Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

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: All four members are back as on this episode for reviews of The Incredibles 2 and Skyscraper. Plus an extensive conversation on the James Gunn news and Comic Con trailers! Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD!

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Phil’s Top 5… Pixar Films

Phil’s Top 5… Pixar Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Best Pixar Films

 

Close but no cigar: The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Inside Out, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2

 

5 – Toy Story
The first ever feature length CG animated film.  Groundbreaking in every way and whilst the technology ahs moved on it’s the focus on characters, people and story that won the day here.  Without Toy Story modern cinema would be VERY different.

 

4 – Monsters Inc
John Goodman as a big fluffy monster scaring children?  The fact we were all IN on that concept was a given but we just didn’t know how much of a joy Monsters Inc. would be.

 

3 – Toy Story 3
Heartbreaking, inspirational and uplifting, Toy Story 3 ended out what was one of cinemas best trilogies on a near perfect note

2 – Wall-E
What other studio could get away with making a film where the lead character hardly speaks and there’s next to no dialogue for the first part of the film?


1 – Up
It made you laugh. It made you cry. It even killed off a character in the first 10 minutes.  Man Up is brutal.  But it’s also the most amazing Pixar movie. It’s just beautiful.

 

 

 

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Incredibles 2 (2018)- Review Round Up

Incredibles 2 (2018)- Review Round Up

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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: Incredibles 2

 


“Brad Bird’s strong script and direction elevates Incredibles 2 to new heights.”- 9.2

 

 

“…there’s plenty of crackling entertainment value here for viewers from 5 to 95. ” 

 

 

 

“Brad Bird’s sequel to his superhero-family Pixar classic doesn’t build on the first film so much as dutifully replay it. It’s fun, but far from incredible.”

 


” Incredibles 2 is stuffed to the seams with gorgeous animation, often bursting out of the frame in its nostalgia for the heyday of Hanna-Barbera cartoons and general ‘60s pop art. ” -4/5

 

 

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Coco – A Quick Capsule Review

Coco – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Coco is Pixar back firing on all cylinders – It’s funny, charming and endearing without being preachy or over the top.  In fact I’d say that Coco happily sits towards the top end of Pixar’s considerable cannon.  Visually stunning and with top draw voice acting, it’s day of the dead theme (whilst treading similar ground to  also very good The Book of Life) provides a rich tapestry for the animators to work with.  For my money this should be sitting amongst the crowd of best Motion Picture nominees at this years academy awards.

Best Bit: So THAT”S why it’s called Coco

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Book Of Life, Inside Out, Ferdinand, Up

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Author: Phil Hobden

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #087 – The Post, Coco, The Darkest Hour

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #087 – The Post, Coco, The Darkest Hour

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

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: Josh, Mike and Steve take a crack at three films this week – The Tom Hanks/Meryl Streep/Steven Spielberg juggernaut, The Post; the latest Pixar movie (get your tissues ready)Coco, and the shoe-in for best actor, Darkest Hour. We also give our predictions for the Oscars – who do you think will be picking up a new golden statue? On top of this is our Top Five songs in films, Josh checks out High Noon (Or does he???) and we round off the show with Address the Lamb!

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Phil’s Top 5… Pixar Films

Phil’s Top 5… Pixar Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Best Pixar Films

 

Close but no cigar: The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Inside Out, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2

 

5 – Toy Story
The first ever feature length CG animated film.  Groundbreaking in every way and whilst the technology ahs moved on it’s the focus on characters, people and story that won the day here.  Without Toy Story modern cinema would be VERY different.

 

4 – Monsters Inc
John Goodman as a big fluffy monster scaring children?  The fact we were all IN on that concept was a given but we just didn’t know how much of a joy Monsters Inc. would be.

 

3 – Toy Story 3
Heartbreaking, inspirational and uplifting, Toy Story 3 ended out what was one of cinemas best trilogies on a near perfect note

2 – Wall-E
What other studio could get away with making a film where the lead character hardly speaks and there’s next to no dialogue for the first part of the film?


1 – Up
It made you laugh. It made you cry. It even killed off a character in the first 10 minutes.  Man Up is brutal.  But it’s also the most amazing Pixar movie. It’s just beautiful.

 

 

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #062 – War For The Planet Of The Apes, Cars 3

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #062 – War For The Planet Of The Apes, Cars 3

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

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: Sooz is back as she joins the guys for an action packed episode. We have reviews of Cars 3 and War for the Planet of the Apes. Josh goes back to school to watch Roadhouse for the first time. AND we have a very debatey Top 5 as the rule book comes out for our Top 5 War Movies Not Set In The Century.

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Blog: All Things Film – Inside Out Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Inside Out Reviewed

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It’s nice to see a film this year that really does contain a wealth of imagination and craftsmanship. I suppose it’s no surprise, really, that it comes in the form of a Pixar movie. Inside Out is about as uncomplicated, yet charmingly imaginative as we’re likely to get all year; happily, it evokes some of the better films of recent memory such as Birdman, and also some of the wonderment of titles such as Fantastic Voyage and Being John Malkovich, and some of the earlier child-friendly dramas like Willy Wonka.

It’s the story of a young girl named Riley who’s parents have moved her away to San Francisco, and away from her friends and happy thoughts. We spend a fair bit of time in her head and meet sprites who control her emotions such as Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger. These little creatures drive the story forward and are played mainly by US TV comedy stalwarts such as Amy Poehler, Phyillis Smith and Lewis Black. Richard Kind turns up as the heffalump elephant crossbreed imaginary friend.

Behind the real controls is a sea of invention. There are plenty of nice touches such as how the memories are stored in their counterpart emotional colours, grey and fading out and being replaced by others. A nice touch were the two unnamed sprites who erase some of the older memories and, just for fun, throw annoying memories of old chewing gum commercial themes back at the controls.

Sure, because it’s Pete Docter (responsible for Up etc) there is a very strong vein of family and melodrama. Inside Out is not without its fair share of heart tugging – but, damn it, this team time and time again manage to sucker punch the right notes. The end result is a family-friendly affair with some neat little packaged messages which border on being obtuse, but handled with such care and deftness, it’s hard to criticise.

Make sure you keep at it during the closing credits. We are treated throughout the film to a number of character’s inner emotion sprites, but the credits venture in to a variety of different scenarios; my favourite being the last one looking in to a cat. Cats are dumb and silly, and you’ll smile like a dickhead when you see how this one is portrayed; almost as whimsically genius and bonkers as that time Malkovich ventured into his own portal.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

 

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Monsters University: A Quick Capsule Review

Monsters University: A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So it’s fair to say with cars 2, Brave and now Monsters University the perception is that Pixar have lost a bit of their mojo.  And perception would be right.  Mostly.  The thing is by most people’s standards Monsters University is a good film.  It’s charming, well made and occasionally funny.  BUT the standards here aren’t most people’s and compared to Up or Wall-E, Monsters University is too light, too fluffy and too predicable to be seen as anything more than just good.  Still Pixar good is better than most peoples superb.

Best Bit: Escape from the human world

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Rent

If you liked this try: Up (9/10); Wall-E (9/10); Toy Story 3 (9/10)

Review: jOBS (DVD/BluRay- USA)

Review: jOBS (DVD/BluRay- USA)

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The Review:  When the sad news the Apple creator and tech wizard Steve Jobs had died, most people figured it would only be a matter of time before his life was turned into a movie.  With the popular book by Walter Isaacson released short after his death, a movie announcement followed.  West Wing & Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin would be in charge of the script, guaranteeing this studio backed film would be a must see.  But whilst almost two years later the Sorkin film is still being developed, another Steve Jobs film slipped out into the world.  And unfortunately this one stars Ashton Kutcher.

This story of Steve Jobs’, tells of his ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century, through his initial tenure at Apple, his controversial ousting and his eventual return to what would become a golden age at the Palo Alto based company.

Very much an independently produced love letter, Joshua Michael Stern previously best known for his film Swing Vote with Kevin Costner (no, me neither) directs his own screenplay, in a film he produced and no doubt made the tea on as well.

And in a sentence that’s what’s wrong with jOBS… whist it flirts with being an interesting film , due to its TV movie of the week feel and overblown musical cues, it never quite makes it.  Even more so it makes the critical error of skirting around the ‘real’ Jobs, polishing the rougher edges that made the man what he was, and what he was liked and loathed for in equal measure.

If you have read Isaacson’s book (which I have), this film adds very little to the mix.  In fact what it does add is probably embellishment , rumour and supposition rather than fact and often shown through such rose tinted glasses (Steve is Good!  The Apple board were bad!)  that you’d think the renownedly difficult jOBS hardly ever put a foot wrong.

Also in compressing such a dense and event filled life, the film often skips over massive chunks of his story, leaving out the things that made Jobs the man he was, both good and bad.

It’s not all bad.  The cast is very good, not least Kutcher, who shares more than a passing resemblance  to his subject matter and manages to mostly drop the irritating ticks and traits that made his more recent career almost unbearable to watch. Whilst the film never shakes off it’s TV movie feel, the story it tells is an interesting one.  Just one that also could have been better served by a writer-director with a slightly less rose tinted view of events and people, with a willingness to do something less linear or narratively predictable (someone like Aaron Sorkin maybe!)

In short: If jOBS had been an Apple product, it would no doubt have been sent back for more refinement.  Well at least under the regime of Steve Jobs, anyway.

Reviewed By: Phil Hobden


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