The Lady In The Van (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

The Lady In The Van (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As seems to always be the way now, one of the best films of the previous year ends up being British and one that I miss on it’s release (See Pride and Sunshine On Leith).  It’s also simply amazing that Maggie Smith didn’t get at least an Oscar nomination being that she delivers what is probably one of the best performances of the year (and her career). This is Maggie Smiths film and she owns ever second she’s in.  That said the rest of the cast fair pretty well and the story, as quickly delivered as it is, is compelling and charming enough to make this one hell of a film overall.

Best Bit: Maggie Smith

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Sunshine On Leith, Full Monty, Pride

 


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Blog: The Lady In The Van – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Lady In The Van – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As seems to always be the way now, one of the best films of the previous year ends up being British and one that I miss on it’s release (See Pride and Sunshine On Leith).  It’s also simply amazing that Maggie Smith didn’t get at least an Oscar nomination being that she delivers what is probably one of the best performances of the year (and her career). This is Maggie Smiths film and she owns ever second she’s in.  That said the rest of the cast fair pretty well and the story, as quickly delivered as it is, is compelling and charming enough to make this one hell of a film overall.

Best Bit: Maggie Smith

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Sunshine On Leith, Full Monty, Pride

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2015

Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2015

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2015 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year. So we’ve covered our best and our worst films of 2015, so before we look at the films coming up in 2016 here’s my ‘Alternative’ End of Year Awards for 2015…

Alternate Film Of The Year…
Sharknado 3


Surprise of The Year…
The below average nature of the years blockbusters


Performance Of The Year…
James Cameron for his press work on Terminator Genarseshite where he sated it was a great film.  It wasn’t.


Just Fuck Off and Die Award…

Sharknado 3


Trailer Of The Year Award…
Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens

 

The Emperors New Clothes Award…
Mad Max Fury Road

 

That Came Out This Year… Damn.  Totally Forgot
Blackout and Chappie.

 

The Oscars did WHAT this year?
Forgetting Joan Rivers.  And Richard Kiel. And numerous others…

 

The Poof That Award Shows Suck Award…
Oscar snub for Pride.  And Kajaki. The two best British film of last year!

 

The Poof That Award Shows DONT Suck Award…
Whiplash!


Best TV Show of 2015…
Narcos. Or Daredevil. Or Ash Vs Evil Dead. Or pretty much 100 others.

 

The WAS the Worst Film of 2015 Award After I saw it in 2014… 
He who Dares 2: Downing Street Down

 

Films That SHOULD have been on my 2014 List’s but I Hadn’t Seen…
Kajaki & Pride.

 

Next time: Phil’s Look at 2016 and a look back at my 2015 predictions… 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2015… So Far! (Updated: 7th Oct 2015)

Quick Review

Best Films of 2015… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2015’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2015… So Far:

1. Whiplash (9/10)
2. Inside Out (9/10)
3. Shaun The Sheep (9/10)
4. Birdman (8/10)
5. Kingsmen: The Secret Service (8/10)

Honourable Mentions: Pitch Perfect 2 (8/10); Unfriended (8/10); The Infinite Man (8/10); John Wick (8/10) ; Focus (8/10); The Theory Of Everything (8/10); Going Clear (8/10); Cinderella (8/10); Son Of A Gun


Worst Films Of 2014… So Far:

1. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2/10)
2. He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down (2/10)
3. Magic Mike XXL (3/10)
4. Blackhat (3/10)
5. Assassin (3/10)

Dis-Honourable Mentions:  Maggie (3/10); Insurgent (4/10), Spy (4/10); Minions (4/10), Taken 3 (4/10), Everly (5/10), American Sniper (5/10), Big Eyes (5/10), Jupiter Ascending (5/10)

 

 The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

Kung Fury (And Sharknado 3)


Great Films of 2013 I didn’t see in
2013

Honourable Mentions: I, Origins (7/10), Pride (9/10), The Imitation Game (7/10), Paddington (8/10), Kajaki (9/10)

 

Blog: All Things Film – Pride Reviewed

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Uncategorized

I meant it when I said 2014 was reserving its best for the latter half of the year. Pride is astonishingly strong and moving stuff.

Set in 1984 during the miner’s strike, a small group of gays and lesbians form LGSM – Lesbians and Gays Supporting the Miners, and go around collecting any old scrap bit of change from the public and directly donate the proceeds to the miners as they enter their near-year strike against Thatcher. Into the fray are leader Mark, played by Ben Schnetzer, and a young Kevin McKidd-looking guy named Joe. Joe is twenty and joins the London gay pride march, where he hooks up with this clique of cheery fellows. There’s a lone girl (a lesbian, and not too quiet about it) and the time then comes for them to visit Wales; a sleepy town where the locals are not exactly open minded about this gang’s sexual proclivities.

Well, I must say Pride is a joyous little romp and no mistake. It’s interesting, also, that it’s based on true events which are ground breaking in so many ways. While I was watching the film I kept a keen eye out for plot contrivances or any smearing of the truth to better the narrative’s cause. It turns out very little (character pieces aside, anyway) was fudged in favour of creating a decent story.

And so what director Matthew Warchus creates here is a little belter of a picture, complete with largely extended cameos from Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton. It’s pretty formulaic stuff and without a genuine antagonist, unless of course you count Thatcher as the prime bad guy, but what it does is tell a good story and hits all the right notes.
I think the film is a triumph in particular for Dominic West, who plays Jonathan, one of the first ever men in the UK to be diagnosed with HIV. The end text reveals he’s still alive today and has just turned sixty-five.

The star of the show, though, is Ben Schnetzer has Mark. Schnetzer was one of the disgusting, narrow-eyed dolts in The Riot Club earlier this year, and his Mark character here couldn’t be any further from the role he plays in that other film. Schnetzer successfully tightrope walks between cloy sentimentality and somewhat camp charisma, which is beautifully understated throughout the picture. It’s a tough ask to carry the weight of the picture on your shoulders, but Schnetzer manages brilliantly.

Pride is the story of one of 1985’s triumphs, and one of 2014’s truly unadulterated gems

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

Blog: Pride – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Pride is a wonderful film.  Telling an amazing true story, it does so in a highly memorable way. Funny, charming and uplifting… if I’d caught this at the tail end of 2014 it for sure would have been in the running for my film of the year.   See Pride.  See it as a reflection of history and as a bloody entertaining movie!

Best Bit: The activists arrive.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Brassed Off, Whiplash, The Imitation Game

 

Author: Phil Hobden