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

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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

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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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Roxanne (1987) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Roxanne (1987) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Roxanne is probably one of my favourite Steve Martin films.  For sure it’s not his most critically loved, his funniest or even the best made.  But this modern day (well 80’s) take on Cyrano de Bergerac manages to bottle up Martin’s charm and serve it perfectly for 95 minutes straight.  It’s warm, charming and never less than entertaining. Roxanne was a film for everyone who grew up being told they weren’t attractive or handsome enough, that showed that looks were only skin deep and personality and humour could always win the day.  A better message you will rarely find…

Best Bit: The nose joke bar scene

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Jerk, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Parenthood 

 

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The Lady In The Van (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

The Lady In The Van (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As seems to always be the way now, one of the best films of the previous year ends up being British and one that I miss on it’s release (See Pride and Sunshine On Leith).  It’s also simply amazing that Maggie Smith didn’t get at least an Oscar nomination being that she delivers what is probably one of the best performances of the year (and her career). This is Maggie Smiths film and she owns ever second she’s in.  That said the rest of the cast fair pretty well and the story, as quickly delivered as it is, is compelling and charming enough to make this one hell of a film overall.

Best Bit: Maggie Smith

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Sunshine On Leith, Full Monty, Pride

 


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Worst Film of 2019: The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Worst Film of 2019: The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

2019: In Review Best & Worst Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Dead Don’t Die is a total waste of time. More than that it’s pretentious approach, intolerable fourth wall breaking and pretentious direction make it one of 2019’s worst films.  Don’t worry however it still cant beat Holmes & Watson.  Thing is… a film starring Bill Murray & Adam Driver (as well as many others) should be better than this just BECAUSE they are in it but Jim Jarmusch’s  direction just saps the life out of the performances.  I could go on but I couldn’t finish this mess so it just wouldn’t be fair…

Best Bit: Turning it off

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Shaun Of The Dead, Zombieland, Dawn Of The Dead

 


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Knives Out (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Knives Out (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Somewhat of a palette cleanser for both star Daniel Craig (Bond) and director Rian Johnson (Star Wars), Knives Out is one of the most fun and enjoyable films of 2019 and one that managed to sneak into my top 10 for the year at the very last moment! A whodunit in the classic Poirot/Christie sense, this is a cast and director having a ball with a  fun script, some suitably OTT performances and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right up until the last minute.  Specula note goes to Daniel Craig who relishes in the opportunity to be silly in the lead detective role, even cracking a smile once or twice.   So in short Knives Out is great fun and one of 2019’s must watch films.

Best Bit: Daniel Craig

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Murder On The Orient Express, Clue, Radioland Murders

 


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Bad Santa (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bad Santa (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bad Santa is an odd film.  Maybe seeing it 16 years after it’s release has had a negative effective (this is often a thing for sure) but for the most part I wasn’t blown away by the film, certainly seeing as how well regarded it is.  That’s not to say it doesn’t have it’s moments – it does for sure and at times can be quite funny- but the film, in a post #metoo world, is quite an awkward and uncomfortable watch and for sure isn’t helped by the Weinstein name being attached!   So maybe a film very much of its time?

Best Bit: Thornton is enjoying himself

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Bad Santa 2, Elf, Scrooged 

 


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Love Actually (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review

Love Actually (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
How do you rate a ‘great’ film?  Is it one that is made by a great director, that delivers epic storytelling but likely you’ll only watch a few times?  or is it one that, despite of its flaws, becomes a family staple year on year, watched without fail? Well it can truly be both.  But Love Actually certainly fits the later category – a locked on Christmas essential as key to the festive season as mince pies and a Christmas tree.  Yup Love Actually has a few issues but the charm, heart and love given out in those two and a quarter hours means that you just don’t care.  Truly a great feel good movie and truly one that deserves it’s standing as one of the best Festive treats you can watch.

Best Bit: The proposal/airport finale

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Notting Hill, Four Wedding & A Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary

 


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Ghostbusters 2 (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Ghostbusters 2 (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Ghostbusters 2 but, laid up in bed and with Netflix at hand, it seemed like a good way to pass the time.  The less loved of the original Ivan Reitman films (although the 2016 remake makes this look like high art), Ghostbusters 2 holds up surprisingly well all things considered.  As before, as solid as Reitman’s work is, it’s the cast that makes the film.  Murray especially is superb, all grumpy and snappy, and the wider cast – from Weaver, Moranis and Akroyd – have once again deliver some superb chemistry.   It’s flawed for sure but Ghostbusters 2  is still a barrel of silly 80’s fun.

Best Bit: Liberty

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Ghostbusters (2016)

 


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