Love Actually (2003) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Love Actually (2003) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
How do you rate a ‘great’ film?  Is it one that is made by a great director, that delivers epic storytelling but likely you’ll only watch a few times?  or is it one that, despite of its flaws, becomes a family staple year on year, watched without fail? Well it can truly be both.  But Love Actually certainly fits the later category – a locked on Christmas essential as key to the festive season as mince pies and a Christmas tree.  Yup Love Actually has a few issues but the charm, heart and love given out in those two and a quarter hours means that you just don’t care.  Truly a great feel good movie and truly one that deserves it’s standing as one of the best Festive treats you can watch.

Best Bit: The proposal/airport finale

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Notting Hill, Four Wedding & A Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 12 Films Of Christmas 

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 12 Films Of Christmas 

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk about our favourite Christmas movies and come ups with a final 12 recommended festive films.   You could say it’s the 12 Films of Christmas! Oh and for the record Die Hard is very much a Christmas movie…

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

Films Discussed: Die Hard, Gremlins, Trading Places, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Batman Returns, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Scrooged, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Lethal Weapon In Bruges, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone, The Ref, Love Actually, It’s A Wonderful Life, Edward Scissorhands, Bad Santa, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Spectre, The Shape Of Water, Moonlight, la La Land

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Nativity – A Quick Capsule Review

Nativity – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ugh.  I like a fun Christmas movie as much as the next person sadly, for me at least, Nativity isn’t that film.  The thing is for every ‘okay’ moment there’s another ten that are badly acted, badly scripted or delivered will all the subtly of a brick to the head.  And the less aid about Mr Poppy the better.  There are a 100 better Christmas films.  Watch anyone of them instead.

Best Bit: Martin Freeman is good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Nativity 2 Danger in the Manger, Love Actually, Elf

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Author: Phil Hobden

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

Best... Other Cr*p

A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. (Yes ’86 and ’84 was impossible to split!)

… And yes a few do differ from my Annual ‘Film of The Year’.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!!

The 70’s

1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Ghostbusters/ Gremlins
1985 – The Goonies

1986 – Aliens/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/ Top Gun
1987 – The Lost Boys

1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Tango & Cash

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – Terminator 2 Judgement Day
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Heat
1996 – Trainspotting
1997 – Con Air
1998 – Lock Stock & Two Smoking barells
1999 – Fight Club

The 2000’s 

2000 – Snatch
2001 – Black Hawk Down
2002 – 28 days Later
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Serenity

2006 – Children of Men
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum

2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Slumdog Millonaire
2010 – The Social Network

The 10’s 

2011 – Hugo
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Rush
2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash
2016 – The Nice Guys

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Bridget Jones Baby – A Quick Capsule Review

Bridget Jones Baby – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Part return to form, part boring predictable comedy, Bridget Jones Baby is half a good film.  I liked the original Bridget Jones – it was funny, charming and featured THAT fight scene.  The sequel didn’t work as well but it still had it’s moments. But in a year where Hollywood has spent more time looking back than forward, it’s sad that the usually excellent Working Title chose to revisit a character that really didn’t need it for what, no doubt, was purely for financial reasons.  Some will enjoy but for me it felt little more than a rushed cash in.

Best Bit: Pre Baby the story has its moments.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try:  Bridget Jones Diary, Bridget Jones Edge Of Reason, Love Actually

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Christmas Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Christmas Movies!

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: MY Favourite Christmas Movies!

(To qualify these have to be ABOUT Christmas not just linked in some remote way!)

 

Close but no cigar: Miracle on 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone 2 Lost In New York

5 – Home Alone
Home Alone isn’t actually the butt of the joke you may think it is.  Still all these years on it’s a damn fine film, with a genuinely good performance by McCulkin and surprising depth behind it’s more knock about moments. Go on watch it again… I dare you!

4 – Muppets Christmas Carol
The Muppets.  Does Dickens. With Michael Caine. If that’s not the very definition of a win/win I don’t know what is!

3 – Scrooged
Bill Murray. Does Dickens. With Bill Murray. Seriously WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR??????

2 – Love Actually
It’s our go to Christmas movie ever year (and has been for 10 + years now).  Yes it’s flawed. Yes it’s clichéd.  But that bit with Emma Thompson and the gift, the play & the kiss, the proposal, the kid in the airport… they still get me every time.  It’s everything a Christmas movie should be.

1 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
The most twisted Christmas movie for kids you’ll probably ever see, The Nightmare Before Christmas is just amazing.  The songs, stunning stop motion animation and a run time that kids love combined to make this an instant classic that still endures to this day.

 

 

Blog: This Years Christmas Viewing- A Quick Capsule Review (Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Gremlins, Get Santa, Love Actually, Trading Places)

Blog: This Years Christmas Viewing- A Quick Capsule Review (Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Gremlins, Get Santa, Love Actually, Trading Places)

Quick Review

So a Phil’s Quick Capsule Review round up of the films I watched this festive Christmas season…

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Die Hard
It’s been cloned, it’s been copied but it’s never been bettered. Die Hard is a nailed on classic.  And it just reminds you how far both the films and Willis as an actor/star have fallen in the 25+ years since this film came out.  From DeBonts stunning cinematography to McTiernan’s taught direction, from the script to the set pieces, the film still gives any modern day action film a run for it’s money.  Add to that Alan Rickman chewing up the scenery and a never better Willis and you have a film as good day as it ever was.

Best Bit: C4. Monitor. Bang.  Talk about using a nuclear bomb to Swat a fly.

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Die Hard 2
So Die Hard 2 holds up less well than Die Hard, the directing isn’t anywhere near as tight, the action a bit stilted and the photography feels like that generic early 90’s last 80’s action film that plagued the genre.  Yet… it’s damn good fun, Willis is comfortable in his role as the wise cracking McClane  and the support cast on top form.  So not the classic that Die Hard is but still a lot to enjoy.

Best Bit: Ice. Eye. Death.

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Gremlins
From the twist mind of Joe Dante and it once meant something stamp of producer Steven Spielberg comes one of the most subversive “kids ” film ever made.  Not that it actually is a kids film.  Oh no it’s a lot better than that.  Death, murder, microwaved gremlins… Dante delivers a feast of horrors in what is still his best film. Everything about Gremlin’s works and whilst it’s over 30 years old now, it hasn’t aged bit (save for some of the background technology). Smart. Funny. And at time scary, Gremlins is the wicked fun.

Best Bit: Kitchen Scene

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Get Santa
So from the director that gave you Severance and Triangle comes this years more interesting take on Christmas. Totally successful?  No.  But not without a few laughs.  Mostly of the jokes about Warwick Davis looking like an Elf or Reindeers farting type. But you take them where you can get them I guess. Broadbent is having more fun that most (including the audience) and overall you are left with a sometime funny, never boring kids film.

Best Bit: Davis being confused for an elf.

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Love Actually
Okay so I have a massive soft spot for this slice of manipulative tosh.  Is Love Actually a great film?  By all standard measures probably not.  It’s far too on the nose, it makes little sense and it’s as subtle as a brick around the head.  BUT.  And this is a but BUT. I still love it.  It’s become a Christmas favourite, watched ever year without fail.  Why?  Because at it heart it’s a sweet, often funny, always charming story about love and people, a story that can melt even the hardest of hearts.  What’s not to love…

Best Bit: The ending.  Love is actually all-around after all

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Trading Places
(1983)
Another subservience Christmas film, a tale of rags to riches to rags.  Okay so 31 years on some of the humour certainly would pass now (not least a backed up Dan Aykroyd) , but Trading Places holds up rather well considering everything that has come after.  But then good jokes, winning performances and great central ideas are pretty time less.  Maybe both Aykroyd and Murphy should watch this again and remind themselves of when they used to be funny…

Best Bit: Whilst it’s Murphy film, Ackroyd gives a star turn here

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Author: Phil Hobden