Long Shot (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Long Shot (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Long Shot is bloody hysterical.  Like laugh out loud funny.  From a razor sharp script to some stunning chemistry between leads Rogan & Theron, this is the funniest all out comedy of 2019.  Okay so there’s very little original here and you know exactly how this will play out from the poster BUT to be honest I hardly cared when I was this entertained.  Great support cast, some nice ideas and some solid comic direction honestly makes this a must watch.

Best Bit: Molly

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Notting Hill, Sausage Party, Knocked Up

 


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Holmes & Watson (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Holmes & Watson (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
How bad is Holmes & Watson? I’d forgotten I’d seen it.  I’d forgotten to review it.  I’d forgotten to post about it… AT ALL.  I could say more but I have NEVER done that. Ever. Holmes & Watson is shit.  Please don’t watch it.

Best Bit: That I’d forgotten it.  No REALLY.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: A new film blog.  Seriously. 

 


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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This is strange.  A trilogy of animated films that, for the most part, are probably more consistent than almost ANY other trilogy of movies I’ve ever seen.  Seriously.  Okay so it’s far from high art of the heady heights of Toy Story but man Kung Fu Panda 3 knocks it out the park once again.  Great voice cast, stunning animation and a sense of fun & adventure often missing from these types of films, this was a pleasant surprise and highly recommended.

Best Bit: Jack Black

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Toy Story Trilogy

 


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Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stan & Ollie is a charming film taking a look at the later and often undiscussed years of the comic duo.  As far as biopics go it’s an untapped subject and therefore anyone with more than a passing knowledge of Laurel & Hardy will certainly love this detailed and endearing look at the later years of a pair that, sadly in todays modern society is, are overlooked.  The direction is solid, the script well handled but the film would be nothing without the central performances of Coogan and Riley.  They just excel as the titular characters and deliver a masterclass of how to pay both tribute and homage to these comic greats.

Best Bit: Coogan & Riley

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Way Out West, Sons Of The Desert, Chaplin

 


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Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Pokémon is not something I have any knowledge of.  Like at all. So a lot of Pokémon Detective Pikachu probably went right over my head.  So it’s amazing then, with that in mind, that I enjoyed this film as much as I did.  It’s really good fun.  Silly, OTT and never taking itself too seriously Pokémon Detective Pikachu will play well to both fans of the game universe and those who don’t know a Pikachu from a Swirlix.  So yes it plays very much like a PG-13 Deadpool (not a bad thing to be honest!) and without the epic voice talents of Ryan Reynolds I’m not sure it would have landed quite so well but hey he IS in it so who cares.  In short: forgettable fun.

Best Bit: Meeting Pikachu

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Kubo and the Two Strings, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Big Hero 6, Deadpool

 


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The Secret Life Of Pets 2  (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Secret Life Of Pets was a great concept in need of a better film.  Thankfully The Secret Life Of Pets 2, whilst far from perfect, at least does a far more even job of delivering the film we all wanted first time out. Okay so it’s still VERY Toy Story in its execution but even a lesser version of Toy Story can still make for a fun,  sometimes funny, often witty film.  It’s hardly essential viewing but, if like me, you need a way to distract a kid across a Sunday afternoon you can do far worse.

Best Bit: Vets

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Secret Life Of Pets, Toy Story, Despicable Me 2 

 


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Headrush (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Headrush (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Alas so far Headrush hasn’t made it to the UK – one of the many quality films that for whatever reason hasn’t found a release.  To be honest the films sales agent, Park Entertainment, should be shot for not being able to bring this movie to a UK buyer.  They have a real gem here, funnier than most Brit comedies of recent times the film, accompanied by rave reviews where ever it has played, has a charm and style that allow it to more than stand out from the crowd and heralds Shimmy Marcus as a name for the future.

In short: A gem of a comedy… funny, surreal and totally enjoyable from start to finish.

Best Bit: Huey

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrells, Layer Cake, Snatch

 


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Grimsby (2016)-  A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Grimsby (2016)- A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Critically Sacha Baron Cohen’s worst performing film to date, Grimsby in general however seems to have connected far better with the fans.  Why?  Well because its’ actually pretty funny.  Okay so it doesn’t hit the heights of Borat or Bruno, but there is a hell of a lot to like here as Baron Cohen pushes beyond the levels of decency in what could feature at least two of the most gross out sequences ever put in a comedy film.  Oddly behind its knob gags and The Sun level humour there’s actually quite an interesting ideas about where you come from and the meaning of family at play here, something that most critics missed (that said it’s easy to do under the weight of penis related jokes).  So occasionally clever than it thinks, frequently low brow but smashed the Kermode six laugh test with ease.

Best Bit: Elephants.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Borat, The Dictator, Bruno

 


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Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so this isn’t the disaster the early marketing suggested it could be but it’s also FAR away from the 4 star reviews it’s been getting. I think, ultimately, I just don’t get Paul Feig films – The Heat, Bridesmaids and Spy especially did NOTHING for me and here, again, whilst the cast all do okay (standout being Kate McKinnon) you just can’t help but feel there’s nothing new here once the role reversal gimmick wears off. You are left with a reboot I didn’t really want, of a film that didn’t need it, and a director that goes out of his way to remind you just how good the original film really was.

Best Bit: Hemsworth

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Heat, Bridesmaids,  Spy

 


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Green Book (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Green Book (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Green Book, the ‘true’ story of Dr Don Shirley and Tony Lip, and is proving to be quite the controversial film.  ‘White Saviour’ , “White Washing’, ‘Made Up’… are just some of the MANY accusations that have been made about the film.  They could all be true.  But, moving the politics aside for a second, this now Oscar winning Best Film is a well made road movie (even a buddy road movie) that hits all the right notes, has more than it’s fair share of laughs (and draw dropping moments) with two cracking central performances by the Oscar nominated Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali.  Comedy director Peter Farrelly does a great job with the material and overall whilst there may be wider issues, as a film Green Book nails it.

Best Bit: Ali/Mortensen’s chemistry

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Vice, BlackkKlansman, Roma

 


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