War Of The Worlds (2005) – A Quick Capsule Review

War Of The Worlds (2005) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Steven Spielberg teaming with Tom Cruise in an adaptation of a classic sci-fi text had a lot of promise.   And for the most part it delivers.  The film especially excels in the opening hour when the aliens first invade, leaving a path of destruction and death in their wake.  The film drifts towards the end and the very Spielberg conclusion robs the story of its power but this remains a really strong entry into the directors considerable cannon.

Best Bit: The invasion starts

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Invasion of The Bodysnatchers, Cloverfield, The War Of The Worlds

 


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Worst Film of 2018: The Cloverfield Paradox

Worst Film of 2018: The Cloverfield Paradox

Best & Worst Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yawn.  There’s nothing crushingly bad about Netflix’s The Cloverfield Paradox but the fact Paramount chose to dump it to the streaming service should tell you all you need to know about how much faith they had in the finished film.  And they were right.  This second Cloverfield sequel (nominal sequel at least) isn’t a patch on 10 Cloverfield Lane and is a hot mess of a film that has no idea what it is or wants to be.  It drags, things happen, then it ends.  Watch for curiosity but little else.

Best Bit: The FX are good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: CloverField, 10 CloverField Lane, Bright

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The Christmas Chronicles (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Christmas Chronicles (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Netflix ‘original’s’ have had a hard time this year – Cloverfield, Annihilation and others have headed straight to the bottom of many people’s worst of the year (mine included).  So what hope does a little old Christmas film have.  In two words: Kurt Russell. Actually that’s not strictly fair – the film ALSO has bundles of charm and an unshakable 80’s vibe that leaves you with a massive smile on your face. Yup this is Adventures In Babysitting meets a live action Minions film meets pretty much every 80’s film along the way.  It’s silly, it’s crazy and it has Kurt Russell as a very modern day Santa.  Oh and possibly one of the cameos of the year.   The Christmas Chronicles is bloody great fun and will be a rewatched favourite for years to come!

Best Bit: Jailhouse rock.

Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Adventures In Babysitting, The Minions, The Muppet Christmas Carol 

 


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Beyond Skyline – A Quick Capsule Review

Beyond Skyline – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Beyond Skyline is better than the rather torrid Skyline.  But thats damming with faint praise because other than an damn impressive finale, the rest of Beyond Skyline is a real slog with little action, followable story or characters to care about.  Without the always dependable Frank Grillo and half the cast of The Raid this film would be almost unwatchable.

Best Bit: Grillo is excellent as always

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Skyline, The Raid,  Cloverfield

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Author: Phil Hobden

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #089 – Den Of Thieves, The Cloverfield Paradox

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #089 – Den Of Thieves, The Cloverfield Paradox

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: It is just Josh + Ricky this week as they discuss all the trailers that were out this week (there were lots), share their thoughts on the phenomenon which is the continued mysterious marketing techniques of the Cloverfield universe as well as go over their Top 5 Mel Gibson Movies.

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

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The Cloverfield Paradox – A Quick Capsule Review

The Cloverfield Paradox – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yawn.  There’s nothing crushingly bad about Netflix’s The Cloverfield Paradox but the fact Paramount chose to dump it to the streaming service should tell you all you need to know about how much faith they had in the finished film.  And they were right.  This second Cloverfield sequel (nominal sequel at least) isn’t a patch on 10 Cloverfield Lane and is a hot mess of a film that has no idea what it is or wants to be.  It drags, things happen, then it ends.  Watch for curiosity but little else.

Best Bit: The FX are good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: CloverField, 10 CloverField Lane, Bright

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: 10 Cloverfield Lane – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: 10 Cloverfield Lane – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So when is a sequel not a sequel? I guess when it’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, a sideways “in the same world maybe” as the 2008 JJ Abrahams produced Cloverfield but without being a direct story sequel.  What stuns most about this tight, well directed, tense thriller is that it came out of nowhere. A trailer just weeks before it’s release and then Boom!  It’s out.   Anti marketing that, will hopefully, prove you don’t need 50 trailers showing almost every second of the film before it come out (yes BVS I’m looking at you!).  This is a great film, better for the surprise and with three performances that knock it right out the park.  A must see.

Best Bit: John Goodman is terrifying

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Cloverfield, Room, Super 8

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Author: Phil Hobden