvel know how to create characters you care about and once again they nail it with Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel – one of the most likeable heroes yet.  She’s staring, smart and relatable.  Oh and she can seriously kick arse. Okay so the story is a touch predicable (If you can’t spot the real bad guy 5 minutes in or even from the trailer you’ve probably never watched a film before) and at times it may be trying too hard but any film that has a running Top Gun reference gets my vote.  So overall another must see Marvel film.

Best Bit: Goose

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Top Gun

 


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Fyre Fraud (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Fyre Fraud (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hulu’s Fire Fraud is another take on the now infamous festival that wasn’t, following hot on the heels of the Netflix original Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.  It’s more of the same with Hulu trumping Netflix a touch with exclusive (and paid) access to the man himself , even if he fails to deliver any real insight.  Looking at  the two films together for me Netflix edges it with a more rounded and polished affair but both have pointers and moments missing from the other. So if you are interested in the Fyre fiasco then make this a back to back offering!

Best Bit: Billy

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Hulu)

If You Liked this Try: Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Holy Hell, Amanda Knox

 


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Reign of the Supermen (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Reign of the Supermen (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
DC animation continues to deliver solid stories with its continuation of the Death of Superman adaptation.  Thing is you kinda know what you are going to get here – they are mostly straight adaptations – with a solid voice cast and solid animation.  That said after a few these are all starting to feel pretty familiar and I can’t help but think that they need to start making a few creative leaps to stop these getting ‘Hum Hum’. So solid but left me wanting a bit more…

Best Bit: Supermen Vs Lex

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Superman: Doomsday, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

 


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Fighting With My Family (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Fighting With My Family (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Fighting With My Family follows the standard format of the sports movie almost to the letter.  You’ve seen it in Rocky, The Karate Kid and hell even Cool Runnings.  Underdog get’s their shot at the big time, wobbles, comes through it and ends up beating the odds.  What makes Fighting With My Family stand out from the more run of the mill offerings is the heart on show.  The pitch perfect cast really deliver (yes this is the rare good Vince Vaughn performance), especially Florence Pugh who totally convinces as soon to be WWE wrestler Paige (no spoilers – this is based on a true story) and it’s good to see The Rock as, well, The Rock.  Reminded me of my youth.  The ending almost brought a tear to my eye and whilst the film probably does focus a bit too much on the wrestling side (which could put people off) this is a cracking film and well worth a watch.

Best Bit: Raw debut

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: No Holds Barred, Beyond The Mat, The Wrestler

 


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Cold Pursuit (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Cold Pursuit (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Liam Neeson returns to punch people in Cold Pursuit, a remake of the Norwegian vigilante film In Order of Disappearance made by the same director Hans Petter Moland, in his Hollywood debut.  And if that sentence sounds a bit mad welcome to the crazy world of Liam Neeson 2.0.  Yup Rob Roy is now a full blown arse kicker but unlike Taken, Cold Pursuit takes a bit of a comedic route to get Liam to turn on the hurt.  In fact this is Tarantino meets Elmore Leonard – part Hateful Eight, part LA Confidential, part Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead.   This all add’s up to a bundle of fun – even if it does lag a touch in the middle. So don’t expect a full on Taken but Cold Pursuit is a fun diversion.

Best Bit: Paragliding – the payoff.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: In Order of Disappearance, Taken, LA Confidential

 


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Podcast: Cold Pursuit (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Cold Pursuit (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast Phil delivers his InstaTake on the latest Liam Neeson punches people movie Cold Pursuit.

Hosted by Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Cold Pursuit, Taken

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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Green Book (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Green Book (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Green Book, the ‘true’ story of Dr Don Shirley and Tony Lip, and is proving to be quite the controversial film.  ‘White Saviour’ , “White Washing’, ‘Made Up’… are just some of the MANY accusations that have been made about the film.  They could all be true.  But, moving the politics aside for a second, this now Oscar winning Best Film is a well made road movie (even a buddy road movie) that hits all the right notes, has more than it’s fair share of laughs (and draw dropping moments) with two cracking central performances by the Oscar nominated Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali.  Comedy director Peter Farrelly does a great job with the material and overall whilst there may be wider issues, as a film Green Book nails it.

Best Bit: Ali/Mortensen’s chemistry

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Vice, BlackkKlansman, Roma

 


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Instant Family (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Instant Family (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Instant Family probably shouldn’t work.  It’s predicable (you know exactly where it’s going from the start), sporadically funny and relies heavily on you liking Marky Mark’s jittery charm. Yet despite all this the film ends up being an enjoyable, time passing romp.  That’s more than partly due to the cast who deliver admirably  (yup even Marky Mark), with particular notes going to Isabela Moner, Octavia Spencer & Margo Martindale’s who all deliver stand out performances.  Look it’s not breaking any new ground but it passed the time and made me chuckle more than a few times.

Best Bit: Christmas

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Daddy’s Home, Neighbors, Second Act

 


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