Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Thrones, Billions & Skywalkers! (Car Cast)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Thrones, Billions & Skywalkers! (Car Cast)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast Phil (on his own this time out) talks about Game Of Thrones, Billions, Rise Of Skywalker and the 90’s edits to the original (and still best) Star Wars movies.  Recorded in Phil’s car so please excuse the sound quality.

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

Films Discussed: Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars:Return Of The Jedi, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Game Of Thrones, Billions, Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones

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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Game Of Thrones: Winterfell (S8E01)  – A Quick Capsule Review

Game Of Thrones: Winterfell (S8E01) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So after nearly 20 months Game Of Thrones is back.  A new, more intimate version of the title sequence welcomes in what was a much more intimate episode of the show.  Yup no war just yet (but a superb hint at what COULD be coming) but instead the show-runners deftly move the final chess pieces into position for what promises to be an epic finale.  And trailer fans – a hell of a lot of what we saw in the trailers came from this early episode meaning it’s fair game on pretty much any of our beloved characters.  We get armies arriving, Euron Greyjoy being Euron Greyjoy, many long awaited reunions (Arya/Jon, Arya/Hound, Arya/Gendry), get hints of what’s round the corner (Hint: War, Death, Snow) and finally Jon finds out he’s sleeping with his Auntie.  Awkward.

Death Toll: 1 (Well probably more but one for sure) 

Worth The Wait: Yes

Best Bit: Flying Dragons


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Phil’s Top 5… Upcoming/Returning TV Shows

Phil’s Top 5… Upcoming/Returning TV Shows

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: Upcoming/Returning TV Shows


Close but no cigar: Maniac, Better Call Saul, Stranger Things


5 – Ozark
The first season of Ozark was a pleasant surprise and will the second series of Ozark about to drop all eyes are on whether it can deliver another killer year. 


4 – Jack Ryan
A big budget Amazon TV show, this has the promise to finally realise the potential of this franchise.


3 – Fear The Walking Dead 
Returning for the second half of it’s fourth season, FTWD is on a roll. Taking the series in a new direction, it’s now a much better show that The Walking Dead and well out of it’s sister shows shadow.


2 – Myans MC
OMG! It’s a sequel to Sons Of Anarchy, one of the best TV shows of the last decade set in the time frame (which means cross overs!) and featuring Edward James Olmos.  I mean what more could you ask.


1 – Game Of Thrones
Officially announced for the beginning of 2019, the final series of Game Of Thrones promises everything,  Will it deliver? Who knows but man the excitement after a year off is almost unmeasurable.






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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Solo: A Star Wars Story (Spoilers)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Solo: A Star Wars Story (Spoilers)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we take a look at the latest Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story .  What did we make of this latest spin off, of the new Han Solo and Lando’s interesting sexual conquests. All will be revealed.  Warning: Spoilers for ALL Star Wars films and TV shows.

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

Films Discussed: Star Wars: Rebels, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Game Of Thrones, Killing Eve

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk
For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook


Solo: A Star Wars Story – A Quick Capsule Review

Solo: A Star Wars Story – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I liked Solo.  It has issues for sure but overall it’s a thumbs up.  But it’s production issues (fired directors, massive reshoots, more reshoots) do shine through the film, especially the first and last act.  The pacing and tone suffer the most with the original directors comic stylings not sitting at ease with Howard’s more pedestrian direction.  BUT these issues can almost be forgotten when you have performances as spirited and fun as Glover and Ehrenreich who do excellently with such iconic roles, leaving you wanting much more.  Harrelson makes a good addition to the Star Wars universe but sadly Emilia Clarke once again fails to shine away from Game Of Thrones.  So far from a disaster, Solo is a worthy if lesser entry to the Star Wars cannon.

Best Bit: Meet Lando

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Rogue One, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars Rebels

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Avengers (Warning This Episode May or May not contain actual discussion on The Avengers) BONUS EPISODE

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Avengers (Warning This Episode May or May not contain actual discussion on The Avengers) BONUS EPISODE

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about The Walking Dead, even thought we planned fully to talk about the upcoming Avengers film.  Oh well!

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

Films Discussed: The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, 24, Lost In Space (2018), Game Of Thrones, Dexter, Ash Vs Evil Dead, Ash V Evil Dead

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For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk
For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook


Phil’s 5 Best & The Worst TV Shows of 2017

Phil’s 5 Best & The Worst TV Shows of 2017

Quick Review Year In Review

2017 continued TV’s dominance over film.  With new shows launching almost weekly on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime it was hit after hit with shows like Glow breaking new ground (well kinda) and the old guard like The Leftovers and Game Of Thrones hitting to put the park. Here’s my lost and the 5 best and The Worst TV shows of 2017…

(Yet to watch Narcos Season 3 or Punisher)


TV Show of The Year: Billions
In Brief: Season 1 of Billions was good but didn’t hit “great” for me.  Yet Season 2, playing like a suped up cross between Wolf Of Wall Street and Boiler Room just knocked it out the park and then some. Pacier, sharper and rounded, Billions just threw out great episode after great episode and did something really special – made an unlikeable lead character into someone you DIDN’T want to lose.



2. Game Of Thrones
In Brief:  It’s second to last season Game Of Thrones upped the pace, threw in some major events and introduced the theory of “jet packing”.  In truth it didn’t matter.  Whilst the storytelling has diminished the action, pace and fun has increased making for a breathtaking run.  Oh and THAT ending.  Just wow.



3. Stranger Things
In Brief: Season 2 fell SLIGHTLY short of Season 1. But that still makes it one of the best shows on TV.  With more characters, more back story and more episodes Stranger Things suffered a little from not being as tight as it was last year but by upping the horror it was for sure scarier than ever.




4. The Leftovers
In Brief:  For a show I quit in Series 1, it’s pretty amazing to have the show end as one of my favourites of the year.  But on the back of a knockout season 2, Season 3 pulled it all together in a surreal, confusing and often oblique way.  No clear answers were given but there was enough threads to draw conclusions. Beautiful, clever and frustrating.





5. Silicon Valley
In Brief: Into its fourth year, Mike Judge’s tech comedy continued it’s impressive recent run with another constant and entertaining season.  Whether it can maintain next year with the loss of TJ Miller is another question but for now it’s still one of the best shows on TV.



Bubbling under:
(funny as ever), Better Call Saul (captivating stuff) Fear The Walking Dead (now MUCH stronger than The Walking Dead), Mindhunter (Top Notch stuff from David Fincher), House Of Cards (Bloody good, even with all the issues), Line Of Duty (Proving the UK can still smash it out the park), GLOW (brilliant fun), American Gods (Insane), Star Trek Discovery (the makings of something special), American Horror Story Cult (One of the strongest season yet)






Miss of the year: The Walking Dead

In Brief: Second year running! Falling from one of the best shows on TV at its height, The Walking Dead has been on a massive decline the past two seasons which culminated with a recent run of episodes that took on and then royally botched the All out War Arc from the graphic novels.  Add to that the recent ‘death’ of a major character (which would have meant MUCH more if it had been earnt), some terrible editing and increasingly poor production values (save for the VFX) and you have a show so far from it’s good days that it mostly now exists to be ‘hate’ watched.

Shame because in the right hands this show could have been unstoppable.

Grosse Point Geek – Top Ten Favorite Game Of Thrones Characters

Grosse Point Geek – Top Ten Favorite Game Of Thrones Characters

A Blog Grosse Point Geek

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few years – Game Of Thrones is THE most popular show on the box  – and deservedly so. Now on its seventh season, audiences the world over have been captivated by its inter weaving story of dragons, white walkers, huge battles, ice covered wastes, and the eternal struggle  to rule over the fictional land of Westeros.

To say any more would be fruitless but if you like Lord Of The Rings, Excalibur, Conan The Barbarian plus  more than a small smattering of Star Wars all topped off with a serious amount of blood letting, decapitations, disemboweling and copious swearing then Game of Thrones is for you. Those with a more sensitive disposition need not bother.

Most of what makes Thrones so good though are its characters, the majority of which start out as utterly despicable or completely lovable and for the most part stay that way  – so just for a bit of fun ive complied my top ten favorites  – see below

(FYI Spoilers ahead!)


1.Tyrion Lannister (AKA The Imp). 

Played by: Peter Dinklage.

Hampered by his somewhat diminutive stature, affection for the demon drink, prostitutes and being loathed by his all powerful and admittedly horrible family, Tyrion is constantly forced to rely on his wits and cunning. You just cant help but love him – brilliantly played by Peter Dinklage, he gets all the best lines and manages to be in just about every episode so far.

Favorite scenes: Delivering a rousing speech just before the Battle of The Blackwater in Season 2 then killing his hideously smug father (Charles Dance – whilst on the toilet) with a crossbow in season 4.

Status: Still alive.


2. Bron Of The Blackwater

Played by: Jerome Flynn (yes him off Robson and Jerome and Soldier Soldier)

A whoring, wine swilling,  oik who’s also a dab hand with a sword. Started out as a small supporting character but now a firm fan favorite – mostly due to some very funny if unrepeatable one liners.

Favorite Scene: The loot train battle in S7 – brings down and almost kills Drogon the dragon with a giant crossbow then in the nick of time saves Jamie Lannister from being roasted alive by said beast.

Status: Still alive


3. Tormund Giantsbane

Played by: Kristofer Hivju

One of the so called Wildings from north of the wall. Initially a baddie but after being set free and pardoned by Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) he’s now properly on the side of right. Completely bonkers character, also a bit of a pervert –  all flaming hair, huge beard and mad eyes – making him completely brilliant – if a tad insane.

Favorite Scene: The look on his face when he first claps eyes on a very unimpressed Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)  and falls madly in love with her, then the utterly hilarious smile he gives her in a later episode that is so funny it has to be seen to be believed

Status: unknown -but lets put it this way if he’s not in season 8 there will be a riot among the fanboy elite!
4. Ramsay Bolton

Played by: Iwan Rheon

Quite simply – one of the greatest villains in TV history. A psychopath and a sadist of staggering proportions – the list of his evil deeds is legend – skinning enemies alive, stabbing his father to death, castrating Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), feeding his stepmother and her newborn son to the hounds, torturing Sansa Stark, plus numerous others that dont bear thinking about. Brilliantly played by Iwan Rheon – we will simply never see a baddie like this again and God help us all if we do!

Favorite Scene   – all of them  – but especially when he gets his comeuppance in s6 

Status: Dead  – deservedly gets eaten alive by his own dogs but not before being given an utter shoeing by Jon Snow at The Battle of The Bastards.

5. Ser Jorah Mormont

Played by: Iain Glen

Disgraced knight of the realm, initially paid to spy on Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) but then falls in love with her from afar and becomes her most trusted and loyal adviser. A very sympathetic, heroic and rather lovely character, who you just cant help rooting for  – played with gusto by the very fruity voiced Iain Glen.

Best scene: S5  – The Dance Of Dragons  – fights tooth and nail in a massive gladiatorial battle then saves Daenerys from certain death with a well placed spear.

Status: Still alive, but one gets the feeling his days could be numbered  – hope not – we shall see.


6. The Dragons (Rhaegal, Drogon and Viserion)

Played by: CGI creations

I always considered that the best screen dragon of all time was Vermithrax Perjorative in Dragonslayer (if you havent seen it do so asap) that was until i saw these three. Giant fire breathing beasts – last of their kind  – the so called “children” of Daenerys Targaryen – all are a wonder of visual effects genius, look completely real and elevate GOT to unlimited heights of brilliance whenever they are on the screen – damn terrifying too.

Best Scene: Hard to pick but for me it was Drogon’s nick of time appearance in S5 Dance of Dragons, then the Loot train battle and the huge fight with the white walker army  in s7. 

Status: still alive  – with one now a servant of the White Walker Night King


7. Sandor Clegane (AKA The Hound)

Played by: Rory Mcgann

Horribly disfigured, foul mouthed and very bad tempered former kings body guard. Clegane goes from being initially a really horrible person who kills without mercy to becoming almost likable and extremely sympathetic. Another interesting, well drawn character, superbly played by Rory Mcgann,  with subtle, hidden depths that have been slowly drawn out over the course of 7 seasons.

Best Scene: The massive and very bloody tavern scrap in S3 

Status: Alive 


8. Joffrey Baratheon

Played by: Jack Gleeson

Teenage king of Westeros and a lying, spoilt, sadistic, cowardly bully. The kind of person that deserved a right kicking from every person he ever wronged. Horrible character in fact – but so brilliantly realized by the very talented Jack Gleeson that one simply cant leave him out of this top ten.   

Best Scene: Hard to say  – for me it was the wedding feast after he weds Margaery Tyrell – behaves appallingly, humiliating his uncle Tyrion but not before suffering  death by poisoning – and God did he deserve it!

Status – very dead


9. Jamie Lannister

Played by: Nicolai Coster Waldau

A very complex character, who starts out as a total swine, who is having an affair with his sister plus mercilessly cripples young Bran Stark by pushing him out of a window. Then in a stroke of very clever plotting becomes a guy you just cant help rooting for – despite the fact that he’s on the side of the villains.

Best Scene: Saving Brienne of Tarth from the bear pit.

Status: Alive and on his way to fight the White Walkers


10. Jon Snow

Played by Kit Harrington

The main GOT character and clearly modeled on Luke Skywalker. Yes i know at times hes a bit bland – but he’s completely fearless, hard as a coffin nail, great in a fight and a total classic hero.

Best Scene: For me its in my two favorite GOT episodes – The Watchers on The Wall (S4) and The Battle of The Bastards (s6). He’s in every scene and kicks so much arse with that sword of his that its a joy to watch.

Status: Still alive  – but one gets the feeling that he’s about to get a couple of a shocking surprises.

There you go then  – my top ten favorite Game of Thrones characters. If you havent watched GOT yet then i implore you to do so -admittedly it took Phil Hobden a great deal of effort to get me to stick at it, but im so glad he did as its now become my favorite TV show ever and i cantrecommend it highly enough.

Valar Morgulis!


Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek


Shot Caller – A Quick Capsule Review

Shot Caller – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Shot Caller is a genuinely great direct to DVD thriller that happily dispenses with a  lot of prison and DTV action cliches, instead utilising it’s impressive cast (including The Walking Dead Star Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell and Jeffery Donovan to name but three) to deliver a taught, tense thriller that delivers some hardcore violence and some brutal story choices.  This is a top notch direct to DVD effort that, if there was any justice in the world, would be playing on a big screen over some of the tat thats been out over the past year.  A must see.

Best Bit: Showdown

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Walking Tall, Felon, Universal Solider: Day Of Reckoning 

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Author: Phil Hobden

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword  – A Quick Capsule Review

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aka Lock, Stock And One Smoking Jude Law.  A hot mess of a film for sure, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword ranges from nearly brilliant to boring, often in the same sequence.  It’s what happens when you cross Lock Stock, Assassins Creed, Game Of Thrones, Excalibur, Lord Of The Rings and some insane fever dream.  It’s a loud, messy, confused film that at times manages to feel rushed yet drags often enough to have me checking my watch more than a few times.  The cast are odd- Charlie Hunnam (who was great in TV’s Sons Of Anarchy) isn’t strong enough to save what at times is a terrible script and often looks a bit embarrassed, whilst Law needed to dial it up a bit.  Richie is having fun (at least someone is)  and the soundtrack is a highlight but I can’t help feel that there was a really good idea here that could have done with a far better script to make it work.  So a failure for sure but one not without it’s moments…

Best Bit: Mastering the sword…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Game Of Thrones, Lord Of The Rings

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Author: Phil Hobden