Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Hobbs & Shaw (Mild Spoilers)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Hobbs & Shaw (Mild Spoilers)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

We are back! Well Ross Is back.  Anyway… on this episode of the podcast we catch up on the meat fest that is Hobbs & Shaw, talk Spiderman (Marvel, MCU), chat about what we’ve watched most recently and ask the BIG question… is Idris Elba really Black Superman?

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

Discussed: Hobbs & Shaw, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Ready or Not, The Game, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Spiderman, Marvel, Sony, MCU, Venom, Avengers, Tony Scott

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

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

Quick Review

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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Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

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: Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises


Close but no cigar: Lord Of The Rings/Middle Earth , Batman, Star Trek, Mission Impossible 


5 – Harry Potter 
JK Rowling’s iconic character transferred so amazingly to screen, with a captivating cast of emerging and established actors that stole our hearts.


4 – Fast & Furious
Eight films in, with more planned, the Fast movies started okay but found a new lease of life after the 5th movie and that momentum hasn’t stopped.


3 – Marvel
With Iron Man, Marvel started one of the most profitable runs of films ever.  But more than that they make films fans and critics love.


2 – James Bond
One of cinemas most successful& longest running franchises, the Bond films continue to draw big money whilst delivering high quality action films.


1. Star Wars
From it’s origins as a pulpy low budget sci-fi film, to it’s new life under Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars is unlike anything else.  A marketing behemoth, Star Wars changed cinema and continues to push boundaries all these years later. 


Central Intelligence – A Quick Capsule Review

Central Intelligence – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I love the Rock.  I don’t get Kevin Hart.  But I’m always willing to give him try. So chances are Central Intelligence was going to leave me convicted.  It didn’t.  I can say without conflict that Central Intelligence is one of the least funny films of 2016.  Possibly even the last decade.  It’s just painful.  The Rock is good (he’s ALWAYS good) but my dislike here probably sits in the fact I just don’t find Kevin Hart funny.  His sub par 80’s Eddie Murphy stick just doesn’t work for me because hey, He’s NOT Eddie Murphy and it’s NOT the 80’s.  The action is fine sadly the rest is pretty poor.

Best Bit: The Rock is good for the most part…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Ride Along, Pain & Gain, Fast & Furious

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Author: Phil Hobden

Review: Fast & Furious 6 (DVD/BR)

Review: Fast & Furious 6 (DVD/BR)

Other Cr*p Uncategorized

The Review: Boy, am I glad I checked out Fast Five last weekend. Not because seeing it was necessary to understand this one – my wife is proof of that – but because it alerted me to a fun, frenetic and energetic franchise that has evidently found its legs over half way through its own catalogue.

And I still haven’t seen parts 2, 3 and 4. I don’t think I shall bother, to be honest.

So why is this, then? Well, it’s plainly obvious to me that the reason everything from Fast Five onwards works well is because of director Justin Lin. And the hulking presence of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

And so this time the “team” are individually living the high life after striking it rich from bringing down Rio’s kingpin from part five. Some nasty car shit has gone down in Russia, and a photograph of a character from much earlier in the series has been spotted; Vin Diesel’s old flame, played by Michelle Rodriguez. This little spin enables Diesel to successfully call everyone back into a rented, fluorescent filled warehouse around a big table to wax lyrical about how they’re going to find Owen Shaw (this episode’s bad guy, played by Wales’s own Luke Evans), take him down, and grab Rodriguez back.

Yeah, it’s a flimsy story. But the action –a s you’d expect – is not so flimsy. Thankfully, perhaps mercifully, Jordana Brewster takes a back seat looking after her kid, while the remainder of the wisecracking, box-ticking demographic for worldwide market sales, all try to one-up each other on the wisecracks and safe cracks. This time, there is no safe. They’re all equal bounty hunters, and this time Steven Soderbergh’s wank-fantasy from Haywire, Gina Carano, tags alongside The Rock, acting as his new aid.

There’s a helluva lot of driving, bikini girls and a serious amount of humour. Writer Chris Morgan knows this is lightweight, nitwitted fluff and has the characters operate accordingly. There are some serious highlights, action-wise, in this film; my favourite being a modified vehicle with a ramp up its bonnet/hood, designed to dive into oncoming traffic and send it flipping and barrel-rolling into the air. The wanton carnage and incalculable loss of civilian life is absolutely mesmerising, and director Lin does a tremendous job of ramping up the action so hard and fast that you forget about the civilian casualties until the moment you’re filing out of the theatre screen.

There’s a big-ass airplane, a tank, and a fully-loaded London Underground foot chase/beat ‘em up section – the latter of which just about grandstands a similar scene from Skyfall.

This is a director’s movie – made by impatient, ADD-riddled filmmakers for impatient ADD-riddled movie goers. For maximum effect, it must be remarked that you should – like my wife and I did – see it at prime time dummy hour; Saturday, around 5:30pm. It’s a glorious wonder to behold if you’ve even the most fleeting interesting in psychology; when the ads, trailers and talky bits are on, mayhem from the cinema seats that nearly threaten to bleach out the tremendous Dolby 7.1 surround. When someone gets hit, or a car flips over, or Tyrese Gibson et al crack wise ass remark – utter, unfiltered silence. It’s almost schizophrenic to see this en masse – around a thousand “moviegoers” going from apathetic disregard to stupefied wonderment at the flick of an edit.

So, sounds pretty much like the fifth one, then. On the whole, yes. It’s just as long, there’s about as much action-to-running time ratio as before. Six is funnier, and genuinely so. It’s also, perhaps, more unforgiving – without revealing too much, I can say with a massive degree of certainty that two characters in the team from part five and six won’t be returning for part seven.

And after that daft “don’t try this at home” message which forewarns the closing credits – if you are intending to watch this film – make sure you stay sat for an extended sequence in which the prime antagonist makes his appearance. Not since the close of Back to the Future Part II has the end of a movie been more blatant in revealing its intentions. Mind you, this is Fast & Furious 6, so subtlety isn’t exactly a strong suit. Oh, and avoid visiting the IMDb till you see this film if you don’t want this revelation to be spoiled for you.

So, same time next year then for part VII? Yeah, go on, then. I’ll give it the same score out of ten, seeing as they’re going to all the trouble.


Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay

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Robots, Ninjas & Action Men – Summer 2009

Robots, Ninjas & Action Men – Summer 2009

The big summer blockbuster season is upon us once again, with Hollywood already starting to roll out the big marketing campaigns and mega expensive Superbowl TV spots I thought it would be a good time to take a look at what we can expect in this years silly Season.Transformers : Revenge Of The Fallen is set to be the Summers biggest film. With a massive budget – rumoured to be in excess of $250 million USD, huge scale – Battling on pyramids! Destroying cities! and almost guaranteed box office – the original film took in excess of $700 million USD at the global box office, good or bad Transformers 2 will be massive film.

Director Michael Bey is upbeat for sure “I really feel this movie is not a forced sequel. I think the script is really good, and I think it’s got a lot of new stuff in it.” He said when recently interviewed, “There are a lot of rumours out there, but we’ve released a lot of fake stuff. We’ve done a really good job of keeping things secret”

What DO we know? Expect more robots including the Constructicons and Soundwave, a bigger role for Deceptacon & chief Megatron baiter Starscream and most of the original cast returning including Megan Fox, Turtlub and LaBouf.

Oh and that Bey will edit the film to within an inch of its life as always….

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen is out in the UK on the 26th June 2009.

Fast & Furious (which is number four in the franchise) comes care of Asian director Justin Lin who previously helmed

the better than expected third film in the series Tokyo Drift. Paul Walker & Vin Diesel return and with Lin behind the wheel (so to speak) the film should at least deliver some exciting car action which is what it’s about after all.“I just look at this one as it’s really the first true sequel.” Enthused Paul Walker at a recent Fast & Furious press junket “Vin and I in the first one and it’s kind of like okay, they’re back together again finally. When I tell fans, Vin and I are back making another one, people are pretty excited about it…”

The Fast & Furious movie shave always been popcorn escapist fun so set your expectations to low and this should be at least enjoyable.

Fast & Furious is out in the UK on 5th June.

Next up is G.I Joe : The Rise Of Cobra a film which, if done right, could be whole bunch of fun. Okay so it’s directed by Stephen Sommers who hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with his previous efforts such as The Mummy films or

the direr Van Helsing. But the trailer promises Wanted style OTT action and the film will boast the lovely but loose Sienna Miller in a tight cat suit.That aside (!), this live action version of the famed Hasbro action figure (who wouldn’t want to be a Hasbro shareholder right now!) has all the right ingredients to be a solid PG-13 action film including a quirky international cast that teams up Brit’s Sienna Miller & Ray Park alongside bigger names like Brendan Frasier and Arnold Vosloo and some OTT action care of second unit director Greg Michael (‘Mummy’; ‘Van Helsing’)

Let’s face it – whilst GI Joe will never trouble the academy, if done right this could be a diverting 90 minutes of a fun, action packed ride like Transformers. Of course if not then we could be looking at a dire, unwatchable mess like Van Helsing. Let’s hope for the former…

G.I Joe : The Rise Of Cobra is out in the UK in August 7th .

Inglourious Basterds hits cinemas in August. The latest film from film god and Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino this time sees the maverick director put his unique slant on World War 2 movies.

The film that tells the story of Lieutenant Aldo Raine (played by Brad Pitt), who teams together a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution against the Nazi’s. Known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” Raine’s squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich.

Tarrantino describes the film as “…my bunch-of-guys-on-a-mission film. [It’s] my Dirty Dozen or Where Eagles Dare or Guns of Navarone kind of thing”

Alongside Brad Pitt stars Cabin Fever director Eli Roth, Mike Myers, Sam Jackson, Diane Kruger and Jade Screen favourite Maggie Cheung as Madame Mimeux. With it’s trademark quirky cast (although not as impressive as the original rumoured cast which included Michael Madsen alongside action Icons Stallone, Willis and Arnie), no doubt snappy dialogue and heaps of OTT violence this should be the hit of the Summer.


Tarantino needs a hit (Death Proof and Kill Bill 2 have sullied is once great reputation) and in terms of hyping it up he has been talking about this movie since the early 90’s. See for yourself when Inglourious Basterds hits the big screen on August 21st (UK/USA).Arriving towards the end of the summer is thriller Shanghai. In the months leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbour, an American man (John Cusack) arrives in Shanghai to find his friend recently murdered. In investigating his friend’s death, he stumbles upon a secret that the United States government doesn’t want uncovered…

The film is directed by Mikael Håfström (1408, Derailed) and co-stars Batman Begins’s Ken Watanabe as well as Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li and Rinko Kikuchi .Håfströmis a good, if not great, director but the cast is good and the period setting may arose some interest.

Shanghai is out in the UK in September.

Tekken gets it’s big screen release towards the end of 2009. Starring Brit John Foo, Luke Goss, Gary Daniels the film also co-stars Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and a cast of fighters, Martial artists and all-around hard nuts. The story? Well according to the official press blurb it’s “A high-octane action movie about a young man who discovers he holds a great power and must battle a team of elite fighters who will stop at nothing in order to get it from him”

In reality it’s the big screen adaptation of the popular video game that should at least see a high bang for buck ratio. Deep Dwight H.Little directs, who of late has carved out a career directing for TV shows like Prison Break & 24, and the script comes care of Face/Off writer Michael Colleary. Will it be any good? Well video game to big screen adaptation have a chequered track record and the last film like this to be adapted, Mortal Kombat, didn’t exactly set the world on fire. BUT it has a great cast, including the much under appreciated but highly talented Gary Daniels, and good director so you never know…
Tekken is out in the UK towards the end of 2009

Finally, comes the return of two 80’s icons in Ninja Assassin. Yes that right Ninjas are back… and this time with a budget! Produced by the Brothers Wachowski and directed by V For Vendetta helmer James McTiuage, the film stars Korean Pop sensation Rain alongside Naomi Harris and one Sho Kosugi, making his return back to a sub-genre he popularised back in the 80’s.

McTiuage is clear on his frame of reference for Ninja Assassin, aiming to recapture the vibe of classic Asian cinema: “The Kouroswa ninja films, the 60’s ninja film called Shinobi no Mono… these are my inspirations here. We didn’t go down the whole 80’s route… “ What no American Ninja? McTiuage also reaffirmed that this wouldn’t be a PG-13 movie “Definitely R rating. My interest in Definitely making an adult film.”

Little other than a few training videos have been made available for the film so far but the set visit promised Ninjas galore alongside the return of a genre icon and some hardcore action means this should be a film to watch out for.
Ninja Assassin’s release date is TBC

Other films that are well worth looking out for include the Tony Scott directed remake of Pelham 1 2 3 in June, Daniel Radcliff and gang returning in July in Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince . Also in July look out for the Michael Mann directed ‘Heat with Tommy Guns’ Public Enemies, staring Christian Bale & Johnny Depp.

You can watch the latest trailers for most of these movies at

www.apple.com/trailers.Phil Hobden