Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wow. Who would have thought it… this Universal Soldier sequel turns out to be not only the best film in the franchise but probably one of the top 10 films of the year.   No really.  Action packed, making the most of it’s probable modest budget, it finally gives star Adkins a role to get his teeth into whilst trading punches with two other members of the Expendables 2 cast.  Watch this if you like you action 90’s style.
Best Bit: One shot shoot out
Rent, Borrow, Buy: Buy
If you Liked this try: Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier: The Return,  Universal Soldier 2

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You’ve Been Trumped – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

You’ve Been Trumped – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
You’ve Been Trumped doesn’t paint a nice picture of the billionaire and the director of this film will certainly be missing from Donald Trump’s Christmas card list this year once he’s watched this.  Because as one sided as the story told here is, whatever way you look at it Donald Trump comes off as a bit of a twat.  To be nice.  Otherwise it’s business as usual, the big bad company headed by the powerful uber rich American vs the small British town & towns folk.  Interesting but unbalanced.

Best Bit: The artwork

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Stream

If you liked this try: Exit Through The Gift Shop,  Sicko,  Super Size Me

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Skyfall – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Skyfall – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hold the phone.  007 is back and this time he’s bloody near perfect.  Yes that’s right Skyfall is exactly as good as the hype suggest, a film that returns Bond to the classic figure we know and love whilst throwing in enough action, heartache and shootouts to be a damn good action thriller in it’s own right.  From the Aston Martin, to the fight in a lizard pit (yes really!), this is Bond at the best he’s been for a long time. Highly re-watchable, massively fun.  A must watch. Just a shame about the song.

Best Bit: The final showdown
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
 
If you like this try: Casino Royale, License To KillQuantum Of Solace

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Sharknado Week: Sharknado – A Quick Capsule Review

Sharknado Week: Sharknado – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sharknado. Yes. Shark-bloody-nado. Hell I have ZERO idea what I can say about this film other than if you think the title sounds silly then this is a film you will hate with an extreme passion.  If like me the title sounds all manor of awesome, then there’s a lot to love in this knowingly cheesy, cheap as chips, barking mad Sharks in a tornado movie. For everyone else, I’d probably recommend avoiding this. Genius.  Mad genius.

Best Bit: Chainsaw + Shark = Fun

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy

If you liked this try: Ghost Shark (UR); Sand Shark  (UR); MegaShark vs Crockosaurus (UR)

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Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning: A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning: A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s been a while since we had a decent Universal Soldier film.  Would have thought it… this Universal Soldier sequel turns out to be not only the best film in the franchise but probably one of the top 10 films of the year.   No really.  Action packed, making the most of it’s probable modest budget, it finally gives star Scott Adkins a role to get his teeth into whilst trading punches with two other members of the Expendables 2 cast.  Watch this if you like you action 90’s style.

Best Bit: One shot shoot out

Rent, Borrow, Buy: Buy

If you Liked this try: Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier: The ReturnUniversal Soldier 2

 


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We Need To Talk About Kevin – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

We Need To Talk About Kevin – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
We Need To Talk About Kevin is a hard watch.  From Tilda Swinton’s cold mother to Ezra Miller’s scarily convincing unhinged teenager, We Need To Talk About Kevin leaves you feeling more than a little traumatised.   That said it’s brilliant script, cold but brilliant direction and insanely convincing performances make for one of the most power films of last year.

 

Best Bit: Tilda Swinton is amazing

 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (It can only be watched once)

 

If you liked this try:  Taxi Driver, Martha Marcy May MarleneHard Candy

 

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Skyfall: A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Skyfall: A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hold the phone.  o07 is back and this time he’s bloody near perfect.  Yes that’s right Skyfall is exactly as good as the hype suggest, a film that returns Bond to the classic figure we know and love whilst throwing in enough action, heartache and shootouts to be a damn good action thriller in it’s own right.  From the Aston to the fight in a lizard pit (yes really!), this is Bond at the best he’s been for a long time.  In fact hype aside this could well be the best Bond film ever.  Highly re-watchable, massively fun.  A must watch.

Best Bit: Cameras
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
 
If you like this try: Casino Royale; License To Kill;  Quantum Of Solace

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Star Wars Week: Star Wars The Clone Wars – A Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars Week: Star Wars The Clone Wars – A Quick Capsule Review

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With Solo: A Star Wars Story out this week it felt a good time to revisit our previous reviews for the Star Wars films… next up Star Wars: The Clone Wars

 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Clone Wars wasn’t that well received on its cinema release. Which is odd because I actually quite liked it – action packed (maybe a little too much!), a good story and feeling very Star Wars, it’s everything the prequels lacked. Yes this animated film is pretty brainless but it’s fun and most of all it starts to show us the part of the prequels we actually wanted, as apposed to all the other stuff we didn’t.  A simply amazing TV show followed!

Best Bit: Finally seeing  of The Clone Wars.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If you liked this try: Star Wars: A New HopeStar Wars: Revenge Of The SithStar Wars: Attack of the Clones

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Avengers Week: Thor The Dark World : A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Avengers Week: Thor The Dark World : A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

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With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films!

The Review: For me the original Thor film was my second , least favourite Marvel adaptation after Captain America (sorry Capt.).  It wasn’t bad but it always felt like it was missing something special.  Now, two years later and bolstered by an appearance alongside his Avengers buddies, the Blonde, buff god returns in what is a far more well rounded and successful movie.

The Story: Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Firstly let’s get this out the way.  Thor 2 is actually really good.  Excellent in fact.  Of all the Avengers films, it’s probably the most ‘together ‘ .  It has a simple story, which moves at pace, with action and drama but keeping it tight enough to come in at under 2 hours.  It even manages to get around (at least MOSTLY get around) the standard CGI monster fighting CGI good guy trope that has hobbled the end of every Avengers film since Iron Man.

A large reason why the film works so well is the sublime decision to once again sit an unlikely candidate in the director’s chair.   Be it Jon Favreau for Iron Man or James Gunn for the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel have a knack of picking the right man for the job.  This time out respected TV and Game Of Thrones director Alan Taylor brings a more even vision to the film, much more suited to the material than Kenneth Branagh, and obviously revels in having a larger that his usual budget to play with.   The action is clean and well shot, and best of all you can see every punch, every explosion and every insane flying spaceship moment.

Oh and talking of flying Spaceship moments… director Taylor is obviously a fan of 80’s cheese fest Flash Gordon, being that he borrows a considerable part of the films finale for the attack on Asgard.  Not that I’m complaining as the mix of sci-fi, Norse legend, super hero and action make for a pleasant change form the usual Earth bound Marvel world.

Hemsworth once again proves he is a man of considerable talent, delivering action alongside comedy and the occasional pathos.  Naturally Natalie Portman has little to do (as is the female role generally in a Marvel film) but she remains a welcome addition, as does the returning Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston (once again a stand out as Loki) and Anthony Hopkins (as his most gravelly).  Rene Russo even gets to kick arse, which is nice.  As for former Dr Who and professional grump Christopher Eccleston he does good with his limited bad guy role, but in reality with the added make up and FX it could have been anyone as Dark Elf leader Malekif.

In truth the film has little against it, other than maybe an element of familiarity, and ends up being one of the best blockbusters of the year.  Maybe not as good overall as Iron Man 3, but certainly more fun. For the most part.

So overall a good script, great characters and some snappy dialogue alongside standout action sequences and a fast pace mean that deservedly Thor The Dark World will be another hit for Marvel.  Truly a studio that cant seem to get it wrong.

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Avengers Week: Iron Man- A Quick Capsule Review

Avengers Week: Iron Man- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films! 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The first blockbuster of the year was a balls out debut for Marvel Studios that set a high bar for the summers other superhero films. On second viewing the film has lost little and still remains one of the top five super heroes ever made.

Best Bit: Iron Man Vs Tank

Blu-Ray Notes: Amazing transfer, loud and detailed 5.1 HD audio and a massive selection of extras. Very Good!

If You Liked This Watch: The Dark Knight(9/10); Spiderman (8/10); Hulk (5/10)

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