Dragged Across Concrete (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dragged Across Concrete (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dragged Across Concrete is a long film.  Far longer than a crime genre movie really should be.  Thing is thought it almost works… the slow pace, the drawn out scenes, the long minutes of little happening… it all adds to the atmosphere the film sets out to create.  It’s a brave and confident move by the director. But at its heart is yet another hard boiled grizzled performance by Mel Gibson – who must now corner the market on this kinda thing- that really helps the film stick.  It’s not PC to say it but I’ve been enjoying Gibson’s come back over the past 5 years and here he even manages to force Vince Vaughn to step it up.  So over all Dragged Across Concrete is enjoyable but be prepared to spend almost 3 hours in it’s company.

Best Bit: The robbery

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Blood Father, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Daddy’s Home 2

 


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Blood Father (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review  (Revisited)

Blood Father (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so I love Mel Gibson films.  There I said it.  It may not be a popular opinion but Gibson is always good value on screen.   A few years ago ‘How I spent My Summer Vacation’ was a massive return to form for the once highly coveted Gibson.  No-one saw it and the critics were predictably snippy but after years in the shadows it was a welcome return.   He follows did up with a few supporting or lead bad guy roles but that return to lead actor status alluded him.  Blood Father continues to build on that earlier success and whilst not quite as impactful as Vacation, it’s still a bloody good film with a sterling central performance from Gibson who continues to prove once again with the right material (and personal baggage aside) he has a hell of a lot to offer Hollywood.

Best Bit: Gibson

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: How I spent My Summer Vacation, Machete Kills, The Expendables 3

 

Author: Phil Hobden


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Hacksaw Ridge- A Quick Capsule Review

Hacksaw Ridge- A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hacksaw Ridge is a war film for those who have never seen a war film.  It plays out like a cross between Saving private Ryan, Full Metal jacket and Clint Eastwood’s Heartbreak Ridge.  But sadly just not as good as any of them.  It’s not a terrible film but I do question why it;’s receive such found notices – the direction lacks subtlety, the carnage is well staged but after a while unbelievable and Andrew Garfield just feels miscast.  At over 2 hours it feels long and whilst I’m happy to see Mel back in the lime light, I’d rather see him in front rather than behind the camera

Best Bit: Assult on the ridge 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Saving private Ryan, Full Metal jacket, Blood Father

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Author: Phil Hobden

Hell or High Water – A Quick Capsule Review

Hell or High Water – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A really strong entry for the modern day Western & crime drama genre, Hell or High Water delivers a compelling story with expert low key direction and solid performances from the cast (not least Bridges and Pine).  Whilst this film didn’t quite grab me as much as its has other critics (it’s not the modern masterpiece some have claimed) it’s a damn fine film and probably in my Top 20 for 2016.

Best Bit: The final shot

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: True Grit, Sicario, Blood Father

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Author: Phil Hobden

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

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

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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)

 

Blood Father – A Quick Capsule Review

Blood Father – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so I love Mel Gibson films.  There I said it.  It may not be a popular opinion but Gibson is always good value on screen.   A few years ago ‘How I spent My Summer Vacation’ was a massive return to form for the once highly coveted Gibson.  No-one saw it and the critics were predictably snippy but after years in the shadows it was a welcome return.   He follows did up with a few supporting or lead bad guy roles but that return to lead actor status alluded him.  Blood Father continues to build on that earlier success and whilst not quite as impactful as Vacation, it’s still a bloody good film with a sterling central performance from Gibson who continues to prove once again with the right material (and personal baggage aside) he has a hell of a lot to offer Hollywood.

Best Bit: Gibson.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: How I spent My Summer Vacation, Machete Kills, The Expendables 3

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden