Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a hot mess of a film.  Ranging from highly entertaining through to damn right stupid (often in the same scene… hell same FRAME), it’s a film that throws everything at the audience with little care on whether it lands or not because hey, there’s something bigger coming.  Look! Look at the next thing! Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham do what they can with what they are given and certainly are at their best when exchanging one of the many dick jokes at each other.   Idris Elba, meanwhile, seems to be in a different film altogether saddled with his ‘Black Superman’ role whilst female lead and MI6 standout Vanessa Kirby seems to have walked in from the set of Mary Poppins with her dogey as hell cockney accent.  But it’s all about the action and when the film sticks to fist fight scenes its never less than good fun. It’s just all the CGI laden car/bike/chase stuff where it started to loose me.   By the time the film get’s the Samoa set ending, the film starts to work over time to get you back on board, but I was left feeling drained and exhausted by the time I left.  So I hated it right? Well no. It’s almost impossible to hate ANYTHING Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham do but wow the film does push that about as far as it can.

Best Bit: Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: If you ARE going to watch it do it in Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, Jason Statham cinema

If You Liked this Try: Fast 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Spectre, 007 & Daniel Craig

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Spectre, 007 & Daniel Craig

Ross and Phil Talk Movies

This episode Ross & Phil Talk… Spectre, 007 & Daniel Craig!

This episode we keep it current by taking about a 3 year old film.  Yup after talking about it previously we decide to drill down on why Spectre just didnt work, about the future of the franchise and why License To Kill did it better.

Hosted by Award winning Filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.  For more subscribed on iTunes or check out

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #067 – The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Dark Tower, The Defenders

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #067 – The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Dark Tower, The Defenders

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: This week on the show Josh, Stephen and Ricky B bring reviews of The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Dark Tower and The Defenders. Top 5 movies with minimal dialogue, educating Josh and a new hilarious address the lamb.

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Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Bastille Day

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Bastille Day

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An expert pickpocket (Richard Madden) finds himself  the chief suspect in a terrorist bomb attack on Paris. His only hope is a  tough maverick CIA agent played by Idris Elba whozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………..Oh sorry about that – i must have drifted off whilst trying to recall this films staggeringly unoriginal plot and muster any motivation to write this review.

Putting it bluntly, Bastille Day is one of those movies that is so  generic and utterly by the numbers that its a wonder that it ever saw the inside of a cinema in the first place . Catastrophically failing on EVERY level to be even remotely interesting, engaging, or exciting it could of featured just about any action star on the planet (Van Damme, Seagal or Lundgren could have easily been in it and no one would have noticed) and then quietly been sent to the Tesco/Asda  dvd bargain bin and never seen again.
But instead we have a  bad tempered, grunting  Idris Elba playing an American version of John Luther in a plot mostly lifted from Die Hard 3, all the while being marshalled by a clearly  out-of-his-depth director who is obviously (and desperately) trying to  invoke treasured memories of Lethal Weapon  and Taken but instead manages to create completely flat  set pieces , boring gun fights, crap car chases and hideously uninspiring fisticuffs – and as any fool knows  – this aint the done thing when it comes to action films.
The only praise i can give to this debacle is reserved solely for Richard Madden who is actually quite good and proves an actor of quite considerable range in what is (like the film itself) a very generic sidekick role.
To say the least i am heartily sick and tired of studios trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to films like this  – indeed if they are going to continuously go down that well trodden path ,then for God’s sake, take several lashings of  inspiration from the likes of Sly and Arnie,  get a decent script, a half talented director and  throw in a bit of good old fashioned bone crunching violence  – it really is that simple!
Oh yes – before i forget this film does have one highlight – that of big Idris “singing” the closing credits song  -an ear mutilating noise that  sounded like Lee Marvin, a grizzly bear and a big bag of gravel being churned up in a cement mixer.
I am now off to watch my newly bought Force Awakens Blu Ray and try and forget that i ever saw this  steaming pile of celluloid vomit.

Author: Will Strong 


Blog: All Things Film – No Good Deed Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – No Good Deed Reviewed


Love him or love him, Idris Elba cannot be ignored. He’s the go-to character actor these days, adorning many a major motion picture as the archetypal good guy. Not in director Sam Miller’s No Good Deed, though.

It’s something of a shock to see him as Colin; a recently escaped manslaughter convict, who – in no less than the opening five minutes of the movie – has just popped his way out of police custody and back on to the trail of his ex-girlfriend who hasn’t seen him in the five years he’s been away.

You’d have thought a bizarrely-wired, pent-up psychotic freak would have understood why his girlfriend is surprised to see him, and equally as stunned to see that he wants her to take him back. Not Colin, though; he takes a remarkably dim view to these turns of events and batters the living shit out of her – in much the same way as he did the poor jailers who met their demise in the prison getaway.

Hot on the heels of a very close relative of the caucasian-challenged anti-hero (that’s The Equalizer, in case you’re wondering) No Good Deed is a comparably less expensive affair, but certainly none the worse for it. The desperately straightforward material sees Colin crash his car in the middle of a storm, and ‘seeking refuge’ in the home of wife and mother Terri, played by Taraji P. Henson. Henson is excellent and a smart fit for Idris’ towering and unpleasant force of evil.

So far, so straight-to-video. And indeed this would have been were it not for the talent involved. Surprising, too, is the humour quotient for a movie of this genre. Leslie Bibb (the blonde one walking the perilous tightrope of being too old to play a mother, but the right side of dumb blonde to mirror the friend role) supplies a lot of the laughs as she bounces back and forth with Henson and Elba. The script is by Aimee Lagos, and the movie has been directed by Sam Miller, a Brit – suddenly, it all slots in to place.

I’m not saying Miller and Elba are the next Fuqua and Washington – but as far as rollick 80 minute thrillers go, this is a nifty little wallop-packer. I can’t finish off the review without mentioning the last cosmetic (i.e. not huge, but nevertheless a surprise) twist that jars its way into the third act. It matters not what the twist is, nor the associated repercussions; movies like this can only ever end one way – but I certainly didn’t guess it. It elevated the film slightly higher. There are better things to come from Miller, Lagos and Henson in particular if this film is anything to go by.

If only the more expensive blockbusters can take the hint.