John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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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.

See It At the Cinema?– Definitely

Buy On DVD/Blu Ray?  –Of Course

 

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Deadpool 2 In The Car

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Deadpool 2 In The Car

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we host our first ever LIVE edition of the podcast.  Well by live i mean we recorded it in the car straight after watching Deadpool 2 (hence the sound being a little different).  So what did we think of the latest Marvel (kinda) comic book action film?  We tell all in a shorter than usual episode.  Light spoilers included.

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

Films Discussed: Deadpool 2, Deadpool, John Wick, John Wick 2, Hobbs And Shaw, Spectre

#RossAndPhil #RossAndPhilTalkMovies #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts

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The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

Best... Other Cr*p

In our continuing regular feature, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of a particular genre… 

This time out: The Best Action Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: The Bourne Supremacy, Men of War, Speed, Captain America: Winter Solider, Fast Five, Hardboiled, Inception, Battle Royale, Speed, The Book Of Eli

 

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The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 2010’s to Now! 

 

The close but no cigar Films: Everybody Wants Some, The Final Girls, I Olga Hepnarova, No One Lives, The Jungle Book (2016), Hugo, The Guest, Zootopia, Black Swan, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Drive, Florentina Hubaldo CTE

 

 

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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

John Wick Chapter 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

John Wick Chapter 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
John Wick Chapter 2 is a film that should work better than it does.  It is, after all, a sequel to one of the best films of 2016 (well 2015 in the US) and reunites the creative team for more action, chaos and gun play.  Chapter 2 works best when it’s focused on the world building, the wider assassins  guild mythos that sits behind Wick. It’s only when the action kick sin that the film lets itself down by being more than a touch repetitive. In fact when the films action kicked in I found myself getting a little bored.  Reeves is fine (although the stunt doubling was very obvious this time around) and the story fun but overall I wanted this to be better than it was

Best Bit: The Party

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: John Wick, The Matrix, Logan

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Author: Phil Hobden

Jack Reacher Never Go Back – A Quick Capsule Review

Jack Reacher Never Go Back – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
There’s a lesson in the title for this pretty dull sequel… for whilst the original Jack Reacher was flawed, it was well made and packed full of striking action and gritty hard boiled drama, Never Go Back is just a slog.  Cruise seems uninterested, the cast feel awkward and the action just doesn’t land.  And it makes no sense.  At all.

Best Bit: Urm… I guess Cruise is fine.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, John Wick

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Grosse Point Geek – John Wick Chapter 2

Grosse Point Geek – John Wick Chapter 2

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Taking place immediately after the explosive finale of the last film,  not quite retired hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is reluctantly called back into action after an old acquaintance calls in a long forgotten blood debt. Naturally things go spectacularly sideways, and Wick (plus cute pet dog) finds himself double crossed and on the run with a multi million dollar bounty on his head. Cue explosions, stabbings, various bouts of bone crunching fisticuffs and more bullets fired than in the average war.

Released two years ago, John Wick Mark 1 was a surprise sleeper hit at the box office, audiences lapped up its simple but effective revenge plot and brutal, balletic action sequences. It also proved to be somewhat of a career boost for Keanu Reeves who’s previous big budget film was the massive flop that was 47 Ronin.

With this sequel we get more of the same only on a bigger and  bolder scale.  To begin with the script is very well written, the photography is superb and the performances are all excellent – Reeves once again doing good work as the sorrowful, angst ridden Wick, Lance Reddick and Ian McShane also impress as the the elegant concierge and manager of the wonderfully opulent Continental Hotel  – the go to neutral haven for assassins the world over. New additions to the cast are welcome too – Lawrence Fishburne, Common and the fantastic Franco Nero all have great fun with their roles, each chewing the scenery with real gusto.

Special mention must also be given to director Chad Stahelski who makes full use of an increased budget to stage some of the best and most violent action sequences we’ve seen on screen for ages,. No where is this more evident than in the last half an hour where the seemingly indestructible Reeves cuts a swathe of bullet riddled death and destruction through New York City that left me breathless . In short folks  – with John Wick Chapter 2 we have an action film that is made for adult audiences who dont need to be wrapped in cotton wool –    which frankly is something that was highly refreshing after the toned down 12A/PG-13 nonsense that is all too frequently churned out year after year by studios too afraid to take a risk. Indeed this is the type of film that those godawful Taken sequels and last months stunningly dull Assassins Creed should be aspiring to. As we have seen all too often with the likes of The Raid, Kill Bill and even Rogue One   – a dose of good old fashioned arse kicking violence never hurt anyone – so to speak.

Highly recommended –  roll on Chapter 3

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2015 (Updated)

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2015 (Updated)

2015: In Review Quick Review Year In Review

So 2015 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year. So here it is: my pick of the BEST films of 2015.

Film of The Year: Whiplash 
In Brief: Lets be honest this was my No1 film of the year from the moment I watched it.  Excellent performances , superbly made and expertly edited – this was one of those once in a decade type films.  A must watch and 100% my tempo.

 

 

2. Inside Out 
In Brief:  Pixar delivers big after a few years of “meh” movies.  It made me laugh.  It made me cry.  It made me remember why I fell in love with films again.

3.  Shaun The Sheep
In Brief:I have a real soft spot for Shaun The Sheep – a funny, charming animated feature where barely a word is spoken.

4. Birdman
In Brief: For most of the year this ran a very close second to Whiplash and even now it ‘s still one of the bets film of the year.  Innovate, different yet totally captivating.

5.Star Wars The Force Awakens
In Brief: It’s Star Wars and after the horrid memory of the prequels still leaving a bitter taste so much could have gone wrong.  It didn’t.  It delivers.  It sets a high bar.

Bubbling under:
6. The Martian, 7. Sicario, 8. Kingsmen: The Secret Service , 9. Pitch Perfect 2 , 10. Unfriended , The Infinite Man,  John Wick ,  Focus,  The Theory Of Everything, Going Clear , Cinderella ,  Man Up, Son Of A Gun

 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2015… So Far! (Updated: 7th Oct 2015)

Quick Review

Best Films of 2015… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2015’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2015… So Far:

1. Whiplash (9/10)
2. Inside Out (9/10)
3. Shaun The Sheep (9/10)
4. Birdman (8/10)
5. Kingsmen: The Secret Service (8/10)

Honourable Mentions: Pitch Perfect 2 (8/10); Unfriended (8/10); The Infinite Man (8/10); John Wick (8/10) ; Focus (8/10); The Theory Of Everything (8/10); Going Clear (8/10); Cinderella (8/10); Son Of A Gun


Worst Films Of 2014… So Far:

1. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2/10)
2. He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down (2/10)
3. Magic Mike XXL (3/10)
4. Blackhat (3/10)
5. Assassin (3/10)

Dis-Honourable Mentions:  Maggie (3/10); Insurgent (4/10), Spy (4/10); Minions (4/10), Taken 3 (4/10), Everly (5/10), American Sniper (5/10), Big Eyes (5/10), Jupiter Ascending (5/10)

 

 The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

Kung Fury (And Sharknado 3)


Great Films of 2013 I didn’t see in
2013

Honourable Mentions: I, Origins (7/10), Pride (9/10), The Imitation Game (7/10), Paddington (8/10), Kajaki (9/10)