Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I was pretty late to the Mamma Mia! party – I only saw the first film last year.  It was great fun, the cast delivered amazing chemistry and Streep owned it.  So take all those things away (at least for the first hour) and you end up with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again… a lifeless sequel that only starts to be good again when the film remembers that it should be more fun than maudlin.  Look Lily James does an amazing job as a young Streep but Seyfried is so whiny and the story so redundant (we kinda know how she ended up with three dads already) that you just don’t really care.  So overall a disappointing sequel.

Best Bit: The boats arrive (and the fun!)

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Mamma Mia!, Grease, Hairspray 

 


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The Blues Brothers (1980) – The Education Of Josh Quick Review

The Blues Brothers (1980) – The Education Of Josh Quick Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Blues Brothers is the definition of a cult classic.  A failure on it’s release, the film lived on thanks to the birth of video.  But it’s initial failure was unfounded – this is a brilliant film. Insane, funny, surreal and stupid whilst always being charming, The Blues Brothers walks a fine line.  But those wining turns by Belushi & Aykroyd, combined with an infinitely replayable soundtrack and a whose who of cameos (Franklin, Charles, Fisher) makes for some of the most fun and irreverent movies you will ever see.

Best Bit: The brothers take to the stage

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Blues Brothers 2000, Waynes World, Grease

 


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Pitch Perfect 3 – A Quick Capsule Review

Pitch Perfect 3 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I liked the first two Pitch Perfect films.  They were charming, funny and had a good heart.  Pitch Perfect 3 pretty much throws most of that aside for an odd story that doesn’t really do much to advance the characters as it ups the action (in a franchise that was know for it’s action, right?) and the silly sub plots.  It’s not terrible but it’s the classic Run-Out-Of-Ideas narrative that throws everything at teh screen in the hope something will work.  Shame as teh franchise deserved better,

Best Bit: Rebel Wilson is having fun

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Grease

 

Phil’s Top 5… Musicals

Phil’s Top 5… Musicals

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: Musicals!

 

Close but no cigar: Mary Poppins, Everyone Says I love You, Grease 2, La La Land, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Oliver! , Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

5 – Little Shop of Horrors
Suddenly Seymour!  The remake of a little seen Roger Corman film, Little Shop of Horrors is full of great songs and even better cameos.  You’ll never go to the dentist again!

 

4 – The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers delivers iconic moments in bucket loads – from the cats to the car chases, to the songs to the cameos… it’s one of the best soundtracks ever.  Films damn fine as well.

3 – Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show lives on over 40 years from it’s release and is probably better recognised now thanks to it’s ensuring sing alongs and packed out stage shows. 

 

2 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
The newsiest entry on my list, The Nightmare Before Christmas is charming, heart warming, clever and beautiful.  It’s also a work of art with some of the most stunning stop motion that holds up even today. 

 

1 – Grease
It’s Grease – one of the most successful and singable musicals ever.  It’s launched careers, sold a gazillions of sound tracks and still packs out sing alongs.  

 

 

The 25 Best… 70’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 70’s Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

This time out: The 70’s. 

The close but no cigar Films: Rollerball, The Omen, Deliverance, Halloween, Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, Bednobs And Broomsticks, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Wicker Man, All The Presidents Men, Blazing Saddles, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Slapshot

 

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