Shazam (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Shazam (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Shazam is the best modern (post Nolan) DCEU film to date.  Okay so other than Wonder Woman that’s still a pretty low bar but regardless Shazam is a genuinely funny, genuinely charming and probably top 10 of the year film with loads to entertain kids and adults of all ages.  Of course it’s the cast that make this work and Zachary Levi especially nails the titular character, with Mark Strong once again laying it down thick and fast as the villain.  Okay so the last thirty minute plus smash-em-crash-em goes on too long (the film really shines in the smaller moments) but it, and you, are having so much fun you can pretty much forgive it. Shazam delivers.  See DC CAN make a good film.

Best Bit: Testing powers

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Aquaman 

 


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Point Blank (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Point Blank (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Another day, another poorly reviews and received Netflix ‘original’.  This time out is a remake of the 2010 French film of the same name starring Marvel’s own Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie. And nope it doesn’t suck as much or as bad as the critics will have you think.  In fact it’s a pretty easy to watch, ultimately forgettable romp that ticks all the usual hardboiled crime film cliches almost as if it’s working from a tick list.  What makes the film work is the paring of Grillo and Mackie who both have buckets of charisma.  So it’s a decent way to pass an evening. Nothing more or less.

Best Bit: Always Frank Grillo

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: À Bout Portant, Payback, Man On fire

 


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Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stan & Ollie is a charming film taking a look at the later and often undiscussed years of the comic duo.  As far as biopics go it’s an untapped subject and therefore anyone with more than a passing knowledge of Laurel & Hardy will certainly love this detailed and endearing look at the later years of a pair that, sadly in todays modern society is, are overlooked.  The direction is solid, the script well handled but the film would be nothing without the central performances of Coogan and Riley.  They just excel as the titular characters and deliver a masterclass of how to pay both tribute and homage to these comic greats.

Best Bit: Coogan & Riley

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Way Out West, Sons Of The Desert, Chaplin

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2019 Half Year Review!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2019 Half Year Review!

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: Ross still hates Hellboy and now Phil’s on the band wagon.

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

Films Discussed: Green Book, Booksmart, Avengers: Endgame, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Rocketman, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tucked, Toy Story 4, Fighting With My Family,  Captain Marvel, Vice, Minding The Gap, Happy Death Day 2U, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Leaving Neverland, Us, Escape Room, Instant Family, Behind The Curve, The Perfection, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Alita: Battle Angel, Hellboy (2019), Close, Velvet Buzzsaw, Godzilla: King of The Monsters, Pet Sematary (2019), X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Triple Threat, Late Night, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Cold Pursuit, Serenity

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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Polar (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Polar (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Polar has had some very brutal review.  The ‘O’ stars kind. And whilst it’s not perfect I actually quite enjoyed this insane hitman action film and for sure it really doesn’t deserve the battering it’s had. Mads Mikkelsen does a solid job as the soon to be retiring hitman whilst Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick and Matt Lucas all provide capable support.  Lucas especially seems to relish the madness he brings to the role.  Yup it won’t be for everyone but give Polar a chance – it’s better than you’ve heard!

Best Bit: The last few minutes 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: In Bruges, The Bourne Supremacy, John Wick

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Spider-Man: Far From Home (Spoilers)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Spider-Man: Far From Home (Spoilers)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the brand new Spider-Man: Far From Home as well as Phil’s giddy excitement for Hobbs & Shaw.  Warning: Spoilers!

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

Films Discussed: Spider-Man: Far From Home, Hobbs & Shaw, Chuck Norris, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Spider-Man: Homecoming

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 Hole In The Ground (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hole In The Ground (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hole In The Ground is pretty damn creepy.  To be fair though I have a thing about creepy kids so this pretty much hit all those buttons and more.  But actually, my personal phobias aside, this film has a lot to like.  Strong performances, a great central premise and some atmospheric photography makes for a film that will last a long white after the film ends.  Not perfect (pacing is a bit off and the story a bit too simple) but well worth your time.

Best Bit: In the hole

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: It Comes At Night, Orphan, Poltergeist

 


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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Far From Home shows that Marvel is in safe hands post Endgame.  A confident, funny and charming sequel, in many ways it’s a better film than Homecoming (and in some less so) and once again delivers one of Marvel’s better villains in Mysterio – charmingly played by the excellent Jake Gyllenhaal.  But for all the crash bang wallop of the film (and there is a lot), it’s the central relationships that make this film work so well.  Be it Ned & Betty or Spiderman & MJ… you can’t help but fall in love with these characters once again. Zendaya especially shines as the honest, twitchy MJ and gives us one of the most honest love stories the MCU has ever told.  Yup it suffers from TOO much CGI and the stakes, whilst making perfect sense, are set so high that it needed risk which just isn’t there.  It’s the small moments that shine in Far From Home. So despite its few faults and unobtainable stakes, the film and the cast delivers.  Three for three this year with the MCU.

Best Bit: THAT post credit scene

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man 2

 


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The Perfection (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Perfection (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Perfection arrives on the back of a run of less than well received Netflix originals.  Velvet Buzzsaw, Rim Of The World and many others have fallen short but critically and with the subscribers.  Whilst The Perfection may not be every one’s cup of tea, I actually enjoyed the hell out of this tightly constructed, nutty and often boundary pushing horror.  Taking hints from Argento and Cronenberg, The Perfection crafts a tight and well performed narrative that makes you believe the twists and turns that follow.  Original? No. Fun.  Certainly.

Best Bit: Bus

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Susperia, Rabid, Revenge 

 


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Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So nearly 20 years after Samuel L Jackson took over the role of Shaft he’s back once again for a sequel/reboot that has more in common with 21 Jump Street and Starsky & Hutch in tone than it does the original shaft films.  Arriving in the UK direct to Netflix just weeks after its US release and with a bucket load of poor reviews, expectations were VERY low.  Which makes it a real surprise that the film was as good as it was.  Yup it won’t change the world and it certainly won’t win an awards but Jackson & Usher have great chemistry, the support cast are fine and the script knows what it has to do and when teh film finally reunites 3 generations of Shaft you cant help but smile. Yup the villains are mere cardboard cut outs, the story wafer thin and the plot you’ve seen before.  YET I laughed, I cheers and I dug it.  Well worth  watch.

Best Bit: Jackson was made for this quipping type role

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 21 Jump Street, Shaft (2000), Starsky & Hutch

 


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