Like A Boss (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Like A Boss (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Like A Boss is a pretty poor film by all conventional measures.  Yet at under 90 minutes it breezes past, smashing the Kermode Laugh test pretty quick and never loosing it’s charm even when the jokes fall flat (which they do). Haddish is funny, Byrne charming and Hayek having the time of her life.  Yes there are better films (many) but for a Friday night in lockdown you can also do a lot worse.

Best Bit: Haddish gives it her all

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Bridesmaids, Neighbors, Girls Trip


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The Big Sick – A Quick Capsule Review

The Big Sick – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Finally a Judd Apatow project (at least as a producer) that doesn’t fall into the usual trappings of mumblecore dialogue and over long run times.  Written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick is actually charming, funny, heart breaking and sweet.  Based on his own real life experiences, the authenticity seeps through the film and gives you a cat of characters you fall in love with.

Best Bit: The end

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Trainwreck, Knocked Up, Girls Trip 

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Author: Phil Hobden

The Best & Worst Of 2017 – Motion Picture Maniac

The Best & Worst Of 2017 – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac Year In Review

Remember when the disappointment that was 2016 ended and we all toasted to 2017 hopefully proving to be better? Didn’t exactly meet expectations did it? Last year many of our favourite celebrities passed away, this year many of those left have turned out to be sex offenders – go team. But anyway, just like last year I’ve had to stretch my film lists out from top 10’s to top 20’s, which could be seen as a good thing, an indication that there were enough good films to warrant a longer list but then, you remember, the same goes for the bad list.

What can I say; this year was long and depressing, the year before it was long and depressing and, realistically, the next year will probably be long and depressing also; happy days! So here we go, the best films of the year and… the other list, along with some other fun considerations because why not? Of course there were some well-regarded films I was unable to see like Call Me By Your Name and Brigsby Bear and I do hate that I missed them but hey, what can I do?


Best Films Of 2017

  1. Dunkirk – (Film of the year, a perfectly shot single feature length action sequence rife with lethal intensity, brutal sound design and gargantuan production value; all of which transpire to do justice to real life heroes)
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Wind River
  4. A Ghost Story
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. Loving Vincent
  7. Thor: Ragnarok
  8. Song To Song
  9. War For The Planet Of The Apes
  10. Mother
  11. American Made
  12. It Comes At Night
  13. Lego Batman
  14. John Wick Chapter 2
  15. Logan
  16. Battle Of The Sexes
  17. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  18. It
  19. The Disaster Artist
  20. Atomic Blonde


Honourable Mentions

The Beguiled

The Killing of a sacred deer


Double date

Only the brave

T2 Trainspotting


Get Out

Baby driver

Spiderman homecoming


Special Sympathy Mention:

Justice League


Worst Films Of 2017

  1. The Shack – (Worst film of the year, one of the most morally bankrupt, self satisfied, arrogant and offensive pieces of propaganda garbage I have ever seen in my life, it’s not just bad, it’s hurtful and dangerous)
  2. The Bye-Bye Man
  3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  4. Unforgettable
  5. Everything, Everything
  6. Girl’s Trip
  7. The Snowman
  8. Flatliners
  9. The Zookeeper’s Wife
  10. The Sense Of An Ending
  11. Hampstead
  12. Unlocked
  13. The Emoji Movie
  14. The House
  15. Daddy’s Home 2
  16. CHiPS
  17. Bitter Harvest
  18. Overdrive
  19. Transformers: The Last Knight
  20. Fifty Shades Darker


Dis-Honourable Mentions


The Star

A Bad Mom’s Christmas

The Space Between Us

Wish Upon

Fist Fight

Table 19

The Book Of Henry





15 Favourite Action Sequences

Pretty much everything in “The Air” – Dunkirk

Silo Hostage Rescue And Subsequent Battle – Justice League

No Man’s Land – Wonder Woman

Bifrost Bridge Battle – Thor: Ragnarok

Stairwell Fight – Atomic Blonde

Helicopter Swatting – Kong: Skull Island

Hocus Pocus – Baby Driver

The Battle Of Crate – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Drill Sight Massacre – Wind River

Art Gallery Shootout – John Wick Chapter 2

Aero Baby Rescue – Fate Of The Furious

Throne Room Slaughter – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Steppenwolf In Themyscira – Justice League

K VS Luv – Blade Runner 2049

Opening Sequence – John Wick Chapter 2



Favourite Villainous Performances

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf – Justice League

Jamie Foxx as Bats – Baby Driver

Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster – Thor: Ragnarok

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise The Dancing Clown – It

Sylvia Hoeks as Luv – Blade Runner 2049

Will Poulter as Krauss – Detroit

Woody Harrelson as The Colonel – War For The Planet Of The Apes

Ruby Rose as Ares – John Wick Chapter 2

Robert Carlyle as Francis Begbie – T2 Trainspotting



Best On-Screen Couples (Romantic, Bromantic Or Otherwise)

David and Walter – Alien: Covenant

Thor and… his Hammer – Thor: Ragnarok

K and Joi – Blade Runner 2049

Hobbs and Deckard – Fate Of The Furious

Billie-Jean and Marilyn – Battle Of The Sexes

Greg and Tommy – The Disaster Artist

Rocket and Baby Groot – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Wolverine and X23 – Logan

Batman and Superman – Justice League

Bryce and Kincaid – The Hitman’s Bodyguard



Special Awards

Best Opening Credit Sequence: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Best Use Of Music In Correlation To The Visuals: Blade Runner 2049 – “Sea Wall”

Pottymouth Of The Year: Robert Carlyle – T2 Trainspotting

Most Interesting Style: TIE – Loving Vincent/A Ghost Story

Best SFX: War For The Planet Of The Apes

Most Immersive Camera Movements: Justice League

Funniest Line (Intentional): “I’m gonna knock your teeth so far down your throat you’re gonna stick a toothbrush right up your ass to brush em” – Fate Of The Furious

Funniest Line (Unintentional): “Blow into the hole gently, I’ll do the fingering” – Alien: Covenant

Captain Obvious Award: Josh Duhamel, Transformers: The Last Knight – “Look, it’s a big alien ship”

Guilty Pleasure Of The Year: TIE – xXx: Return Of Xander Cage/Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Notable Face-Palm Of The Year: Fakest Sneeze Of All Time – The Bye-Bye Man

Done and dusted, recalling and sifting through the stuff I liked about the year was great fun, doing the same for what I didn’t like bloody hurt. Oh I wonder what the next year will hold, not just regarding the movies but the politics, the sociology, the very backbone of public opinion… who am I kidding, it’s gonna suck, it’ll all suck and we should probably all just save time by taking turns gleefully leaping into a giant deadly shit hole to boil and desolve to death.


Happy New Year.

Motion Picture Maniac 

Girls Trip – Motion Picture Maniac

Girls Trip – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

Well, this doesn’t happen very often, I’m usually the one praising films with bad reputations, I’ve told people to leave Sucker Punch alone, I didn’t think the Assassin’s Creed movie was all that bad, I’m a big fan of Batman V Superman and I do enjoy Predator 2 for what it is. But this time it seems everything has been switched, here we have a film with good feedback from critics, a high Rotten Tomatoes score and a pretty decent reputation all around… that I absolutely hated beyond belief.

Girls Trip is a comedy about a group of ageing girlfriends who get together to have some fun, similar in some regards to Rough Night, although Girls Trip came first so maybe that’s why I didn’t think Rough Night was all that bad because nearly anything is better than this female equivalent to drunken teen comedies from a few years ago that wanted to steal the Hangover’s success like Project X and 21 And Over; except with older mid-life crisis sufferers trying to recapture their youth instead of holding onto it.

In my opinion Girls Trip is ugly, unfunny, loud, obnoxious, headache inducing, overlong and unwatchable from the opening scene… but then that seems to be just me doesn’t it? Everyone online appears to be giving this thing a ton of praise like it’s some kind of long awaited comeback from the comedy genre itself in response to all the terrible throwaway cash grabs we get about once every few months. Which is, of course, perfectly fine, go ahead, enjoy yourself, like whatever movie you want, I’m not saying you can’t or that you’re wrong and have to agree with me, but just be warned I’m going to have to be “that guy” for a few minutes.

I hated this film, I absolutely could not stand it one tiny bit, I don’t get the appreciation, I don’t understand it and I may well continue to pull my hair out in feeble attempts to get just why this is the one to get all the praise, love and attention so many others deserve yet lack, but alas, all I can do is moan for a while. The best scene to I can use as an example that best represents my thoughts and feelings is early on when our main players meet up at an airport, I had to literally put my fingers in my ears as the screeching and screaming wasted no time in giving me the mother of all merciless monster migraines.

The moment they meet it’s nothing but GIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRL!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I swear these women could be used to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay; even the German planes in Dunkirk would be afraid if they heard them!

These characters, whom we are supposed to find funny and likeable, grated on my nerves to the point of homicidal rage. The worst offender is the character I’m going to call “grapefruit woman”, I have nothing against the actress but I sure would have loved it if her character just SHUT THE FRONT DOOR FOR FIVE SECONDS FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS WITH EARS!!! She annoyed me to no end, she wasn’t funny, she wasn’t charming or likeable (in spite of the god-awful musical score’s attempts to give the impression that yes, that is indeed what we are supposed to think of her) and I just wanted her to die. The rest of the characters aren’t much better, either smothered with schmaltzy over-sentimentality or exist within situations or arcs we have seen a million times before.

But it’s the screaming that really made me want to tear down the screen and shoot the speakers, the constant WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!! Never ending screechy high-pitched unbearable horribleness did nothing but give me a headache and wish myself deaf like a scene from Allo’ Allo’. But don’t worry, there’s also all the exacerbation by the bloated runtime, terrible music, an unoriginal concept/story/execution/EVERYTHING and a cheap and nasty look that wouldn’t have mattered if only the jokes managed to make me laugh; which they didn’t.

Why people, and critics especially, seem to like it so much, I could not say, all I can do is be honest and tell you that I hated it and believe it to be one of the most painful and unwatchable films I have ever seen, very rarely so I find a film so bad I can literally feel a throbbing pulse inside my skull, if people like it then fine; but I’m not one of them.

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #064 – The Big Sick, Captain Underpants, 47 Meters Down, Girls Trip

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #064 – The Big Sick, Captain Underpants, 47 Meters Down, Girls Trip

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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: Wow. We have a medley of reviews of you in The Big Sick, Captain Underpants, 47 Meters Down and Girls Trip! Mike suggests the most boring Top 5 yet 😉 and an interesting Address The Lamb causes Mike and Stephen to feel ashamed.

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