The Boxtrolls (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Boxtrolls (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however,.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit

 

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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…

The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit.

Rating:

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Blog: The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however,.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit.

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s 10 quick reviews

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s 10 quick reviews

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Over the past few weeks i have managed to watch a large amount of films – i would normally write full reviews on all of them, however time does not permit, so for your perusal please see below 10 quick reviews of films i have recently seen.

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2 Guns

Director: Balathazar Kormakur

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington

Some funny one liners, action scenes are plentiful but uninspiring, Wahlberg and Washington have good chemistry, but ultimately this is a rather average effort that plays like a poor mans Lethal Weapon – passes the time, but that’s it.

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R.I.P.D

Director: Robert Swenkte

Starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds.

One of the biggest flops of 2013  and a shameless rip off of Men In Black, the sfx are shoddy, the plot contrived and its at least a quarter of an hour too short – however Reynolds and Bridges are very good and the final 20 minutes are pleasingly action packed – certainly not the worst film I’ve ever seen.

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I Frankenstein

Director: Stuart Beattie

Starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski

Made by the same people who did the Underworld Series – bit silly, woeful effects, terrible script and a very miscast Eckhart – but quite enjoyable in parts and certainly not as bad as all the critics would have you believe.

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The Legend Of Hercules

Director: Renny Harlin

Starring Kellan Lutz

Words fail me on this one . Looks like it was edited with a chainsaw,  script appears to have been written by a ten year old and Kellan Lutz’ “performance” as Hercules resembles nothing more than a large plank of balsa wood. By far and away THEworst film of 2014 and candidate for one of the worst films ever made – staggeringly awful. And yes you read that right- its directed by Renny Harlin  – on this evidence the glory days of Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2 are but a distant memory.

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Sabotage

Director: David Ayer

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington

Another flop – one of the worst of Arnie’s career in fact. Shame really as its not half bad. Well acted, well made, gritty, with some pretty good action scenes. The problem isn’t the film per se  – its Arnie – unfortunately he’s played this kind of role too many times and to be honest he’s looking a bit past it to really be credible any more.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Director: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson

Absolutely superb sequel to 2011’s The Hunger Games, Lawrence, Harrelson and Sutherland are all superb, as is the direction, story and production values  – cracking film, very exciting – don’t miss it.

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The Worlds End

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman.

The third entry in the “Cornetto Trilogy” is a crashing disappointment on a epic scale, featuring annoying characters (especially Pegg’s), an appallingly unfunny script and a rubbish story.

Absolutely pales in comparison to the frankly brilliant Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Dear God Edgar, what the hell went wrong here mate??????????

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3 Days to Kill

Director: McG

Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard

Despite a top notch turn from Costner, this action thriller simply doesn’t cut the mustard. Persistently slows down when it should be going full steam ahead, overlong and is suspiciously reminiscent of Taken.

– another dud from McG.

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Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco

A great performance from Johnson cant save this from being a very standard actioner, not bad, but Seagal was churning these out in his sleep 20 years ago.

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Homefront

Director: Gary Fleder

Starring Jason Statham, James Franco.

Good old fashioned beat em up, plenty of fisticuffs and gunfights, written and produced by Sly Stallone, Statham is great value as ever, and Franco is excellent as the bad guy – but what in the name of Zeus’s butthole is he doing in this kind of film????????????????!!!

 
Author: Will Strong 

 

Review: The Worlds End (DVD/BR)

Review: The Worlds End (DVD/BR)

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The Review: (SPOILER FREE) – First Shaun, then Hot Fuzz, now The World’s End – ye, finally, the nine-years-in-the-making “Cornetto” trilogy pants, puffs and collapses at the finishing line with this comedy about a bunch of mates who reunite via their goofy, oddball (and rather annoying) friend Gary King, played by – who else? – Simon Pegg.

Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan make up the other friends who join this reinvigorated pub crawl of 12 pubs, 12 pints, which culminates at the fittingly-title “The World’s End”. In much the same way as Shaun did, the title proves to be all-too literal as the boys stumble across an alien invasion to sort of take over the world.

Here be aliens, and here be the problem. The aliens ruin an otherwise perfectly funny, campy buddy/drinking UK romp. It takes a while for the cogs of the inventive-free alien wheels to grind up, but at least for the first forty minutes, there’s a decent and funny enough film in here beginning to be rescued during its second half. Some well-observed, genuinely funny and heartfelt moments we can all relate to: the second pub being a clone of the first, and a nice touch having a flashback to the good ol’ days (with five youngsters representing our famous five leads). I especially enjoyed the little observations, all deeply-rooted in reality. But there will come a point where reality – and any promise of an excellent movie – is quickly substituted with blind silliness.

I think Edgar Wright may well have lost the plot, both figuratively and literally. Do British filmmakers these days not have the courage of their convictions to see a relatively nice idea through, without feeling the need to involve monsters and/or aliens? I can’t envisage The World’s End being a smash hit Stateside or anywhere-else-for-that-matter-side, but in the UK at least we have not had a decent pub crawl movie (I don’t think) to call our own. The World’s End just totally collapses when the stupid aliens appear; and to make matters even more irritating, and sink-into-your-seat-inducing bad, there’s no real rules to play by. They seem to be an ultimate force for good, without saying too much – but then why do they have action-man attachments, and spill blue blood? Blue blood?! A metaphor for political allegiance, perhaps? Nah, it’s blue to avoid red, so it can sneak a “15″ certificate past the BBFC, says the cynic who’s thoroughly put-out inside my head.

Pegg very obviously have range in his performance capabilities. I enjoyed him more in – well, anything else, even Guest House Paradiso – than I did here. He’s not especially likeable. Frost emerges unscathed, and Marsan can act his way out of an admission to murder, but the same can’t be said for Considine and Freeman who are just cold and deeply unfunny.

It starts off well enough, and becomes tiresome in the middle. I dozed off a couple of times during the fight scenes – but nothing prepared me for THAT ending, although I should well have guessed. Shaun obviously makes no bones about its inspiration from early horrors. Less so for Hot Fuzz when it went all Wicker Man on us. The World’s End pulls a similar stunt, but the idea is flawed with no real room for development – and the post script to this utterly tedious and messy endeavour left me thinking “Ohhhhh for feck’s sake!”.

So, it is with regret that I inform you that The World’s End is by far the worst of the trilogy, and could even pop up in my ten worst of 2013. That is, unless, Uwe Boll or Anthony Minghella are planning on releasing a film this year.

Yeah, I know, Anthony Minghella is dead and can’t make any more movies. Well, at least that factual reminder has lightened my mood a bit after this disappointing and messy, wet-fart of a swan song.


Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay


THE WORLDS END  is out at Cinemas now.  Join the debate on our Facebook group… http://www.facebook.com/groups/filmsploitationpodcast/

Review: The Worlds End (Cinema)

Review: The Worlds End (Cinema)

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The Review: (SPOILER FREE) – First Shaun, then Hot Fuzz, now The World’s End – ye, finally, the nine-years-in-the-making “Cornetto” trilogy pants, puffs and collapses at the finishing line with this comedy about a bunch of mates who reunite via their goofy, oddball (and rather annoying) friend Gary King, played by – who else? – Simon Pegg.

Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan make up the other friends who join this reinvigorated pub crawl of 12 pubs, 12 pints, which culminates at the fittingly-title “The World’s End”. In much the same way as Shaun did, the title proves to be all-too literal as the boys stumble across an alien invasion to sort of take over the world.

Here be aliens, and here be the problem. The aliens ruin an otherwise perfectly funny, campy buddy/drinking UK romp. It takes a while for the cogs of the inventive-free alien wheels to grind up, but at least for the first forty minutes, there’s a decent and funny enough film in here beginning to be rescued during its second half. Some well-observed, genuinely funny and heartfelt moments we can all relate to: the second pub being a clone of the first, and a nice touch having a flashback to the good ol’ days (with five youngsters representing our famous five leads). I especially enjoyed the little observations, all deeply-rooted in reality. But there will come a point where reality – and any promise of an excellent movie – is quickly substituted with blind silliness.

I think Edgar Wright may well have lost the plot, both figuratively and literally. Do British filmmakers these days not have the courage of their convictions to see a relatively nice idea through, without feeling the need to involve monsters and/or aliens? I can’t envisage The World’s End being a smash hit Stateside or anywhere-else-for-that-matter-side, but in the UK at least we have not had a decent pub crawl movie (I don’t think) to call our own. The World’s End just totally collapses when the stupid aliens appear; and to make matters even more irritating, and sink-into-your-seat-inducing bad, there’s no real rules to play by. They seem to be an ultimate force for good, without saying too much – but then why do they have action-man attachments, and spill blue blood? Blue blood?! A metaphor for political allegiance, perhaps? Nah, it’s blue to avoid red, so it can sneak a “15″ certificate past the BBFC, says the cynic who’s thoroughly put-out inside my head.

Pegg very obviously have range in his performance capabilities. I enjoyed him more in – well, anything else, even Guest House Paradiso – than I did here. He’s not especially likeable. Frost emerges unscathed, and Marsan can act his way out of an admission to murder, but the same can’t be said for Considine and Freeman who are just cold and deeply unfunny.

It starts off well enough, and becomes tiresome in the middle. I dozed off a couple of times during the fight scenes – but nothing prepared me for THAT ending, although I should well have guessed. Shaun obviously makes no bones about its inspiration from early horrors. Less so for Hot Fuzz when it went all Wicker Man on us. The World’s End pulls a similar stunt, but the idea is flawed with no real room for development – and the post script to this utterly tedious and messy endeavour left me thinking “Ohhhhh for feck’s sake!”.

So, it is with regret that I inform you that The World’s End is by far the worst of the trilogy, and could even pop up in my ten worst of 2013. That is, unless, Uwe Boll or Anthony Minghella are planning on releasing a film this year.

Yeah, I know, Anthony Minghella is dead and can’t make any more movies. Well, at least that factual reminder has lightened my mood a bit after this disappointing and messy, wet-fart of a swan song.


Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay


THE WORLDS END  is out at Cinemas now.  Join the debate on our Facebook group… http://www.facebook.com/groups/filmsploitationpodcast/