Phil’s Best & Worst 2019 Films… 2nd Edition (18th June 2019)

Phil’s Best & Worst 2019 Films… 2nd Edition (18th June 2019)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of the films from 2019 (2019 Films), as well as the best films I missed from last year and, of course, the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review ‘Sharknado’ Award.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2019… So Far:

  1. Green Book
  2. Avengers: Endgame
  3. Fighting With My Family
  4. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  5. Captain Marvel

Honourable Mentions: Vice, Happy Death Day 2U, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Leaving Neverland, Fyre Fraud, Us, Glass, Escape Room, Captive State, Instant Family, Behind The Curve, IO, Reign Of The Supermen

 

WORST Films Of 2019… So Far

  1. Alita: Battle Angel
  2. Close
  3. Velvet Buzzsaw
  4. Godzilla: King of The Monsters
  5. Pet Sematary (2019)

Dis-Honourable Mentions: X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Triple Threat

 

 

The 2019 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

 

 


The 2019 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

 

Great Films Of 2018 That I saw In 2019:

The Domestics, After The Screaming Stops, They Shall Not Grow Old, Assassination Nation, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Free Solo, The Last Movie Star, Incredibles 2

 


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X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
X-Men: Dark Phoenix brings this latest chapter of the X-Men franchise to close with a whimper rather than a bang.   It’s not bad (and it’s far better than Apocalypse & Last Stand)  but overall it’s just not good enough for the source material and talent involved.  Turner does okay as the conflicted Jean Grey but the story feels so truncated and rushed that it starts to feel like a box ticking exercise.  Worst of all, the few surprises the film does offer are very much hinted at (if not given away totally) in the trailer.  Thankfully Marvel now have control back and the X-Men have the chance to fulfil that potential once more.

Best Bit: The train

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: X-Men: First Class, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days Of Future Past

 


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Podcast: Phil Talks… Worst To Best Marvel MCU Films!

Podcast: Phil Talks… Worst To Best Marvel MCU Films!

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast Ross is away so Phil goes solo to break down his best to worst (well worst to best) Marvel films.  Yup he takes look at all 22 films, sharing his original IMDB ratings on each.  What come first… hint.  It’s not Iron Man 2

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

Films Discussed: Captain America Winter Solider,Guardians Of The Galaxy, Iron Man 3, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Endgame, Marvel’s The Avengers , Spider-Man Homecoming , Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Black Panther , Ant-Man & The Wasp, Doctor Strange, Captain America: The First Avenger , Captain America: Civil War, Thor: The Dark World, Thor, Avengers Age Of Ultron, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2

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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Rated: Marvel Cinematic Universe (up to Avengers: Endgame)

Rated: Marvel Cinematic Universe (up to Avengers: Endgame)

A Blog

RATED looks at EVERY Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film and gives a QuickReview as well as putting them in order of BEST to, well, Iron Man 2.!  Updated as and when a new Marvel (Studios) film is released…

(Note scores reflect my original IMDB ratings)


Best: Captain America Winter Solider

A cold war thriller with Robert Redford and a mini Avengers team up.  Add in the always awesome Frank Grillo and a genuinely interesting script and you have Marvel’s strongest cinematic outing.

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2. Guardians Of The Galaxy

Massively far out of Marvel’s usual comfort zone, Guardian’s introduced spaceships, talking racoons and a giant tree person. Cracking script, expert action and a heap of fun.

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3. Iron Man 3

The Iron Man film that broke a lot of Marvel fans, Shane Black took the playbook and ripped it up.  Twists, turns and a cute central relationships made this a different take on the norm and was all the better for it.

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4. Thor: Ragnarok

Well this was a bundle of fun.  The previous Thor films have been okay but Ragnarok delivered a brilliant romp which dragged in The Hulk, a handful of memorable new characters (Korg!)  and some great set pieces to end up being one of Marvel’s best films yet.

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5. Avengers: Endgame

Funny, emotional, heart breaking and smart – Endgame ties up 21 films worth of story across 12 years almost perfectly.   Bitter sweet for sure but Marvel totally stuck the landing.

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6. Marvel’s The Avengers 

All the groundwork paid off as Marvel delivered it’s first ever super hero team up.  The Hulk was back (and done right this time), Hawkeye and Black Widow joined the team and director Joss Whedon delivered the goods.

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7. Spider-Man Homecoming 

Funny, charming, with Marvels best villain and best Spiderman (yup sorry Andrew Garfield) Homecoming is a joy of a film that is by far the closest to what the comic book Peter Parker is.

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8. Avengers: Infinity War

Shocking, well paced and with one of Marvel’s greatest screen villains Avengers Infinity War ALMOST delivered on it’s considerable promise.  Almost.

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9. Iron Man

The Film that started it all… Iron Man was a rock n roll action movie with an unlikely lead, an even more unlikely director and enough balls out moments to wow.

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10. Captain Marvel 

A great origins story, a fun film and a great soundtrack – what more could you ask for really?

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11. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Loud, silly and funny as heck, Vol. 2 isn’t quite the tight film that it’s 2014 original is but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.  Add in an amazing cast (including Stallone, Hasselhoff and Russell) and you have another winner from Marvel…

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12. Ant-Man

Ant-Man is a heist movie. With Ants.  And fights on toy trains.  It’s crazy but it’s also full of charm, humour and fun.

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13. Black Panther 

Black Panther takes a different approach to the usual Marvel film, yet falls into a lot of the same traps of relying a bit too much on visual effects at times.  That said it’s one of Marvel’s most intimate stories and whilst not perfect is a really strong entry into the increasingly bigger MCU.

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14. Ant-Man & The Wasp

Ant-Man & The Wasp is GREAT fun.  It’s also totally forgettable and delivers what is possibly Marvel’s weakest villain to date.  Not bad by any stretch just off pace of the original.

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15. Doctor Strange

Off the big screen Doctor Strange looses a little but this visually stunning film shows that marvel are still interested in pushing the envelope as far as you can in mainstream blockbusters.

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16. Captain America: The First Avenger 

Solid, fun and well done, whilst it has little rewatch appeal Captain America again took a different approach and gave us a couple of Marvel’s most enduring characters.

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17. Captain America: Civil War

It’s not bad.  It just didn’t gel with me as much as it did others. Don’t get me wrong there’s a lot to like and again it plays with the expected formula, but ultimately i’m just not that keen to go back to it.

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18. Thor: The Dark World

I liked The Dark world MUCH more than others.  Okay so it’s flawed for sure but it’s crazy fun.

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19. Thor

Thor was a sold film, tasked with the near impossible job of making a god fit in a world of men.  It does it well but not one you’ll rewatch much.

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20. Avengers Age Of Ultron

Marvel’s first disappointment, Age Of Ultron was all show and little else.  Too big, too dumb and too long.

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21. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

It has charm and the casting works well but ultimately The Incredible Hulk (whilst FAR better than the Ang Lee version) just doesn’t have enough to recommend it.

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Worst : Iron Man 2

The idea was fine but sadly most of the film misses.  Even Mickey Rourke (yes one of the oddest Marvel villains ever) can’t save this.

 


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Avengers: Endgame (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review (Spoiler Free)

Avengers: Endgame (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review (Spoiler Free)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
After 21 films, 12 years and a whole lot of characters, stories, directors, box office success and (a few) failures it all comes down to this.  So do the Russo Brothers and Marvel stick this landing? Oh yes. Simply put: Endgame is a triumph.  A complex film full of emotions, twists, turns, humour and endings (story endings rather than a Return of The King twenty five endings ending).  This could have easily gone wrong but rather than a chuck a load of CGI action at it approach (yes DC I’m looking at you), Endgame is story and character led and doesn’t hit the “heavy render fight” button until right at the end.  Yes it’s long and yes the internet nailed a lot of the story points but Endgame is something quite special in a world where Marvel was at risk of loose it’s shine just a little bit.

Best Bit: Getting the stones

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Avengers: infinity War, Avengers: Assemble, Captain America: Winter Solider 

 


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Podcast: Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this (solo) episode of the podcast Phil delivers his InstaTake on the latest Marvel mega-blockbuster – Avengers: Endgame.  Was this worth 11 years and 21 films of wait?  Find out on this podcast!

Hosted by Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed:  Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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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Endgame Week: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Endgame Week: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Avengers: Infinity War is over ten years in the making. Thats a lot to live up to then.  So the big question… does it deliver on those exceptionally insane expectations? Well yes.  Just.  Look any film that has a run time of two and a half hours and brings over 30 established characters to the screen is going to feel at times rushed and overstuffed.  But surprisingly the pacing here is one of it’s strong points and the characters the film does focus on works well (see Capt, Stark, Strange, Guardians) .  That does mean some characters are left on the back burner but you can’t have it all.  Also Thanos ends up being one of THE great comic book movie villains.  You believe in him as a character and he’s painted with a few shades of grey.  Brolin also doesn’t play him shouty shouty which makes him fee more real.   The biggest issue the film has is lack of surprise.  Outside the opening sequence, little happens that you don’t expect (with the exception of one sequence featuring the return of an old foe).  Characters fight and do what they do with very little consequence. And whilst I appreciate this was always meant to feel like the first of two films, the ending left me a bit hollow feeling like the inevitable big death will take place in the next film.  I was frustrated that I’m going to have to wait a year to get resolution – a resolution that will undo what was a powerful end of Infinity War.   So overall this is a top notch Marvel film for sure but one that isn’t quite the 5 star epic that mainstream reviewers have painted it as.

Best Bit: Soul Stone

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Avengers Assemble, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians Of The Galaxy 

 


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Endgame Week:  Avengers Age Of Ultron (2015)  – A Quick Capsule Review

Endgame Week: Avengers Age Of Ultron (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So the bigger, louder, more action packed sequel arrives in cinemas with a weight of expectation on it’s shoulders, a weight sadly even it’s great cast & solid director just can’t live up to. Even if it’s still likely to smash box office records globally…

Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a bad film BUT even I’m getting a bit bored of this formula now and in an age when Guardians and Winter Solider did it differently enough to stand out from the crowd, Ultron just seems a bit of a backward step delivering us action, humour and character beats we’ve seen countless times before.

Starting with some of the worst CGI I’ve seen in a long time, the film rattles along at a pace with action scene after action scene, adding more and more characters along the way. Problem is, like I noted above, we’ve seen it all before and, except for the Hulk vs Iron man bit, there was little that really got me excited – especially as the film ends in pretty much a repeat of Avengers Assembles impressive last 40 minutes (hordes of faceless bad guy getting pummelled by CGI Avengers). Yes the humour’s here once again, as is the stand out character interactions, but this time it feels more forced and whilst Ultron, the titular foe for this Avengers outing, is solid good creation voiced expertly by Spader, he lacks the charisma of say a Loki, as is always the way when it’s a purely CGI creation.

So for me this is one of the weaker Marvel films, not because it’s badly made, but because familiarity surely now is starting to breed contempt and with another 5 years of Superhero films in the works I just wonder what they can do different now to stop the inevitable decline of this genre of films.

Best Bit:The party

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Avengers Assemble, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Thor

 


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Endgame Week: Avengers Assemble (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review

Endgame Week: Avengers Assemble (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Avengers Assemble changed the landscape of modern cinema.  Yup Iron Man was more significant in terms of launching the MCU but The Avengers/ Avengers Assemble showed that a multi-layered set up across multiple films and characters could be brought together in a film that gave (almost) everyone their moment in the sun whilst being coherent, fun and full of memorable moments (and quibble lines). It also nailed the Hulk after multiple miss steps.  Avengers Assemble is still the best of all the Avengers movies and wipes the floor with Justice League.  Essential.

Best Bit: Attack on New York

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Iron Man, Thor , Captain America

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Captain Marvel (And Marvel Films!)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Captain Marvel (And Marvel Films!)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the recently released Captain Marvel.  We also break down our favourite and least favourite Marvel films to date. Spoilers: Ross really didn’t like Captain Marvel.

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

Films Discussed: Captain Marvel, Ant Man & The Wasp, Doctor Strange, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: End Game, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Iron Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Reservoir Dogs, Marvel, Quentin Tarantino

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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