Dawn of The Dead (2004) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dawn of The Dead (2004) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 2004 remake of Dawn of The Dead is the template for HOW to remake a classic film.   Rather than just copy beat for beat, Snider (never known for his subtly) flips the tone, landing on a film that is as much action as it is horror.  And it works.  Yes for sure it has horror moments (Zombie baby anyone) but it’s in the action horror beats that the film really shines.  The cast do well (Rhames and Polly especially) and the fast zombies really helps the film keep a pace and sense of dread that older Zombie movies don’t always have. As a lover of Zombie films and Dawn of The Dead I was possibly the most cynical about this film.  But Snider delivered and the film remains highly watchable all these years later.

Best Bit: Gas canisters

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Dawn of The Dead, Day Of The Dead, 28 Days Later 





Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… James Gunn, Movies News and Venom

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… James Gunn, Movies News and Venom

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we return from our Summer hiatus to look at the recent news about the firing of James Gunn rom Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, take in some general movies news and talk about the new Venom trailer. Well someone has too…

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

Films Discussed: Venom, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3, Demolition 2, Speed, Tango & Cash, Dawn Of The Dead, War Of The Worlds, Roadhouse, Showdown In Little Tokyo, The First Purge, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Spiderman: Homecoming, Powder, Assault On Precinct 13, The Meg, Star Wars

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The 25 Best… Horror Films of All Time

The 25 Best… Horror Films of All Time

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In our continuing regular feature, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of a particular genre… 

This time out: The Best Horror Films of All Time


The close but no cigar Films: Dawn of The Dead, You’re Next, The Blair Witch Project, The Pact, Grave Encounters, Let The Right One In, The Evil Dead


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The Cured (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Cured (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Cured is an interesting take on the zombie/infected movie.  Feeling like it could exist in the 28 Days… universe, it takes the story of the ‘Cured’ infected returning to their normal lives and the effects this has on both them, their families and others.  It’s low budget for sure but it makes the most out of what it has and delivers a tense, brutal and often violent horror thriller.  Even if it is a touch predictable.

Best Bit: They are back

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later, Dawn Of The Dead, 28 Weeks Later 


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Day of the Dead: Bloodline – A Quick Capsule Review

Day of the Dead: Bloodline – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Day of the Dead: Bloodline isn’t quite as bad as I expected.  A “remake” of sorts of Romero’s superior Day Of The Dead, Bloodline suffers from a bad script, poor technical elements and weak acting.  It feels low budget.  That said where the money has gone shows – the effects are very good and actually at times even better than those on The Walking Dead (itself a rotting corpse of the show it used to be).  Those not precious about seeing Romero’s films remade may get a little out of this but at the same time theres very little new here.

Best Bit: The Effects

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Day Of The Dead, Dawn of The Dead, 28 Days Later 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Zack Snyder Retrospective – Motion Picture Maniac

Zack Snyder Retrospective – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

Do you want the absolute gospel truth, not only do I think Zack Snyder is one of, if not the most, underrated director of all time, I also think he’s one of the best directors currently working today. If you ask me, it seems his reputation as the most polarising filmmaker of the 21st century has nothing to do with, you know, his actual filmmaking, but is rather down to the fact that the Internet just loves its easy targets; there’s nothing a troll loves more than baiting fanboys so when a Rotten Tomatoes score tells them such behaviour is sort of ok, because his narrative structures follow the rules as much as a Terrence Malick film and the popularity contest that is modern film criticism is nothing if not stubborn, the opportunity simply can’t be missed.

If I’m wrong then why does his daughter committing suicide only lead to more jokes, something that has nothing to do with filmmaking? That’s because it’s not about the films, it’s about who can say the nastiest thing about whoever’s in the spotlight at the moment that would attract the most attention, I mean are you really saying Batman V Superman deserved those Razzies more than 9 Lives (which wasn’t even nominated) because it truly was the worse film or because it just had the higher profile? Not to mention Marvel has been allowed to get away with what Snyder gets accused of for years but I digress. I think he’s great, severely underrated and I’m positively crapping myself with excitement over Justice League, and so to commemorate the occasion I thought I’d put together a little retrospective for him, although it could just be an excuse on my part to call bollocks on the complaints; yeah it’s probably that.



This movie was better than it had any right to be, a remake by a first time director about zombies, should be rubbish but it’s actually a fun, well made, stylish and exciting time that admittedly has moments of first-time-director-ism but hey, what needed to work works and Snyder really knew what he was doing here.


300 (2006)

I remember seeing this mercilessly violent exercise in stylish mayhem for the first time and being completely blown away by how much fun it was, a quotable, beautiful and, dare I say, revolutionary action movie that pretty much invented a spectacle type, and as for the accusations of homophobia, racism and pro fascism, well, I could probably write a book on why all of that is garbage. I bumped into a guy with Persian ancestry once, I asked him about what he thought of this film; his response was: “awesome”.



If you ask my opinion, the movie adaptation of Watchmen is every bit as good as the book, in fact I’d even say there are moments in the film that are handled better than in the book, I think it’s a masterpiece that only suffered critically because… actually I don’t know why, we’ve been screaming for a faithful book-to-film adaptation since the beginning and when one finally comes along it’s apparently too close to the book, except when little changes come along which also apparently suck because… again, I just don’t know. How come when Sin City uses comic panels as storyboards it gets praised but when Watchmen does it then it’s suddenly a stupid idea?



Seeing this film makes me wonder why Zack didn’t dip his toes into animation sooner, being such a stickler for detailed CGI and any excuse to show grandiose visuals capable of inducing eye-gasms you’d think it would be his first choice. I like this one very much, it does go through familiar story motions quite hastily but it more than makes up for it with it’s voice acting and the typical Snyder scope I just can’t get enough of, that and the fact that the action is just awesome to behold; 300 with owls – oh yes please.



Guess what? I like this movie… a lot actually. It says a lot about the world we live in, perfect proof you can make a film with immaculate cinematography, astonishing visual effects, terrific editing, an original and unique story, production value of sky high proportions and still get labelled “worst film ever” and “sexist” because your female characters have somewhat revealing costumes… wow, slow-f**king-clap! I’ve read the reviews, I’ve watched the videos, I’ve reapplied them to the film when I re watch it and you know what? I still don’t bloody get the complaints.



Here it is, the most polarising movie of the 2010’s and one of my favourite films, a film that feels like it was made with my personal tastes in mind, every shot feels perfect to me, the cinematic aestheticism and wonder of the cinematography and direction just warms my heart. Superman was in need of some kind of refreshment, I mean before this film, everybody I spoke to said Superman was a silly goodie-two-shoes, Snyder made a superman film the way one needs to be made, from the flying to the city wide destruction and themes on the dark side of heroism; what saving the world truly means in the real world, I love the world engine and the final fight with Zod, and that opening on Krypton, oh my God!



Now, I get it, the theatrical cut was very problematic, but Snyder’s intended version, the Ultimate Edition, is close to perfect, this film had so much riding on it, from the interpretation of the characters to who “should” win the title fight, the setting up of the DC universe to addressing the controversy of Man Of Steel, hardly surprising it didn’t please everyone, a butchered theatrical along with all that maddening hype didn’t help, but the director’s cut definitely pleased me. I can only hope that, in 20 years, it’s reputation may be reassessed like Blade Runner and The Shinning, especially since it’s already slowly gaining a cult following, this is not dark Avengers, it’s Watchmen with Justice League characters; a brave and personal epic with more to say than we realise, one that deserves better.

And I believe that’s it, I’m a big fan of Snyder’s work and I really wish he got the credit he deserves, maybe one day when people get a grip, I mean come on, he’s “homophobic and pro fascist” because of 300 but actual homophobes probably hate how Dr Manhattan is naked all the time, and Legend Of The Guardians could easily be construed as anti-fascist propaganda. Justice League is right around the corner and I have a strong feeling I’m probably going to like it, I am still nervous though, I’m rather tired of feeling like the only one doing the raving, but oh well, what will be will be, fingers crossed, commence prayers and sacrifices to whatever form of God is paying attention.

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The 25 Best… 00’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 00’s Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.


This time out: The 2000’s. 

The close but no cigar Films: There Will Be Blood, District 9, Rocky Balboa, Shaun of The Dead, Spiderman 2, Dawn of The Dead, Lilo And Stitch, Spartan, Waltz With Bashir, Finding Nemo,  Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Sntach, Zoolander, Battle Royale, Heremias: Book 1 – Legend Of The Lizard Princess, King Kong, The Replacements


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The 25 Best… 70’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 70’s Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

This time out: The 70’s. 

The close but no cigar Films: Rollerball, The Omen, Deliverance, Halloween, Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, Bednobs And Broomsticks, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Wicker Man, All The Presidents Men, Blazing Saddles, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Slapshot


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My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

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A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. (Yes ’86 and ’84 was impossible to split!)

… And yes a few do differ from my Annual ‘Film of The Year’.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!!

The 70’s

1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Ghostbusters/ Gremlins
1985 – The Goonies

1986 – Aliens/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/ Top Gun
1987 – The Lost Boys

1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Tango & Cash

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – Terminator 2 Judgement Day
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Heat
1996 – Trainspotting
1997 – Con Air
1998 – Lock Stock & Two Smoking barells
1999 – Fight Club

The 2000’s 

2000 – Snatch
2001 – Black Hawk Down
2002 – 28 days Later
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Serenity

2006 – Children of Men
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum

2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Slumdog Millonaire
2010 – The Social Network

The 10’s 

2011 – Hugo
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Rush
2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash
2016 – The Nice Guys

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Editor – Phil’s Quick Capsule Review

Top 10 Movies Of The 70’s – Motion Picture Maniac

Top 10 Movies Of The 70’s – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

Ah the 70’s, such an odd decade, one we’re looking back on today for its contribution to cinema and the films it gave us, pretending for a moment that the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions the 70’s isn’t “oh yes, the time taken for the LSD induced insanity of the 60’s to transform into the cocaine fuelled haze of the 80’s; but I digress, here are the 10 best films of all the 70’s according to my stupid opinion; I really wanted to make it a top 20 if only to include all the well known classics and avoid sparking hatred but what can you do? Here’s hoping counting them as honourable mentions is good enough.

10. Monty Python And The Holy Grail

I tried picking a quote for this one, it couldn’t be done.

9. Alien

My skin still crawls when I think of the chestburster scene.

8. The Godfather

One of the greatest Gangster epics of all time, how can you top it…?

7. The Godfather Part 2

… Oh, that’s how.

6. Watership Down

The bloodiest U rated film of all time – that’s saying something.

5. Days Of Heaven

One of the most well shot films I have ever seen, and hey, Richard Gere can act.

4. Manhattan

My favourite Woody Allen film, just perfect in every way.

3. Badlands

Terrence Malick’s first, and I love his recent works so screw you.

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Vile, sadistic and ugly – what’s not to love?

1. Star Wars

What can I say except what the hell else was it going to be?

Honourable Mentions:  Aguirre: The Wrath Of God, Jaws, Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, The Life Of Brian, Duel, Dawn Of The Dead, Apocalypse Now, Saturday Night Fever, Rocky, A Clockwork Orange, Assault On Precinct 13, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Annie Hall, Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom