‘Phil’s Quick Capsule Review’ (a nod to legendary comedian Bill Hicks who coined the phrase when he reviewed ‘Piece Of Shit’ movie Basic Instinct)… where a perfect 10 is rarer than a rain free British summer!
Written by Phil Hobden – UK based podcaster, writer and former filmmaker. Part of the All Things Film network…
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Ocean’s 8 isn’t a terrible film, it’s just never justifies WHY it needed to exist. I’ll try to avoid commenting on just how odd Sandra Bullock looks these days but in her role as Danny Ocean’s sister she fails to show any of the sparkle or charm that helped her launch the girl next door career that started with Speed. And whilst Ocean’s 11 relied on the audience being conned almost as much as the mark, there’s none of that trickery or fun here. The film is played pretty much straight and never really puts it’s leads in jeopardy. So a good cast wasted on a film that fails to be even half as good as the big brother that inspired it.
Best Bit: The toilet
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 13, Focus
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: 21st Century’s most re-watchable films
Close but no cigar: Ocean’s 11, The Avengers, The Bourne Ultimatum, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dredd
5 – The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Okay a LITTLE cheat here but these films really do make one long film. And man for near 12 hours of film that are incredibly re-watchable.
4 – Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone The film that kicked it all off is still magical to this day. From it’s charming cast to it’s often scary moments, this film set the tone for decades worth of films and merchandise that followed.
3 – Guardians of the Galaxy
By far Marvel’s most re-watchable film. It’s funny, clever and charming whilst never forgetting what it is.
2 – Skyfall Possible the best Bond film (at least on par with Goldfinger & License To Kill), Mendes does EVERYTHINg right here.
1 – The Dark Knight Nolan’s second Batman film is quite simply the best film of the 20th century so far for me – a film that is so much more than just the excellent performance by Ledger.
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: This week we welcome back Josh who unfortunately had to cut his trip short after getting into a prang with a moped. Unlucky for him but lucky for us! We cover Ocean’s 8, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Not only that but we also take a look at some movie news, and our top five this week involves Science being used for Evil!
Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them? Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie. This time out: Oceans 8
“Ocean’s 8 is the most satisfying installment in the franchise. The all-star cast is impeccable, the shift in focus yields sharp insights, and the heist itself is wily and enjoyable”- 8.9
“…this is a self-satisfied exercise that’s only occasionally as much fun as it thinks it is. ”
“It lacks the jazzy swagger of Soderbergh’s trio but delivers a fun, likeable romp built on the charm and charisma of its cast. ” – 3/5
“Sandra Bullock leads a heist caper that’s clever enough to get by and sly enough to treat its female cast as a natural spin on the ‘Ocean’s’ brand.”
” there’s plenty of laughs, a wardrobe to die for, and enough twists and turns that at least one should surprise you.” -4/5
Overall Critics Say
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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Hurricane Heist isn’t the worst film you’ll see this year but man it’s a slog at times. Badly cast, poorly executed and with action that leaves you preying for a bigger budget, it doesn’t get much better when you consider the weak script and frankly predictable story. Maggie Grace is out of her depth and you’d expect far better from the director of the first Fast & Furious movie. One to miss
Best Bit: Urm…
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid
If You Liked this Try: The Fast & The Furious, Fast 5, Oceans 11
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Well this was a pleasant surprise. After a few years away from directing, Steven Soderbergh returns with a light hearted but fun heist movie. An Oceans 7/11 (as it’s described in the film) full of rednecks and hillbilly’s. Look Logan Lucky wont change your life and it wont break any new cinematic ground BUT it’s damn funny, great fun and a breezy watch. Craig and Tatum are standouts.
Best Bit: The heist
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Oceans 11, Oceans 13, Out of Sight
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Remakes.
Yes the dreaded “R” word. But hey not all Remakes are rubbish like Total Recall or Point Break. In fact some are stone cold classics. Here’s some of my favourites…
Close but no cigar:The Fly, Little Shop Of Horrors, Cape Fear, 12 Monkeys, Halloween
5 – Scarface Remaking a 30’s little known gangster film, DePalma struck gold with what is one of the definitive films of the 80’s. It cemented Pacino as a stand out talent and helped launch careers of Michelle Pfeiffer among others. It also owns pop culture with it’s iconic images and quotes. Say hello to my little friend indeed.
4 – Invasion of The Body Snatchers Now on it’s third remake, Body Snatchers best incarnation is for sure it’s 70’s Donald Sutherland starring vehicle. That said the 90’s version holds a lot of affection for me and the Daniel Craig/Nicole Kidman version has it’s moments.
3 – Oceans 11 The original Ocean’s 11, whilst starring the kinds of cool in the Rat Pack, is a mess. The remake updates it, adds a top notch cast and became a bonified mainstream hit. Shame the sequels in the whole were messy and forgettable.
2 – Dawn of The Dead I love Dawn Of The Dead, Romeo version. It still is outstanding. So it says a lot that I rate Zack Snider’s modern remake so highly. It’s excellent. Okay so fast Zombie’s may not be everyone’s taste but the pace, set pieces and cast help this one become one of THE best remakes.
1 – John Carpenter’s The Thing The Thing is not only the best remake for me but also one of the best 80’s films full stop. From Carpenter’s relentless direction to the spot on cast to the pounding music and ground breaking visual FX… The Thing has it all. The modern remake/prequel was utter tosh however and did NOTHING to add to this films legacy.
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Sneakers is by far one of the best films of the early 90’s. It’s also one of the best films that very few people have seen. A fun, highly entertaining thriller that was actually spot on about the future of hacking, spying and covert governmental operations. A great cast (including a young River Phenix) and a journeyman director on career best form, it’s surprisingly undated with a style that predates but certainly similar to Oceans 11. All in all if you want to see a great film from the 90’s that you probably missed, THIS is the one.
Best Bit: The script.
Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Oceans 11, Breakdown, Inside Man