‘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: Bumblebee is not like any previous Transformers film. And that’s a REALLY good thing. Okay that’s a touch harsh as I still rate the 2007 Transformers film but even then Bumblebee stands out as a far more character driven film, deserving of it’s Christmas release date rather than carry the expectation of a more action heavy summer blockbuster slot. And that comes very much from the vision of Kubo And The Two Strings director Travis Knight who gives Bumblebee a heart and soul, focusing more on relationships that action. But when the action DOES break out the character models, CGI and staging mean that for teh first time you can actually see what’s happening. Add in loads of knots back to the more traditional G1 designs and you get a film for newbies AND fans. Yup it’s fair to say that Bumblebee is the first essential Transformers film since 2007. Go watch.
Best Bit: Wrecking the house (or Cybertron)
Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema
If You Liked this Try: Transformers (2007), Transformers: The Movie (1986), Real Steel, Kubo And The Two Strings
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…
So 2017 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 we’ve covered our best and our worst films of 2016, so before we look at the films coming up in 2017 here’s my ‘Alternative’ End of Year Awards for 2017…
The Most Entertainingly Bad Film Of The Year Award… Geostorm
The Gerard Butler Award For Consistently Making Entertainingly Terrible Films Gerard Butler (Geostorm)
Surprise of The Year Award… That Any one’s left standing in Hollywood after the year of deaths and scandals…
Performance Of The Year Award…
Mark Kermode AGAIN… for his still oddly favourable reviews for his friends movies (see Murder On The Orient Express)
Just Fuck Off and Die Award…
Michael Bay & Transformers. Just stop. Now.
Least Deserving Commercial Bomb of The Year (Maybe EVER) Award…
Blade Runner 2049
Shit so I still can enjoy these films right, even though their lead/producer/co-star was a pervert/bully/ sex offender/Insert Crime Here Award Baby Driver, Swimming With Sharks, Pulp Fiction, X-Men 2, Toy Story… agh almost ALL my favourite films. God damn you Hollywood.
Come In Your time is Up Award… Zack Snider. You made two good films. EVERYTHING else has been deeply average. TIED with Harvey Weinstein – your a cunt Harvey pure and simple.
Trailer Of The Year Award… Logan Redband Trailer
Let Down of The Year Award… Hollywood. A seething industry of low lives and scum.
Yes it’s Good. But come on people its also a bit Emperors new clothes… Get Out
Low Budget Straight To DVD Surprise of the Year! Shot Caller
The ‘YES! See We don’t Always Fuck Up Award’ DC/Warner Brothers. They Made a Good Film! (Wonder Woman)
Fuck! We Spoke Too Soon Award DC/Warner Brothers for Justice League
Let Down of The Year Award Part 2…. George Romero NOT coming back as a Zombie when he died.
Cameo of The Year Award… Tim Curry’s original Pennywise The Clown in the 2017 version of IT.
The Prove That ‘You Can Come Back from Horrible Shit’ Award (Aka The Future Kevin Spacey Award) Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge, Daddy’s Home 2)
The Oscars only like REALLY famous dead people award for missing out other stars who died Award… Garry Shandling, Florence Henderson, Alexis Arquette, Doris Roberts and Robert Vaughn
The Proof That Award Shows Suck Award… Snubs (Didn’t wins or Not Nominated) for I Daniel Blake, Hunt for The Wilder People, Sing Street, Hell Or High Water, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kubo And The Two Strings, Silence, Amy Adams and many more
The Poof That Award Shows DONT Suck Award… It’s La La Land… No Moonlight… No Titanic… No it’s me. The awards themselves offered few surprises, The Oscars even less, but the best picture cock up at the Academy Awards was pure gold!
The Audience Wins! Award. 2017 Sees LESS remakes/Reboots than ever before. Some still sucked. Flatliners, The Mummy
Not ALL remakes & reboots suck Award… IT 2017. Just awesome.
Yup we just made it for the money award (aka The Sequels Suck) Award… Transformers Age Of Extinction
Films That SHOULD have been on my 2016 List’s but I Hadn’t Seen…
The Edge Of Seventeen, The Girl With All The Gifts, Train To Busan, Deepwater Horizon, Kubo & The Two Strings, Sing Street, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, 13th, I Daniel Blake
Next time: Phil’s Look at 2018 and a look back at my 2017 predictions…
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The problem with Sing is that it’s just too obvious. It’s the story we’ve seen a million times before and the addition of cute and sassy animals just doesn’t add as much as the producers want it to. There’s nothing wrong with the film – the songs are fine, the animation solid, but I just wanted a more original approach especially in a year or so where we’ve had such good animated films. That said my daughter enjoyed it so the target market was well catered for but whilst Moana will be watched for years to come I doubt SING will ever reach the DVD player again.
Best Bit: The Mob Mouse
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Moana, Zootropia, Kubo And The Two Strings
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: What a magnificent film. Simply put this charming, emotionally engaging and at times damn right scary kids film was one of the best films of 2016. With animation that looks so good you have to remind yourself it was stop motion, a captivating story and bags of charm, Kubo is a must watch for adults and kids.
Best Bit: Kubo’s story
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Paranorman, Corpse Bride, The Box Trolls
So 2016 may be in the rear mirror but having now seen a few of 2016’s last few must see movies I’m having a do-over and republishing my list of the best films of 2016.
So here it is: my FINAL pick of the BEST films of 2016.
Film of The Year: The Nice Guys In Brief: It was pretty much Room or The Little Prince all the way this year until The Nice Guys came along. But then any film directed and written by one of my favourite filmmakers in Shane Black was always going to have a fighting chance. Smart, funny and sharp as a tack… The Nice Guys is the best film you probably didn’t see this year!
2. Kubo And The Two Strings In Brief:: Paranorman, Coraline, The Boxtrolls and now Kubo. That was high bar for sure but amazingly Kubo sets it higher still. Near perfect.
3. The Little Prince In Brief: Who saw this coming? Adaptation of a popular kids book, released almost exclusively on Netflix. But man it knocked it out the park. Brilliantly animated and heart wrenchingly performed, Little Prince is up there with the best of the genre.
4. Sing Street In Brief: Much like Sunshine Of Leith a few years back, Sing Street brings the songs, the charms and the heart and brings them all in spades. One of the best films of the year for sure.
5. Hunt for The Wilder People In Brief: A coming of age family drama that will spawn a million “Shit Got real” T-shirts. Worth all the amazing reviews…
7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
9. Green Room
10. The Girl With All The Gifts
Bubbling Under: Deadpool, The Big Short, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Train To Busan, Eddie The Eagle, Midnight Special , Creed, Bad Moms, Spotlight