Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yup it’s back and this time it’s travelling across the Globe. It’s as insane as you’d imagine and oddly the rather bad Katie Price cameo isn’t the worst acting in it (Tara Reid who once shone in American Pie is beyond phoning it in these days).  Yup each country has it’s own unique set of cameos as the film goes from one set piece to the next, in one country to the next, with zero logic or story effort.  But who cares when it’s this fun. And it IS fun, probably the fact the most fun since the second Sharkndao film all those years ago.  It wont convert new fans for sure but as a piece of forgettable fun the Sharknado films always deliver.

Best Bit: Sidney Opera house

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Sharknado, Lavalantula, Sharknado 2: The Second One

Sharknado Rating

 


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Cube (1997) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Cube (1997) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Cube was a break out 90’s hit that did a superb job at making the most of a very small budget, one location and a small cast.  Think Clerk’s with deadly traps.  It predated and influenced Saw and came around the time of break out low budget films like Blair Witch.  The 90’s was a really fun decade. However nostalgia aside, Cube has also aged less well than either of those films.  The effects and central concept still hold up but some of the acting can be pretty ropey at times and a slew of less regarded sequels and imitators has somewhat dampened its impact.  This all said it’s still a solid watch and shows what innovation can be done at a lower budget level.

Best Bit: Oh bugger.

Worth a Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: The Blair Witch Project, Saw, Clerks

 


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Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dark Fate is to the Terminator franchise what Force Awakens is to Star Wars.  A sequel/reboot that plays like a greatest hits version of it’s better, older bigger brother!  That’s okay but don’t think /expect this to be much more than a retreat of T2 because it’s really not.  It has it’s own John Connor, it’s own T1000, it’s own Skynet and it’s own Arnie. Well Arnie.  But still.  That doesn’t mean it’s not fun – until the final act the film does better than expected – but it’s yet another re-tread of a story we’ve seen numerous times before, albeit better than the last few sequels.

Best Bit: Arnie is actually really great fun

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator: Salvation 

 


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Happy Death Day 2U (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Happy Death Day 2U (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I was a massive fan of the original Happy Death Day – a smart idea, well executed that played it as much fore fun as it did for fears.  A quickly turned around sequel doesn’t always guarantee it will be able to replicate the success but, er, happily, I can report that Happy Death Day 2U is great fun.  A bit more sci-fi than horror focused, this Blumhouse produced sequel turns the crazy up to eleven and, through a very clever introduction, sets up its pace and tone which takes it closer to Primer levels than Friday 13th.  The cast are fun (again) , the direction solid and the film doesn’t hang around.  Well recommended.

Best Bit: The opening

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Happy Death Day, Primer, Get Out

 


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Gemini Man (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Gemini Man (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Whilst not the worst CGI wank fest this year (Alita still holds that dubious honour), the Ang Lee/Will Smith/Fresh Prince Will Smith team up Gemini Man still leaves a lot to be desired.  Like story.  Or emotion. Or FX that don’t make the film look like the 90’s Matrix video game.  The simple problem here is not with the technology (which sadly doesn’t work and gives me serious concerns for the upcoming Irishman) it’s that this feels exactly like what it is – a 90’s action film made 25 years too late. The whole thing feels out of date.  Smith does his best but the uncanny valley is in full effect and the wafer thin story, obvious twists, lack lustre direction by Lee and a phones in shit Clive Owen performance leaves you wishing they just hadn’t bothered.

Best Bit: Smith is good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Alita: Battle Angel, Face/Off, The Irishman

 


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Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1978) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1978) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Invasion of The Body Snatchers is one of my favourite science fiction films of all time.  It’s hugely claustrophobic, oppressive and nihilistic.  It leaves you feeling unsettled both through its naturalistic cinematography and performances, in a story that feels just one step away from possible.  Director Kaufman is on top form and Sutherland, Nemoy and Adams deliver memorable performances.  In short I consider the ’78 version of Body Snatchers essential viewing.

Best Bit: THAT Ending

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1956), Body Snatchers, The Invasion 

 


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Serenity (2005) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Serenity (2005) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
One of the best sci-fi films in recent memory, Serenity (based on the superb but brief TV show Firefly) is an action packed, superbly crafted ride that delivers you so much more than blockbusters with 3 times the budget. It’s also not afraid to throw in a few surprises… not least killing one of the casts most loved characters. Almost 15 years on it holds up surprisingly well.  In short I adore this world and we are all worse off that we’ve never been back.   As Mal would say… Shiny!

Best Bit: The Bar

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Firefly, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Pitch Black

Hall-of-Fame

 


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The Running Man (1987) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Running Man (1987) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Running Man is actually a really fun film.  And oddly prescient all things considered.    Yup it’s aged and the budget isn’t as big as the ideas but there’s a heck of a lot to like here and it holds up really well.  Years before bIg Brother and Gladiators, Running Man did them both.  Violent, silly, action packed and full of one liners it’s 80’s sci-fi and action films are it’s purest.  It’s also a pretty decent Stephen King adaptation!

Best Bit: Arnie in full on Arnie mode.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Raw Deal, Commando, Predator 

 


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Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So this is a turn up for the books – Blade Runner 2049 (Still a terrible DTV title) ends up being one of the best films of 2017.  Who saw that coming?  To be fair teaming up Reynolds, Deakins and director Villeneuve was a good starting point but still this was a sequel that nobody really wanted to a film that I still feel was a TOUCH overrated.  All this aside at nearly 3 hours in length, sitting in a terribly uncomfortable cinema with the worst audience i’ve shared a film with in a long time STILL didn’t dent my affection for this slow burn sci-fi wonder. Visually stunning, expertly performed and amazing direction.  A must watch. 

Best Bit: Deakins cinematography

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Blade Runner, Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, Strange Days

 


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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
WFTPOTA is not your average Summer blockbuster.  Dark, brooding and much smaller scale that the trailer and title would have you believe.  And that for me was the issue.  I wanted a bigger film.  A bolder film. This is much more intimate and small scale.  It’s a good film but it’s not the film that should, for me, be potentially ending Caesar’s story.  There are really interesting elements at play but as the film starts to repeat some motifs from the earlier films, I just wanted things to speed up a little.  Also whilst the ending is satisfying, how they get there isn’t.  The final confrontation and especially it’s conclusion just doesn’t work, playing on convenance  and underplays the cleverness that the series has displayed to date.  So good but not the sequel many would have wanted.

Best Bit: Sirkis is stunning

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes, Planet of The Apes (1968)

 


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