Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Ghostbusters (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so this isn’t the disaster the early marketing suggested it could be but it’s also FAR away from the 4 star reviews it’s been getting. I think, ultimately, I just don’t get Paul Feig films – The Heat, Bridesmaids and Spy especially did NOTHING for me and here, again, whilst the cast all do okay (standout being Kate McKinnon) you just can’t help but feel there’s nothing new here once the role reversal gimmick wears off. You are left with a reboot I didn’t really want, of a film that didn’t need it, and a director that goes out of his way to remind you just how good the original film really was.

Best Bit: Hemsworth

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Heat, Bridesmaids,  Spy

 


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Worst Film of 2016:  Point Break (2015)

Worst Film of 2016: Point Break (2015)

Best & Worst Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The original Point Break is a top 5 film for me. So this remake was always going to struggle. But after 5 mins I thought “Actually this isn’t bad” Its a shame then that the film didn’t end there because quickly this film descends into a hollow, pointless mess. It lacks the heart and charm of the original as the Utah falls from one plot contrivance to another without ever actually having to do any police work. It’s lazy, piss poorly directed and when it does “homage” the original it just plain gets it wrong as it never once give you a moment to care. And man the Cgi on the last wave sequences are just monumentally horrid.

All in all if you want to watch a good Fast & Furious type film watch Fast & Furious. If you want to watch a good point break watch the original. If you want to watch a terrible and dull action film pick one of the hundreds made like this. Just don’t pick this as, apart from maybe two nice stunt sequences, this film has NOTHING to offer ANYONE.

Oh and casting note: When trying to replace an action known for his monotone delivery at least TRY to find someone who has even seen the word charisma written down, let alone manages to display a bit ever now and then. Right I’m off to watch the actual Point Break and remember why I gave a fuck so much.

Best Bit: The stunts

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Point Break, Fast & Furious 5, XXX

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends Turd of 2016 Award: Point Break

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends Turd of 2016 Award: Point Break

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 2016’s Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests Turd Of The Year award is… by a WIDE margin…

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Point Break (2016)
Without a doubt one of the most pointless films of 2016, Point Break is terrible.  Okay so some of the stunts are pretty impressive but you can watch that on YouTube.  Point Break 2016 strips away EVERYTHING that was good about the original and delivers a cookie cutter bad excuse for an action film.  Please don’t support this.  Watch the original instead! 

 

 

Close but no cigar: YOGA HOSERS

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Remakes!

Phil’s Top 5… Remakes!

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: Remakes.

Yes the dreaded “R” word.  But hey not all Remakes are rubbish like Total Recall or Point Break.  In fact some are stone cold classics.  Here’s some of my favourites…

 

Close but no cigar:The Fly, Little Shop Of Horrors, Cape Fear, 12 Monkeys, Halloween

 

5 – Scarface
Remaking a 30’s little known gangster film, DePalma struck gold with what is one of the definitive films of the 80’s.  It cemented Pacino as a stand out talent and helped launch careers of Michelle Pfeiffer among others.  It also owns pop culture with it’s iconic images and quotes.  Say hello to my little friend indeed.

4 –  Invasion of The Body Snatchers
Now on it’s third remake, Body Snatchers best incarnation is for sure it’s 70’s Donald Sutherland starring vehicle.  That said the 90’s version holds a lot of affection for me and the Daniel Craig/Nicole Kidman version has it’s moments.  

3 – Oceans 11
The original Ocean’s 11, whilst starring the kinds of cool in the Rat Pack, is a mess.  The remake updates it, adds a top notch cast and became a bonified mainstream hit.  Shame the sequels in the whole were messy and forgettable.

2 – Dawn of The Dead
I love Dawn Of The Dead, Romeo version.  It still is outstanding.  So it says a lot that I rate Zack Snider’s modern remake so highly. It’s excellent.  Okay so fast Zombie’s may not be everyone’s taste but the pace, set pieces and cast help this one become one of THE best remakes.

1 – John Carpenter’s The Thing
The Thing is not only the best remake for me but also one of the best 80’s films full stop. From Carpenter’s relentless direction to the spot on cast to the pounding music and ground breaking visual FX… The Thing has it all.  The modern remake/prequel was utter tosh however and did NOTHING to add to this films legacy.

 

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Lets Do The Time Warp Again – A Quick Capsule Review

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Lets Do The Time Warp Again – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Well this one is interesting.  It you look online, you’d think that this remake was mostly Fox shooting the cast of the original against a brick wall live on TV.  It’s not.  Actually as a fan of both the film and the stage show, I welcome new versions of what is a much adapted classic.  And for the most part this film is pretty good.  The Time Warp is fantastic and most of the new cast aquit themselves well.  There’s even a welcome return for the usherette, cruelly let out of try original film! HOWEVER the films biggest weakness is Frank herself, Laverne Cox, who sadly just lacks the charisma of Tim Curry delivering Sweet Transvestite as a strangely muted, lifeless number.  So far from terrible and worth a watch but COULD be better.

Best Bit: Time Warp!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment, Grease Live!

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Point Break (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Point Break (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The original Point Break is a top 5 film for me. So this remake was always going to struggle. But after 5 mins I thought “Actually this isn’t bad” Its a shame then that the film didn’t end there because quickly this film descends into a hollow, pointless mess. It lacks the heart and charm of the original as the Utah falls from one plot contrivance to another without ever actually having to do any police work. It’s lazy, piss poorly directed and when it does “homage” the original it just plain gets it wrong as it never once give you a moment to care. And man the Cgi on the last wave sequences are just monumentally horrid.

All in all if you want to watch a good Fast & Furious type film watch Fast & Furious. If you want to watch a good point break watch the original. If you want to watch a terrible and dull action film pick one of the hundreds made like this. Just don’t pick this as, apart from maybe two nice stunt sequences, this film has NOTHING to offer ANYONE.

Oh and casting note: When trying to replace an action known for his monotone delivery at least TRY to find someone who has even seen the word charisma written down, let alone manages to display a bit ever now and then. Right I’m off to watch the actual Point Break and remember why I gave a fuck so much.

Best Bit: The stunts

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Point Break, Fast & Furious 5, XXX

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Carrie (2013): A Quick Capsule Review

Carrie (2013): A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s all a bit of been there, done that with the latest reimagining of a horror classic.  As they mostly seem to be.  The biggest problem however with Carrie (2013) is that the usually excellent Chloe Moretz is lost at sea, be it through poor direction or just bad casting and being that the film’s success or failure heavily rests on her shoulders, that is an issue.  Add in an collection of faceless could be anyone ‘teen’ support cast and your left with a film that does nothing new, and what it delivers isn’t a patch on what was made before.

Best Bit: It’s pretty short.

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Borrow

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If you liked this try: Carrie (8/10); Evil Dead 2013 (8/10); Texas Chainsaw Remake (5/10)

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Movie Collection: 3 Disc Set (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Secret Of The Ooze/Turtles In Time) (DVD/BR)

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Movie Collection: 3 Disc Set (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Secret Of The Ooze/Turtles In Time) (DVD/BR)

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The Review: How much you rush out to buy this collection is very much determined by your love and positive feelings for what are three deeply dated yet still somewhat enjoyable movies. Bringing together the Three live action Ninja Turtles Movies (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Secret Of The Ooze/Turtles In Time), it’s fair to say the films suffer somewhat from the law of demonising returns.

The original film is full of early 90’s charm and just about pulls it off with some great voice acting, not least from former Goonie Cory Fieldman as well as some fun PG rated action.

Part 2 is less successful, as The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last cannister of the ooze that created the titular heroes in a half shell, which Shredder wants to create an army of new mutants but still ether’s a lot to enjoy.  Not least the sausage that the BBFC originally cut thinking they were Nunchucks.

Part 3, which sees The turtles finding themselves transported back in time to ancient Japan. is pretty forgettable and to be honest,  until re-watching this time around I’d thankfully forgotten all about it.

This new set comes in a good shiny HD transfer of each movie, decent sound and some nice extras. Fans of the original shows will  love it.  Everyone else?   Possibly not…

Reviewed By: Phil Hobden

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Review: Evil Dead 2013 (DVD/BR)

Review: Evil Dead 2013 (DVD/BR)

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The Review: Quite how I was suckered into believing that this remake would be any different to the slew of remakes we’ve had from genre-defining 80s horror masterpieces would be any different is anyone’s guess. Quite what other critics are seeing in this movie is also anyone’s guess. Is this the remake that would buck the horror trend of shitty-ass remakes? Nope.

The story is much the same as Raimi’s original – after a ball-shatteringly silly and unintentionally hilarious “poignant” opening about a basement witch burning, a bunch of teenagers holed up in the very same cabin get hassled by some sort of malevolent spirit awoken from its slumber due to one of the teens opening up and reading aloud – duuuh! – from the book of the dead, despite being warned not to.

Straight away any character empathy is vacuumed from the narrative.

This time around David has apparently staged something of an intervention with two other chicks and a hippy to try and get his sister, Mia, off dope. She agrees to give it up, drop it down a well, and go cold turkey for the weekend. What transpires shortly thereafter is the best excuse to fall off the wagon, and possibly one of the goriest cold turkeys ever committed to celluloid.

Let’s get straight to the point here; Evil Dead is not the original – in fact, nowhere near. Gone is the strong vein of humour entirely. Fede Alvarez – here directing and co-writing – is no Sam Raimi. It’s perfectly clear to me that young hot director’s do not have the carefree attitude it actually takes when a studio plies money on them. Alvarez on occasion does try to emulate some of the fast-moving shots, but to little effect. Without humour, you’re left with the scares and the story. And guess what – yep, there’s not much to write home about there, either. Scary? Nope. It’s as if Scream and Scary Movie 5 had never been made. If you’ve seen approximately 3.8 horror movies before you see Evil Dead, you’ll see the scare beats coming a mile off.

The gore, on the other hand, is marvellous – though too infrequent. Plenty of the red stuff is sloshed around, and the movie somewhat unwisely goes down the Final Destination route of making it as wince-inducing as possible. Why oh why do common-or-garden contemporary horrors want to exploit the wince factor with 18-rated horrors these days? Is a decapitation not enough, that we have to have someone seemingly purposely slice their tongue in half through the middle? What’s going on there? And where did that dead dog come from? And why all the hanging cats? Are you TRYING to repulse us just to repulse us? Noooo… why not try giving us characters we care for! Let’s dig a bit deeper here.

All this vicious, spiteful maiming etc, tells me that the malevolent spirit is bored; the evilness is in fact operating with an audience in mind. The bad essence knows it is in a movie – clearly, the good guys didn’t get that memo, and routinely fall into that “duuuh” trap with their actions at every available opportunity.

On the way out of this routine bore fest, one of my party I attended with asked me what I thought. Without a moment’s pause, my mouth blurted out “It was approximately 90% shite – the 10% that was okay was the last scene” – it’s true; just when you think it’s all over, there’s an extended sequence (involving a character, rain and a chase – am spoiling nowt) – ah, see, THAT was what I was expecting throughout the entire 90 minute run time. Not the flaccid and, frankly, pathetic exposition that vacuumed any joy out of the whole thing. If the whole movie had been as obnoxious, stupid and blood-filled as the last scene, we’d be in the high single digits for the score out of ten. Finally, 80 minutes in the gears grind up full pelt – but by then, it’s too late, far, far too late.

So, Evil Dead? Evil Shed, more like. The hippy pissed me off, the token black girl helped with the order of who gets offed first, and then a blonde thing came out of nowhere only to get de-limbed. It’s nasty for nasty’s sake – in a completely naff, “trying too hard” way. One person in my party was not up on horror, and is fairly easily satisfied, and thought it was boring, too. Did I mention that Diablo Cody did a somewhat uncredited rewrite on this picture? I’m sure I had a feeling about this somewhere, but frankly I’m boring myself to death writing about this movie now.

Oh – and while we’re on it, if you do sit through the credits and wait for the final scene – you’ll be treated to a certain character played by a certain actor who has a certain famous line. It’s not worth sticking around for.

Wait for the DVD if you absolutely must. Unless of course you’ve never seen a horror movie before – in which case, knock yourself out. Preferably just before the film starts.

Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay

Editors Note:  I loved this film – gory, bloody and fun. It’s not the original Evil Dead and more me that makes it a 100% better.  I loved Rami’s Evil Dead and the fact this didn’t have Ash or other characters we love and makes some bold narrative choices just emphasise how much better this film is that it should have been.  Sorry Andrew totally disagree on this one…

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One Sentence Reviews… Romero’s Zombies

One Sentence Reviews… Romero’s Zombies

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This Month : George A Romero’s Zombie Movies (and remakes…)

One Sentence Review turns it’s attention to George A Romero movies (and remakes) for it’s latest ‘in a nut shell’ look at films.

Night of The Living Dead
Chilling – the original zombie horror hardly bettered since.

Dawn Of The Dead
Romero’s swipe at consumerism is still as shocking today as it was when it came out. It may have aged but this is still a master class filmmaking from the master of the genre…



Zombie: Dawn Of The Dead

Argento recut of Romero’s original see’ less story and more gore. Which is never a bad thing….

Day of The Dead
Most dystopian of all Romero’s films, ‘Day’ is a terrifying look at the last gasps of a crumbling society you aren’t sure deserves to live

Night of The Living Dead (1990)
Tom Savini directed retelling that is surprisingly ungory, adding little to the original.

Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Top notch adrenaline fuelled remake that gets pretty much everything right. Romero take note!


Land Of The Dead
Lacklustre return to the genre for Romero that suffers from too many ideas and too little focus.

 

Diary Of The Dead
Romero’s worst film for years, Diary does nothing for the fans, the director or the genre. Massive letdown.

 

Day of The Dead (2008)

For those hoping for a modern Snider eek take on Day your hopes will be dashed by this dated, torrid pile of crap.

 

Survival of The Dead
I take it back, he could fall further. Yes Survival rates up there as one of the worst Zombie films ever.