Cinderella (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Cinderella (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As old school and classic Disney as you can get, Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of the classic Cinderella is a charming, funny and beautiful film that will be loved by older children and just about tolerated by most parents!  Actually that’s pretty harsh – the filmmaking craft alone on display here is worth watching (sumptuous visuals, glamorous clothing and stunning sets), as are the central  performances of Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Game Of Throne’s Richard Madden.   And in fact whilst it’s pitched, and often feels like classic straight Disney the Cinderella as presented here is no wallflower, instead a strong, independent Disney princess up there with some of the best of them.  So overall whilst you’ll be dragged along by the kids, you’ll probably end up secret quite enjoying it.  I did.

Best Bit: The Ball

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy (for the kids)

If You Liked this Try: Enchanted, In The Woods, Maleficent

 

 


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Best Film of 2018: Coco

Best Film of 2018: Coco

Best & Worst Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Coco is Pixar back firing on all cylinders – It’s funny, charming and endearing without being preachy or over the top.  In fact I’d say that Coco happily sits towards the top end of Pixar’s considerable cannon.  Visually stunning and with top draw voice acting, it’s day of the dead theme (whilst treading similar ground to  also very good The Book of Life) provides a rich tapestry for the animators to work with.  For my money this should be sitting amongst the crowd of best Motion Picture nominees at this years academy awards.

Best Bit: So THAT”S why it’s called Coco

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Book Of Life, Inside Out, Ferdinand, Up

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
For the last three years a film has arrived after I confirmed my Best & Worst of the year that managed to change the list.  It’s becoming somewhat of a habit now… This year that film is Mary Poppins Returns, a glorious, funny, heart warming tale that had me from the start.  Emily Blunt is simply spectacular as the titular character, returning to once again help the Banks family and stealing every scene she’s in.  That said she gets some proper competition from Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, the sweep boy grown up from the original film.  It’s mix of old school dance numbers, animation and buckets of charm mean that you can’t help but love it. If I had one small issue is that I’m not sure how memorable the songs will be once the film has finished but Mary Poppins Returns is just a joy and you should go out right now and watch it.

Best Bit: Musical Hall

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Mary Poppins, Paddington, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 

 


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Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ralph Breaks The Internet is a sequel that very much feels like more of the same – it’s well made, it looks pretty and has a few clever ideas but ultimately much like the original Wreck It Ralph it’s just not funny, charming or clever enough to hold my attention for it’s near two hour run time.  Okay yup The Star Wars stuff is fun, the Disney Princesses stuff clever but the rest is pretty Meh!  Both films just feel like lost opportunities and even my 8 year old daughter wasn’t that enamoured. One to skip.

Best Bit: Disney Princesses

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Wreck It Ralph, Zootopia, Big Hero 6

 


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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: All four members are back as on this episode for reviews of The Incredibles 2 and Skyscraper. Plus an extensive conversation on the James Gunn news and Comic Con trailers! Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD!

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Incredibles 2 (2018)- Review Round Up

Incredibles 2 (2018)- Review Round Up

All Things Film Blog The Blogs

Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.  This time out: Incredibles 2

 


“Brad Bird’s strong script and direction elevates Incredibles 2 to new heights.”- 9.2

 

 

“…there’s plenty of crackling entertainment value here for viewers from 5 to 95. ” 

 

 

 

“Brad Bird’s sequel to his superhero-family Pixar classic doesn’t build on the first film so much as dutifully replay it. It’s fun, but far from incredible.”

 


” Incredibles 2 is stuffed to the seams with gorgeous animation, often bursting out of the frame in its nostalgia for the heyday of Hanna-Barbera cartoons and general ‘60s pop art. ” -4/5

 

 

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Solo: A Star Wars Story  – Review Round Up

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Review Round Up

All Things Film Blog The Blogs

Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.

This time out: Solo: A Star Wars Story 

 


“Solo may not really develop its title character or justify why it needed to exist, but it still delivers a fun time.”- 7.0

 

“Far better than we had any right to expect. Thrilling set-pieces, spine-tingling iconography and a Han/Chewie bromance to savour. ” – 4/5

 

 

“A bright and breezy sideshow adventure makes up for its overly frantic pacing with a charismatic central turn from Alden Ehrenreich — strong enough to make us want to see even more of him in Solo mode.” 4/5

 

 

“The film is not the disaster its production history might suggest. In fact, it’s not even close. ”


” Solo is not a bad film, just a relentlessly average one that has no reason to exist except as a money machine. ” -3/5

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #091 – Black Panther (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #091 – Black Panther (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

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It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: ITS HERE!!!! The highly anticipated, box-office breaking, Black Panther! The gang goes into a Non-Spoiler and Spoiler review of this smash hit but the reception is not what you would expect.

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Coco – A Quick Capsule Review

Coco – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Coco is Pixar back firing on all cylinders – It’s funny, charming and endearing without being preachy or over the top.  In fact I’d say that Coco happily sits towards the top end of Pixar’s considerable cannon.  Visually stunning and with top draw voice acting, it’s day of the dead theme (whilst treading similar ground to  also very good The Book of Life) provides a rich tapestry for the animators to work with.  For my money this should be sitting amongst the crowd of best Motion Picture nominees at this years academy awards.

Best Bit: So THAT”S why it’s called Coco

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Book Of Life, Inside Out, Ferdinand, Up

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Author: Phil Hobden

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #087 – The Post, Coco, The Darkest Hour

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #087 – The Post, Coco, The Darkest Hour

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Josh, Mike and Steve take a crack at three films this week – The Tom Hanks/Meryl Streep/Steven Spielberg juggernaut, The Post; the latest Pixar movie (get your tissues ready)Coco, and the shoe-in for best actor, Darkest Hour. We also give our predictions for the Oscars – who do you think will be picking up a new golden statue? On top of this is our Top Five songs in films, Josh checks out High Noon (Or does he???) and we round off the show with Address the Lamb!

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