Whiplash (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Whiplash (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What a film.  Mark my words if not the film of the year Whiplash will certainly be up there on a very short list.  From top notch performances, some of the best use of editing and music I’ve seen in a long time and with a story and characters you buy into 100%, cinema doesn’t get any more enthralling than this.  Can’t recommend this enough.

Best Bit: JK Simmons

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Birdman, Nightcrawler, Boyhood

 

 


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La La Land – A Quick Capsule Review

La La Land – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
La La Land is charming, funny, heart warming stuff.  The THIRD film by director Chazelle following up from the amazing Whiplash, is a shoe-in to win big at this years awards and rightly so.  It;’s uplifting in the way that old School Hollywood films were and staged beautifully.  It’s memorable stuff which ALMOST lives up to the hype, even if the last act isn’t quite as sharp or peppy as the two before.  So the first much watch Awards show film of 2017… 

Best Bit: The opening

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Everyone Says I Love You, Whiplash, Birdman

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Author: Phil Hobden

Best Film of 2015: Whiplash

Best Film of 2015: Whiplash

Best & Worst Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What a film.  Mark my words if not the film of the year Whiplash will certainly be up there on a very short list.  From top notch performances, some of the best use of editing and music I’ve seen in a long time and with a story and characters you buy into 100%, cinema doesn’t get any more enthralling than this.  Can’t recommend this enough.

Best Bit: JK Simmons

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Birdman, Nightcrawler, Boyhood

 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2015 (Updated)

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2015 (Updated)

2015: In Review Quick Review Year In Review

So 2015 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year. So here it is: my pick of the BEST films of 2015.

Film of The Year: Whiplash 
In Brief: Lets be honest this was my No1 film of the year from the moment I watched it.  Excellent performances , superbly made and expertly edited – this was one of those once in a decade type films.  A must watch and 100% my tempo.

 

 

2. Inside Out 
In Brief:  Pixar delivers big after a few years of “meh” movies.  It made me laugh.  It made me cry.  It made me remember why I fell in love with films again.

3.  Shaun The Sheep
In Brief:I have a real soft spot for Shaun The Sheep – a funny, charming animated feature where barely a word is spoken.

4. Birdman
In Brief: For most of the year this ran a very close second to Whiplash and even now it ‘s still one of the bets film of the year.  Innovate, different yet totally captivating.

5.Star Wars The Force Awakens
In Brief: It’s Star Wars and after the horrid memory of the prequels still leaving a bitter taste so much could have gone wrong.  It didn’t.  It delivers.  It sets a high bar.

Bubbling under:
6. The Martian, 7. Sicario, 8. Kingsmen: The Secret Service , 9. Pitch Perfect 2 , 10. Unfriended , The Infinite Man,  John Wick ,  Focus,  The Theory Of Everything, Going Clear , Cinderella ,  Man Up, Son Of A Gun

 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 22 Must See Films Of 2015

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 22 Must See Films Of 2015

Year In Review

So this is it…  LONG list of the best films of 2015. Our pick of the 22 best films of 2015, as voted for by our house staff (Ross Boyask, Phil Hobden, Matt Duddy, Drew Cullingham, Andrew MacKay & Josh Morris)

This will also form the basis of our short list to vote for the Film of 2015.  So how many have YOU seen?

Fast and Furious 7
Straight Outta Compton
Inside Out
Housebound
No Escape
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Whiplash
Lavalantula
Spring
It Follows
Ant Man
Shaun The Sheep
Going Clear
Unfriended
Mad Max Fury Road
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Listen To Me Marlon
Green Room
The Martian
Birdman
White God
The Final Girls

Check back in the next few days for our final list… Take the QUIZ here

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2015… So Far! (Updated: 7th Oct 2015)

Quick Review

Best Films of 2015… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2015’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2015… So Far:

1. Whiplash (9/10)
2. Inside Out (9/10)
3. Shaun The Sheep (9/10)
4. Birdman (8/10)
5. Kingsmen: The Secret Service (8/10)

Honourable Mentions: Pitch Perfect 2 (8/10); Unfriended (8/10); The Infinite Man (8/10); John Wick (8/10) ; Focus (8/10); The Theory Of Everything (8/10); Going Clear (8/10); Cinderella (8/10); Son Of A Gun


Worst Films Of 2014… So Far:

1. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2/10)
2. He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down (2/10)
3. Magic Mike XXL (3/10)
4. Blackhat (3/10)
5. Assassin (3/10)

Dis-Honourable Mentions:  Maggie (3/10); Insurgent (4/10), Spy (4/10); Minions (4/10), Taken 3 (4/10), Everly (5/10), American Sniper (5/10), Big Eyes (5/10), Jupiter Ascending (5/10)

 

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

Kung Fury (And Sharknado 3)


Great Films of 2013 I didn’t see in
2013

Honourable Mentions: I, Origins (7/10), Pride (9/10), The Imitation Game (7/10), Paddington (8/10), Kajaki (9/10)

 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – May Rapid Fire Reviews

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – May Rapid Fire Reviews

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Uncategorized

Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek, casts his critical eye over another host of recent releases as he waits anxiously for Mad Max Fury Road… 

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Birdman

Director:Alejandro González Iñárritu
Actors: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

Keaton plays a faded film star, attempting to put on a Broadway play in a last ditch attempt to save his flagging career, naturally nothing goes smoothly as he has to deal with everything from a spiraling budget, his estranged daughter, an ego maniacal supporting actor (Norton) and the fact that the most respected theatre critic in New York has got the knives out for him.

Great film this, well written, very funny, superbly directed with some great performances  -Norton and Watts are outstanding but most praise should be reserved for Keaton who reminds us just how good an actor he is.

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The Water Diviner

Director: Russell Crowe
Actors: Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney,Olga Kurylenko

Russell Crowe is Joshua Connor, the Water Diviner of the title, who travels to Turkey in search of the bodies of his three sons who were killed at the Battle Of Gallipoli in World War 1.  Beautifully photographed by Andrew Lesnie (Lord Of The Rings) well directed by Crowe, who is also excellent in the lead role, as is Kurylenko as the grieving widow he falls for. Ok its not the most original film ever made, but considering that its Crowe’s directorial debut id say its a damn good effort.

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Woman In Gold

Director: Simon Curtis
Actors: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds

Based on a true story, Mirren plays Maria Altman, an Austrian Jew who, along with her husband fled her home country after the Nazi’s invaded in the 1940’s. Now in the present day she attempts to recover a famous painting stolen by the German army from her family, and  enlists the help of Reynolds green as grass lawyer in a bold attempt to claim it from the Austrian government.

Nice feel good film this one, well handled direction from Curtis, with two great turns from Mirren and Reynolds (who seems to be on a career upswing at the moment). Couldn’t really find much wrong with it to be honest, not bad at all.

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At Cinemas now

 

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The Divergent Series:Insurgent

Director: Robert Shwentke
Actors: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet

Second in the Divergent franchise,  marginally better than the first film, Woodley is good in the central role, and Winslet makes for a great villain. James however is nothing more than window dressing and seems to just pout alot whilst having absolutely zero charisma. Some of the action is ok and the twist at the end is interesting enough to make me want to see how the story ends, but to be honest folks this is nothing more than a shameless Hunger Games cash in with none of that series excitement, panache and verve – plus Woodley is no Jennifer Lawrence – not by a long shot.

Rating:

At Cinemas now

 

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Big Game

Director: Jalmari Helander

Actors: Samuel L Jackson, Omni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent, Ted Levine

When Air Force One is shot down over Finland, the only hope for the US President (Jackson) is a local 12 year old boy (Tommila) who must use all his knowledge of the forested wilderness to get them both to safety before they become cannon fodder for a gang of terrorists who are after them. What should have been a crackerjack Cliff-hanger meets Pathfinder bullet fest, turns out to be a right damp squib. The script is very poor, with shoddy acting, action scenes that fail on every level to provide even the smallest modicum of excitement and a running time that is so unforgivably short that the whole thing is over before you know it. Totally pants film – avoid.

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Next review will be Mad Max: Fury Road which I am seeing on Thursday 14th April – please dear God almighty let it be as good as the trailers are making it out to be!!!!
 

Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: Whiplash – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Whiplash – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What a film.  Mark my words if not the film of the year Whiplash will certainly be up there on a very short list.  From top notch performances, some of the best use of editing and music I’ve seen in a long time and with a story and characters you buy into 100%, cinema doesn’t get any more enthralling than this.  Can’t recommend this enough.

Best Bit: JK Simmons

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Birdman, Nightcrawler, Boyhood

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Birdman – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Birdman – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Michael Keaton’s back baby!  Yup one of the best actors from the 90’s and early 2000’s returns in what is one of the best and most innovative films of 2015. Funny, charming, heart-warming and beautifully made, Birman is one of the most original films of the last few years.  A must see

Best Bit: Ed Norton goes crazy

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Whiplash, Batman, Nightcrawler

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: All Things Film – Birman Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Birman Reviewed

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Uncategorized

This is a truly unique movie. Mesmerizing, intense, weird and absolutely wonderful. It’s self referential and self deprecating. Michael Keaton sends himself up and turns in the best performance of his career, as do Edward Norton as the selfish lead of the play that the once-famous “Birdman” is using to try to reinvigorate his career whilst juggling drama with his junkie daughter and ex wife and current girlfriend.

Co-writer and director Alejandro González Iñárritu turns in his best directorial effort; the amount of preparation that must have gone into this film is astounding; the self containment is hammered home in the one-take style – and the transitions between shots are pretty much perfect. I loved it.

 

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Author: Andrew Mackay