Sweetheart (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Sweetheart (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sweetheart is yet another modestly budgeted, low key Blumhouse release.  But this one ended up going directly to home/streaming which is a shame as, even though it’s pretty low key with it’s small but well formed cast, it’s still a solid genre-hybrid horror thriller that crosses a Lost with any number of monster & creature features from the 80’s & 90’s. Sweetheart is a tightly constructed, well made and delivers some nice tension across its sub 90 minute run time.

Best Bit: The reveal

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lost, 47 Meters Down, Upgrade

 


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Frozen 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Frozen 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Frozen was a mess.  No really it was.  A throw it at the wall and see if it works approach that somehow ended up captivating a generation of kids.  But for all its faults, Frozen had bucket loads of charm, memorable songs and female centric story rewrote how a Disney film should be made.  Frozen 2 then had a LARGE mountain to climb.  And pretty predictably for me it fell short.  It’s not bad and I laughed loads but it lacked the ‘lightning in a bottle’ magic that the original delivered in spades… as well as any memorable songs.  Frozen 2 is bigger, bolder and better animated but in the grand scheme of things that doesn’t always make for a better film.  But hey what do I know – a 43 year old is NOT this movies target audience and no doubt kids will love it.

Best Bit: Olaf.  Olaf. Olaf.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Frozen, Moana, Brave

 


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3 From Hell (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

3 From Hell (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
3 From Hell is a bit of a slog. It’s more of the same (well maybe at times less)  from Rob Zombie who returns to the well once too often after the far superior House Of A 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects.  Zombie as a director can be hit and miss and this is very much the later. Richard Brake is the only one of the cast to really deliver (Sheri Moon Zombie delivers more of the same with few levels) and by the time the film get’s to its predictably bloody conclusion I just didn’t care.   It all feels pretty low budget and low key which is a shame as when he’s on fire, Zombie is at least good fun. 

Best Bit: Sig Haig’s last ride

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: The Devils Rejects, House Of A 1000 Corpses, Rob Zombie Halloween

 


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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

Quick Review

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)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

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

Quick Review

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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