Bloodline (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bloodline (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bloodline feels so much like a movie version of TV show Dexter (well the good seasons at least) that it should throw the iconic TV show an ‘Inspired by’ credit. Look Bloodline isn’t bad.  It’s just totally forgettable other than one fact… it’s full on gory and nudity that reminds me of the video nasties back in the 80’s.   And in an age of 12 rated horror films it felt pretty fresh and unique.  Other than that not much to recommend here…

Best Bit: The film is 80’s level gory

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Dexter (TV), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Seven 

 


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The Stand (1994) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Stand (1994) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stephen King’s The Stand is a long book and the 90’s mini series is an equally long show, clocking in at over 6 hours.  And much like a lot of King’s work it’s not immune to filler, feeling at least an hour too long.  That said considering its age and budget, The Stand is still pretty effective even if it has dated poorly at times.  The first 2 parts are the strongest and the ending still feels out of place but overall I really enjoyed revisiting The Stand especially considering the world we are now in!

Best Bit: The initial plague

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Contagion, 28 Days later, The Walking Dead

 


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The Hunt (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hunt (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hunt is the most controversial film that nobody’s ever seen.  Harking back to the moral panics of the early 80’s, you’d think that latest Blumhouse production is a modern day Evil Dead/Cannonball Holocaust/I Spit On Your Over Reaction. It’s not.  In fact it’s actually a smart, funny, highly enjoyable and OTT ride of a film that’s much better than you’d actually expect and, rather than being made for shock factor, has something to say about class, politics and social media.  With a lot of exploding heads.  In short: a modern day feminist version of Hard To Kill… well maybe not… but it’s bloody good fun.

Best Bit: The final fight

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Hostel, Hard Target, Straw Dogs

 


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Eli (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Eli (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Eli is another Netflix Original horror in what ended up being a pretty busy year for the genre.  And, much like many Originals, it ended up being more than a little divisive. What starts as a haunted house movie, ends up being something quite different as the film massively jumps the shark in the final act.   Look I love bat shit mental films.  Color Our Of Space is the perfect example of that.  or Mandy.  But at least both of those made sense in their own construct.  Eli goes off at such a tangent that you kinda wonder if it was two films stitched together as one. Either way it’s a shame as the first hour or so it’s properly creepy and does a great job of make you feel super uncomfortable.  So again another mixed bag from Netflix that’s JUST worthy of a watch.

Best Bit: Slow Build…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Perfection, In The Tall Grass, The Hole in the Ground

 


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The Invisible Man (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Invisible Man (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Invisible Man was original set to be part of the Dark Universe, starring Johnny Depp and was no doubt in-line for a similar critical battering to Tom Cruise’s The Mummy.    Thankfully the rights were instead picked up by horror maestro Jason Blum and what we get instead is a super tense, scary, atmospheric and very modern take on gaslighting & domestic abuse.  With a touch of old school horror thrown in for, er, fun.   The Invisible Man  is really good, probably better than it has any right to be, and this sits heavily on the shoulders of lead Elisabeth Moss who gives a spectacularly unglamorous portrayal of the put upon lead.  But it’s more than that.  The direction is on point, hinting at things that may or may not be there and leading you to be as paranoid as the film lead.  I’ve always had a soft spot of Blumhouse films and once again they deliver with the very original, very scary and very fun horror.

Best Bit: The first reveal 

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Hollow Man, The Invisible Man (1933), Memoirs of an Invisible Man

 


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Countdown (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Countdown (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Released in the UK in 2020, this 2019 American horror tries to aim for a Blumhouse feel but sadly lacks the wit, intelligence or scares of that studios superior work.  Instead Countdown plays like a film that didn’t realise Final Destination was a thing (and then stopped being a thing), once again going for the trying to cheat certain death tropes that we’ve seen before numerous times.  And often much, much better.  In short Countdown just does nothing new, nothing interesting and nothing that really makes it worth your time.

Best Bit: The final hospital scenes

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Final Destination, Happy Death Day, Unfriended 

 


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Color Out of Space (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Color Out of Space (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What happens if you mix maverick director Richard Stanley, the works of HP Lovecraft and a fully unleashed Nicolas Cage.  Well you get Color Out of Space… a film that competes with 2018’s Mandy for Cage’s most dialled up to 11 film! It’s honestly insane… but all in a good way as it mixes elements from The Thing, Society, Mandy and many more along the way in what at times seem’s like a bets of horror!  Stanley has been hit and miss but here, obviously allowed the freedom to deliver his film, once again shows why he was once considered to be a filmmaker to watch. Color Out of Space won’t be for every one but I really enjoyed it.

Best Bit: The building insanity 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Thing, Society, Mandy

 


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Doctor Sleep (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Doctor Sleep (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Doctor Sleep does a solid job in delivering a belated and, let’s be honestly, mostly unwanted sequel to Kubrick’s superior movie The Shining.  The main issue here is length.  Yup it has the job of adapting another lengthy King tome whilst also weaving in elements from the Shining but I’m just not sure it needed over two and a half hours to do it.  Leads Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan McGregor and newcomer Kyliegh Curran are excellent and the Mike Flanagan does a decent job directing but I just wanted a tighter film with a bit more pace.  That said the conclusion is excellent and you get the feeling there could be other stories to tell in this universe.

Best Bit: The Shining revisited

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Shining, IT: Chapter 1, Carrie

 


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Worst Film of 2019: The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Worst Film of 2019: The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

2019: In Review Best & Worst Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Dead Don’t Die is a total waste of time. More than that it’s pretentious approach, intolerable fourth wall breaking and pretentious direction make it one of 2019’s worst films.  Don’t worry however it still cant beat Holmes & Watson.  Thing is… a film starring Bill Murray & Adam Driver (as well as many others) should be better than this just BECAUSE they are in it but Jim Jarmusch’s  direction just saps the life out of the performances.  I could go on but I couldn’t finish this mess so it just wouldn’t be fair…

Best Bit: Turning it off

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Shaun Of The Dead, Zombieland, Dawn Of The Dead

 


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Sweetheart (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Sweetheart (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sweetheart is yet another modestly budgeted, low key Blumhouse release.  But this one ended up going directly to home/streaming which is a shame as, even though it’s pretty low key with it’s small but well formed cast, it’s still a solid genre-hybrid horror thriller that crosses a Lost with any number of monster & creature features from the 80’s & 90’s. Sweetheart is a tightly constructed, well made and delivers some nice tension across its sub 90 minute run time.

Best Bit: The reveal

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lost, 47 Meters Down, Upgrade

 


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