The Way Back (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Way Back (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Way Back is a super solid sports movies that hits all the usual steps along the way but stands above the rest thanks to Ben Affleck reminding us why he’s considered to be a great actor.  Yes finally stepping away from his under appreciated time in the DCU, Affleck gives it his all in a performance that probably steps a bit TOO close to real life (Affleck has had several trips to rehab over the past few years). The thing is from the start you probably know every beat that The Way Back will land and at times it’s pace is glacial to say the least BUT you route for the team, you care for the characters and ultimately that helps the film connect.  In short I really enjoyed The Way Back.

Best Bit: Affleck delivers

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If You Liked this Try: Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Major League 

 


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Brewster’s Millions (1985) – A Quick Capsule Review

Brewster’s Millions (1985) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Brewster’s Millions will sit on few people’s lists of best films of the 80’s.  But actually over 30 years on, it holds up well and the message is probably even more relevant today than ever.  To be honest it’s just great to see Richard Pryor back when almost everything he touches turned to gold.  Add to that a cast that includes the late, great John Candy and you have a real gem of mid-80’s cinema.  It’s silly, brash and on the nose for sure but it’s full of charm, wit and heart as well.

Best Bit: None Of The Above!

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If You Liked this Try: Major League, Stir Crazy, See No Evil Hear No Evil

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 3

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 3

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about films they have watched recently. Yup it’s our third review round up show! This time with added 80’s movies! And Never To Young To Die!

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

Films Discussed: Never To Young To Die, The festival, The Equalizer 2,  My Generation, Never Too Young To Die, Dragnet, Major League, Judgement Night, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Taxi,. Calibre, Revenge, The Incredibles 2, Office Uprising, Annihilation , Spectral, GLOW, The Heat, The Wolf Of Wall Street, What Still Remains,  Extinction, Mute

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For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)
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Major League (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

Major League (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Major League is damn good fun and considering it feels very 80’s at times, it still holds up pretty well and is never less than entertaining.  Featuring a cracking cast for it’s day (not least a young Wesley Snipes and an even younger Charlie Sheen) this is the archetypical sports team does good movie that has been copied numerous times since.  A fun film and well worth a revisit.

Best Bit: Wild Thing…

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If You Liked this Try: Major League 2, The Karate Kid, GLOW

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Sports Underdog Films

Phil’s Top 5… Sports Underdog Films

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: Sports Underdog Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Kingpin, Tin Cup, Million Dollar Baby, Rocky Balboa, Moneyball

 

5 – Bloodsport
Yeah so Dux maybe a martial arts expert, but chased by the military, entering a no hold barred tournament never won by a Westerner  before, the odds are firmly stacked against him.  Love Bloodsport.

 

4 – Cool Runnings
A true (ish) story, Cool Runnings is one of the most unbelievable stories ever told.  Featuring a great cast (including the late John Candy) it’s a heart warming tale.

 

3 – Major League
Cheesy for sure.  But when Wild Thing kicks in, there’s not one person watching the film that doesn’t feel their heart pounding.  Charlie Sheen’s never been better.

 

2 – Rocky
THE sports underdog film, still rating up there as one of the greatest films of it’s time.  An Oscar winner with a career defining performance at it’s core… few top it.

 

1 – The Karate Kid
For me, even more so that Rocky, The Karate Kid is the quintessential sports underdog film.  Greta montages, cheesy music and Elisabeth Shue.  Say no more.