Grosse Point Geek: The Marvel MCU Best To Worst (to Ant-Man & The Wasp)

Grosse Point Geek: The Marvel MCU Best To Worst (to Ant-Man & The Wasp)

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Phil’s Quick Review’s own master blogger Grosse Point Geek takes a look at the ENTIRE Marvel MCU to rate films os far from BEST to The Incredible Hulk… get ready for a few surprises (Yes he really does rate Iron Man 3 that low!!)

Updated as and when a new film arrives…

  1. Avengers Assemble
  2.  Thor Ragnarok
  3. Guardians of The Galaxy
  4. Avengers infinity War
  5. Captain America: Winter Soldier
  6. Thor
  7. Spider-Man homecoming
  8. Iron Man
  9. Captain America: Civil War
  10. Ant man
  11. Thor The Dark World
  12. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
  13. Antman and The Wasp
  14. Captain America
  15. Dr Strange
  16. Iron Man 3
  17. Black Panther
  18. Avengers Age Of Ultron
  19. Iron Man 2
  20. The Incredible Hulk

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #099 – Avengers: Infinity War (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #099 – Avengers: Infinity War (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

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: ITS FINALLY HERE!!! JOIN US FOR A NON-SPOILER REVIEW THEN A SUPER IN DEPTH SPOILER REVIEW OF AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR!

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Avengers Week: Thor The Dark World : A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Avengers Week: Thor The Dark World : A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films!

The Review: For me the original Thor film was my second , least favourite Marvel adaptation after Captain America (sorry Capt.).  It wasn’t bad but it always felt like it was missing something special.  Now, two years later and bolstered by an appearance alongside his Avengers buddies, the Blonde, buff god returns in what is a far more well rounded and successful movie.

The Story: Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Firstly let’s get this out the way.  Thor 2 is actually really good.  Excellent in fact.  Of all the Avengers films, it’s probably the most ‘together ‘ .  It has a simple story, which moves at pace, with action and drama but keeping it tight enough to come in at under 2 hours.  It even manages to get around (at least MOSTLY get around) the standard CGI monster fighting CGI good guy trope that has hobbled the end of every Avengers film since Iron Man.

A large reason why the film works so well is the sublime decision to once again sit an unlikely candidate in the director’s chair.   Be it Jon Favreau for Iron Man or James Gunn for the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel have a knack of picking the right man for the job.  This time out respected TV and Game Of Thrones director Alan Taylor brings a more even vision to the film, much more suited to the material than Kenneth Branagh, and obviously revels in having a larger that his usual budget to play with.   The action is clean and well shot, and best of all you can see every punch, every explosion and every insane flying spaceship moment.

Oh and talking of flying Spaceship moments… director Taylor is obviously a fan of 80’s cheese fest Flash Gordon, being that he borrows a considerable part of the films finale for the attack on Asgard.  Not that I’m complaining as the mix of sci-fi, Norse legend, super hero and action make for a pleasant change form the usual Earth bound Marvel world.

Hemsworth once again proves he is a man of considerable talent, delivering action alongside comedy and the occasional pathos.  Naturally Natalie Portman has little to do (as is the female role generally in a Marvel film) but she remains a welcome addition, as does the returning Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston (once again a stand out as Loki) and Anthony Hopkins (as his most gravelly).  Rene Russo even gets to kick arse, which is nice.  As for former Dr Who and professional grump Christopher Eccleston he does good with his limited bad guy role, but in reality with the added make up and FX it could have been anyone as Dark Elf leader Malekif.

In truth the film has little against it, other than maybe an element of familiarity, and ends up being one of the best blockbusters of the year.  Maybe not as good overall as Iron Man 3, but certainly more fun. For the most part.

So overall a good script, great characters and some snappy dialogue alongside standout action sequences and a fast pace mean that deservedly Thor The Dark World will be another hit for Marvel.  Truly a studio that cant seem to get it wrong.

Rating:

 

 

Avengers: Infinity War – Review Round Up

Avengers: Infinity War – 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: Avengers: Infinity War


Overall Critics Say:

 

 

 


“Making good on Nick Fury’s promise from 10 years ago, Infinity War is fun, thrilling, and emotional.”- 9.0

 

” The Avengers latest stand feels well worth the wait. It’s not perfect, but it goes to a place most tentpole movies wouldn’t dream of, while retaining the scale, excitement, and humour you’ve come to demand from an MCU movie.” – 5/5

 

 

” Marvel has solved their third-act problem and villain problem and then some. However prepared you feel, you are not ready for Thanos. But then, neither are our heroes.” – 5/5

 

“A knowingly overstuffed Marvel mashup turns out to be bedazzling fun, despite the fact that this many superheroes means they’re all less special”


“Like an event comic, Avengers: Infinity War is epic and operatic, with scope and ambition. It’ll leave you simultaneously breathless and emotionally devastated – and when you’ve pulled yourself together, you’ll want to do it all over again. ” -5/5

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #091 – Black Panther (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #091 – Black Panther (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

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: ITS HERE!!!! The highly anticipated, box-office breaking, Black Panther! The gang goes into a Non-Spoiler and Spoiler review of this smash hit but the reception is not what you would expect.

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #077 – Thor: Ragnarok (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #077 – Thor: Ragnarok (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

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: Marvel does it again with another superb film! We do a Non-Spoiler + Spoiler of the super fun Thor: Ragnarok, have a Top 5 on Rantable Plot Holes and rant over more depressing news stories.

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

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #061 – Spiderman: Homecoming (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #061 – Spiderman: Homecoming (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

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: Oh boy. Do we have a show for you! Not only do we have a Spoiler + Non-Spoiler review of Spiderman: Homecoming. Not only do we have a Top 5 on Movie Underdogs. Not only do we have a Superhero themed debate. But we have a guest, the person who created the Filmsploitation podcast where Mike, Josh and Stephen met, Phil Hobden!

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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 Top 5… Marvel Films

Phil’s Top 5… Marvel Films

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: to celebrate this weeks release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2, I give you my top 5 Marvel Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Dr Strange, Ant Man, Thor, Captain America

 

5 – Iron Man
From the moment AC/DC rung out, you got the idea this was the start of something special.  Often copied but not often bettered, this super hero origin film launched the Marvel cinematic universe and set out the template for all the films to follow.

 

4 – The Avengers
Joss Whedon brought a charm and humour to The Avengers that allowed you to more than ignore it’s mostly flawed CGI finale.  It gave us Hulk once again (and done right), brought together an impressive cast and gave everyone a moment to shine.  Even Hawkeye.

 

3 – Iron Man 3
Shane Black delivers a very untypical Marvel film with dark humour, a sharp script and some excellent action. Yes it descends into a CGI slug fest at the end but the journey to get there was more than worth it.

 

2 – Guardians Of The Galaxy
The soundtrack. The Script. The cast. This was all the fun and still holds up and the most enjoyable Marvel film ever produced.  Who would have thought it!

 

1 – Captain America: Winter Solider
Winter Solider was Marvel doing something a little different.  Yeah it had all the usual tropes and beats but it leaned HEAVILY towards the Manchurian Candidate thriller elements.  Adding Robert Redford classed up the film and Frank Grillo delivers the action in spades.

 

 

Blog: Captain America The Winter Soldier – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Captain America The Winter Soldier – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’m a massive fan of modern Marvel’s films to date.  And whilst there haven’t exactly been bad films, probably Captain America was my least favourite in the post Iron Man wave.  So way to knock it out of the park with the sequel guys – a tense, political thriller set against the back drop of superheroes doing what they do best… kicking arse.   Everyone delivers here – from Chris Evans as Capt to Robert Redford (Yes Robert Redford in a Marvel movie!) as the films big bad.  It even manages to fit in the always awesome Frank Grillo as a future Marvel villain.  It’s not perfect – The Winter Soldier part is a bit lost behind the much more interesting Hydra story – but rarely do blockbusters come this polish, intelligent and fun.

Best Bit: Lift Fight

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Captain America, All the Presidents Men, The Avengers

 

Author: Phil Hobden