‘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…
Plot In a nutshell:After killing a member of the all powerful High Table on the sanctified grounds of the Continental Hotel, John Wick (Keanu Reeves plus dog) is on the run with a $14 million dollar bounty on his head and every assassin on the planet after him for the reward. Its now a race against time for John to get out of New York and somehow make good with the High Table before his deadly pursuers catch up with him.
What worked:To be honest – just about all of it, and as long you dont take it too seriously you’re in for one hell of a ride. To say the least this film is bonkers – which is mostly due to the utterly insane action sequences which get madder by the minute – you name it this film has it – fisticuffs by the bucketload, bullet riddled gun fights, knife smackdowns, sword fights, motorbike chases and in one very wince inducing scene what will now be forever known as “Horse Fu” – no honestly you will have to see it to believe it.
Its also well acted – Keanu is very good as Wick and deserves alot of kudos for how he throws himself into all the action scenes. Halle Berry is also impressive as an old acquaintance who is forced to help him after he cashes in a blood oath, plus Ian McShane, Lance Reddick and Lawrence Fishburne all return to their respective roles and lend the film some smooth gravitas and high quality acting chops.
Finally director Chad Stahelski proves once again he is one of the most accomplished action directors working today -coming up with some truly death defying camera shots and some very inventive set pieces.
What could have been better: Its at least 15 minutes too long, Halle Berry isnt in it for long enough and towards the end one does feel a bit of sensory overload with just how much endless scrapping is going on.
Best Scene:An almighty blazing gun fight that takes place in an empty Casablanca market involving Berry, Reeves, a whole swathe of bad guys plus two extremely vicious and very well trained attack dogs.
Review Summary:A bit long but so enjoyably nuts that you wont really care – this refreshingly quirky action franchise just keeps going from strength to strength – roll on Chapter 4.
The Austin Powers to Phil Hobden’s Dr Evil, it’s fair to say Will spends his life trying to convince Phil that Paul WS Anderson ISNT a bad filmmaker, that The Hobbit movies really are THAT good and, for the most part, Phil is wrong about most things. Which he is.
On this episode of the podcast we talk about the five or so films we are MOST looking forward to in 2019 and the one or two that we could happily miss. Yup it’s our 2019 preview show! We also briefly cover off the sad demise of HMV in the UK.
Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.
Films Discussed: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,Captain Marvel, Star Wars: Episode IX, Hobbs & Shaw, Toy Story 4, Shazam!, Avengers End Game, Joker, The Irishman, Wonder Woman 1984, IT: Chapter Two, Frozen 2, Terminator 6, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, John Wick: Chapter 3, Brightburn, The Lion King 2019, Bumblebee, Aquaman, The Domestics, The secret Life Of Pets 2, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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)
Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…
2018 once again delivered some great films but mostly it was the Indie movies that did made it. 2019 has the promise to be even more mixed with a bundle of reboots and Disney remakes… so here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2019. And a few that I’d be happy to miss.
The Must See’s
Most Excited: Toy Story 4 This could be a major bust but Pixar and Toy Story have always been a match made in heaven. Can this sit alongside one of the best trilogies ever made? I get the feeling it just might.
2. Hobbs & Shaw The Rock. And The Statham. In a Fast & Furious Spin Off. If anything about that sentence doesn’t make you go ‘I’m in’ then you are probably dead already…
3. Star Wars: Episode IX So the ball’s back to JJ to land the end of the Skywalker(less) trilogy. Whether he can or not will depend on just how he takes the curve balls Johnson delivered and brings them in to make this trilogy feel complete.
4. Captain Marvel Marvel’s first female led superhero film could be something really special and judging by the trailer this is a must watch.
5. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood This could see Tarantino return to the form he’s lacked since the early days. The story, the setting, the cast… are all first rate. But this will all come down to whether the Hollywood darling can control his worst impulses. Let’s hope.
Bubbling Under: Avengers Infinity War Part 2 (Marvel delivers big as Phase 4 ends), IT: Chapter Two (Part One was amazing), Wonder Woman 1984 (the original was mostly excellent), Frozen 2 (come on!), Glass (Split was great and this could be something else), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Monsters! Thousands of ’em), Spider-Man: Far From Home (Marvel + Spiderman = HIT), Joker (I could be wrong here but this looks pretty interesting) , Jumanji 2 (Welcome To The Jungle was great fun), The Irishman (Hopefully it will make it this year!)
The Must Nots
(Just a reminder of what T6 has to live up to!)
Stinker Of The Year: Terminator 6 It pains me to say it but the Terminator films have done nothing since T2. Yup Cameron is back (as producer) and yup it’s reboot territory again but I just don’t see a world where the 6th Terminator film can get anywhere near the form of its classic siblings.
Also Dreading: The Lion King 2019 (the trailer looks like the’ve done a Psycho ’98 here), Pet Sematary (this doesn’t have an IT feel about it), Dumbo2019 (I’d love to see it work but Burton’s not delivered in a long time), Pokemon Detective Pikachu (yup not interested), What Men Want (Remake of sorts of What Women Want… say no more), Aladdin 2019 (I’m not anti-Disney but this is yet another film that isn’t needed), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (The last X-Men movie was a total dog), John Wick: Chapter 3 (Part 2 was a bore), Alita: Battle Angel (Looks pretty bad), Men in Black Spin Off (The world doesn’t need another MIB film)
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 2018 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…
For best: I tipped Bohemian Rhapsody, Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War, The Incredibles 2 & Black Panther as my most anticipated of 2018. And you know what all delivered one way or another. Which to be honest is a major first! Okay so Deadpool 2 and Infinity War would never be QUITE the films our mind’s had created.
As for the rest? Tomb Raider wasn’t great and neither was Ant Man & The Wasp. The Predator wasn’t great but it didn’t deserve the bashing it got, Mission Impossible 6 was epic (top 5) and The Happytime Murders again got a bashing that was (for the most part) pretty undeserved. The Purge: The First Purge ended up being the worst or the series so far and The Irishman never landed.
As for the Stinkers? Fifty Shades Freed ended up in second place behind Cloverfield Paradox, Solo – A Star Wars Story was okay (but little more), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom disappointed, Day of The Dead: Bloodline wasn’t amazing but passed the time, Ready Player One was actually really good, X-Men: Dark Phoenix & Scarface didn’t land, Oceans 8 was everything you knew it would be and a little less and Pacific Rim: Uprising was far better than I expected.
Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…