Atomic Blonde (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Atomic Blonde (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

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

 


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Secret Cinema: Casino Royale (2019) – A Not So Quick Capsule Review

Secret Cinema: Casino Royale (2019) – A Not So Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I’ve always wanted to attend a Secret Cinema. I missed Star Wars, Back To The Future and 28 Days later (all top 15 films for me) but when the opportunity came up to be Bond, and especially within the gambling world of Casino Royale, I thought this was the one. This is my Secret Cinema.  I should have waited. 

Secret Cinema Casino Royale is a massive bust. From it’s hot as hades out out London location to its total lack of immersion and cohesion, it feels little more than an over subscribed under planned money grab.  A way to funnel you into the expensive drinks and food (actually not bad tasting). An hour in I had no idea what I was meant to do, where I was meant to go or how to get involved. It was overcrowded, the few actors where swamped and few seemed to care. 

By hour two when the Casino was revealed I was bored and less than excited by the overcrowded two play tables and bad dancing on stage. The best dressed competition was a real low point. 

At least the film is still one of Bonds best. 

But as it turns out this is also one of the worst way to watch a movie. For a company priding itself on its ‘experience’ and love of film the constantly getting up to go to the bar drunk people, noisy bar area and crashing catering staff almost take away the fun of seeing the film on the big screen. The interactive actors did little to enhance the experience. Oh and worst of all the version they projected here skipped numerous times. Criminal. 

Overall a big double oh no and certainly not an experience I’d recommend. 

 


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Podcast: Secret Cinema: Casino Royale (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Secret Cinema: Casino Royale (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this (solo) episode of the podcast Phil delivers his InstaTake on the last Secret Cinema event (and Phil’s first)… Casino Royale.   Can it match up to the highly events of years gone by?

Hosted by Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed:  Back To The Future, 28 Days Later, Star Wars, Romeo & Juliet, Blade Runner, Casino Royale

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Skyfall – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Skyfall – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

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 KillQuantum Of Solace

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Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

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: 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. 

 

Skyfall: A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Skyfall: A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

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

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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 www.philhobden.co.uk

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

   

Phil’s Top 5… Bond Films

Phil’s Top 5… Bond 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: 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.

 

1 – Skyfall
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.

 

 

 

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #072 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #072 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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: 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.

Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD and don’t forget to follow up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Atomic Blonde – A Quick Capsule Review

Atomic Blonde – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

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

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden