Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk…  Aquaman (And other DC Movies)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Aquaman (And other DC Movies)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk about Aquaman.  Well Ross does.  A lot.  We also cover off a lot of other DC movies and ask which was the better fish movie… this or the one starring Vinnie Chase?

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

Films Discussed: Aquaman, Entourage, Flash Gordon, Justice League, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Man Of Steel, Superman, Arrow, Elseworlds, Black Panther

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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Podcast: Aquaman (2018) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Aquaman (2018) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast Phil’s gives his InstaTake on the latest DC Extended universe movie… Aquaman .  Will it sink or swim?  Did Vinny Chase  do it better?  Tune in to find out..

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

Films Discussed: Aquaman, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Justice League, Man Of Steel, Thor Ragnarok

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For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

   

 


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Aquaman (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Aquaman (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aquaman is not going to convert naysayers of the DC extended universe movies into putting aside past failures and embracing a new world.  It’s a hot mess of a film that is far too heavy on FX and far too light on comprehensible story.  But when it hits (which it does about 30% of the time) it’s a bombastic, crazy, inventive and frankly insane mix of Thor, Star Wars, The Karate Kid (yes really) and The Matrix.  Momoa does a good enough job but is sidelined for a lot of the film and the support cast range from bored (Kidman) to confused (Heard) to ;God have I really landed a role in this film; (Dolph!).  With very few mentions of the extended Universe this feels like a stand alone film and is probably the better for it but much like Cyborg you end up with the feeling that less is very much more with Aquaman and he shines far better in a support role alongside more established heroes.  See in the cinema but check brain at the door.

Best Bit: Dolph!

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man Of Steel, Thor: Ragnarok 

 


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Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

Best... Other Cr*p

In our continuing regular feature, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of a particular genre… 

 

This time out: The Best Superhero Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: Batman Vs Superman, Thor Ragnarok, Mystery Men

 

 

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The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 2010’s to Now! 

 

The close but no cigar Films: Everybody Wants Some, The Final Girls, I Olga Hepnarova, No One Lives, The Jungle Book (2016), Hugo, The Guest, Zootopia, Black Swan, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Drive, Florentina Hubaldo CTE

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #079 – Justice League (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #079 – Justice League (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: After ages and ages of waiting, bringing with it a whole load of baggage in its wake, it’s finally here at last. Episode 79 of The Smoking Lamb.

By which I mean of course Justice League has finally reached the cinemas, dragging behind it a weight of expectations and a whole tea shop’s worth of gossip and rumours.

We delve into all of that with our review, split into a non-spoiler and spoiler section (which you can find after the end credits of the podcast). In addition we have our top five Sidekicks to discuss, both Josh AND Steve get a dose of education and then go head-to-head in Address the Lamb!

Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD and don’t forget to follow up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Zack Snyder Retrospective – Motion Picture Maniac

Zack Snyder Retrospective – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

Do you want the absolute gospel truth, not only do I think Zack Snyder is one of, if not the most, underrated director of all time, I also think he’s one of the best directors currently working today. If you ask me, it seems his reputation as the most polarising filmmaker of the 21st century has nothing to do with, you know, his actual filmmaking, but is rather down to the fact that the Internet just loves its easy targets; there’s nothing a troll loves more than baiting fanboys so when a Rotten Tomatoes score tells them such behaviour is sort of ok, because his narrative structures follow the rules as much as a Terrence Malick film and the popularity contest that is modern film criticism is nothing if not stubborn, the opportunity simply can’t be missed.

If I’m wrong then why does his daughter committing suicide only lead to more jokes, something that has nothing to do with filmmaking? That’s because it’s not about the films, it’s about who can say the nastiest thing about whoever’s in the spotlight at the moment that would attract the most attention, I mean are you really saying Batman V Superman deserved those Razzies more than 9 Lives (which wasn’t even nominated) because it truly was the worse film or because it just had the higher profile? Not to mention Marvel has been allowed to get away with what Snyder gets accused of for years but I digress. I think he’s great, severely underrated and I’m positively crapping myself with excitement over Justice League, and so to commemorate the occasion I thought I’d put together a little retrospective for him, although it could just be an excuse on my part to call bollocks on the complaints; yeah it’s probably that.

 

DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)

This movie was better than it had any right to be, a remake by a first time director about zombies, should be rubbish but it’s actually a fun, well made, stylish and exciting time that admittedly has moments of first-time-director-ism but hey, what needed to work works and Snyder really knew what he was doing here.

 

300 (2006)

I remember seeing this mercilessly violent exercise in stylish mayhem for the first time and being completely blown away by how much fun it was, a quotable, beautiful and, dare I say, revolutionary action movie that pretty much invented a spectacle type, and as for the accusations of homophobia, racism and pro fascism, well, I could probably write a book on why all of that is garbage. I bumped into a guy with Persian ancestry once, I asked him about what he thought of this film; his response was: “awesome”.

 

WATCHMEN (2009)

If you ask my opinion, the movie adaptation of Watchmen is every bit as good as the book, in fact I’d even say there are moments in the film that are handled better than in the book, I think it’s a masterpiece that only suffered critically because… actually I don’t know why, we’ve been screaming for a faithful book-to-film adaptation since the beginning and when one finally comes along it’s apparently too close to the book, except when little changes come along which also apparently suck because… again, I just don’t know. How come when Sin City uses comic panels as storyboards it gets praised but when Watchmen does it then it’s suddenly a stupid idea?

 

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE (2010)

Seeing this film makes me wonder why Zack didn’t dip his toes into animation sooner, being such a stickler for detailed CGI and any excuse to show grandiose visuals capable of inducing eye-gasms you’d think it would be his first choice. I like this one very much, it does go through familiar story motions quite hastily but it more than makes up for it with it’s voice acting and the typical Snyder scope I just can’t get enough of, that and the fact that the action is just awesome to behold; 300 with owls – oh yes please.

 

SUCKER PUNCH (2011)

Guess what? I like this movie… a lot actually. It says a lot about the world we live in, perfect proof you can make a film with immaculate cinematography, astonishing visual effects, terrific editing, an original and unique story, production value of sky high proportions and still get labelled “worst film ever” and “sexist” because your female characters have somewhat revealing costumes… wow, slow-f**king-clap! I’ve read the reviews, I’ve watched the videos, I’ve reapplied them to the film when I re watch it and you know what? I still don’t bloody get the complaints.

 

MAN OF STEEL (2013)

Here it is, the most polarising movie of the 2010’s and one of my favourite films, a film that feels like it was made with my personal tastes in mind, every shot feels perfect to me, the cinematic aestheticism and wonder of the cinematography and direction just warms my heart. Superman was in need of some kind of refreshment, I mean before this film, everybody I spoke to said Superman was a silly goodie-two-shoes, Snyder made a superman film the way one needs to be made, from the flying to the city wide destruction and themes on the dark side of heroism; what saving the world truly means in the real world, I love the world engine and the final fight with Zod, and that opening on Krypton, oh my God!

 

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016)

Now, I get it, the theatrical cut was very problematic, but Snyder’s intended version, the Ultimate Edition, is close to perfect, this film had so much riding on it, from the interpretation of the characters to who “should” win the title fight, the setting up of the DC universe to addressing the controversy of Man Of Steel, hardly surprising it didn’t please everyone, a butchered theatrical along with all that maddening hype didn’t help, but the director’s cut definitely pleased me. I can only hope that, in 20 years, it’s reputation may be reassessed like Blade Runner and The Shinning, especially since it’s already slowly gaining a cult following, this is not dark Avengers, it’s Watchmen with Justice League characters; a brave and personal epic with more to say than we realise, one that deserves better.

And I believe that’s it, I’m a big fan of Snyder’s work and I really wish he got the credit he deserves, maybe one day when people get a grip, I mean come on, he’s “homophobic and pro fascist” because of 300 but actual homophobes probably hate how Dr Manhattan is naked all the time, and Legend Of The Guardians could easily be construed as anti-fascist propaganda. Justice League is right around the corner and I have a strong feeling I’m probably going to like it, I am still nervous though, I’m rather tired of feeling like the only one doing the raving, but oh well, what will be will be, fingers crossed, commence prayers and sacrifices to whatever form of God is paying attention.

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Wonder Woman (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Wonder Woman (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
First the good news… Wonder Woman is the best DC super hero film of the modern past Dark Knight era.  So yes it’s MUCH better than Man Of Steel and delivers a more rounded story than BVSDOJ managed.  It also shows why Gadot was the right choice to play Dianna Prince, bring a real heart and soul to the film.  It’s the most Marvel of all the DC films and wouldn’t feel out of place next to Captain America and Thor.  Patty Jenkins delivers in the directors chair and for the most part delivers a film that avoids the trappings of other DC films.  Until the end… (and this is the bad news) when once again the film descends into a somewhat pointless CGI wank fest.  Albeit one that works better than BVSDOJ but it’s odd, almost feeling like Zack Snider took over for the last 20 or so mins with the film being set at night and full of pointless CGI and explosions.   So overall a step in the right director for DC.  Now let’s see what Justice League delivers…

Best Bit: Wonder Woman hits the battlefield…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Captain America, Batman Vs Superman Dawn of Justice, Man Of Steel 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Best To Worst: Superman Movies

Phil’s Best To Worst: Superman Movies

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Listed in reserve order (From Worst to Best) Phil, of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, breaks down a film related subject in order of his own personal enjoyment.  This time out: Live action Superman Films! 

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BEST: Superman: The Movie

The original and still the best, thanks in part of the combination of an excellent director in Donner and one of the best pieces of Superhero casting in Christopher Reeve until Downey Jnr stepped into Iron man’s boots.  This film is just superb.  The cast sparkles, the effects were ahead of their time and the coming of age story timeless.  Superhero films still don’t get much better than this.

 

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2. Superman 2

Whilst Superman is the better film, Superman 2 is the more enjoyable one pitching the Man Of Steel against General Zod and his cronies.  Lots of fun action, the blossoming relationship between Superman and Lois Lane and Terrance Stamp camping it up… what’s not to like!

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3. Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice

I liked it.  I even liked it the second time. It has issues for sure and sadly Superman is one of them, with Zack Snider’s modern vision of Superman not connecting with audiences the way Donner’s did all those years ago BUT when it hits it hits and, for better or worse, few do massive spectacle better than Snider.  This all said I probably like this more as a Batman film than a Superman movie…

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4. Superman 3 

Hell it’s got Richard Prior in it.  Yup Superman 3 was often considered the weaker of the original films and rightly so… it is.  It’s also goofy, fun and terrible all at the same time.  With Hackman out by choice due to the way Donner was treated on Superman/Superman 2 and Kidder reduced to a walk on cameo, it left holes that the new cast struggled to fill.   It has it’s moments however but it’s broader tone didn’t sit well with the previous films and the effects look horribly dated now.

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5. The Man Of Steel

Sad Superman mopes around the world. Sad Superman destroys Metropolis whilst trying to defeat Zod.  Sad Superman makes everyone else sad when he accidentally kills thousands of innocent people.  Sad Superman then takes on a CGI laser thing.  Audiences checked out.  No one cared anymore.  It’s a shame as it started with promise but sadly in the end it doesn’t deliver.

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6. Superman Returns

If you like ‘Best Of’ clip shows and remakes then Superman Returns is the film for you.  It’s not terrible but it just lacks any creativity as it shamelessly homage’s/rips off Richard Donner’s far superior Superman: The Movie whilst resolutely refusing to tread it’s own path. Until it’s introduces Superboy. No.  Really.

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7. Supergirl

Supergirl is terrible.  Yet I watched it loads growing up. To be honest that was probably due to Helen Slater in her Supergirl outfit as I hit being a teenager but it had a great cast, is cheesy as hell (in a good way) and had a certain charm.  It’s also still MUCH better than Superman 4.

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WORST: Superman 4: The Quest For Peace

No surprise here.  Cannon’s Superman 4 was an abortion of a movie with no budget, a stupid story and terrible effects.  It was also shot in Milton Keynes, doubling for Metropolis.  It’s a curiosity for sure but little more.


 

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Grosse Point Geek – Suicide Squad

Grosse Point Geek – Suicide Squad

A Blog Grosse Point Geek

After the events of Batman V Superman and the rise of the so called ‘Meta Humans”, senior CIA operative Amanda Waller (Viola Davies) puts together a team of highly skilled individuals to be used against any threat that the regular military are unable to combat.

The only fly in the ointment is that said team are made up of the worst criminals on earth – a crackshot assassin (Will Smith) a boomerang throwing bank robber (Jai Courtney) a flesh eating man/crocodile mutant ( Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) a fire throwing gangster (Jay Hernandez) and a completely bonkers, baseball bat wielding ex psychiatrist (Margot Robbie). So when the US city of Midway comes under attack from an ancient and very powerful pair of meta humans, our motley crew (plus Joel Kinnaman’s special forces colonel) are called into action.
 
Directed by David Ayer (Fury), Suicide Squad is the third in DC’s new cinematic universe, and after the critical mauling and slight box office under-performance of of Batman V Superman, they were naturally desperate for this one to repair some of the damage.
Sadly the critics have again been just as vitriolic and it would appear that its now down to next years Justice League and Wonder Woman movies to salvage what is rapidly becoming a bit of a shaky franchise that time and again is being blown out of the water by the mighty Marvel Studios.
 
It is my opinion though that the critics have been way too harsh on DC as neither BvS, Man Of Steel or Suicide Squad deserved anywhere near the kicking that has been doled out by them thus far.
Now that’s not to say that Suicide Squad doesn’t have its faults. To begin with the script isn’t nearly as sharp as it should have been and needed to have way more laughs. It also takes place mostly at night which means the whole thing is very dingy and dark, seemingly going for a very Escape From New York type vibe which director Ayer doesn’t really manage to pull off that well. In addition the VFX used to create the two meta human villains look very fake in parts and sadly bring back terrifying flashbacks of the monstrosity that was this years Warcraft: The Beginning. Then there is Jared Leto’s Joker –  who, despite not being as good as Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight,  gives an interesting take on the character, playing Gotham’s Clown Prince Of Crime as a totally unhinged, tattooed, bling wearing gangster. Much was made about how Leto completely immersed himself in the role and never once broke character through out the entire shoot. So one has to ask why, if so much was made of him,does he bizarrely disappear for entire swathes of the film. One gets the impression that the much rumored studio interference and last minute re-shoots may have had some bearing on this extremely odd decision. 
 
Now despite these faults there is alot on offer to enjoy. The cast are all universally excellent – particularly Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. It was also good to see Jai Courtney given more to do here than the usual one dimensional roles that we have been used to seeing him in. There are some great action sequences too  – the standout of which being a cracking fight between the Squad and an entire army of mutants, where we get to see each member show off his/her different set of deadly skills, and Its in this scene that good ol’ Will Smith really comes to the forefront with a dazzling display of gun play that would rival the likes of those seen in the Matrix and most John Woo movies.
Speaking of Smith, he gives his best performance for years and its great to see him back to his badass, wisecracking best  – one can only hope that DC give him a Deadshot spin off film or at least include him in their future expanded universe plans.
 
So overall not a bad film, it had lots to give but also failed on several levels to deliver the kind of batshit crazy caper that we were all expecting when those admittedly brilliant trailers were released earlier this year. 
Moving forward my advice to DC would be that the only way they are going to beat Marvel is to be as R rated as possible. There is nothing wrong with making more adult friendly superhero films  – (look at how successful Deadpool was)  – there is obviously a massive fan base out there craving so much more than just the PG-13 blandness that Marvel serves up with what is now bordering on hideously boring regularity. DC need to exploit this, take a few chances  and see what happens.

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek