Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Joker & Best/Worst Of Year So Far!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Joker & Best/Worst Of Year So Far!

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On this episode of the podcast we talk about Joker (spoiler alert: we loved it) as well was breaking down our best and worst of the year so far.  And surprisingly Ross has found a worse film than Holmes & Watson.  Yes… really.

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

Discussed: Joker, Argo, Booksmart, Avengers: Endgame, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Rocketman, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Rambo: Last Blood, Tucked, Shazam, Green Book, Fyre, Deadwood The Movie, Ready Or Not, Stan & Ollie, Happy Death Day 2U, Holmes & Watson, The Dead Don’t Die, Hellboy 2019, Alita: Battle Angel, Godzilla: King of The Monsters, Into The Ashes, Escape Plan 3, Close, Velvet Buzzsaw, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Pet Sematary (2019), Anna, Todd Philips, Luc Besson, The Irishman, Martin Scorsese, Gemini Man

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)

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Blog: Taken 3 – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Taken 3 – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
“It’s ends here”… god I hope so. Taken 3 is the latest 12 rated Luc Besson produced ‘action film’ to limp its way into the cinema.  It’s sadly not as laugh out loud bad as Taken 2 and only mildly less boring than Walk Amongst The Tombstones that came out late last year.  Yup a watered down action film, with virtually no action for almost forty five minutes, zero o blood and Neeson and cast sleep walking from start to finish.  Want a great action film? Wait for John Wick. Want a watered down dull pile of pants… well that will be Taken 3.

Best Bit: I have no idea.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Borrow.

If You Liked this Try: Taken, Taken 2, Walk Amongst The Tombstones 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: All Things Film – Taken 3 Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Taken 3 Reviewed

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Ever wanted to know what a U certificate action movie looks like? Here it is. It’s not “U” certificate because it’s light no gore or violence – it’s because the film is so hard to actually view, you may as well be listening to an audio book. Directing once again is Optimus Prime’s chief nemesis Olivier Megatron who’s clearly no fan of his own work and has obviously entered into a wager with editor that they can get into the Guinness Book of Records with the most amount of cuts in a 100 minute movie.

It’s lamebrained, dull shite to be absolutely sure. Liam Neeson looks embarrassed; Maggie Grace looks like she’s aged about twenty years, and Famke Janssen lasts approximately six minutes. And as for Forest Whiteaker – forget it. He’s half as good here as he was in Phone Booth.

There’s only two things in this movie that are taken. The first is a pregnancy test. The second is the piss out of the audience.

 

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Blog: Lucy – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s fai rato say that Lucy was very much a love it/loathe it kind of film.  I really enjoyed it.  It had the right amount of crazy, mixed with the confidant direction of Besson and a strong leading performance from Scarlett Johansson.  Not all of it works… those expecting an action film or example will be very disappointed and i’m not sure if under any level of scrutiny the story would hold up (yes even a very cursory glance!).  BUT it’s good, unpretentious fun and for that I give it props.  Just know what you’re getting into…

Best Bit: Scarlett Johansson once again giving it her all

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Leon, Transcendence, Limitless

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Review: The Family (Cinema)

Review: The Family (Cinema)

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The Review: It’s that time of the year again when DeNiro roles out his latest retirement fund movie and this time formerly brilliant but now deeply average director Luc ‘Leon‘ Besson is along for the ride.

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

It’s not that the Family is bad. It’s just deeply average, and never fails to remind you ever step of the way just how far Besson, DeNiro, Lee Jones and Pfeiffer have fallen in the twilight of their careers.  In fact the only joy I had was shouting out the familiar mob faces from The Sopranos and other, far better, Gangster films. Oh and when they played the opening to Goodfellas.  Because I really like Goodfellas.   In fact it’s my favourite movie of all time and as The Family droned on in the background, I couldn’t help but think “Damn, I wish I was watching Goodfellas“.  Actually scrub that, at this point of the film I couldn’t help but think I’d rather be watching Meet The Little Fockers.

What the Family lacks in humour (a comedy with precious few laughs) it fails to make up for in almost any other area.  Okay the action when it comes is competent, as you would expect from tend erector of La Femme Nikita, and DeNiro isn’t bad (probably the best he’s been in a while) but the script does him and the rest of the cast no favours with the few interesting elements it does manage to introduce (DeNiro’s  equally criminal kids) are never explored to it’s fullest potential.  And why should you when you can just truck out another Mob film cliche we’ve seen a million time before.

So, overall The family is one to avoid.  Unless you’ve never seen a DeNiro film. Or Goodfellas. In which case watch this film.  Then watch Raging Bull or Leon or The Fabulous Baker Boys. Because as great as they are, they are even better next to this average mess.

Reviewed By: Phil Hobden

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