Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is a look back at all the films I gave the coveted Best & Worst awards each year to from the previous decade, as we look back at the previous 10 years of movies.  Have opinions changed?  Actually on a few… yes.

All in my very humble opinion…


BEST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – The Social Network
2011 – Hugo 
2012 – Argo (Should have been: Skyfall)
2013 – Rush
2014 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash (Should have been: Mad Max: Fury Road)
2016 – The Nice Guys (Should have been: Kubo And The Two Strings)
2017 – Baby Driver (Should have been: T2 Trainspotting)
2018 – Coco (Should have been TIED with: Mission Impossible: Fallout)
2019 – Joker

BEST FILM Of the Decade: Mad Max: Fury Road

Honourable Mentions:
American: the Bill Hicks Story, Senna, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty, Life Itself, Inside Out, Kubo And The Two Strings, T2 Trainspotting, Mission Impossible: Fallout


WORST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – Skyline
2011 – Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon
2012 – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance
2013 – The Host
2014 – Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 
2015 – Fifty Shades Of Grey
2016 – Point Break (2016)
2017 – Fifty Shades Darker
2018 – The Cloverfield Paradox (Should have been Holmes & Watson)
2019 – The Dead Don’t Die 

WORST FILM Of the Decade: Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 


Dis-Honourable Mentions: 44 Inch Chest, Sucker Punch, Cold Light of Day, The Worlds End, Sex Tape, He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down, Central Intelligence, Transformers The Last Knight, Fifty Shades Freed



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The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now 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 2010’s to Now! 


The close but no cigar Films: Everybody Wants Some, The Final Girls, I Olga Hepnarova, No One Lives, The Jungle Book (2016), Hugo, The Guest, Zootopia, Black Swan, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Drive, Florentina Hubaldo CTE



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Phil’s Top 5… Martin Scorsese Films

Phil’s Top 5… Martin Scorsese Films

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: My 5 Favourite Martin Scorsese Films


Close but no cigar: Casino, Mean Streets, Hugo, Gangs Of New York, The King of Comedy


5 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Wallowing in it’s own sickening greed, The Wolf Of Wall Street is an over indulgent mess. It’s also amazing.  Career making performance from Margot Robbie and DiCaprio was cruelly robbed of Oscar glory.


4 – The Departed
The Departed finally saw Scorsese win his Academy Award.  It’s a great film and showed that, years after his golden period, Scorsese could still deliver the goods.


3 –  Raging Bull
Scorsese’s black and white drama about boxer Jake LaMotta is brutal.  From it’s in ring action to DeNiro’s method acting, Raging Bull was the crushing flip side of Rocky and the like.


2 – Taxi Driver
DeNiro is simply captivating in what is still one of his most intense and raw performances.  It still crushes all these years later.


1 – Goodfellas
The greatest film of all time.  Part of Scorsese ‘s greed trilogy (along with Casino and The Wolf Of Wall Street), it’s got it all from killer performances, amazing music and great cinematography.


My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

Best... Other Cr*p

A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. (Yes ’86 and ’84 was impossible to split!)

… And yes a few do differ from my Annual ‘Film of The Year’.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!!

The 70’s

1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Ghostbusters/ Gremlins
1985 – The Goonies

1986 – Aliens/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/ Top Gun
1987 – The Lost Boys

1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Tango & Cash

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – Terminator 2 Judgement Day
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Heat
1996 – Trainspotting
1997 – Con Air
1998 – Lock Stock & Two Smoking barells
1999 – Fight Club

The 2000’s 

2000 – Snatch
2001 – Black Hawk Down
2002 – 28 days Later
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Serenity

2006 – Children of Men
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum

2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Slumdog Millonaire
2010 – The Social Network

The 10’s 

2011 – Hugo
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Rush
2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash
2016 – The Nice Guys

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A Monster Calls – A Quick Capsule Review

A Monster Calls – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A Monster Calls is a beautifully made film that takes an emotional look at love and loss from the point of view of a child.  With a cracking central performance from Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson as the monster the mix of formats, animation and visuals make this a real unique, standout film that may not be for everyone but I really enjoyed it.

Best Bit: MacDougall’s performance

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Kubo & The Two Strings, The Edge Of Seventeen, Hugo 

IMDB Rating: 


Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

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: Best Movie Flops.

Yup those films that despite the fact nobody went to the cinema to support them were actually really damn good.   And remember a film needs to make at least 2-3 times it’s budget to be considered a hit these days…

Close but no cigar: Hugo, Children OF Men, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Ed Wood, The Wizard Of Oz, Edge Of Tomorrow 


5 – Dredd (2012)
Worldwide takings of just $36 million USD on a production budget of $45 million made Dredd a huge bomb.  Yet the critics loved it, everyone that saw it loved it. It’s a bloody great film.


4 – Blade Runner (1982)
With initial takings of under $10 million, studio edits and footage from The Shinning inserted, Blade Runner was poorly handled on it’s initial release.  But it grew and a cult of fans with it which saw more definitive versions and a much belated upcoming sequel.


3 – Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
One of my favourite films ever (and one of the best of the 80’s) this barking made comedy action mish-mash made just $11.1m in the US on its $25m budget. Yet it’s brilliant.  Shame on you all.


2 – Serenity (2005)
The Fans demanded it. Everyone demanded it.  Everyone wants dates movie sequel to the cult hit Firefly.  Then no one turned up.  The series was officially dead.  $39 Million USD budget with takings of just $38 million USD.


1 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Took just $16 million USD of a $35million USD budget on it’s initial run. Now heralded as one of the heartiest modern films ever made.  Sometimes even the best films are growers…




Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2011

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2011

Quick Review Year In Review
In Brief: Magical children’s fantasy film by a director who has never been anything less than brilliant.  A top notch cast, a heart-warming message and the best use of 3D yet makes for one of the best children’s films for an age.
2. Senna
In Brief: Powerful, well made documentary that gives you a glimpse into the world of motorsport at the highest end and the celebration and tragedy that goes alongside with it.
3. True Grit
In Brief: Or how you remake a classic and pretty much make it better that the original in every way.

4. Girl With A Dragon Tattoo
In Brief: Blockbuster remake of the year.  Fincher doesn’t do bad films often and GWADT is no exception.  A brilliant, brilliant film that  has been criminally overlooked for the kudos it deserves.
5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
In Brief: Best MI film yet (well maybe tied with MI3), Cruise delivers a top notch performance wowing with his own stunt work in a well made, expertly directed action film.

Bubbling under: Captain America; Tucker & Dale Vs Evil; Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Super 8, The Inbetweeners Movie, Contagion, Xmen First Class, Drive

Best Film of 2011: Hugo

Best Film of 2011: Hugo

Best & Worst Quick Review
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review
Film of the year.  Period.  Hugo is a delight, a film for all ages by a director at the top of his game. Funny, exciting and with real heart, Hugo is a rare beast in that it entertains both adults and children without patronising or pandering to  either.  Oh… and 3D that doesn’t make you want to scream.  Must watch.  
Best bit: Scorsese Recreating the films
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
IMDB Rating: 9/10
If you liked this try: Kundun (9/10); ET (9/10); Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (7/10)