Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a hot mess of a film.  Ranging from highly entertaining through to damn right stupid (often in the same scene… hell same FRAME), it’s a film that throws everything at the audience with little care on whether it lands or not because hey, there’s something bigger coming.  Look! Look at the next thing! Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham do what they can with what they are given and certainly are at their best when exchanging one of the many dick jokes at each other.   Idris Elba, meanwhile, seems to be in a different film altogether saddled with his ‘Black Superman’ role whilst female lead and MI6 standout Vanessa Kirby seems to have walked in from the set of Mary Poppins with her dogey as hell cockney accent.  But it’s all about the action and when the film sticks to fist fight scenes its never less than good fun. It’s just all the CGI laden car/bike/chase stuff where it started to loose me.   By the time the film get’s the Samoa set ending, the film starts to work over time to get you back on board, but I was left feeling drained and exhausted by the time I left.  So I hated it right? Well no. It’s almost impossible to hate ANYTHING Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham do but wow the film does push that about as far as it can.

Best Bit: Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: If you ARE going to watch it do it in Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, Jason Statham cinema

If You Liked this Try: Fast 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7

 


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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot in a nutshell: Special Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and former SAS Operative Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) are reluctantly forced to team up with Shaw’s sister (Vanessa Kirby) who also happens to be a rogue MI6 agent and go after a genetically and technologically enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba) who is hell bent on releasing a virus that will wipe out most of humanity.

 

 

What worked: Being honest  – pretty much all of it. Johnson and Statham make a great double act and bounce off each other very well, both delivering some great one liners and trading  alot of extremely funny insults. However its Vanessa Kirby who really shines , displaying bucket loads of charisma, out acting both her hulking male co stars, and  more than holding her own in all the action scenes. In addition, despite being too good for a film like this Idris Elba is excellent as the principle baddie.

 

 

Speaking of action this film doesnt disappoint – and its virtually non stop from the get go – theres a great car/motorbike chase early on, a preposterous but extremely well handled set piece in Russia which involves enormous explosions, masses of gunfire and more than just a bit of bone crushing fisticuffs. However the best is left to last when Johnson, Kirby and Statham enlist the help of Hobbs hard as nails Samoan family for a bonkers final 20 minutes that really has to be seen to be believed.

 

 

What could have been better: Its very hard to criticize a film as mad as this – admittedly its a bit long, some of the one liners dont always land, and a theres a gratuitous Kevin Hart cameo about an hour in that didnt really work at all.

 

 

Review Summary: A great big utterly mental popcorn blockbuster, jam packed with action, pickled with funny one liners and featuring some great chemistry from its three central leads.

 

 

I loved it – Great fun

 

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek 

 


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Fighting With My Family (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Fighting With My Family (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Fighting With My Family follows the standard format of the sports movie almost to the letter.  You’ve seen it in Rocky, The Karate Kid and hell even Cool Runnings.  Underdog get’s their shot at the big time, wobbles, comes through it and ends up beating the odds.  What makes Fighting With My Family stand out from the more run of the mill offerings is the heart on show.  The pitch perfect cast really deliver (yes this is the rare good Vince Vaughn performance), especially Florence Pugh who totally convinces as soon to be WWE wrestler Paige (no spoilers – this is based on a true story) and it’s good to see The Rock as, well, The Rock.  Reminded me of my youth.  The ending almost brought a tear to my eye and whilst the film probably does focus a bit too much on the wrestling side (which could put people off) this is a cracking film and well worth a watch.

Best Bit: Raw debut

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: No Holds Barred, Beyond The Mat, The Wrestler

 


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Ross & Phil Talk Movies Present: The 2019 Boyask Action Awards

Ross & Phil Talk Movies Present: The 2019 Boyask Action Awards

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Taking 4 Awards, Mission Impossible: Fallout swept the board in at the 1st Annual Boyask Action Awards, with Tom Cruise also entering the Hall of Fame.

‘The Boyasks’ (named fro our very own Action obsessed Ross Boyask) pick up on what the Academy, BAFTA’s and Globes miss out… acknowledging the performance, craft and skill of action & stunt performers and cinema.

You can listen to the full podcast here (including our discussion on just WHY the Academy Awards refuses to acknowledge action and stunt performers)

Winners Highlighted in GREEN

 


Best Action Sequence
24 Hours To Live
Final Score
Mission Impossible: Fallout – Finalle 

Best Fight Scene
Upgrade
A Prayer before Dawn
The Night Comes For Us
Accident Man

Best Stunt Sequence
Mission Impossible: Fallout – Halo Jump
Mission Impossible: Fallout – Roof Top Run
Mission Impossible: Fallout – Helicopter Hang

Standout Action Performer of 2018
Tom Cruise
Dolph Lundgren
Dwayne Johnson 

‘Holy Shit’ Moment of the Year
Tom Cruise – Helicopter Hang (Mission Impossible: Fallout)

Comeback of The Year
Dolph Lundgren
Special Mention: Cobra Kai/ Karate Kid

Best Blockbuster Film
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Den Of Thieves
Deadpool 2
The First Purge
Mission Impossible: Fallout

Best DTV Film
The Night Comes For Us
Final Score
24 Hours To Die
Braven
Accident Man

Hall Of Fame – Class Of 2019
Loren Janes
Tom Cruise

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 1st Annual Boyask Awards!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 1st Annual Boyask Awards!

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On this episode of the podcast we deliver The 1st Annual Boyask Awards for Achievement in Action Cinema.  Yes we are going where the academy awards still refuse to.

Categories include: Best Blockbuster Film, Best DTV Film, Best Action Sequence, Best Fight Scene, Best Stunt, Standout action performer, ‘Holy Shit’ moment of the year, Comeback of The Year and our picks for entry into the Ross And Phil Hall Of Fame.

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

Films Discussed: Overlord, Apostle, Revenge, A Quiet Place, Sicario 2, Den Of Thieves, Deadpool 2, The First Purge, Mission Impossible: Fallout, The Night Comes For Us, Final Score, 24 Hours to Live, Braven, Accident man,. Upgrade, A Prayer before Dying, Accident Man, Final Score

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Skyscraper (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Skyscraper (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Skyscraper is probably the first time I’ve felt let down by a film starring Dwayne Johnson. Don’t get me wrong – he’s fine in it and the film could be far worse – but much like this years The Meg, the lean towards Chinese audiences (Box office… MONEY!!!!) seems rather forced.  And whilst The Meg (just) got away with it, here it feels all very cynical and by the numbers.  It’s also silly on a level that I haven’t seen in some time but is so unaware of itself it just comes off as a bit stupid.  With it’s tongue planted in cheek they MAY have pulled it off but in a film when even Dwayne Johnson seems bored you know it’s going to be a struggle.

Best Bit: Getting into the tower

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Towering Inferno, Rampage, The Fate Of The Furious, Die Hard

 

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

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

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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: 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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Grosse Point Geek – Skyscraper (2018) Review

Grosse Point Geek – Skyscraper (2018) Review

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Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campell, Pablo Schreiber
Plot In a Nutshell: Dwayne Johnson plays a retired FBI agent turned security expert who has to rescue his wife and two kids from the world’s tallest and most advanced building which just so happens to be on fire and been taken over by a bunch of tooled up thieves – so basically its Die Hard meets the Towering Inferno.
What worked: Johnson is always great value and he doesn’t disappoint here, Campell is also excellent as his wife proving she can kick arse with the best of them. The action comes thick and fast and at times is really edge of the seat exciting.  Finally it’s extremely well made and the direction from Rawson Marshall Thurber is spot on.
What could have been better: Not enough one liners – this film was crying out for Johnson’s signature badass tongue in cheek vernacular and I was disappointed that it didn’t deliver here, it’s also very cheesy in parts and the baddies are a bit weak.
Summary Review: Daft as a brush and utterly ridiculous but Dwayne Johnson is brilliant, the guy has so much charisma and charm that you just can’t help cheering him on, plus the action scenes and stunts are fantastic.
Great entertainment, a proper Saturday night blockbuster – highly recommended
Pay to see it at the Cinema? – Yes
Buy it on Blu Ray/DVD? – Yes

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

Skyscraper – Review Round Up

Skyscraper – Review Round Up

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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: Skyscraper

 


“it’s a gigantic and silly blockbuster matinee of a movie, with likable performances, absurd action sequences, and a heck of a lot of duct tape.”- 8.1

 

 

“Part Towering Inferno, part Die Hard, and part test to see how much Hollywood baloney a physics-literate viewer can take before his or her head explodes” 

 

 

“The building may be taller than The Towering Inferno and the stakes may be higher than those faced by John McClane in Die Hard, but in comparison to both, Skyscraper is little more than a cinematic bungalow ” – 2/5

 

 

“his is escapism, pure and simple, and though the structure is rickety, by enlisting Johnson, Thurber ensures that his “Skyscraper” is built on solid Rock. ”

 


” Like its hero, Skyscraper’s big, brawny, earnest – and strapped together with generous helpings of duct tape.” -3/5

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #098 – Rampage

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #098 – Rampage

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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: While Mike is away, Josh and Ricky will Rampage (see what we did there) across the Podcast. The devastation continues as they also go over there Top 5 Designed Movie Monsters!

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