‘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
On this episode of the podcast we talk about the summer (well kinda) 2018 blockbuster season whilst also picking our best and worst Summer blockbusters ever. Ross ends up on a rant about football and makes a shocking revelation. All this and more…
Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.
Films Discussed: Jurassic Park 3, Sex And The City 2, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Star Wars: Attack of The Clones, Pearl Harbor, The Festival, Die Hard, Independence Day, The Spy Who Dumped me, Bridesmaids, The Meg, Avengers Infinity War, The First Purge, Antman & The Wasp, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Solo, Mission Impossible Fallout, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Skyscraper, Rampage, Spectre, Justice League, All The Money In the World, Equalizer 2, The Happytime Murders, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Tag, Ocean’s 8, Deadpool 2, Sicario: Day of Soldado, The Meg
So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of the films from 2018 (2018 Films), as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.
All in my very humble opinion…
BEST Films Of 2018… So Far:
Mission Impossible: Fallout
A Quiet Place
Honourable Mentions: Revenge, Mollys Game, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, You Were Never Really Here, The Festival, Calibre, Avengers: Infinity War, Game Night, Black Panther, Ready Player One, 12 Strong, The Post, The Meg, Deadpool 2, Love Simon, Andre The Giant
WORST Films Of 2018… So Far
The Cloverfield Paradox
A Wrinkle In Time
Deep Rising 2
Dis-Honourable Mentions: The Commuter, Renegades, Peter Rabbit, Ocean’s 8, Death Wish, Hellraiser: Judgement, Day Of The Dead : Bloodline, Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters Part 1, Extinction, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Patient Zero, Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, All The Money In The World, Skyscraper
The 2018 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time
The 2018 Films I just couldn’t Finish…
Great Films Of 2017 That I saw In 2018:
The Disaster Artist, The Babysitter, Mayhem, Icarus, The Greatest Showman, The Big Sick, LA 92
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 look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…
Well 2017 saw Marvel driver big and DC retain it’s patchy record. Horror stood out overall as most of the big Blockbusters fell short. 2018 has the promise to be even more mixed… so here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2017. And a few that I’d be happy to miss.
Most Excited: Avengers: Infinity War
Like it or not this is the biggest film of the year and whilst I have reservations (Age Of Ultron wasn’t great and the trailer did little for this latest instalment did little for me) BUT Marvel have been building to this for over 10 years and with the talent involved both on screen and off this could be a once in a life time film. Or Justice League Mark 2. Time will tell.
2. Deadpool 2 The original Deadpool was brilliant and by all accounts if the trailer is anything to go by this could be as good if not better. Enter Cable to the X-Men universe and with all the returning faces from part one Deadpool could be the last great 18 rated film Fox makes if the merger with Disney goes ahead.
3. Black Panther
Marvel bring a more unconventional Superhero tale to the screen, and with an excellent trailer and Marvel’s near flawless 2017 record this has the ability to be something quiet special indeed.
4. Bohemian Rhapsody Yes it’s had production issues and yes Singer isn’t a nice guy but with Dexter Fletcher taking over and with Queens backing this could be the film about the great Freddie Mercury that we have ALL been wait for.
5. The Incredibles 2 The Incredibles was, er, Incredible and this belated sequel looks like it could be another smash hit for Pixar. Lets just hope its more Toy Story 2 than Cars 2.
Bubbling Under: Tomb Raider (Good Trailer, great cast), Ant Man & The Wasp (Ant Man was great fun), The Predator (Shane Black + Predator = Hell Yes!), Mission Impossible 6 (These films tend to always be fun), The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson + Muppets = Heaven), The Purge: Island (LOVE the Purge Films), The Irishman (Scorsese teams with DeNiro & Pacino), Halloween (New sequel that ignores previous. With Carpenter’s blessing AND music)
Stinker Of The Year: Fifty Shades Freed Yes I’ve watched BOTH Fifty Shades movies. And yes BOTH have previously taken the WORST FILM of the year titles. Look this franchise has nothing. Poor acting, poor direction and poor writing topped off with S&M so softcore you could see harder on Babestation. Thankfully this will bring this torrid series to an end and hopefully the careers of all involved.
Also Dreading: Solo – A Star Wars Story (fired directors, Ron Howard, total reshoots – this could be the first Disney Star Wars flop), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Boring trailer and a sense of having done this before), Day of The Dead: Bloodline (please no), Ready Player One (Spielberg hasn’t made a truly interesting film for a while), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (X-Men films just don’t grab me anymore), Oceans 8 (Just WHY!), Scarface (Urban Scarface remake….a film NOBODY asked for), Pacific Rim: Uprising (God no)
So how did I do last year?
This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2017 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…
For best: I tipped Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star Wars The Last Jedi, War For The Planet Of The Apes, T2: Trainspotting and John Wick Chapter 2 as my most anticipated of 2017. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was good but eclipsed by both Spiderman Homecoming and Thor Ragnorok.War For The Planet Of The Apes was good but fell a bit short of the rave reviews it was given. T2: Trainspotting was one of my top 5 films of the year (and film of the year for almost half of 2017) whilst John Wick 2 was a bit shit. Star Wars The last Jedi meanwhile. As for the rest? Silence, Spiderman: Homecoming, Alien: Covenant and Baywatch were all either great or enjoyable.
As for the Stinkers? Transformers: The Last Knight was picked as the stinker of the year but eventually was pipped by Fifty Shades Darker. Both were appalling. Wonder Woman was actually mostly excellent, Blade Runner 2049 ended up as one of teh years best and Logan knocked it out the park. XXX: Return Of Xander Cage was dumb funbut The Mummy, Power Rangers and Cars 3 all were in the worst of the year.
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: 2018 Films I’d Rather Weren’t being made
Close but no cigar:Halloween, X-Men: New Mutants, Robin Hood: Origins, Oceans 8, Bad Boys for Life
5 – Pacific Rim: Uprising The original Pacific Rim did nothing for me and the recently released trailer for this sequel excites me even less, especially as DelToro is not directing.
4 – Scarface With it’s director now departed, this Urban Scarface remake lost it’s one appealing element. Pachino’s Scarface (itself a remake) is so seminal that this second remake just feels little more than a very belated cash grab.
3 – Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral Madea is a franchise that offers nothing. Nothing. The fact that the films still are being made helps me further question the brain power of those who continue to feed the machine
2 – Bumblebee The original Transformers was ace. Since then the films have quickly become everything that is bad about modern filmmaking. The last thing the word needs is a spin off.
1 – Fifty Shades Freed Fifty Shades Darker was the worst film of 2017 so far. Fifty Shades of Grey was the worst film of last year. Fifty Shades Freed could break a Quick Review record of delivering three consecutive years of worst films. Even Transformers hasn’t managed that.