‘Phil’s Quick Capsule Review’ (a nod to legendary comedian Bill Hicks who coined the phrase when he reviewed ‘Piece Of Shit’ movie Basic Instinct)… where a perfect 10 is rarer than a rain free British summer!
Written by Phil Hobden – UK based podcaster, writer and former filmmaker. Part of the All Things Film network…
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hold the phone. 007 is back and this time he’s bloody near perfect. Yes that’s right Skyfall is exactly as good as the hype suggest, a film that returns Bond to the classic figure we know and love whilst throwing in enough action, heartache and shootouts to be a damn good action thriller in it’s own right. From the Aston Martin, to the fight in a lizard pit (yes really!), this is Bond at the best he’s been for a long time. Highly re-watchable, massively fun. A must watch. Just a shame about the song.
Best Bit: The final showdown
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
If you like this try:Casino Royale, License To Kill, Quantum Of Solace
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises
Close but no cigar: Lord Of The Rings/Middle Earth , Batman, Star Trek, Mission Impossible
5 – Harry Potter
JK Rowling’s iconic character transferred so amazingly to screen, with a captivating cast of emerging and established actors that stole our hearts.
4 – Fast & Furious
Eight films in, with more planned, the Fast movies started okay but found a new lease of life after the 5th movie and that momentum hasn’t stopped.
3 – Marvel
With Iron Man, Marvel started one of the most profitable runs of films ever. But more than that they make films fans and critics love.
2 – James Bond
One of cinemas most successful& longest running franchises, the Bond films continue to draw big money whilst delivering high quality action films.
1. Star Wars From it’s origins as a pulpy low budget sci-fi film, to it’s new life under Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars is unlike anything else. A marketing behemoth, Star Wars changed cinema and continues to push boundaries all these years later.
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hold the phone. o07 is back and this time he’s bloody near perfect. Yes that’s right Skyfall is exactly as good as the hype suggest, a film that returns Bond to the classic figure we know and love whilst throwing in enough action, heartache and shootouts to be a damn good action thriller in it’s own right. From the Aston to the fight in a lizard pit (yes really!), this is Bond at the best he’s been for a long time. In fact hype aside this could well be the best Bond film ever. Highly re-watchable, massively fun. A must watch.
Best Bit: Cameras
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
If you like this try:Casino Royale;License To Kill; Quantum Of Solace
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.
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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Bond Films
Close but no cigar:Goldeneye, The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr No, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
5 – Live And Let Die
Live And Let Die saw Bond go darker and more intimate for the first time and at times felt more like a horror film than a Bond film. A great villain, a kick ass theme and Moore setting the tone of things to come.
4 – Goldfinger
The quintessential Bond film, Goldfinger set the template for every Bond film to follow. The theme, the title sequence, the bad guy… it’s near perfect.
3 – Casino Royale Daniel Craig knocked it out the park with Casino Royale, returning martin Campbell to the franchise and redefining Bond for a new generation.
2 – License To Kill
Dalton was my favourite Bond growing up. He brought a degree of real to a franchise that had gone very much off the rails. License To Kill showed what a rouge Bond out for revenge would look like. The first 15 rated Bond, with blood and violence License To Kill still holds up well.
Controversial maybe but Skyfall set a new bar for Bond films. It was self referential but without slipping to parody, but still original, exciting and dynamic enough to make you believe there was a place for this dinosaur in the 21st century. And then they made Spectre.
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: We have a license to kill (a perfectly good podcast) and we aren’t afraid to use it! In this Spy themed episode we review the slightly disappointing Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we go over our Top 5 Spy Movies and Josh is in the classroom to share his thoughts on Leon.
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Atomic Blonde isn’t the film the trailer has you think. Less knock about 80’s spy romp with a hint of Roger Moore’s Bond, more hardcore spy thriller with sex, violence and action that puts this film on par with the likes of a John Wick (Think 007’s Licence To Kill). The other thing to note about Atomic Blonde (other than a cracking central performance by Theron and it’s sumptuous hyper stylised 80’s Berlin ) is that it’s also oddly paced. At times I found myself drifting off a bit, waiting for the next ‘thing’ to happen as the plot searched from one twist to the next. That said when they do, such as the 7 minute staircase fight, they are often breathtaking with Atomic Blonde delivering some of the best action seen on screen this year. It’s brutal, at times frustrating, at others exciting and layers in far too many plot turns for you to care by the end. BUT it’s also unique and well worth a watch.
Best Bit: THAT fight sequence
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: John Wick, La Femme Nikita, Licence To Kill, Mad Max Fury Road
This week Phil from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review and former host of Filmsploitation & The All Things Film Podcast returns to Movie podcasts to guest star on episode #61 of The Smoking Lamb podcast, to review Spider-Man: Homecoming, talk about The 5 best Underdog Movies, discuss the latest film news and debate superhero films…
Featuring regular hosts Mike Parkin, Josh Morris & Steven Lockeridge.
Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films… Yup 2015 is going to be a BIG year.
Most Excited: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Er of course. What else could it be? Well probably the Avengers. or Mad max. But actually it was always going toe Star Wars. Even after the prequels tanked and Star Trek Into Darkness ended up being a bit of a let down, an intriguing teaser trailer and a promise of film more like the original trilogy has gotten my excitement levels peaking. It could all still go very wrong BUT right now the signs look very good.
2. Avengers: Age Of Ultron Come on did you REALLY expect anything else??? Avengers was blockbuster cinema at it’s best and so far Marvel haven’t put a foot wrong (even the ‘risky’ Guardians turned out to be a massive hit). So the returning Joss Whedon, the additional of the excellent Elizabeth Olson, James Spader and Andy Sirkis, the fact it’s coming after probably the strongest run of Marvel film yet (Iron Man 3, Capt 2, Guardian’s) well it all means this one has VERY hight expectations attached. Oh and judging by the trailer… it’s shouldn’t disappoint.
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
This is an odd one. The trailer looks amazing. Tom Hardy is about as good as you can get in terms of replacing a peak Mel Gibson. And Miller has always been at his best with the Max films. There is a BUT. And that But is it’s been forever since the last great Miller film. And even longer since the last good Mad Max film. BUT (again) the trailer is amazing and it IS Mad Max… so fingers (and toes) crossed.
4. Pitch Perfect 2
Oh fuck it. Come on Pitch Perfect was awesome fun. And if they go in with even a 10th of the same spirit and sense fun as they did with that film, this should be a winner. The Pitch Is back.
5. Bond 24
No trailer. No story. Pretty much no idea other than Mendes and Craig returning, alongside Skyfall alumni Whishaw, Fiennes and Harris. Oh and Lea Seydoux. And Christoph Waltz. And… okay to be honest I was sold with Mendes. Look Skyfall was probably one of the best Bond films ever. And whilst it’s going to be hard to follow up, you kinda get the feeling if Mendes is back he has an idea. And THAT should make this well worth a watch. Oh and did I mention that pesky Blofeld rumour…
Bubbling Under:Mission Impossible 5 (At worst the last two MI films have been bloody good blockbusters), Ant Man (Could this be Marvels first flop… no), Minions Movie (It’s got Minions… ), American Sniper (Clint! Cooper! Guns!), Kingsmen The Secret Service (Great trailer! Great Cast! Great Director! ), Fast & Furious 7 (It’s still got lets), Magic Mike XXL (Magic Mike was ace), London has Fallen (Butler is back! If it’s half as mad as part 1 it should be a hoot)
Stinker Of The Year (Part 1):Terminator: Genisys It pains me to say it but this just looks terrible. A terrible title. Those horrid Entertainment Weekly cast shots. A reboot story. An old Arnie T-800. There’s just nothing that excited me about this film. At all.
Stinker Of The Year (Part 2): Point Break Fuck you Hollywood. Point Break is about on of the most perfect action crimes films ever made. And you want to reboot it. In the wold of ‘Extreme Sports’. Yup Hollywood is creatively bankrupt and this is the proof.
Jupiter Ascending (They haven’t made a good film since The Matrix), Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Ugh… really?), The Fantastic Four (Good director, bad cast), Fifty Shades Of Grey (Shooting fish in a barrel) , Jurassic World (Trailer didn’t grab me. ), Hunger Games, Insurgent, Maze Runner Sequels (The Teen Angst thing has dramatically run out of steam)
So how did I do last year?
This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2014 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…
For the Best: I tipped X Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Interstellar, The Raid 2 and The Monuments Men as my Most Anticipated of 2014. Well X-Men was a bit of a let down for me (although critically it was very well received). Godzilla, Interstellar & The Raid 2 were all very good, but with only Interstellar ending up near my top 5 films of the year. The Monuments Men flopped critically and commercially and whilst it wasn’t quite as bad as everyone thought it was a let down.
As for the Stinkers? Well Transformers: Age Of Extinction ended up being one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. But we all knew that even before the film was made. So that was spot on then! Jupiter Ascending slipped to 2015 so is back on that list for next year and whilst Need For Speed was bad Robocop wasn’tthe cluster fuck we all expected (although totally forgotten about by the time end of year rolled around), Expendables 3 was great fun probably the best of the 3 films (and the unrated cut delivered all the action the PG13 cut missed) and Noah ended up being EXACTLY as expected – dull, stupid and far too long.