The Bad Batch (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Bad Batch (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Bad Batch is crazy.  From insane Keanu Reaves extended cameos, to crazy Jim Carrey appliances to just its central premise, long run time and trippy middle section… it just makes no sense.  It’s Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone meets Mad Max meets The Hills Have Eyes meets pretty much anything nuts you can think of.  Its also not amazing and far from essential but it’s also not THAT bad. In fact it passed the time quite well even if there are probably a 100 better things to watch.  Watch it for the eclectic cast, for the best audition to direct a Mad Max movie you have ever seen or just because you have a two hour train ride with time to kill.

Best Bit: Legs. Arms. Lunch.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Max Max: Fury Road, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, Drifter 

 


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Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So nearly 20 years after Samuel L Jackson took over the role of Shaft he’s back once again for a sequel/reboot that has more in common with 21 Jump Street and Starsky & Hutch in tone than it does the original shaft films.  Arriving in the UK direct to Netflix just weeks after its US release and with a bucket load of poor reviews, expectations were VERY low.  Which makes it a real surprise that the film was as good as it was.  Yup it won’t change the world and it certainly won’t win an awards but Jackson & Usher have great chemistry, the support cast are fine and the script knows what it has to do and when teh film finally reunites 3 generations of Shaft you cant help but smile. Yup the villains are mere cardboard cut outs, the story wafer thin and the plot you’ve seen before.  YET I laughed, I cheers and I dug it.  Well worth  watch.

Best Bit: Jackson was made for this quipping type role

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 21 Jump Street, Shaft (2000), Starsky & Hutch

 


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Michael Inside (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Michael Inside (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Michael Inside is a brutal look at the spiralling life of an impressionable eighteen-year-old Michael McCrea (an incredible performance by Dafhyd Flynn) whose future is changed dramatically when he is caught holding a bag of drugs for a friend.   A low budget Irish film, it currently holds a near perfect Rotten Tomatoes score and has received rave reviews.  And you can see why.  This is an impeccably acted, tightly directed story that takes the usual prison tropes and puts them aside for a well researched look at what life really is like inside for a young offender.   It’s hard, brutal and shocking and is a film that pulls few punches.  Yup it’s far from upbeat viewing but should be an essential watch for both young adults and their parents.

Best Bit: Consequences

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Scum, Made in Britain, Dog Pound

 


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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #113 – Velvet Buzzsaw, Polar, Glass

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #113 – Velvet Buzzsaw, Polar, Glass

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

On this episode: Mike and Steve take a look at Oscar nominations, the latest M Night Shamalam movie GLASS….hmm given our track record with his films, I wonder how much we liked this one???

A couple of Netflix films, POLAR and VELVET BUZZSAW are also on the agenda.  We also look at our favourite films from ’96 to 91 in out TOP FIVE.

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

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

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The Young Offenders – A Quick Capsule Review

The Young Offenders – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Every so often you find a gem of a film that you’ve never heard of.  The Young Offenders is that film.  Stacked full of charm wit and invention this low budget tale of two petty criminals on the look out for a major score has more heart and wit than most of Hollywood’s output in the last few years combined.  Winning performances, clever direction and a tight script make this a must watch.

Best Bit: The House fight

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Trainspotting, Twin Town, Headrush

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Author: Phil Hobden