Phil’s Top 5… 21st Century’s most re-watchable films

Phil’s Top 5… 21st Century’s most re-watchable films

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out:  21st Century’s most re-watchable films

 

Close but no cigar: Ocean’s 11, The Avengers, The Bourne Ultimatum, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dredd

 

5 – The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
Okay a LITTLE cheat here but these films really do make one long film.  And man for near 12 hours of film that are incredibly re-watchable.

 

4 – Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone
The film that kicked it all off is still magical to this day.  From it’s charming cast to it’s often scary moments, this film set the tone for decades worth of films and merchandise that followed.

 

3 – Guardians of the Galaxy
By far Marvel’s most re-watchable film.  It’s funny, clever and charming whilst never forgetting what it is.

 

2 – Skyfall
Possible the best Bond film (at least on par with Goldfinger & License To Kill), Mendes does EVERYTHINg right here.

 

1 – The Dark Knight
Nolan’s second Batman film is quite simply the best film of the 20th century so far for me – a film that is so much more than just the excellent performance by Ledger.

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

 

Close but no cigar: Lord Of The Rings/Middle Earth , Batman, Star Trek, Mission Impossible 

 

5 – Harry Potter 
JK Rowling’s iconic character transferred so amazingly to screen, with a captivating cast of emerging and established actors that stole our hearts.

 

4 – Fast & Furious
Eight films in, with more planned, the Fast movies started okay but found a new lease of life after the 5th movie and that momentum hasn’t stopped.

 

3 – Marvel
With Iron Man, Marvel started one of the most profitable runs of films ever.  But more than that they make films fans and critics love.

 

2 – James Bond
One of cinemas most successful& longest running franchises, the Bond films continue to draw big money whilst delivering high quality action films.

 

1. Star Wars
From it’s origins as a pulpy low budget sci-fi film, to it’s new life under Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars is unlike anything else.  A marketing behemoth, Star Wars changed cinema and continues to push boundaries all these years later. 


 

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #079 – Justice League (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #079 – Justice League (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: After ages and ages of waiting, bringing with it a whole load of baggage in its wake, it’s finally here at last. Episode 79 of The Smoking Lamb.

By which I mean of course Justice League has finally reached the cinemas, dragging behind it a weight of expectations and a whole tea shop’s worth of gossip and rumours.

We delve into all of that with our review, split into a non-spoiler and spoiler section (which you can find after the end credits of the podcast). In addition we have our top five Sidekicks to discuss, both Josh AND Steve get a dose of education and then go head-to-head in Address the Lamb!

Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD and don’t forget to follow up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Justice League – Motion Picture Maniac

Justice League – Motion Picture Maniac

Motion Picture Maniac

Justice League! It’s finally here, a movie I was very much looking forward to as a fan of comic books and the movies based on them, a Snyder apologist and proud defender of the DCEU thus far, what we have is a superhero team-up movie featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg going up against a big bad named Steppenwolf who wants to destroy the world, obviously, sounds simple enough if not for the most tragic and unfortunate production histories I have ever read about in my life; let’s see how it did.

Coming up with a rock-solid summary of how I feel about Justice League is about as difficult as deciding on what shoes to buy without actually trying them on, it feels unfair to judge it so soon without first seeing a more complete version first, free of studio interference and akin to the auteur’s original, uncompromised vision. This is a film I enjoyed, one with scenes of true cinematic brilliance worth recommending the whole thing for, the kind of craftsmanship I hope to see in a film credited to the underrated Zack Snyder; but that right there is the problem, when it’s allowed to be a Snyder film it works just fine but it’s not entirely a Snyder film is it? Outside of the scenes of greatness are several problems, much of the film feels desperate, disjointed and paranoid, but pointing the finger simply at whomever’s name lies under the director credit just isn’t sensible knowing the production history.

Snyder’s name may be at the helm and the film’s best scenes are all thanks to him, but because this cut of the film probably wouldn’t be his first choice and there are so many problems that aren’t his fault, I think reviewing it now, before seeing some kind of director’s cut, just feels a little premature. As we all know by now, Snyder finished the film, showed it to the studio, they wanted it shorter and funnier, Joss Whedon is brought in to rewrite some scenes, Snyder suddenly leaves production due to the death of his daughter and Whedon is tasked with directing the reshoots under the mighty studio microscope; what could possibly go wrong? This is a film that feels physically botched, one without a clear, singular vision and comes off more like a product rather than a film with an actual story.

As with every film I want to look past and forget about any kind of manic production process and just get on with it but in this case, with the studio fingerprints all over the picture, it’s really difficult to ignore. I want to stress, I enjoyed this movie, when what is obviously Snyder is able to go on for long stretches without interruption it’s legitimately great, the fights scenes in Themyscira, Atlantis and the big silo are a joy to behold. I love the costumes, the cast, the visual aesthetic (when it’s allowed to have one of course), the jokes are funny and when it comes to a possible release of Snyder’s original cut there is a solar system of potential and I wish I was reviewing that right now; but I’m not.

The footage Whedon shot sticks out like a sore thumb, the forced short runtime, that the studio must have been crazy to implement, robs the film of depth and character development, an important action scene that was set at night when it appeared in trailers is now set during the day and makes the CGI look fake, which it wouldn’t have if it took place within the light setting it was meant to and speaking of the CGI; oh dear. It’s not all bad, there are times where it looks very well done, close-ups on Cyborg are realistic, parademons often look seamless, the underwater stuff with Aquaman is pretty good and Steppenwolf, well… his close-ups also look alright, but poor Henry Cavill’s moustache, holy Christ is it embarrassing; why did they have to do that? I know the reasons but still, why?

It feels incomplete, all that missing footage doesn’t help the situation, I want to like the film more than I did, the creative forces tried very hard with this one and there’s undeniably a great film buried somewhere in here, other than the fact that this is Justice League for goodness sake, it’s finally happened and there are scenes, sequences no less, very worthy of such a moment in cinematic history but the studio went and soiled the bed, it’s terrible what happened to Snyder and his family and I applaud the man for his dignified handling of a horrible situation, but it looks like the studio went behind his back the moment he was gone and as a result we have a fun but flawed, entertaining but botched mishandled science monster that I want to give credit to for its troubled upbringing for lack of a better word.

It’s fun and easy to watch, the actors all do well, Steppenwolf may be a weak CGI villain but Ciaran Hinds’ performance is excellent, I could watch the action sequences all day and it is nice seeing a Justice League movie that leans more on positive than negative, at least for me, especially when a director’s cut could very well fix all of my problems. But for now those problems have to remain; it’s been cut to pieces in the editing room, has painfully obvious reshoot footage among other things and they hold it back quite a bit, I would give it thumbs up but that’s just me.

Phil’s Top 5… DC Live Action Superhero Films

Phil’s Top 5… DC Live Action Superhero Films

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: DC’s Live Action Superhero Films

 

Close but no cigar: Batman The Movie, Batman, Wonder Woman


5 –  Superman
It’s aged badly for sure but Christopher Reeve is just the quintessential superhero in an age where superhero didn’t exist.  And don’t undersell how much Reeve MAKES this film.


4 – Batman Begins
Another Batman, but unlike any other origin movie Batman Begins takes the character right back to the start  in a brilliant way.


3 – Superman 2
Superman 2 is great.  It mostly holds up well, it’s got greta villains and the central relationship between Clark and Lois holds the film together well.

2 – Batman Returns
Controversial maybe but for me the second best Batman film and the BEST of the two Tim Burton films.  Its dark, brutal and unlike any other film produced in that era.  Mainstream comic book films will NEVER be like this again.


1 – The Dark Knight
The best film of the 2000’s with an iconic performance by Ledger, a cracking story and a “real world” fee that recent DC films have lacked.  In short: The Dark Knight Rises is near perfect

 

 

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 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Justice League – Review Round Up

Justice League – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.

This time out: JUSTICE LEAGUE 


Overall Critics Say

 


“It’s messy and flawed but it still offers enough entertainment value (mostly thanks to its likable characters) to make it worthwhile.”- 7.0

 

” DC’s team up extravaganza is a bust, with a vanilla plot, dire bad guy and largely failed attempts at levity. Worth watching for Wonder Woman, but little more.” – 2/5

 

 

” It’s breezily fun at times – but, lumbered with a story that struggles to find resonance beyond its improbable plot devices, Justice League isn’t about to steal Avengers’ super-team crown.” – 2/5

 

” The film is the definition of an adequate high-spirited studio lark: no more, no less…. Yet the movie is no cheat. It’s a tasty franchise delivery system that kicks a certain series back into gear.”


“Considering the circumstances under which it was produced, Justice League–the long-awaited crossover of the DC film universe’s cornerstone characters–is arguably better than it has any right to be. ” -3.5/5

 

 

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Batman Vs Two face – A Quick Capsule Review

Batman Vs Two face – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Adam West’s final performance as Batman is a perfect summation of his iconic take on this legendary character – fun, silly & charming.  A sequel to last years Batman: Return of The Caped Crusaders, the film adds William Shatner as the titular bad guy who brings his own brand of campy charm alongside the returning Julie Newmar and Burt Ward for what is a suitable sending off for this very unique actor (and take on a character). If you are a fan then there’s LOADS to love here.

Best Bit: Adam West

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Batman The Movie, Batman

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: The Best 5 Years for Movies… Ever!

 

Close but no cigar: 1982 (Blade Runner, The Thing, E.T, Tron, Rambo, Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior ), 1989 (Batman, Back To The Future Part 2, Dead Poet’s Society, Parenthood), 1974 (The Godfather part 2, Chinatown, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blazing Saddles), 1979 (Alien, Rocky 2, Max Max, The warriors)

 

5 – 1999
The Matrix, Fight Club, American Beauty, Toy story 2, American Beauty, The Blair Witch project

 

4 – 1987
Robocop, Wall Street, The Princess Bride, Full metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, Predator, Raising Arizona

 

3 – 1994
Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Four Weddings & A Funeral, True Lies, Speed, Natural Born Killers, Clerks, The Crow, Leon

 

2 – 1995
Casino, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, Heat, Leaving as Vegas, The Usual Suspects, Die hard: With A Vengeance, Goldeneye, Empire Records, Toy Story. Twelve Monkeys

 

1 – 1984
Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Terminator, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Police Academy, Cannonball Run 2

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Bruce Wayne’s

Phil’s Top 5… Bruce Wayne’s

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: the best Big (and small) screen Bruce Wayne’s…

 

Close but no cigar: Will Arnett, Val Kilmer, George Clooney

 

5 – Ben Affleck

Like the film or not, Affleck’s broken Bruce Wayne is a dark step for sure but one that works to establish this character now willing to go to the edge.

 

4 – Adam West

Play boy , raconteur and brimming with charisma West by far has the most fun with Wayne.

 

3 – Christian Bale

I like Bale’s version of Wayne.  He actually tries to give the character a different spin and plays up the arrogance you’d expect with a man of that wealth and power.

 

2 – Michael Keaton

Witness his opening scene in Batman.  The pen In the plant pot, the glass almost smashing.  The darkness under the eyes.  Keaton owned Bruce Wayne for me more than he did Batman.

 

1 – Kevin Conroy

The animated Bruce Wayne is near perfect.  Such charisma, all delivered with some skilful animation for sure but owned by the outstanding voice work.  The quintessential Bruce Wayne.