Batman Returns (1992) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Batman Returns (1992) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Batman Returns… well kinda.  More like Batman cameos.  I’d forgotten just how little Batman features in Tim Burton’s uber-gothic sequel to his 1989 hit… yup make no illusion – the director is far more focused on his super freaks than Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego. And it works. Danny DeVito & Michelle Pfeiffer slay it as the Penguin & Catwoman and Walken add’s a nice turn as the devious Max Shreck.  Between them they eat up the good lines and the screen time.  But oddly having batman in it less makes it far more impactful when he does appear.   Burton also delivers on the visuals with a much stagier Batman film that lays on the german expressionism and gothic charm. It’s stunning to look at.    Overall not only does this hold up well it still sits as the 2nd best live action Batman film to date.  Brilliant.

Best Bit:The villains

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

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

 


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Batman (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Batman (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 1989 Batman isn’t a subtle movie.  From its in your face marketing to its gigantic sets to it’s outlandish Batmobile and over the top Nicholson/Joker – it’s in your face from the get go.  It’s also flawed, playing as loose with the Batman story as Batman Vs Superman did (yup this is a Batman who kills and uses guns).  But it’s also highly stylised, confidently directed and, for its day, ground breaking.  Yup Burton is more interested in Wayne than Batman and the Joker outshines an excellent Keaton but this, years on, remains an essential film.  Add in an amazing iconic score (and some banging Prince tracks) and you have one of the best tellings of the Batman story.  Well at least until Nolan came along.

Best Bit: Gotham

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

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

 


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Suicide Squad (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Suicide Squad (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk…  Aquaman (And other DC Movies)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Aquaman (And other DC Movies)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk about Aquaman.  Well Ross does.  A lot.  We also cover off a lot of other DC movies and ask which was the better fish movie… this or the one starring Vinnie Chase?

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

Films Discussed: Aquaman, Entourage, Flash Gordon, Justice League, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Man Of Steel, Superman, Arrow, Elseworlds, Black Panther

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)

#RossAndPhil #RossAndPhilTalkMovies #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts

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Podcast: Aquaman (2018) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Aquaman (2018) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast Phil’s gives his InstaTake on the latest DC Extended universe movie… Aquaman .  Will it sink or swim?  Did Vinny Chase  do it better?  Tune in to find out..

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

Films Discussed: Aquaman, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Justice League, Man Of Steel, Thor Ragnarok

#RossAndPhil #RossAndPhilTalkMovies #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

   

 


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Aquaman (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Aquaman (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aquaman is not going to convert naysayers of the DC extended universe movies into putting aside past failures and embracing a new world.  It’s a hot mess of a film that is far too heavy on FX and far too light on comprehensible story.  But when it hits (which it does about 30% of the time) it’s a bombastic, crazy, inventive and frankly insane mix of Thor, Star Wars, The Karate Kid (yes really) and The Matrix.  Momoa does a good enough job but is sidelined for a lot of the film and the support cast range from bored (Kidman) to confused (Heard) to ;God have I really landed a role in this film; (Dolph!).  With very few mentions of the extended Universe this feels like a stand alone film and is probably the better for it but much like Cyborg you end up with the feeling that less is very much more with Aquaman and he shines far better in a support role alongside more established heroes.  See in the cinema but check brain at the door.

Best Bit: Dolph!

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

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

 


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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 

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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)