Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2017

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2017

Quick Review Year In Review

And that’s it.  Another year in the rear view mirror and another reason to take a look back at the BEST, WORST and, well, others of 2017.

So here it is: my pick of the BEST films of 2017.

 

Film of The Year:  Baby Driver

In Brief: Yup the Spacey factor makes this awkward for sure BUT the fact that it still remains as many favourite film of the year DESPITE of that should tell you just how good Baby Driver is.  Edgar Wright delivers a fanatic, charming, 90’s style film that mixes True Romance, Bullet and many other great films to make what will probably be a modern classic. Oh and THAT soundtrack.  Superb.

 

 


2. T2 Trainspotting
In Brief: : Silly title yes. Silly film? No.  Few films are ever made about what it’s like to be middle aged, by T2 Trainspotting nails it. It’s not perfect but it hit where it counted.


3. Paddington 2

In Brief:  Who saw this coming?  Well anyone who actually watched Paddington 2 obviously.  Charming, fun and silly Paddington has more heart than it can share.  It’s just brilliant.


4. Raw
In Brief: This French horror film is a tough watch and will turn some people off for sure.  But I found it captivating, brutal and, er, raw.


5. Star Wars The Last Jedi
In Brief:
  It’s a really good Star Wars film and an excellent blockbuster, up there with the year best. Full of massive highs and a few lows, The Last Jedi mostly lives up to expectation.

6. OJ: Made In America – Fascinating documentary

7. Blade Runner 2049 – One of the best SCi-Fi films in many years

8. La La Land – Charming, funny and heart breaking all at once.

9. IT (2017) – One of the best horror films for many a year.

10. Thor: Ragnarok – Marvel go three for three and Thor whilst not the obvious choice was the one, on reflection, I enjoyed most.

 

Bubbling Under:  Shot Caller, Dunkirk , Spider-Man Homecoming ,Logan ,Prevenge,  Logan Lucky ,  Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 ,Counterpunch,  Jawbone ,  Silence,  Hidden Figures

 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends Turd of 2017 Award: Mother!

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends Turd of 2017 Award: Mother!

Other Cr*p Quick Review Year In Review

The votes are in, they have been counted an verified and I can now proudly announce the Winner of 2017’s Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests Turd Of The Year award is…

 

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Mother!

IMDB: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Josh Morris (Smoking lamb):

 

 

 

Close but no cigar: Transformers The Last Knight 

 

 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends ESSENTIAL LIST For 2017 Part 2: Spiderman Homecoming, Operation Mekong,  Let Her Out, Lady Macbeth, Brawl in Cell Block 99

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends ESSENTIAL LIST For 2017 Part 2: Spiderman Homecoming, Operation Mekong, Let Her Out, Lady Macbeth, Brawl in Cell Block 99

Other Cr*p Quick Review Year In Review
The votes are in.  The long list reduced to just 9… and here they are, the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests list of the FILMS TO WATCH for 2017.  In no particular order:

 

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#7: Spiderman: Homecoming
Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

 

 

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#8: Operation: Mekong
Two Chinese merchant ships were attacked in Mekong river and 13 crews were killed. Thai policemen found 9 hundred thousand crystal meth on the ships. This new shocked China. Gang Gao, the leader of Narcotics Corps in Yun Nan province was assigned to lead a special team to Golden Triangle to investigate. Cooperated with a informer, Fanxin Wu, Gao discovered that 13 crew member were brutally murdered and framed up. Gao and Wu decided to fight for justice out of China no matter what it takes.

 

 

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#9: Let Her Out
Helen (Alana LeVierge) is a bike courier who suffers a traumatic head injury at the hands of a stranger. When she awakens in a hospital to discover that she has a benign growth in her brain, she begins to experience dark visions, voices, and the omnipresence of a strange young woman. Thrust back into her life, Helen finds herself lost in a walking nightmare, in which nothing is what it seems, because the thing inside her mind will stop at nothing to get out..

 

 

 

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#10: Lady Macbeth
In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.

 

 

 

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#11: Brawl in Cell Block 99
A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.

 

 

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Next Time: Turd Of The Year for 2017! 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends ESSENTIAL LIST For 2017 Part 1: Manchester By The Sea, Wind River, Baby Driver, Paddington 2 , Elle, The Triangle

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends ESSENTIAL LIST For 2017 Part 1: Manchester By The Sea, Wind River, Baby Driver, Paddington 2 , Elle, The Triangle

Other Cr*p Quick Review Year In Review

The votes are in.  The Long List been reduced to just 11… and here they are, the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests list of the FILMS TO WATCH for 2017.  In no particular order:

 

#1: Manchester By The Sea
A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

 

 

 

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#2: Wind River
A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.

 

 

 

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#3: Baby Driver
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

 

 

 

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#4: Paddington 2
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

 

 

 

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#5: Elle
A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

 

 

 

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#5: The Triangle
Four filmmakers take their cameras into the Montana wilderness to document the mysterious inner workings of a young community with a giant secret.

 

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Next Time: The final 5 Films To Watch for 2017. 

Detroit – A Quick Capsule Review

Detroit – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Kathryn Bigelow reunites with Mark Boal once again to tell the story of the Algiers Motel killings from the Detroit riots back in the 1960’s.  The issue here is most of the facts are unknown, cobbled together from different opinions, thoughts and rumours. And that give step film a somewhat disjointed feel, not helped but it outstaying it’s welcome by at least 30 minutes with an unsatisfying court room finale. Which is a shame as for a while this had the potential to be one of the best films of the year. So – far from bad and often touches on genius but sadly overall it falls short

Best Bit: The hotel tension ramps up

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, Point Break

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Star Wars The Last Jedi – A Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars The Last Jedi – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So the Last Jedi is good.  On balance it could well be the best true Star Wars film since Jedi.    It’s fair to say when it delivers it knocks it out the park – The opening, Rey/Ren, The finale BUT when it misses it really does miss – The long middle section, Star Wars Casinos, the punking out of not one but two characters set up for great things but cast aside.  A better script could have made this up there with Empire as The Last Jedi flirts with greatness but doesn’t QUITE land it.  This all said it was a really entertaining film, with lots of surprises along the way and twists and turns you don’t quite expect that lived up to expectations and hype.  Hamill is great, Fisher gives one of her best performances and the support cast are mostly exceptional.  Where next is anyones guess but the final film in this trilogy will have a hell of a job beating this. Recommended.

Best Bit: Finally! Lightsaber action!

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back , Rogue One : A Star Wars Story

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

American Made – A Quick Capsule Review

American Made – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Whilst hardly essential or breaking any new ground, American Made is good fun even if it does play like a knock off of superior films like The Wolf Of Wall Street (Style wise).  That said Liman knows how to direct a film and the action comes thick and fast in this ‘true life’ tale of a CIA drugs & weapons smuggler.  It makes an interesting companion piece to Netflix TV show Narcos also.  So passed the time for sure but don’t expect too much you haven’t already seen before.

Best Bit: Cruise crash lands

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Air America, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Narcos

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Leatherface – A Quick Capsule Review

Leatherface – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Texas Chainsaw was something of a one off.  It helped define a era of extreme, often banned horror films and it’s legend endures today despite numerous remakes, sequels and expansions that have added nothing.  Leatherface, sadly, is another of these.  Expanding the story behind the titular character proves pointless.  It doenst make him scarier.  It just weakens it.  Okay so Leatherface the film is impressively gory for sure but it’s also pointless.  Just watch the original instead and avoid films like this that just blur that original films impact.

Best Bit: It’s pretty extreme 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013)

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Gerald’s Game – A Quick Capsule Review

Gerald’s Game – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Gerald’s Game is yet another 2017 Stephen King adaptation.  This one sits between the most excellent I.T and the less than excellent (but still not as bad as everyone says!) The Dark Tower. With some strong central performances, a tight story and a nippy run time it works well, even if the tones and story is a little bit familiar.   Another strong Netflix original…

Best Bit: Netflix Hits again

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: IT, The Stand, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Misery

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Author: Phil Hobden

Logan Lucky – A Quick Capsule Review

Logan Lucky – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

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 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden