T2: Trainspotting – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

T2: Trainspotting – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
T2 Trainspotting is a brilliant film. Not the film you expected. Or even wanted.  But brilliantly done.   It’s a film that, maybe for the first time ever on screen, captures what it’s like to be lost in life at a time where its hard to change who you are and when the dreams of life settle to the reality.  As a 40 year old who at times feels the failure to be what he wanted to be, whose settled in life on a path different to what he thought and sees a future so different from what he imagined, it was always going to be a story that would hit a nerve.  And it did.  For the first time in a long time I had to reflect about a film.  Sit quietly and take it all in.

It won’t be for everyone, not even for every fan of Boyle’s groundbreaking original and it certainly lacks the intensity, raw energy and exuberance that Trainspotting delivered.  But like the film,  I’m not 19 anymore either so my life has slowed down and it feels right the film should reflect that.  The fact that the film leaves you at the end feeling that you wanted more from it, feels oddly like it was actually the point.

So on it’s own merits then it’s a well told story , excellently directed,  superbly performed (especially Ewan Bremner’s Spud) about what it’s like to be closer to the end than the beginning and what it’s like to feel lost in your own mind. I liked it a lot.

Best Bit: The cubicle

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Trainspotting, Go, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Tomb Raider & Video Game Movies

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Tomb Raider & Video Game Movies

Ross and Phil Talk Movies

This episode Ross & Phil Talk… Tomb Raider & Video Game Movies.  Yup with Tomb Raider fresh in the cinema Phil gives some every brief thoughts on the film and then we talk about ComicBook.com’s frankly ludicrous Best Video Games Adaptations Of All Time List  which features maybe one decent film.

Hosted by Award winning Filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Super Mario Bros, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Resident Evil, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Silent Hill, Assassin’s Creed, Warcraft, Max Payne, Hitman, Mortal Kombat, Mute, Cloverfield Paradox, Netflix, Danny Boyle, 007, Bond, Video Game Movies, Tomb Raider (2018)

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T2: Trainspotting – A (Not so) Quick Capsule Review

T2: Trainspotting – A (Not so) Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
T2 Trainspotting is a brilliant film. Not the film you expected. Or even wanted.  But brilliantly done.   It’s a film that, maybe for the first time ever on screen, captures what it’s like to be lost in life at a time where its hard to change who you are and when the dreams of life settle to the reality.  As a 40 year old who at times feels the failure to be what he wanted to be, whose settled in life on a path different to what he thought and sees a future so different from what he imagined, it was always going to be a story that would hit a nerve.

And it did.  For the first time in a long time I had to reflect about a film.  Sit quietly and take it all in.

It won’t be for everyone, not even for every fan of Boyle’s groundbreaking original and it certainly lacks the intensity, raw energy and exuberance that Trainspotting delivered.  But like the film,  I’m not 19 anymore either so my life has slowed down and it feels right the film should reflect that.  The fact that the film leaves you at the end feeling that you wanted more from it, feels oddly like it was actually the point.

So on it’s own merits then it’s a well told story , excellently directed,  superbly performed (especially Ewan Bremner’s Spud) about what it’s like to be closer to the end than the beginning and what it’s like to feel lost in your own mind. I liked it a lot.

Best Bit: The cubicle

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Trainspotting, Go, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Trainspotting – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Trainspotting – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Trainspotting defined a generation.  It’s THAT important as a film. It set the culture for 90’s Britain and showed how to adapt the unadaptable.  It launched careers, cemented Boyle as one of  THE up and coming directors in the UK and sold millions in soundtrack albums.  But more than that is was an adrenaline shot in the arm of the British film industry.  Years later it still stands up as a great film and re-watching it just cemented it further as the classic it is.

Best Bit: Lust for Life! 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Shallow Grave, T2 Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Danny Boyle Films

Phil’s Top 5… Danny Boyle 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 the upcoming release of T2: Trainspotting here are my top 5 Danny Boyle Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Sunshine, 127 Hours, The Beach

 

 
5 – Steve Jobs
Based on Walter Isaacson biography and taking a rather unconventional approach, Steve Jobs was an awesome look at one of technology’s greatest characters, delivered in a way only Danny Boyle would dare.  Oh and an award nominated script by the maestro Aaron Sorkin… what more could you ask.

4 – Shallow Grave
Years on, Danny Boyle’s low budget debut Shallow Grave is still a damn good film and one that launched us the careers of two of the UK’s most known actors. Tense, tightly directed and thrilling. 

 

3 – Slumdog Millionaire
Showing the Boyle can turn his style to almost any narrative, Slumdog tells a colourful love story set against a bizarre story of a street kid and a TV game show. Excellent performances and well a deserved Oscar win for Boyle. 

2 – 28 Days Later
Simply put one of the best Zombie/Horror films ever made, one of the best low budget films ever made, one of the best British films ever made.  

 

1 – Trainspotting
Iconic. Groundbreaking. Masterpiece.  Trainspotting is all this and more. It’s also damn harrowing and gave us a soundtrack that defined a generation.  A must see.  

 

 

Blog:  Steve Jobs – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Steve Jobs – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s (not So ) Quick Capsule Review:

So for a year so bereft of quality films, it’s funny that I’ve now seen The Good Dinosaur, Sicario, The Man From UNCLE and now Steve Jobs across a few days it’s helped end the year on a MUCH better note. Cinema isn’t dead. It was just hiding.

So Steve Jobs: whether you are interested in Apple & computers or not is a fascinating film. In a way it bookends perfectly with Whiplash – I care little or drumming, about as much as many will care for the subject matter at plat here, but the presentation and skill brought what could have been a fairly mundane story to life. Same here. Steve Jobs central performances from Fassbender and Winslet are amongst two of the best of the year, the subtle direction from Boyle will be missed by most yet it’s some of his most assured and playful work. Sorkin writes as lyrical as he always does and as always manages to make dry conversations about sales projections as riveting as a court room scene (one day he will write the phone book and it will still be captivating) and the story, whilst no doubt at least in part fabricated from real events, paints such a detailed, intimate picture of a man so flawed yet so focused in what he believes it manages to highlight just how close a line genius is to madness and ego. 

The film is not without it’s flaws but like the films namesake at one of his own product launches the detail and attention that has gone into presenting it, making sure the corners are perfectly rounded so to speak, tricks you to not only accepting them but convincing yourself that they were intentional. Orchestrated into the narrative to see if you were paying attention.

And like the Mac in it’s day, Steve Jobs is also probably the years least deserved failure.

Quality. Pure and simple.

 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Steve Jobs Reviewed

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Steve Jobs Reviewed

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Uncategorized

Grosse Point Geek returns once again to cast his critical eye over a new release – This time: Steve Jobs.

 

Director: Danny Boyle

 

Actors: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels.

 

Steve Jobs – founder of Apple, billionaire, genius………and from the evidence seen here – a rather unpleasant sort of chap to boot.

 

In Danny Boyle’s superb film  we meet Jobs (Michael Fassbender) in a series of flashbacks and flash forwards mostly taking place  backstage at various yearly launch junkets of the latest  Apple technology – all spearheaded by Jobs himself, and attended by thousands of his adoring computer geek acolytes.

 

As mentioned,Jobs is, to say the least, a bit of a git –  we see him reject his biological daughter and refuse to pay any maintenance for her – all this despite a biological test proving otherwise, then  flatly turning down his friends repeated pleas to acknowledge those who helped him get where he is and exasperating his personal assistant (Winslet) and various members of his technical staff by making impossible demands for perfection in the presentation of whatever new computer he is about to launch on to the world.

 

In short, there really is nothing i can criticize  about this film  – Fassbender in the title role once again proves he is fast becoming the greatest actor of his generation, his brilliant and utterly captivating performance is simply faultless in its execution – (which it needed to be as he is in just about every single scene), so good is he that one  simply accepts that Fassbender IS Steve Jobs and to be honest i dont think any other actor could have pulled this role off as well as he does. Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, his long suffering assistant is superb as ever, there are also excellent turns from Seth Rogen as Job’s best friend Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as Apple CEO John Sculley. In addition, Danny Boyle’s direction is as sure footed as ever with a razor sharp script from Aaron Sorkin that is just a wonder to hear when spoken by the main actors.

 

As you may have heard, despite overwhelming critical adoration, the film has been a massive box office disappointment, with cinemas recently pulling showings all over the US   – which i feel is horribly short sighted and an incredible injustice, as it so deserves to be seen by a wider audience – perhaps it will have a better second life when it is released on dvd. I certainly urge anyone reading this review to get yourself to the nearest multiplex and see it asap.

 

So in summary  – a brilliant film  – made more so by the incredible acting talent that is Michael Fassbender  – just incredible.

 

Rating:

 
Author: Will Strong 

 

Review: Trance (DVD/BR)

Review: Trance (DVD/BR)

Uncategorized

The Review: As time moves on, so do directors. Danny Boyle’s first feature Shallow Grave, and his follow-up Britbuster Trainspotting are modern archetypes in genuinely great British cinema. Let’s not forget he gave us A Life Less Ordinary, the Beach and… other unworthy stuff.

Sadly, Trance falls right into the latter category. As an almost passable postscript to a talent that once displayed some real directorial chops – Danny Boyle here drops out of my “must watch”-o-meter with this tepid patience-tester.

James McAvoy – who has yet to star in a genuinely good movie – stars here as an auctioneer who gets whacked on the head when trying to stop a heist of a very valuable Goya painting. The bad guys, led by Vincent Cassell, torture him to get the whereabouts of the painting and, when that doesn’t work, go on to do what anyone villain would do – hire a hypnotherapist to coax it out of his brain. In a variety of different ways. It’s very confusing – not because I couldn’t follow the stupid story, but because I honestly stopped listening once I realise this was a movie relying on being all “cleverer” than the audience. *Yawn*. Nothing more boring than a film thinking it’s better than the audience’s ability to second guess and plot out every conceivable path; I’d akin that to a World-Class Top Trumps player outwitting a three year-old. Lame.

Yeah. I know. This talk-a-thon, action-less streak of grey is as uneventful and dreary as it sounds. The problem on this occasion is that there are simply no rules. Anyone could be anyone; any double cross could – and does – occur, to the point where you resign yourself; shrugging your shoulders “so what”. And yes, the film hits its beats, but it’s playing by totally different rules to us in the audience that it scarcely matters, anyway. Add to that that this tedious talk-fest slows the running time down till its inexorable exposition-fuelled last scene is simply unforgivable. So, is this Boyle’s worst? I think so. I have a feeling it could get worse.

In the closing moments, one character asks another “What would you rather do? Remember, or forget?”. That’s a dangerous question to ask at the end of a movie like this. Forget, please. Please.

 

Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay

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Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2009

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2009

Quick Review Year In Review

Film of The Year: Slumdog Millionaire (9/10)
In Brief: One of the surprises of the year (India set movie about Who Want’s To be A Millionaire? Really?), Slumdog made you laugh, cry and at times genuinely shocking. Brilliantly directed this was a film that deserved it’s plaudits. And more!

2. Star Trek
In Brief: JJ does good again. Best action film of the year.

3. Gran Torino
In Brief: One of the Definitive Eastwood movies of any decade.

4. Up
In Brief: Will Pixar ever make a bad film? On the evidence of UP probably not…

5. Harry Brown
In Brief: Michael Caine kills hoodies. Say no more.

Bubbling under:
The Wrestler; Bruno; District 9; Coralline; Drag Me To Hell; The Hangover; The Boat That Rocked; Role Models; Inglorious Bastards