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

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

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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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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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The passing of Robin Williams hit me hard.  Obviously I didn’t know him personally but his films and his comedy were cornerstones across my life.  His genius is very much missed.  This documentary takes words from the man himself along new interviews of friends, Comedians and family along with a healthy dose of film from his career and, most interestingly, rarely seen behind the scenes footage.  It’s fascinating stuff and gives you a look at just what drove him both as a person and a comedian.  Essential for fans of Robin Williams and for fans of comedy.

Best Bit: Mork & Mindy outtakes

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (HBO)

If You Liked this Try: American: The Bill Hicks Story,  Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, Looking for Lenny

 


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Andre the Giant (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Andre the Giant (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Andre the Giant is an excellent HBO documentary  that takes a look at the highs and lows of one of the most iconic professional wrestlers to ever step into the ring.  From his early starts in the European regionals to his big break with the WWE, the documentary takes an in-depth look at who Andre was both in and out the ring.  It’s fascinating stuff that ranges from funny to tragic as the life of a 7″ plus giant is laid out in detail.  With witty & fascinating stories from key figures (including Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair) through to interviews with his family and directors that worked with him in his film career, this is a must see documentary for fans of this once in a life time icon.

Best Bit: Early Andre

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Princess Bride, Beyond The Mat, Wrestling With Shadows

 

 

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Must Watch: The Wire (2002-2008)

Must Watch: The Wire (2002-2008)

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Each month we take a look at a TV show that DEMANDS to be Binge Watched.

Why? The Wire is one of the most important TV shows of the past 30 years and heralded as one of the best TV shows ever by many.  Whilst for me that would be The Sopranos, The Wire is still top 5 and it’s influence is still felt today.  From drugs to corruption, politics and education and even the media, little was safe.  It was a show that gave us street speak on TV,  Idris Elba,  Dominic West and many more.

It’s uncompromising and raw but it’s also compulsive viewing.  Set the standard for almost everything that follows and made HBO a major player.

 

How Many Episodes? 60 Episodes (5 Seasons)

Best Moment? “Shit” “Shit” “Shiiiit”

Where: HBO-GO, Google Play, Amazon

Beware The Slenderman – A Quick Capsule Review

Beware The Slenderman – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Beware The Slenderman is an interesting if ultimately shallow documentary that tries to explore how an urban legend lead to the near killing of an American child. As the film explores both the reality and the myth, it’s hard to wonder if it would dbe better released after the upcoming trial when a final verdict is landed.  One to catch on TV. 

Best Bit: We meet Slenderman

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Amanda Knox, Cropsey, West Of Memphis

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Blog:  Gasland Part 2- A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Gasland Part 2- A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Whether it’s because I’m less enamoured with the science this time out or that Josh Fox pretentious voice over seriously began to grate by the end of the film but I just wasn’t as blown away by Gasland Part 2 as I was the 2010 original, a film which had me reaching for my dreadlocks, ripped jeans and placards. That said Gasland Part 2 is still an interesting and at times shocking film, but inherently the narrative shown here is just one part a debate with many differing opinions… opinions and views that Fox chooses mostly to ignore or deny.  That hardline bias is ultimately the films undoing as a more balanced film, less black and white, would have given the film something more than did much better before.   Maybe next time…

Best Bit: Flaming water always shocks

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Gasland, Blackfish, West of Memphis

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Review: Behind The Candelabra (DVD/BR)

Review: Behind The Candelabra (DVD/BR)

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The Review: Why on Earth this movie was forced to bypass a theatrical release and go to straight to TV is gobsmacking, to me. HBO financed this true story of Liberace long-term fling with young ranch hunk Scott Thorson and so, to paraphrase by the powers that be, was “far too gay for commercial release”. In the UK and Europe it has a theatrical run. I guess that tells you everything you need to know about the prejudicial stability at each end of the pond.

Recently, I was engaged in a discussion on with a fellow movie nutter about director Steven Soderbergh’s oeuvre; he decided that Soderbergh had made some very good films. I argued that he’s made maybe two “great” films; the first, obviously, being Sex Lies & Videotape and the second, the little seen Schizopolis from 1996. After dreck like Haywire, The Oceans Trilogy (despite the third being a lot of fun) and The fucking Limey, I thought my love affair with his work was over; and now comes a most surprising and genuine heartfelt one-two punch in Behind the Candelabra.

Michael Douglas plays Liberace and his performance is absolutely outstanding. He’s nailed the guy right down to the bone; flamboyant and persuasive, yet underneath really quite selfish and conniving. We meet Scott Thorson, the real central character of the movie, who scores backstage passes with his friend and eventually sparks fly between him and the much older ‘queen’. Thorson here is played, once again, absolutely brilliantly by Matt Damon.

Rob Lowe, a slightly underused Dan Aykroyd and Paul Reiser appear in bit parts – but, get this; Rob Lowe is flat-out crazily awesome as the cosmetic doctor who himself has had so much surgery, that my long-time wish of seeing Rob Lowe look like a reject from the Korean story of Cloud Atlas has finally come true. It’s nice seeing Douglas, Lowe and Aykroyd on the screen once again in the same film. The youngster who spent his life in the cinema in the eighties felt very nostalgic.

This is almost certainly a performance film; it’s about performance, by performers. The recreation of the late seventies/early eighties is spot on. The feel and tone of the movie is spot on. And yet, those who admonished Brokeback Mountain because of its male-on-male action won’t bother with this one. For fuck’s sake, grow up if this is you. Really. Be warned. Behind the Candelabra is gay. It’s gayer than a gay festival on a national gay day celebrating gayness by having a massive gay gang bang. With gays.

It’s nearly as gay as Commando. Nearly.

There’s obviously very, very little of it on screen, but certainly the passion and chemistry between Douglas and Damon is electric. I was sold.

To go into detail about the story would be to spoil it if, like me, you don’t know terribly much about what occurred between the two old queens; it involved a lot of plastic surgery and a lot of versatility talk, negotiation and, ultimately, a sense of bittersweet doom.

So, I shall leave you with this; Watch this for the performances, both behind and in front of the camera. Behind the Candelabra is Soderbergh proving once again that he’s more an actor’s director than anything else – and, girlfriend, he’s still “got it” – and what he has got here, at the very least, is three of this year’s best performances in what is without question one of the best, most passionate and colourful films of the year.

 

Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay

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Review: Clear History (HBO/TV)

Review: Clear History (HBO/TV)

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The Review: Larry David co-writes and stars in this oddly-titled made-for-TV-movies which, for all intents and purpose, may as well just be Curb Your Enthusiasm: the Movie. David plays a marketing guy at a car company who jumps ship, protesting against the proposed name of their new model, and taking his share in the company with him. Almost the next day, everyone associated with the company become billionaires, and David – recoiling from his shitty decision – elopes to a little island in Quietsville, USA, to live the life of cosy impoverishment, looking after an elderly woman. When his former partner returns to build a gigantic mansion, his new identity is threatened, and so he hatches a plan to demolish the guy’s house out of resentment.

Yeah, sounds a bit naff, doesn’t it? In truth, it is – David’s not know for his awesome movies (the similarly themed Sour Grapes – oh, and does anyone remember “Envy” from a few years ago? Natch) but “Clear History” actually gets better as the running time passes. The really annoying thing is that this title has absolutely no correlation to the movie. It’s nothing to do with computers. It’s nothing, really, to do with the past. It doesn’t even work on a notional, vague level. I think the title was imposed on David by Fox. Want more proof? Check this link out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2279864/

There are a number of cute laughs once you’ve resigned yourself to the imbecilic nature of the script. JB Smoove of course pops up as, well, Marlon from Curb. Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton and John Hamm all appear and are very good in their limited roles. But the problem here is that Larry is set to “Curb”, which is bad enough when Larry David LOOKS like Larry David. It’s hard to shake off at times. But, as far as dippy, lightweight fair goes, you could do a lot worse. It’s fun, unremarkable and not a great deal else.

The good giggles are in the second act. Give us a new season of Curb, you bald old fool, and leave the film making to the film makers!

Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay


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