A Quiet Place (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

A Quiet Place (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A Quiet Place is one of the most tense films I have seen in a very long time.  Such a simple premise (creatures attracted to noise stalk the area that a family reside in) enables the filmmakers to really explore the films and ideas. Every scene is filled to the brim with tension.  My heart was pounding throughout the film as it jumped from one set piece to the next with some very unexpected moments along the way.  This is a MUST watch in a cinema if you can or at least in a house with the windows closed, the blinds drawn and the kids in bed.  Highly recommended.

Best Bit: The nail

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Hush, Be Afraid, Don’t Breathe

 

Get Out – A Quick Capsule Review

Get Out – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Get Out is one of the best reviewed films of 2017 and you can see why – it’s super tense, expertly directed and deeply layered with a quirky tone that effortlessly veers between shocking violence to comedy.  It’s not perfect – the last third whilst good doesn’t quite land and the rationale that sits underneath doesn’t convince.  BUT Peele handles the film well and there’s few other films that handle building tension better than is.

Best Bit: Things just don’t seem quite right…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, The Void, Hush

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Blumhouse Productions Films

Phil’s Top 5… Blumhouse Productions 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: Blumhouse Movies

For more on Blumhouse check out: http://www.blumhouse.com

 

Close but no cigar: Paranormal Activity 2, The Purge Anarchy, Insidious, The Town That Dreaded Sundown

 

5 – Hush
A house.  A deaf writer and a killer on the loose.  Yup Hush is a house invasion story with a twist. It’s also tense, brutal and great fun.

4 – The Bay
A found footage film with a difference, The Bay is clever, razor sharp and brilliantly directed by it’s former near award winning A-list director.  One to look up if you missed it.

3 – Paranormal Activity
Takes The Blair Witch Project’s found footage concept and, with a little help from Spielberg, launches a whole sub-genre of films.

2 – The Purge: Election Year
The third and best of The Purge films, Election Year is a visually stunning, well paced action horror that benefits from a starring role for Frank Grillo.

1 – Whiplash
Not a tradition Blumhouse Production but regardless Whiplash sits under the same studio and follows a similar budget and high concept.  Whiplash is a great film, smart, memorable and quotable.  The best film of 2015.

 

 

Hush – A Quick Capsule Review

Hush – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
For some reason some critics take offense at Blumhouse’s paired down high concept horror films.  I don’t. For the most part I’ve enjoyed the hell out of them and Hush is yet another hit.  Effectively a home invasion film with a twist, Hush takes it’s concept and runs with it leaving us with a creepy, tense and often violent film.  The effects are great, the performances strong and the script stays on the right side of silly.  Highly enjoyable.

Best Bit: He’s behind you!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Don’t Breathe, Insidious, The Purge

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

The Autopsy of Jane Doe – A Quick Capsule Review

The Autopsy of Jane Doe – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What starts off as a (relatively) convention thriller quickly turns into something a very unexpected. Troll Hunter director Andre Overadal does a great job of building tension, even if his vision exceeds his budget.  The cast is excellent with Hirsh once again shinning nut sadly the talented Lovibond is wasted in what is little more than a walk on.  So lot to like in this surprisingly horror thriller.

Best Bit: Oh it’s THAT kind of film!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Split, From Dusk Till Dawn, Hush

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

The Best and the Worst of 2016 – Motion Picture Maniac

The Best and the Worst of 2016 – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

2016 absolutely sucked, not just because we had, what felt like, twice as many bad films as usual, but more celebrity deaths than one can count and the UK and US trying to out-do each other in the “see who can make the worst political decision ever” competition. But alas, we are here just to talk about the films we had this past year, and usually I would stick to top 10 lists but it seems 2016 was so prolific I had to go for dreaded top 20’s instead of 10’s; not sure if that means the year was extra good, or extra bad.

TOP 20 BEST FILMS OF 2016

I’ve heard wonderful things about Moonlight, Patriot’s Day, Manchester By The Sea and Silence but they are yet to come out in UK just yet, so don’t go thinking they’re not on the list because I didn’t like them or any such nonsense, I just haven’t seen them so I can’t comment. Either way, here are my personal favourite films of 2016, if you don’t like them – tough!

  1. Everybody Wants Some!!
  1. The Girl With All The Gifts
  1. Moana
  1. Café Society
  1. Anthropoid
  1. Hush
  1. The Neon Demon
  1. Brotherhood
  1. Deadpool
  1. Zootopia
  1. 13th
  1. Finding Dory
  1. Hell Or High Water
  1. Arrival
  1. Deepwater Horizon
  1. Captain America: Civil War
  1. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – Ultimate Edition (I’m not sorry)
  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  1. American Honey
  1. I, Olga Hepnarova

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

The Conjuring 2

Midnight Special

Sully

Hail Caesar

Doctor Strange

 

DISQUALIFICATIONS

These titles were released in 2016, but IMDB, for whatever reason, decided to count them as 2015 releases, I choose to put them in their own list not to put them down but rather as an excuse to include as many good films as possible, if I included them in the main list I would have to remove some other titles already on there, and even if the disqualifications are better than those films I would have to take off the list to make room, I would still rather do it this way so none are left out, honourable mentions are difficult enough to pick out.

Knight Of Cups

Eye In The Sky

Son Of Saul

Green Room

The Witch

 

BOTTOM 20 WORST FILMS OF 2016

Now for the other list, the 20 movies this year that made me question my existence and hate myself for sitting in front of as they played out, like I said before, this was a bad year for films, I tried to keep it to 10 slots but it couldn’t be done, better luck next year.

  1. Dirty Grandpa
  1. The Boss
  1. Fifty Shades Of Black
  1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  1. God’s Of Egypt
  1. Allegiant
  1. Pete’s Dragon
  1. The Choice
  1. Alice Through The Looking Glass
  1. Ice Age: Collision Course
  1. Mother’s Day
  1. The Other Side Of The Door
  1. Swallows And Amazons
  1. Equity
  1. Me Before You
  1. Ballerina
  1. Dad’s Army
  1. Nine Lives
  1. Norm Of The North
  1. Miracles From Heaven

NOTE – Miracles From Heaven is the worst film of the year for me because, despite not having production values as horrid as some of the other films on the list, religious propaganda just rubs me the wrong way, especially when it’s as arrogant and pompous as this and not just badly made (which it is).

 

DISHONOURABLE MENTIONS

The Boy

Risen

Now You See Me 2

Keeping Up With The Joneses

The Forest

 

BEST LINES IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

*Everything he says* – Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

“I need to get her out of me” – Bella Heathcote in The Neon Demon

“Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, director” – James Earl Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

“To commit suicide you need a strong will, my child. Something you certainly don’t have” – Klara Meliskova in I, Olga Hepnarova

“If God is all powerful, he cannot be all good, and if he is all good, he cannot be all powerful” – Jesse Eisenberg in Batman V Superman (again, I’m not sorry)

“I hope he comes all over your car!” – Sasha Lane in American Honey

“You’d think there were ten of me” – Ben Foster in Hell Or High Water

“I am just a dumb bunny but we are good at multiplying” – Ginnifer Goodwin in Zootopia

“Never tell a soldier he does not know the cost of war” – Alan Rickman in Eye In The Sky

“Suck it, bipeds” – Ed O’Neil in Finding Dory

 

TOP SURPRISINGLY GOOD PERFORMANCES

Shia LaBeouf in American Honey

Gal Gadot in Batman V Superman

The Rock in Moana

Jamie Dornan in Anthropoid

Jai Courtney in Suicide Squad

Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nocturnal Animals

 

MEMORABLE SCENES

Darth Vader rebel massacre – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Church shootout – Anthropoid

Granny’s peach tea – Batman V Superman

Airport royal rumble – Captain America: Civil War

Alone at the morgue – The Neon Demon

Truck murder – I, Olga Hepnarova

Bye-bye baby – The Witch

They arrive – Arrival

Alan Rickman’s final scene – Eye In The Sky

The pit – Son Of Saul

 

FAVOURITE SOUNDTRACKS

Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL – Batman V Superman (notably “Is she with you” & “This is my world”)

Cliff Martinez – The Neon Demon

Johann Johannsson – Arrival

Robin Foster – Anthropoid

Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina & Lin-Manuel Miranda – Moana

Michael Giacchino – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (I know some people aren’t too fussed, but I most certainly was, especially the track “Your Father would be proud”)