The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Late runner for best Independent of the film, The Domestics is a cracking post apocalypse (Kinda) action road trip film that owes a debt to Mad Max, Escape From LA and The Road but with a bit more violence and pulp. It’s nothing new but what it does it does really well and when the violence and blood hits it hits really well. Boswell is good as it Hoechlin (TV’s Superman) and the direction keeps the film moving at pace.  Really enjoyed this one.

Best Bit: You served me what?

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Mad Max,  The Road, Doomsday

 


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Mad Max Fury Road – A Quick Capsule Review Redux

Mad Max Fury Road – A Quick Capsule Review Redux

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So first time around I wasn’t blown away with Fury Road.  I found it repetitive, a bit dull and hated the way the film sidelines it’s titular character for most of the film.  Two years on… I finally got it.  Mad Max Fury Road is actually rather brilliant.  From it’s practical effects that carry weight and danger to it’s almost relentless action, Mad Max is a visually stunning ride that packs punch after punch after punch.   Theron is superb, Hardy is good (but still too muted for my taste) and the support cast memorable.  So the film STILL feels like it’s  Furiosa: Fury Road rather than a Mad Max film but oddly second time around i’d even say Max works better in a support role.  So I’m a big man who can admit his mistakes… Fury Road is a modern classic.

Best Bit: Action. Lots of it.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Mad Max, Mad Max Beyond ThunderDome, Mad Max The Road Warrior 

Phil’s Top 5… Underrated Film Directors

Phil’s Top 5… Underrated Film Directors

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 top 5 Underrated Directors!

 

Close but no cigar: Isaac Florentine, Richard Donner, Neveldine/Taylor

 

5 – Don Siegel
Without Siegel modern cinema would look very different.  From the reboot of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers to an Elvis musical through to a John Wayne western and of course Dirty Harry.  

 

4 -George Miller
Mad Max director Miller doesn’t get much love for his non Mad Max films, but he’s a talented director who has could flip from hardcore action to kids fantasy with ease.  

 

3 – Martin Campbell
The man who twice reinvented the Bond franchise with Casino Royale & Goldeneye, Campbell is adept at high qulaity action on a relatively modest budget.  

 

2 – Joel Schumacher
Yes he made Batman & Robin but aside from his Batman franchise killing, he’s also made some excellent films.   From The Lost Boys to Phone Booth and A Time To Kill, Schumacher when focused can deliver top notch thriller.

 

1 – Tony Scott
From Top Gun to True Romance, from Enemy of The State to Unstoppable Scott was and remains one of my favourite directors.  Sadly no longer with us, Scott delivered top quality blockbusters like no other.

 

 

Blog: Mad Max Fury Road – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Honestly? Great action but overall it didn’t wow me. The story was pretty bad, the script horrible ( and the acting so silly it bordered on parody) and I didn’t like the fact that Max was a pretty pointless as a character.   I just left the cinema thinking “and?”. It just wasn’t a Mad Max film as the character was utterly wasted and had no lineage to Gibson’s previous version. I just need more than mindless action. It looked amazing for sure but it shouldn’t have been a Mad Max film.

Best Bit: Visually stunning

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try:Mad Max, Mad Mad Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

 

Author: Phil Hobden