Blindspotting (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Blindspotting (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What a pleasant surprise Blindspotting turned out to be.  At times a knock around comedy, it’s a film that manages to be both funny and thoughtful whilst delivering social commentary without every feeling like it’s laying it on.  It just shows that indie films still have the ability to surprise, something that has happened less and less since their heyday in the 90’s.   Yes it’s violent, yes it’s full of words you wouldn’t say in front of your grandmother but it feels real and that authenticity goes a long way.

Best Bit: The last move

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Clerks, Reservoir Dogs, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels 

 


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Terminal (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Terminal (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Terminal is one hell of a showcase for Margot Robbie, a neo-noir that is visually striking and with one of the most insane last fifteen minutes of any film i’ve seen this year. It’s just a shame that overall the film is so uneven, with twists and turns so obvious that you guess them as soon as they are muted.  However Robbie is so gloriously over the top and the film some insane I actually ended up liking in because of it faults.  The support cast deliver (Dexter Fletcher and Simon Pegg especially) and the direction is bold.   So not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but go with it and there’s a lot to enjoy.

Best Bit: The last fifteen minutes

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Atomic Blonde, Suicide Squad

 

 

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Eat Locals – A Quick Capsule Review

Eat Locals – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Eat Locals is a witty, fun British Vampire comedy that suffers a little bit by it’s lack of budget but manages to squeeze in just enough to be an enable, if forgettable romp.  Directed by Lock Stock’s Jason Flemyng and starring a host of familiar British actors, it’s a quick romp that never hangs about to let you get bored.  Sure it breaks zero new ground BUT that’s not always a massive issue if what you have is fun, as it is here.  Not for everyone but those fans of Horror comedies will get enough out of it…

Best Bit: Dexter Fletcher is hysterical

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Shaun Of The Dead, Cabin In The Woods, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil

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Author: Phil Hobden

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword  – A Quick Capsule Review

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aka Lock, Stock And One Smoking Jude Law.  A hot mess of a film for sure, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword ranges from nearly brilliant to boring, often in the same sequence.  It’s what happens when you cross Lock Stock, Assassins Creed, Game Of Thrones, Excalibur, Lord Of The Rings and some insane fever dream.  It’s a loud, messy, confused film that at times manages to feel rushed yet drags often enough to have me checking my watch more than a few times.  The cast are odd- Charlie Hunnam (who was great in TV’s Sons Of Anarchy) isn’t strong enough to save what at times is a terrible script and often looks a bit embarrassed, whilst Law needed to dial it up a bit.  Richie is having fun (at least someone is)  and the soundtrack is a highlight but I can’t help feel that there was a really good idea here that could have done with a far better script to make it work.  So a failure for sure but one not without it’s moments…

Best Bit: Mastering the sword…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Game Of Thrones, Lord Of The Rings

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Author: Phil Hobden

T2: Trainspotting – A (Not so) Quick Capsule Review

T2: Trainspotting – A (Not so) Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
T2 Trainspotting is a brilliant film. Not the film you expected. Or even wanted.  But brilliantly done.   It’s a film that, maybe for the first time ever on screen, captures what it’s like to be lost in life at a time where its hard to change who you are and when the dreams of life settle to the reality.  As a 40 year old who at times feels the failure to be what he wanted to be, whose settled in life on a path different to what he thought and sees a future so different from what he imagined, it was always going to be a story that would hit a nerve.

And it did.  For the first time in a long time I had to reflect about a film.  Sit quietly and take it all in.

It won’t be for everyone, not even for every fan of Boyle’s groundbreaking original and it certainly lacks the intensity, raw energy and exuberance that Trainspotting delivered.  But like the film,  I’m not 19 anymore either so my life has slowed down and it feels right the film should reflect that.  The fact that the film leaves you at the end feeling that you wanted more from it, feels oddly like it was actually the point.

So on it’s own merits then it’s a well told story , excellently directed,  superbly performed (especially Ewan Bremner’s Spud) about what it’s like to be closer to the end than the beginning and what it’s like to feel lost in your own mind. I liked it a lot.

Best Bit: The cubicle

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Trainspotting, Go, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

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Author: Phil Hobden