The Way Back (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Way Back (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Way Back is a super solid sports movies that hits all the usual steps along the way but stands above the rest thanks to Ben Affleck reminding us why he’s considered to be a great actor.  Yes finally stepping away from his under appreciated time in the DCU, Affleck gives it his all in a performance that probably steps a bit TOO close to real life (Affleck has had several trips to rehab over the past few years). The thing is from the start you probably know every beat that The Way Back will land and at times it’s pace is glacial to say the least BUT you route for the team, you care for the characters and ultimately that helps the film connect.  In short I really enjoyed The Way Back.

Best Bit: Affleck delivers

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Major League 

 


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Fantastic Feel Good Films: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

Fantastic Feel Good Films: A Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

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In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

 

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

 

List 1 – Fantastic feel good films that will be assured to cheer you all up and make you feel better about life in general (FYI some of these can be found on Netflix and Amazon Prime – some u may have to buy on dvd)

 

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Good Will Hunting
  3. Escape To Victory
  4. Warrior (I encourage ALL of you to watch this film – Tom Hardy/Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte – brilliant)
  5. Rocky 1, 2 3 4 and Rocky Balboa
  6. Wimbledon
  7. Fisherman’s Friends
  8. Shaun The Sheep Movie
  9. Wallace and Gromit – Curse of The Were-Rabbit/The Wrong Trousers/A Close Shave/A Grand Day Out
  10. Babe
  11. Shrek
  12. The Green Mile
  13. Forrest Gump
  14. The Full Monty
  15. Home Alone
  16. Back to The Future
  17. The Lion King (not the remake the proper 1994 original)
  18. Notting Hill
  19. Field Of Dreams
  20. Shakespeare In Love

I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film shortage!

 


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Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

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Part two of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.

So here’s numbers 75-51…

 

 

 


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World’s Greatest Dad (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

World’s Greatest Dad (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Damn. There’s nothing like watching a career best performance to make you REALLY realise how you are going to miss someone.  It’s hard to watch a Robin Williams film now with no degree of post death hyperbole or cushioned, romantic, teary eyes critical love.  The sadness of his passing make sit almost impossible.  Yet beyond all this, his performance here is nothing short of excellent. Touching, heart breaking and fragile, Williams gives a more nuanced performance that his more audience friendly roles he will be remembered for. Which is a shame as World’s Greatest Dad could well be his most intimate look into himself, into Robin Williams the flawed genius.  Watch for Williams but stay for the really rather exellant film he’s part of.

Best Bit: Robin Williams

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: God Bless America, Good Will Hunting, One Hour Photo

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Worst Best Picture Oscar Winners

Phil’s Top 5… Worst Best Picture Oscar Winners

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Worst Best Picture Oscar Winners

 

Close but no cigar: Argo,  Forrest Gump, The King’s Speech, Gladiator 

 

5 – Titanic (1997)
Titanic
is okay.  It’s long for sure, the effects have aged badly and it’s badly scripted. But it still holds a charm. Just not the kinda charm that beats  L.A. Confidential, The Full Monty or Good Will Hunting

 

4 – The Artist (2011)
The Artist
is fine. But 7 years after it won the Best Picture Oscar few remember the film. Least me.

 

3 – Dances With Wolves (1990)
This beat Goodfellas.  I need say no more.

 

2 – Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
It’s not that Driving Miss Daisy is bad its just not an Academy Award winning film. It also beat the far superior Dead Poets Society

 

1 – The English Patient (1996)
I hated The English Patient.  It was long, boring and overly worthy.  Years later I remember hardly a frame about it other than falling asleep numerous times.

 

 

 

Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

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Part Two of our run down of Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from All Things Film, Filmsploitation and the Filmsploitation Facebook group.

So here’s numbers 75-51…