Bad Boys For Life (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bad Boys For Life (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I never thought i’d say it but Bad Boys For Life misses Michael Bay.  No really. It’s not that Bay is a good director as such (in fact he’s directed some of the worse films I have ever sat through) but his unique visual style and staging of action set pieces can carry even the worst of films if used right (see the recent 6 Underground) and whilst directors Adil & Bilall do their best to copy Bay, the film needed more confidant handling in those should stand out moments.  That said, as you’d expect, the team of Smith/Lawrence (looking a little, urm, portly) carry the film well, even if the ‘Bad Boys’ song is getting old, and the story throws in a few surprises that I didn’t see coming.  Overall then the second best Bad Boys Films and a fun afternoon at the cinema, just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.

Best Bit: Chemistry.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: 6 Underground, Bad Boys, Bad Boys 2

 


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Jay And Silent Bob Reboot (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Jay And Silent Bob Reboot (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I don’t have the best history with Jay & Silent Bob as characters.  Yup Clerks, Mall Rats and the early ViewAskew movies they were great (as were the films) but I never loved Strike Back as much as most seem to.  At the same time Smith the director hasn’t made a great film in a long, long time. So is Jay And Silent Bob Reboot a return to form? Well kinda, If by form you mean puerile cock and getting stoned jokes.  Look I have huge affection for Smith – he seems like one of the good guys – but this low budget reboot is a one joke film with a few good sniggers along the way.   Those who love Smith will forgive it (like me I guess) but there is zero here to make new fans and more jokes miss than land.

Best Bit: Batfleck jokes

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Clerks

 


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Uncut Gems (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Uncut Gems (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Uncut Gems is not an easy film to watch.  It’s exhausting – a two hour plus film that runs at 100 metre sprint pace… a wall of sound and noise, of shouting and aggression, of violence and people.  But it’s a bloody good one.  Sandler delivers a performance that reminds you that not only can he act (and is far better than the dross Netflix has him starring in) but in fact given the right material he could hold his own with anyone.  in fact, as the story unfolds, Sandler creates a character you oddly sympathise with him even though he is as far from likeable as you can get. It’s pretty criminal that he was snubbed at the Oscars (as was the film and directors the Safdie’s).  Outside Sandler the film is still just as good – from its direction to its support cast and phenomenal score.  Sure Uncut Gems won’t be for everyone but if you want a film that pushes your sense to the limit, that’s unlike anything I’ve seen in years then Uncut Gem is for you.

Best Bit: THAT ending

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The King Of New York, Good Time, Punch Drunk Love

 


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Bombshell (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

Bombshell (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As impressive as the three lead performances are, there’s just something about Bombshell that doesn’t quite work.  Something that stops it being great rather than just good.  For sure it’s story is shocking -that of Fox News founder Roger Ailes and a string of sexual abuse dating back years – but the film has a tendency to slip into caricature and there’s something ultimately unsettling about a film that ends up making Rupert Murdoch it’s hero.   It’s also pretty messy at times and Jay Roach’s direction is often obvious and lacking in subtlety as you may expect from the man who gave us Austin Powers. But the films saving grace is its leads.  Robbie, Theron and Kidman smash it out the park (Robbie especially) and all deliver impactful, heartfelt performances.  Without them this would for sure be lesser a film.   So a story that had to be told in a film that could be better.

Best Bit: The three leads

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Spotlight, Secretary, Broadcast News

 


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In The Line Of Duty (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

In The Line Of Duty (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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 Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In The Line Of Duty  feels like something that would have been better suited in the 90’s.  It’s just such an over the top, silly execution of a reasonable (but done so many time before central idea) that you wonder if you went to bed in a time machine and woke up in a sub-Shane Black movie. Lead Eckhart looks bored (and must be wondering how to fire his agent most of the time), the director is throwing in his best 90’s cliches (shouting police chief that never listens? Check!) and everyone else is wondering “Why the hell did I pay to see this”.  Okay so it’s not dull but man there is so little new here that you could rent or stream a hundred films that do it better.

Best Bit: The idea is kinda of okay

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Black & Blue, Training Day, End Of Watch

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2020 Movies!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2020 Movies!

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the upcoming movies for 2020 in our, urm, 2020 Movie Preview!  Month by month we look at the big releases then pick our Top 3 films we can’t wait for across the next 12 months.  Warning: This podcast contains Top Gun!

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

Discussed:  Top Gun: Maverick, No Time To Die, Wonder Woman 1984, 1917, Bad Boys For Life, Gretel and Hansel, The Rhythm Section, Bad Boys For Life, Like a Boss, Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn, Dolittle, Sonic the Hedgehog, Fantasy Island, Brahms: The Boy II, The Call of the Wild, Emma, The Invisible Man, Pixar’s Onward, The Way Back, Bloodshot, The Informer, My Spy, A Quiet Place: Part II, Mulan, The New Mutants, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, No Time To Die, The Secret Garden, Trolls World Tour, Black Widow, Legally Blonde 3, The Organ Donor, Scoob!, Fast & Furious 9, Artemis Fowl, Wonder Woman 1984, Candyman, King of Staten Island, Pixar’s Soul, Top Gun: Maverick, In the Heights, Free Guy,  Minions: The Rise of Gru, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, The Purge 5, Tenet, Jungle Cruise, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Escape Room 2, Morbius, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, The King’s Man, Monster Hunter, Venom 2, Death on the Nile, Halloween Kills, Snake Eyes, The Eternals, Godzilla vs. Kong, Coming 2 America, Dune, News of the World, The Irishman, The Tomorrow War, Tom and Jerry, Stone Cold, Ip Man 4, Under Siege, The Gentleman

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 Gentleman (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Gentleman (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so Guy Richie returning to familiar ground isn’t always a guarantee of success (See Revolver) but after years of playing in someone else’s sandpit, the British director’s return to the genre he helped revive, feels long overdue and very much welcome. The Gentleman won’t be for everyone – it drops it’s fair amount of C-bombs & violence alongside a cast that are dialing up the Ham to factor 15 – but for fans of the directors earlier works this is a rare treat.  What Richie has crafted here is an old school 18 rated UK crime film released in the cinema (something quite rare these days) with suave, swagger and style where the cast look like they are having the time of their lives (even if Matthew McConaughey is outclassing them all playing it dead straight). The Gentleman is funny when it needs to be, sharp when it wants to be and menacing when you least expect it. In short: I bloody loved it.  Special note to Hugh Grant who obviously is having the time of his life.

Best Bit:McConaughey playing it like he’s in an Oscar contender.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Snatch, RocknRolla, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels 

 


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Phil’s 2020 Preview & Look Back At 2019’s Predictions…

Phil’s 2020 Preview & Look Back At 2019’s Predictions…

2019: In Review Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…

2019 was a good year all in all, with many smaller movies standing out from the crowded franchised blockbuster arena. That said Marvel killed it again and Star Wars Skywalker saga drew to a close.   So here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2020.  And a few that I’d be happy to miss.

 

The Must See’s

 


Most Excited: 
Top Gun: Maverick
The sequel to my second favourite film of all time, with a launch trailer that stuck the landing and an epic cast… okay so it will probably suck but I could not BE any more excited.

 

 

2.1917
Following up the dire Spectre with a big budget World War 1 film, Mendes looks to be striking gold on a film that’s already getting Oscar buzz.  And teh single take idea really intrigues me.

 

3.Wonder Woman 1984
With Marvel having a quieter year it’s down to DC to deliver the goods this year and Wonder Woman 1984 may well be the film to do just that.  The best thing in all the DC movies to date and with a well regarded film already under her belt, Wonder Woman returns to battle new bad guys. This time without Zack Snider’s influence.

 

 

4. The Many Saints of Newark
The Sopranos is my favourite TV show of all time.  This feature length look at a young Tony Soprano (played by Gandolfini’s own son) could go either way.  But, much like Top Gun, nostalgia runs high here.

 

5. No Time To Die
A risky choice for sure but No Time To Die promises lots.  A great director, Craig reinvigorated (well that’s what he says) and a different story featuring a retired Bond dragged back into action.  Every other Craig film has been good so the odds are in it’s favour.

 

Bubbling Under: Tenet (Nolan is back, always worth a watch ), Bill & Ted Face The Music (Excellent! ), A Quiet Place 2 (The original was superb ), Last Night In Soho (Edgar Wright. Say no more.  ), Halloween Kills (The last Halloween was genuinely good ), Ghostbusters 2020 (a risk but with the original cast returning… maybe. Just maybe), Black Widow (Only a fool would bet against Marvel)

 

 

The Must Nots

 

Stinker Of The Year: The New Mutants
Shooting Fish in a barrel this one.  So the trailer looked okay, the property it’s based on is solid and the cast & crew impressive… so why am I not keen? Simply this should have come out two years ago, it’s had delays, reshoots and is rumoured to be dumped direct onto Hulu.  If it even comes out.


Also Dreading: Birds of Prey
(Robbie will be great but the film will not, sadly ), Bad Boys 4 Life (Michael Bay – so will be long and a slog) , Fast & Furious 9 (No Rock, No Stath, No Walker. Just Vin ), Godzilla Vs Kong (I think we are done with Godzilla now ), Dolittle (A film we don’t need), Minions 2 (The last DM film was weak and teh Minions film equally a let down), Coming To America 2 (Murphy has had VERY little to offer of late)

 

Last Year…


So how did I do last year?

This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2019 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

 

For best: I tipped Toy Story 4, Captain Marvel, Hobbs & Shaw, Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as my most anticipated of 2019. Toy Story 4 was good but not in my top 5 of the year with Captain Marvel following suit. Hobbs & Shaw was a bust but Once Upon A Time In Hollywood delivered in spades.  As for Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker… it was good but not great but still a great watch!

 

As for the rest? Avengers Infinity War Part 2 was really good and closed off the saga in spectacular fashion,  IT: Chapter Two was better than most gave it credit (but still not on par with Chapter One).  Wonder Woman 1984 never came out and has been added to 2020’s list.  Glass was good fun but Godzilla: King of the Monsters died on it’s arse.Spider-Man: Far From Home  could well be the best Marvel film of 2020 whilst Joker was simply awesome.   Jumanji: The Next Level was good fun as expected, even if it as a step down from Welcome to the Jungle,  &  The Irishman was everything I wanted it to be (other than maybe a few minutes shorter)

 

As for the Stinkers? Terminator: Dark Fate was actually okay (and certainly not the bomb I expected), The Lion King remake was also pretty good fun, Pet Sematary was weak and Pokemon Detective Pikachu was great fun (think Deadpool for kids).  Never watched What Men Want , Aladdin 2019 was solid and X-Men: Dark Phoenix was pretty much what I expected.  Rubbish.   John Wick: Chapter 3 was a return to form but both Alita: Battle Angel & Men in Black Spin Off  both failed as expected.

 

So here’s to 2019… see you again next year!

 


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Grosse Point Geek’s Wrap Up Of 2019 (and 2020 preview)

Grosse Point Geek’s Wrap Up Of 2019 (and 2020 preview)

2019: In Review A Blog Year In Review

As we approach the end of 2019 I have to say that on the whole it’s been a fairly good year for films. Stars Wars had a great send off with JJ Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker, the Infinity Stones story arc which had been the backbone of the MCU since 2008 ended spectacularly with the outstanding Avengers Endgame, DC finally got their house in order and delivered an absolute humdinger with Joker  – which is now the first and only R rated movie to pass the $1 Billion mark at the worldwide box office.

 

There was utter lunacy to be enjoyed in Hobbs and Shaw which was really great fun, John Wick Chapter 3 delivered some top notch action and proved to be the best entry in the franchise so far, a very funny and rather endearing love story played out  in Long Shot and good old Sylvester Stallone returned for the fifth time as Rambo in a film so violent it may well have offended just about every single critic on the planet– not that he cared, it did big bucks at the box office and we film geeks lapped up every brilliant blood drenched minute of it – (the sound of Mexican drug gangs running for the hills in terror can still be heard).

 

We also witnessed the continued rise of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime  -it has to be said though that with the notable exception of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, these still haven’t quite mastered their film output but series wise they can’t be touched – The likes of the Expanse, The Man In The High Castle, The Crown and Jack Ryan were all excellent.

 

Finally there were some top notch performances from the likes of Adam Driver (Marriage Story and Star Wars) Daniel Craig (Knives Out) Mahershala Ali (Green Book) Brad Pitt (Once Upon a time in Hollywood) Matt Damon (Le Mans 66) and of course Joaquin Phoenix who was astounding in Joker

 

Naturally and as per bloody usual there were also some serious let-downs and downright dogs,  – Alita Battle Angel was staggeringly awful, Godzilla King Of The Monsters was beyond crap, X-Men Dark Phoenix proved to be even worse than we feared, Blinded By The Light was so appallingly bad and badly acted that I almost walked out of the screening, The Lion King remake didn’t work at all  and was nothing more than a shot for shot remake of the original , then there was Dumbo which failed to recreate any of the magic that made Disney’s original such a classic, Neil Marshall’s pointless Hellboy reboot showed promise in its design work and story but ultimately turned out to be an utter turd of a film, and whilst it had its good points, the highly anticipated Terminator Dark Fate proved to be nothing more than a complete re-tread of everything we had already seen before in this franchise.

 

Anyway, enough ranting  – here are my 2019 top ten best, top ten worst, top 15 honouree mentions, top 15 best performances and finally the films I’m most excited to see in 2020.

 

Top Ten Best films:

  1. Avengers: Endgame
  2. Green Book
  3. The Irishman
  4. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
  5. Joker
  6. John Wick Chapter 3
  7. Le Mans 66
  8. Knives Out
  9. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  10. Rambo: The Last Blood (yes I know  – I’m on my way to hell for including this one!)

 

Top Ten Worst films

  1. Alita Battle Angel (pointless, boring, dull, piss poor)
  2. Hellboy (awful)
  3. Godzilla King Of The Monsters (definitely left a Michael Bay-alike stench in the nostrils – total crap and badly acted to boot)
  4. Blinded By The Light (the mere thought of this film makes me angry)
  5. The Lion King (cynical audience rip off)
  6. X-Men Dark Phoenix (damp squib – how did they screw this one up?)
  7. The Silence (terrible copy of a Quiet Place)
  8. Shazam (despite everyone really liking this one I absolutely HATED IT!)
  9. The Prodigy (forgettable rubbish)
  10. Glass (garbage sequel to Unbreakable and Split – I’m now beginning to seriously dislike M. Night Shyalaman)

 

 

Top fifteen Honouree Mentions:

  1. Long Shot
  2. Hobbs and Shaw
  3. Ad Astra
  4. Hustlers
  5. Angel Has Fallen
  6. The Mule
  7. It Chapter 2
  8. The Man who killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot
  9. Zombieland 2
  10. Last Christmas
  11. Captain Marvel
  12. Bumblebee
  13. Fighting with My Family
  14. Rocketman
  15. Marriage Story

 

 

Top 15 best performances:

  1. Joaquin Phoenix  – Joker
  2. Adam Driver – Marriage Story and Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker
  3. Scarlett Johansson  – Marriage Story
  4. Joe Pesci  – The Irishman
  5. Jennifer Lopez  – Hustlers
  6. Seth Rogen – Long Shot
  7. Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  8. Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  9. Robert Downey Jr – Avengers Endgame
  10. Matt Damon – Le Mans 66
  11. Brad Pitt – Once Upon a time in Hollywood
  12. Daisy Ridley  – Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker
  13. Sam Elliott – The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot
  14. Daniel Craig – Knives Out
  15. Clint Eastwood  -The Mule

 

 

Most Anticipated Films of 2020:

  1. Tenet
  2. 1917
  3. Top Gun: Maverick
  4. Fast and Furious 9
  5. Black Widow
  6. The Eternals
  7. Bill and Ted Face The Music
  8. Ghostbusters : Afterlife
  9. Army Of The Dead
  10. No Time To Die
  11. Wonder Woman 1984
  12. JoJo Rabbit
  13. Dune
  14. The Gentlemen
  15. Bloodshot

 

Finally will someone at Warner Bros. please please please please release the Snyder cut of Justice League! You know it exists, we know it exists, Snyder has given us proof it exists, Momoa, Affleck and Gal Gadot have seen it and said its great, you and sodding Joss Whedon short changed us with whatever the hell that version was you released last year – we are pissed off, motivated, and we demand to see it NOW!

 

Right that’s it for another year, many thanks to all the fans of Phil’s Quick Capsule Reviews for sticking with us (whoever you are) , also a big shout out to my dear friend Phil Hobden, without whom I would have no one to win arguments with about films and who does such a sterling job of keeping this great website going all year round.

 

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year

 

My name is Will Strong and I’ve Been Grosse Pointe Geek – may the Force be with you all.

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… No Time To Die Trailer

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… No Time To Die Trailer

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this special episode of the podcast we take a look at the trailer for thew James Bond film No Time To Die.

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

Discussed: No Time To Die, Spectre, Skyfall, Quantum Of Solace, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale

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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