Justice League – A Quick Capsule Review

Justice League – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Justice League isn’t the worst film ever as some critics will have you believe.  BUT it’s also a long way from being good.  DC’s Sniderverse continues it’s desire to make some of the best superhero of all time as dull as possible with the introductions of the latest batch – Aquaman (Underdeveloped), Cyborg (Terrible design & CGI) and The Flash (Not a patch on the TV version) along side an increasingly bored Batfleck, Sulky Superman and the actually still good Wonder Woman.  They team up, they fight CGI things and little else happens.  Nothing has weight, people com back from the dead (and we don’t really get to see the wider implications of this, despite it being a major story point) and SuperJoss crash lands Snider’s film with the help of a script polish (you know its him as the moments stand out like a sore thumb) and CGI moustache removal (it’s as bad as it sounds).  For me it’s the weakest of the DCEU (but the margins between this, Man Of Steel and Suicide Squad are VERY slim) and pretty much kills any further spin off’s dead.

Best Bit: Wonder Woman. Again.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Wonder Woman, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Wonder Woman (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Wonder Woman (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
First the good news… Wonder Woman is the best DC super hero film of the modern past Dark Knight era.  So yes it’s MUCH better than Man Of Steel and delivers a more rounded story than BVSDOJ managed.  It also shows why Gadot was the right choice to play Dianna Prince, bring a real heart and soul to the film.  It’s the most Marvel of all the DC films and wouldn’t feel out of place next to Captain America and Thor.  Patty Jenkins delivers in the directors chair and for the most part delivers a film that avoids the trappings of other DC films.  Until the end… (and this is the bad news) when once again the film descends into a somewhat pointless CGI wank fest.  Albeit one that works better than BVSDOJ but it’s odd, almost feeling like Zack Snider took over for the last 20 or so mins with the film being set at night and full of pointless CGI and explosions.   So overall a step in the right director for DC.  Now let’s see what Justice League delivers…

Best Bit: Wonder Woman hits the battlefield…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Captain America, Batman Vs Superman Dawn of Justice, Man Of Steel 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Best To Worst: Superman Movies

Phil’s Best To Worst: Superman Movies

Best... Other Cr*p

Listed in reserve order (From Worst to Best) Phil, of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, breaks down a film related subject in order of his own personal enjoyment.  This time out: Live action Superman Films! 

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BEST: Superman: The Movie

The original and still the best, thanks in part of the combination of an excellent director in Donner and one of the best pieces of Superhero casting in Christopher Reeve until Downey Jnr stepped into Iron man’s boots.  This film is just superb.  The cast sparkles, the effects were ahead of their time and the coming of age story timeless.  Superhero films still don’t get much better than this.


 

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2. Superman 2

Whilst Superman is the better film, Superman 2 is the more enjoyable one pitching the Man Of Steel against General Zod and his cronies.  Lots of fun action, the blossoming relationship between Superman and Lois Lane and Terrance Stamp camping it up… what’s not to like!

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3. Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice

I liked it.  I even liked it the second time. It has issues for sure and sadly Superman is one of them, with Zack Snider’s modern vision of Superman not connecting with audiences the way Donner’s did all those years ago BUT when it hits it hits and, for better or worse, few do massive spectacle better than Snider.  This all said I probably like this more as a Batman film than a Superman movie…

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4. Superman 3 

Hell it’s got Richard Prior in it.  Yup Superman 3 was often considered the weaker of the original films and rightly so… it is.  It’s also goofy, fun and terrible all at the same time.  With Hackman out by choice due to the way Donner was treated on Superman/Superman 2 and Kidder reduced to a walk on cameo, it left holes that the new cast struggled to fill.   It has it’s moments however but it’s broader tone didn’t sit well with the previous films and the effects look horribly dated now.

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5. The Man Of Steel

Sad Superman mopes around the world. Sad Superman destroys Metropolis whilst trying to defeat Zod.  Sad Superman makes everyone else sad when he accidentally kills thousands of innocent people.  Sad Superman then takes on a CGI laser thing.  Audiences checked out.  No one cared anymore.  It’s a shame as it started with promise but sadly in the end it doesn’t deliver.

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6. Superman Returns

If you like ‘Best Of’ clip shows and remakes then Superman Returns is the film for you.  It’s not terrible but it just lacks any creativity as it shamelessly homage’s/rips off Richard Donner’s far superior Superman: The Movie whilst resolutely refusing to tread it’s own path. Until it’s introduces Superboy. No.  Really.

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7. Supergirl

Supergirl is terrible.  Yet I watched it loads growing up. To be honest that was probably due to Helen Slater in her Supergirl outfit as I hit being a teenager but it had a great cast, is cheesy as hell (in a good way) and had a certain charm.  It’s also still MUCH better than Superman 4.

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WORST: Superman 4: The Quest For Peace

No surprise here.  Cannon’s Superman 4 was an abortion of a movie with no budget, a stupid story and terrible effects.  It was also shot in Milton Keynes, doubling for Metropolis.  It’s a curiosity for sure but little more.



 

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Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far (Updated: 30th September 2016 )

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far (Updated: 30th September 2016 )

Quick Review

Best Films of 2016… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2016’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. The Nice Guys (9/10)
  2. Room (8/10)
  3. The Big Short (8/10)
  4. Green Room (8/10)
  5. Deadpool (8/10)

    Honourable Mentions:
    Creed (8/10); Where To Invade Next (8/10); Midnight Special (8/10); Spotlight (8/10); Eddie The Eagle (8/10); Zootropolis (8/10), Zero Days (8/10), Money Monster (7/10), Star Trek Beyond (7/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10), Finding Dory (7/10); Eye In The Sky (7/10); Captain America Civil War (7/10); Blood Father (7/10); Angry Birds (7/10); The Shallows (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. Central Intelligence (3/10)
  3. The 5th Wave (3/10)
  4. Kickboxer Vengeance (3/10)
  5. Cabin Fever (4/10)

Dis-Honourable Mentions: Divergent Allegiant (4/10); Triple 9 (4/10), Bastille Day (4/10); London Has Fallen (4/10); Independence Day Resurgence (4/10); Dad’s Army (4/10); Huntsman Winters War (5/10); Warcraft (5/10); Gods Of Egypt (5/10); Suicide Squad (5/10); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows (5/10); The Neon Demon (5/10); Zoom (5/10)

 

The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

Sharknado The Forth Awakens

Great Films of 2015 I didn’t see in 2015

Honourable Mentions: The Lady In The Van (8/10); Straight Outta Compton (8/10); The Survivalist (8/10); The Seven Five (8/10); 99 Homes (7/10)

 

Phil’s Top 5… Batman Films

Phil’s Top 5… Batman Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Batman movies!

 

Close but no cigar: Batman, Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, The Dark Knight Rises

5 – Batman: The Movie
Camp? Yes.  Hysterical? Hell yes. Adam West delivers the most fun Batman ever with a host of villains and some nutty moments from running with the bomb to Bat Shark repellent.  It’s genius.

4 – Batman Begins
Christopher Nolan set out a new generation of Batman films with his darkly grounded noir take on Batman’s origin.  It’s totally different from everything that came before and delivered a Batman we hadn’t yet seen on screen.

3 – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
The best animated Batman film, Mask of The Phantasm sees Batman as detective in a spin off from the insanely great Batman Animated TV show.

2 – Batman Returns
Imagine the pitch… Burger King sit down to look at Batman Returns in all it’s glory to plan their multi-million dollar tie ins and instead of a sequel to the original Batman they get a darkly gothic german expressionism masterpiece that is about the most unsettling film to sit a kid down infant of ever.

1 – The Dark Knight
Yup.  My favourite film of the 00’s and one of THE best superhero films ever, The Dark Knight has compelling action, the best onscreen Joker and a driving narrative that keep the pace up despite the run time.  Oh and it looks amazing. 

 

 

Suicide Squad – A Quick Capsule Review

Suicide Squad – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So’ the worst film ever made’ as seemingly branded by ever critic ever? No.  Is it any good?  Kinda.  For about 30 minutes of it’s run time at least.  Shame then it’s a near two hour film.  Look this film would NEVER live up to those trailers.  It was impossible.  They were just SO good.  So the fact it falls short shouldn’t surprise anyone.  The fact that the film also suffers from a seriously lack of vision, feels rushed yet manages to be boring at times and has a script seemingly written on the torn up back of a cigarette box also shouldn’t surprise anyone when you consider Ayer is a okay director whose never really excelled and Zack Snider has his messy finger prints all over this one. SO the headlines: Margot Robbie Steals the show, Jai Courtney is bad as you’d expect and less said about Cara Delevingne the better.  Could have been a contender…

Best Bit: Margot Robbie

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Dirty Dozen

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… The Half Way Point (Updated: 3rd July 2016)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… The Half Way Point (Updated: 3rd July 2016)

Quick Review

Best Films of 2016… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2016’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Room (8/10)
  2. The Big Short (8/10)
  3. Green Room (8/10)
  4. Creed (8/10)
  5. Dead pool (8/10)

  6. Honourable Mentions:
    Spotlight (8/10); Eddie The Eagle (8/10); Zootropolis (8/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10), Eye In The Sky (7/10); Captain America Civil War (7/10); Kung Fu Panda 3 (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. The 5th Wave (3/10)
  3. Cabin Fever (4/10)
  4. Triple 9 (4/10)
  5. Divergent Allegiant (4/10)

    Dis-Honourable Mentions: London Has Fallen (4/10); Independence Day Resurgence (4/10); Dad’s Army (4/10); Warcraft (5/10); Gods Of Egypt (5/10)

 

 The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

Great Films of 2015 I didn’t see in 2015

Honourable Mentions: The Lady In The Van (8/10); Straight Outta Compton (8/10); The Survivalist (8/10); The Seven Five (8/10); 99 Homes (7/10)

 

Blog: All Things Film – Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice (2016) Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice (2016) Reviewed

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Uncategorized

“Who will win?” screams the poster, as if that’s an actuality. Uh, “no bastard?” I thought, as I wandered into the cinema. Perhaps “Not me” would have been more apt. By the time those fucking half hour of adverts finally wave the white flag, I realised the correct answer – “The studio, of course”.

My main issue with Man of Steel was the utter carnage caused between Superman and Zod at the end of the movie. It felt like a great, immature nod-and-a-wink to the catastrophe of 9/11 what with all those buildings getting pulverised and crashing down around innocent civilians. One of the few things that this film gets right is that the citizens blame Superman for the carnage and resultant deaths.

What I really, really wanted next was to see Batman and Superman fight one another. But here’s the thing, whenever there is a “versus” in a title of a movie’s budget crossing over the one hundred million dollar mark, it’s very likely that they won’t be “versing” at all. This was my main apprehension going in, and boy, was I not disappointed.

Yawn of Justice is a slow, tedious affair in both the right and wrong hands in director Zack Snyder. Right hands: massive, overblown carnage – wrong hands, just about everything else. There’s the usual superhero slow-mo shots of people doing things, like walking and looking ultra perturbed. Cavill plays Superman as if he’s on mute. Amy Adams, I’m afraid to say, continues to silence me as I look on in wonder hat how she has a career, let alone be cast in the footsteps of Margot Kidder as Lois Lane. Ben Affleck is the portly Batman who’s definitely seen Nolan’s Nat-erations prior to signing up, and decides to *nearly* do that stupid voice.

The real bankruptcy of imagination in the multi-million tear-streaming bore-fest is Jesse “Oh, for Lex Luthor, why don’t we cast that fast-talking geeky dude from The Social Network” Eisenberg. It’s as if the producers had seen the performance from that 2010 film and completely misunderstood the point. I suppose in some distance parallel universe, this casting may have been inspired. On this planet, it’s maddeningly insipid. Jesse Eisenberg flattens the entire movie through no fault of his own; barking at the paycheck that no doubt will set up him up for both life and the entirety of the this godawful series. He’s only doing what he does best, and no-one can blame him. I suppose the same would be true if you cast Adam Sandler in a French new wave drama.

Then, there be carnage. The standout carnage-fuelled moment is the FUCKING RUNNING TIME. At an unholy two-and-a-half long, long hours, Yawn of Justice massively outstays its welcome and pretends to leave the party, before returning with all its mates and setting up camp for the night in your living room. Eventually the deliberately confounding plot (which has to be the single most stupid thing I’ve ever witnessed at a cinema) slams on the brakes and allows Superman and Batman to fight over a big dick-shaped sword of Kryptonite (or something), kiss, make-up and fight an electric Lexxy Sexxy Luther and his massive gay monster.

I should have known better, really. This is Zack Snyder, and his Watchmen days are far behind him. The only saving grave in the film – and by far the one thing that prevented me from poking my eyes out – was Holly Hunter as the senator. She’s mind blowingly stunning, even today. She dons a lovely white suit shortly before she’s blown to smithereens perfectly forming her immensely wonderful figure. Given that there are two gingers in the film, it does say something when the elder of the two is the more stunning. Inspired casting, to be sure – during the more tedious parts (i.e. every seventeen seconds) I began wondering what life may be like living with Holly Hunter and if a threesome with her and Adams wouldn’t be out of the question. Of course it’s out of the question.

I spent a good portion of time having a piss in the cinema toilet afterwards reflecting on the very same topic. It wasn’t until I had blow dried my hands and slumbered out into the daylight that it dawned on me; holy fuck, there were two ginger women in a blockbuster movie. That’s not a bad thing to smile and reflect on as you’re going down the escalator ten quid of pocket, and nursing a mild nausea. It’s quite another to be thinking the very same thing *during* the fucking film, though.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

 

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Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far! (Updated: 30th March 2016)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far! (Updated: 30th March 2016)

Quick Review

Best Films of 2016… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2016’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Room (8/10)
  2. The Big Short (8/10)
  3. Creed (8/10)
  4. Dead pool (8/10)
  5. Spotlight (8/10)

    Honourable Mentions:
    Zootropolis (8/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. The Hateful Eight (5/10)

    Dis-Honourable Mentions:

 

 The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

 


Great Films of 2015 I didn’t see in
2015

Honourable Mentions: The Lady In The Van (8/10); 99 Homes (7/10)

 

Blog: Batman Vs Superman Dawn of Justice – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Batman Vs Superman Dawn of Justice – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So the film that critics seem to hate.  Is it really as bad as everyone has said?  Well frankly no.  Okay so BVS is quite choppy in terms of story (it feels to start no scene lasts longer than 30 seconds) but the action is pretty good (even great at times) up to and until the final standard end CGI bit which just didn’t work, as you;d probably predict from the trailer. BUT Wonder Woman was really well done and Ben Affleck kills it as Batman. Genuinely the best big screen version of Batman we have had – the movement, the tools, the way he fights.  He’s a batman for the modern era – brutal, uncompromising and at time psychotic and it works. Also when the final Superman vs Batman smackdown does happen it feels real. It works. It makes what should be a given (i.e. Superman destroying Batman) actually quite surprising. Yes so Cavill is dull but then Superman as a character is pretty dull.  I hated Man Of Steel and Watchman and pretty much everything Snider has done since Dawn Of The Dead.  BUT this film no way deserves the critically mauling it had.  I’d say this is a must watch so people can make up their own minds.

Best Bit: Batman Vs Superman

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Man Of Steel; Dark Knight; Tim Burton’s Batman 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden