West Of Memphis (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

West Of Memphis (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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West Of Memphis is one of the most engaging, tense and fascinating films i have seen in 2012.  Not documentary.  Film.  An unbelievable story, about an unbelievable set of events, Memphis tacks this familiar case from origins up to date, leaving you in no uncertain terms where the filmmakers and their many supporters lay their suspicions.  Emotionally charged and simply brilliant.

Best Bit: That was nearly 3 hours?  Flies past.

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy

If you liked this try: Into The Abyss, Inside Job, Catfish, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hill

 

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Beast Of The Southern Wild (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Beast Of The Southern Wild (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Beast Of The Southern Wild is truly one of the best debut films I have ever seen.  Stunning, poetic & beautiful this almost impossible to describe coming of age fantasy drama shows a true talent in the making both behind the camera and in front (Quvenzhane Wallis is truly amazing).  This is a film that deserves to be seen… if not always understood.

Best Bit: Quvenzhane Wallis

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy

If you liked this try: Moonrise Kingdom, Pans Labyrinth,  Life Of Pi

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What We Are In The Shadows (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

What We Are In The Shadows (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Well that’s a disappointment.  A Man Bites Dog meets Spinal Tap style documentary about Vampires sounded like a winner but sadly, whilst it has it’s bloody moments, the film completely forgot to add any laughs, instead wallowing in it’s own cleverness.  There’s not much more to say… a comedy without laughs, a horror without scares, a film without interest… it’s all just a little bit too full of itself. Disappointing.

Best Bit: The Werewolf bit is as funny as it goes

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Borrow

If You Liked this Try: Man Bites Dog, Spinal Tap, Borat

 

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Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Wow. Who would have thought it… this Universal Soldier sequel turns out to be not only the best film in the franchise but probably one of the top 10 films of the year.   No really.  Action packed, making the most of it’s probable modest budget, it finally gives star Adkins a role to get his teeth into whilst trading punches with two other members of the Expendables 2 cast.  Watch this if you like you action 90’s style.
Best Bit: One shot shoot out
Rent, Borrow, Buy: Buy
If you Liked this try: Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier: The Return,  Universal Soldier 2

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Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Paddington is a joy of a film. There’s no other way to describe it.  A superbly realised kids film but with a humour and charm that will appeal to adults also.  From it’s fully realised lead character to it’s excellent cast (Whishaw as the titular bear stands out) who all connect so strongly with the audience.  Even without this,  however, the filmmakers throw in enough goofy set pieces to make you laugh out loud.  If I had ANY issues with the film it would be that maybe the FX don’t quite live up to the budget’s realities BUT this is a very small point in what is really a wonderful film.  Both for kids AND adults.

Best Bit: Paddington settles in to the house!

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Shaun The Sheep, The Boxtrolls, The Book of Life

 

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Kajaki – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Kajaki – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Kajaki is the best movie from 2014 that you haven’t seen.  Scrub that it’s probably one of the best movies from 2104 period.  Kajaki is as brutal and intimate a war movie as you are ever likely to experience.  And trust me experience is the word… I watched Kajaki and at times forgot to breathe.  The tension is palpable, the acting flawless and the direction outstanding.  This is a must see.

Best Bit: Tension.  In spades.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: BlackHawk Down, Platoon, ’71


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Green Room – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Green Room – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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It’s often in a season of blockbuster excess and budget smashing destruction, that the smaller films stand out.  Green Room is that film.  Tense, expertly directed, super violent and brilliantly performed it’s one of the best films I’ve seen in 2016 so far.  And hell who hasn’t waited for the moment Patrick Stewart played an uber bad guy neo-Nazi! Green Room is a must see film that will shock and wow in equal measure.

Best Bit: “I know where they keep their…”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Blue Ruin, It Comes At Night, You’re Next

 

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The Nice Guys – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Nice Guys – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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So most people would have seen a Shane Black film and probably never realised it.  A writer (and occasional bad joke teller is Arnie films) and then director, he’s not a house hold name.   But a few of us… well we’ve been all in from the start.  From lethal Weapon to The Last Boy Scout, Black’s films (as writer then latterly as a director) have uniformly been excellent, and often cornerstones to my teens.  SO I really look forward to Black’s films.  So with that much anticipation in mind I’m happy to report that  The Nice Guys does not disappoint and in fact as we stand today is probably the most enjoyable film I’ve seen in 2016 so far.  It’s bloody brilliant.  From script to direction, this film oozes cool, the kind cool that you can’t fake.  Add to that one of Russell Crowes best performances, Gosling on top form and an excellent support cast and you have a film that just delivers.

Best Bit: Gosling & Crowe

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Lethal Weapon, Iron man 3, The Last Boy Scout

 

 

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You’ve Been Trumped – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

You’ve Been Trumped – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
You’ve Been Trumped doesn’t paint a nice picture of the billionaire and the director of this film will certainly be missing from Donald Trump’s Christmas card list this year once he’s watched this.  Because as one sided as the story told here is, whatever way you look at it Donald Trump comes off as a bit of a twat.  To be nice.  Otherwise it’s business as usual, the big bad company headed by the powerful uber rich American vs the small British town & towns folk.  Interesting but unbalanced.

Best Bit: The artwork

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Stream

If you liked this try: Exit Through The Gift Shop,  Sicko,  Super Size Me

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Skyfall – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Skyfall – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hold the phone.  007 is back and this time he’s bloody near perfect.  Yes that’s right Skyfall is exactly as good as the hype suggest, a film that returns Bond to the classic figure we know and love whilst throwing in enough action, heartache and shootouts to be a damn good action thriller in it’s own right.  From the Aston Martin, to the fight in a lizard pit (yes really!), this is Bond at the best he’s been for a long time. Highly re-watchable, massively fun.  A must watch. Just a shame about the song.

Best Bit: The final showdown
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
 
If you like this try: Casino Royale, License To KillQuantum Of Solace

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