What NOT to Watch:  A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

What NOT to Watch: A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

A Blog Other Cr*p Quick Review

In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

Next Up: Films to avoid like the plague (no pun intended)


  • Armageddon


  • Deep Impact


  • Contagion


  • Outbreak


  • Mad Max 1 2 3 and 4


  • Threads


  • Night Of The Living Dead


  • Dawn Of The Dead


  • Day Of The Dead


  • Land Of The Dead


  • Seven


  • War Of The Worlds


  • The Swarm


  • When Worlds Collide


  • Schindlers List


  • Doomsday


  • The Day After Tomorrow


  • Independence Day


  • 2012


  • The Plague Dogs


  • Day Of The Triffids


  • Old Yella


  • Tarka The Otter


  • Steel Dawn


  • Bambi


  • Dumbo


  • Eraserhead


  • The Elephant Man


  • Anything directed by Ingmar Bergman and Lars Von Trier


I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film and new release shortage!

Midway (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Midway (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so Midway isn’t terrible.  But it often really seems it’s best to be.  Whether it be director Roland Emmerich’s desire to cut away from every action scene before you’ve started to enjoy it or Ed Skrein once again proving he has the acting range of a ottoman, Midway at times seems to be going out of its way to be rubbish.   Yet.  Yet I didn’t hate it.  Yes the script is garbage, the acting at times barely local theatre quality, the film about as silly as Bay’s Pearl Harbour and the run time far too long for what is a very simple story but it’s heart seems to be in the right place and everyone is at least giving it their best “For Your Consideration” efforts.   Midway is a time passer, a film to watch on a flight or a train. And for that it does an okay enough job.

Best Bit: Pearl Harbour

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Pearl Harbour, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Independence Day


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Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I first heard about Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers on the Joe Rogan podcast. Yup it sounded far fetched but he at least had the courage of his convictions.  The show was entertaining.  It made the documentary with checking out. Don’t. Amateur, childish and poorly made this is a budget student film put together with all the flair of a corpse documenting his own funeral.  By far one of the worst films I’ve switched off this year.

Best Bit: That I watched on Netflix. Didnt pay. Winner.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Independence Day, Alien Autopsy, Invaders From Mars


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2018 Blockbuster Season

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2018 Blockbuster Season

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the summer (well kinda) 2018 blockbuster season whilst also picking our best and worst Summer blockbusters ever.  Ross ends up on a rant about football and makes a shocking revelation.  All this and more…

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Jurassic Park 3, Sex And The City 2, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Star Wars: Attack of The Clones, Pearl Harbor, The Festival, Die Hard, Independence Day, The Spy Who Dumped me, Bridesmaids, The Meg, Avengers Infinity War, The First Purge, Antman & The Wasp, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Solo, Mission Impossible Fallout, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Skyscraper, Rampage, Spectre, Justice League, All The Money In the World, Equalizer 2, The Happytime Murders, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Tag, Ocean’s 8, Deadpool 2, Sicario: Day of Soldado, The Meg

#RossAndPhil #RossAndPhilTalkMovies #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)
For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook



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Phil’s Top 5… Great Films By Bad Directors

Phil’s Top 5… Great Films By Bad Directors

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: Great Films By Bad Directors


Close but no cigar: Event Horizon (Paul W S Anderson), Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly), Independence Day (Roland Emmerich), Red Dragon (Brett Ratner) 


5 – The Rock (Michael Bay)
The Rock was great.  Bad Boys Was pretty good also to be fair.  But now, four Transformers films down there is no hope we will ever see a return to that earlier, raw and REAL action that was his trademark for so long.


4 – Death Wish (Michael Winner)
Death Wish was raw, dangerous and brutal. He ended up his career with Parting Shots.  


3 – Die Hard 2: Die Harder (Renny Harlin)
Die Hard 2 is ALMOST on par with the original.  Expanding the idea but still keeping in “real”, Harlin delivered a tight, tense and action packed sequel.   Cutthroat Island shortly followed.


2 – Sixth Sense (M Night Shyamalan)
A career making film that was never topped, Shyamalan tried to turn the twist ending into a hallmark and ended up making The Happening.


1 – Speed (Jan De Bont)
Jan De Bont blew the roof off with Speed, one of the BEST action films of the 90’s.  He then went on to make increasingly bad films, from Twister to, ugh, Speed 2.




Independence Day: Resurgence – A Quick Capsule Review

Independence Day: Resurgence – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
They are back, 20 years after ID4 blew up the white house (and most of the world), Goldbum, Pullman, Spiner, a host of teens who look the same and those pesky aliens. But this time it’s bigger, bolder, with far more China references (hello Chinese £) and, sadly, much less interesting.  It’s not that Independence Day Resurgence is a bad film.. okay so maybe thats party of it… but it’s just that it represents everything that’s wrong with modern Summer films.  ID4 had impressive practicle effects, a charismatic cast and a neat idea. Resurgence has LOTS OF WEIGHTLESS CGI and shouty effects.  It’s also missing Will Smith which has a massive impact on the film, leaving the lesser Hemsworth, Will Smith light (very light) and a load of renter youths filling in the void.  Some will like it but for me it’s everything that’s wrong with blockbuster movies and continues a massive downward trend in interest for me.

Best Bit: Goldblum is fun

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream.  Maybe.

If You Liked this Try: Independence Day, Armageddon, V

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Author: Phil Hobden

Worst Film of 2010: Skyline

Worst Film of 2010: Skyline

Best & Worst Quick Review
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Skyline is every thing that is wrong with film making today. Great effects but piss poor plot, terrible acting and a pace that is on par with a dead snail. So bad you want to wind past, this is a real low point for 2010 cinema and should be avoided at almost all costs.
Best Bit: It’s less than 90 minutes. And I didn’t pay.
Rent, Borrow, Buy: None of the above. Shoplift maybe?
If you liked this try: District 9 (8/10); Independence Day (5/10); V 2009 (5/10)

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