Game Night (2018) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Game Night (2018) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Game Night is a fantastic film, highly original, funny and real treat.  The story of a group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery, Game Night runs with it’s concept brilliantly throwing in a few twists and turns along the way with some smart humour and winning performances from the talented cast.  What sets this film aside is that it’s directed and shot with real flair.  Simply put Game Night is well worth a watch and could ned up being on my top 10 list for 2018.

Best Bit: The Egg

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Game, Horrible Bosses, Manhattan Murder Mystery

 


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Films To Make You laugh: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

Films To Make You laugh: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

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In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

Next Up: Films T0 Make You Laugh

 

  • Slapshot

 

  • Knocked Up

 

  • Superbad

 

  • Beverley Hills Cop

 

  • The Nutty Proffessor

 

  • The Big Lebowski

 

  • 21 Jump Street

 

  • Coming To America

 

  • Oh Brother Where Art Thou?

 

  • The Long Shot

 

  • Smokey and The Bandit

 

  • Every Which Way But Loose

 

  • Trading Places

 

  • Animal House

 

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral

 

  • When Harry Met Sally

 

  • City Slickers

 

  • Trainwreck

 

  • The Goonies

 

I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film and new release shortage!

The Big Short (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

The Big Short (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Big Short is an exceptional dramedy (yes I hate that term also) about the financial melt down of 2007/8.  What makes it really work (except some exceptional performances) is both it’s lightness of touch on such a dour subject and it’s ability to make you actually understand what is going on.  Clever, well directed and fun.  Overall one of the years best films so far…

Best Bit: Margot Robbie cameo.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Wolf Of Wall Street, Boiler Room, 99 Homes

 


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Ghostbusters (1984) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Ghostbusters (1984) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What needs to be said about one of THE definitive, classic films of the 1980’s?  Not much other than Ghostbusters has it all – great cast (including PEAK Bill Murray), great story, iconic locations, funny as hell, scary (for kids at least) and one of the best theme tunes ever.  Hell it even pioneered in film marketing YEARS before Jurassic Park & Batman came along.  Few people could argue against the fact that Ghostbusters is anything less than grade A classic.
If you haven’t seen it already… don’t bother.  You’re already dead…

Best Bit: StayPuff Marshmallow man

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Goonies, Scrooged, Ghostbusters 2

Hall-of-Fame

 


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JoJo Rabbit (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

JoJo Rabbit (2020)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
JoJo Rabbit is bold, subversive and odd as you’d expect from a Taika Waititi film that sees a young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.  The problem is it just wasn’t that funny for me.  Let me just contextualise this… I hated (yes HATED) What We Do In The Shadows the first time I watched it (and haven’t ever bothered to try again).  But I love Taika Waititi and consider Thor Ragnarok to be one of THE best Marvel films.  But it’s possible that outside that franchise I just don’t get his humour.  Or maybe I’ve just seen Life Of Brian and know that this kinda thing has been done and probably better.  Okay so I didn’t HATE JoJo Rabbit and I really enjoyed the performances and ideas, but for sure I wasn’t as taken with it as most seem to be.   In short: JoJo Rabbit is film you need to see and, if you loved Hunt or What We Do, no doubt you’ll dig this.

Best Bit:Waititi as Hitler. Yes really.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor Ragnarok 

 


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Dolittle (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dolittle (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dolittle is a film that promises very little yet still manages to underdeliver, made in such a way it seems like the director cant wait for the film to end.  Something which we both had in common.  In truth Dolittle is the sum of its parts – numerous reshoots, director issues, script changes and, it seems, a desire by star Downey Jnr to ‘Do Something Different’… which in this case was to deliver a performance almost totally lacking in charisma.  Oddly Dolittle is a film that skews narrative structure and convention in such as way you’d think it was an arthouse film.  But it’s not.  It’s  a $100+ million dollar film that should’ve been a tent pole summer blockbuster, but instead dumped into January.   The best thing about Dolittle was it’s brief run time.  This said Kid 1 enjoyed it so what do I know…

Best Bit: Urm… it was pretty short.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Doctor Dolittle (1998), Zookeeper, Babe

 


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The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Secret Life of Pet’s is basically Toy Story without Pixar.   That’s not a bad thing of course but it does feel like somewhat of a retread of the much better Pixar classic.  It’s charming, funny and (occasionally) smart.  It’s also not as funny as it should have been, not as clever as you want it to be and not as charming as it thinks it is… which is a shame as the film has bucket loads of potential. Ultimately the kids will love it, adults with find it witty and it will make money.  Hopefully of the sequel they can develop the bits that worked best into a what could be a comedy gem.

Best Bit: When the owners leave…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Toy Story, Despicable Me 2, Toy Story 3

 


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Dolemite Is My Name (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dolemite Is My Name (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s been a while but after nearly 20+ years without making an essential film, Eddie Murphy makes the come back of come backs with a truly standout performance in the excellent Dolemite Is My Name.  Telling the true to life (ish) story of Rudy Ray Moore, Murphy is back at his sweary best but never forgets to make his subject someone you really care about.  Honestly this is probably his best performance since Coming To America and he’s obviously relishing every second. The film? Equally excellent and for sure one of 2019’s best films.

Best Bit: Eddie Murphy

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Coming To America, Dolemite, Coffy 

 


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Eddie The Eagle (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Eddie The Eagle (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Starring the guy from Kingsman, alongside Wolverine and Christopher Walken, directed by the bloke from Press Gang in a story about a British downhill skier form the 80’s. Well that’s a pitch meeting I’d like to have been at!  Joking aside what a lovely, charming and sweet film it ended up.  Egerton is perfect as the hapless ‘Eagle’, able backed up in film and on screen by a Hugh Jackman playing very much against type.  Sure it may be a little too saccharin for some and there is only so many times you can see someone skiing down hill, but Eddie The Eagle gets it spot on for the most part. Much like the man himself.

Best Bit: “Right Time of the 40 meter”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Billy Elliot, Full Monty, Brassed Off

 


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Jay And Silent Bob Reboot (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Jay And Silent Bob Reboot (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I don’t have the best history with Jay & Silent Bob as characters.  Yup Clerks, Mall Rats and the early ViewAskew movies they were great (as were the films) but I never loved Strike Back as much as most seem to.  At the same time Smith the director hasn’t made a great film in a long, long time. So is Jay And Silent Bob Reboot a return to form? Well kinda, If by form you mean puerile cock and getting stoned jokes.  Look I have huge affection for Smith – he seems like one of the good guys – but this low budget reboot is a one joke film with a few good sniggers along the way.   Those who love Smith will forgive it (like me I guess) but there is zero here to make new fans and more jokes miss than land.

Best Bit: Batfleck jokes

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Clerks

 


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