Scum (1979) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Scum (1979) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Alan Clarke’s Scum (itself a remake of a BBC TV version from 1977) remains a sobering, brutal look into 70’s borstal life.  From suicide to rape, beatings to racism, it’s a film that doesn’t hold back for a second of it’s run time time.  At the centre was a career making performance for Ray Winstone, the new ‘Daddy’ on the block.  It’s a film that has been re-quoted in playgrounds for years and whose legend shines bright in the history of classic British cinema.  A must, if tough, watch.

Best Bit: I’m The Daddy Now.

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Quadrophenia,  Borstal Boy, Nill By Mouth

 


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A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A Prayer Before Dawn is a hard film to watch.  Violence, rape, drugs, brutal beatings… it certainly doesn’t leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling afterwards.  However that may be… it’s still a powerful, affecting watch that, based on a true story, hammers home the dangers of undertaking criminal deeds in foreign countries. Its unflinching and exhausting, with a charged and powerful performance from Peaky Blinders actor Joe Cole and tight, if a touch repetitive, direction.  This isn’t Ong Bak and it makes the borstals of Scum seem appealing.

Best Bit: In the ring

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Scum, Michael Inside, Peaky Blinders

 


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Michael Inside (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Michael Inside (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Michael Inside is a brutal look at the spiralling life of an impressionable eighteen-year-old Michael McCrea (an incredible performance by Dafhyd Flynn) whose future is changed dramatically when he is caught holding a bag of drugs for a friend.   A low budget Irish film, it currently holds a near perfect Rotten Tomatoes score and has received rave reviews.  And you can see why.  This is an impeccably acted, tightly directed story that takes the usual prison tropes and puts them aside for a well researched look at what life really is like inside for a young offender.   It’s hard, brutal and shocking and is a film that pulls few punches.  Yup it’s far from upbeat viewing but should be an essential watch for both young adults and their parents.

Best Bit: Consequences

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Scum, Made in Britain, Dog Pound

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 5

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 5

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk about films they have watched recently. Yup it’s our fifth review round up show so we bring you some films that are old, some that are new, some that are borrowed and maybe a couple of that are blue.  Oh and Alita – Battle Angel.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Film Discussed: After The Screaming Tops, Supersonic, World War Z, Scum, The Rock, Back Panther, The Departed, Children Of Men, Robocop, Alita – Battle Angel, IO, Dumplin, Close, King of Thieves, Robin Williams Come Inside My Mind, Anna And The Apocalypse, The Golden Child, Unbreakable, Split, Murder By Death, A History Of Violence, Hot Fuzz, Assassination Nation, Fyre, Fyre Fraud, Bohemian Rhapsody, Glass, Mary Queen Of Scotts, Juliet Naked, Michael Inside, Strangers Pray At Night, They Shall Not For Old, Escape Room Green Book, Vice, Happy Death Day 2U

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For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

   

 


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Screwed – A Quick Capsule Review

Screwed – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Screwed is an above Average low budget prison drama that manages to get good performances out of it’s talented cast and mostly avoid the standard tropes of the prison movie.  It’s not perfect (it’s ambition out strips it’s budget at times) but there’s a lot to enjoy here, not least a pre Mr Jarvis/ Agent carter James D’Arcy and some solid direction from Reg Traviss.

Best Bit: Noel Clarke is chilling

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Scum, Brotherhood, We Still Steal The Old Way

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Starred Up & ’71 – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Starred Up & ’71 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Starred up is an excellent British film.  Scrub that.  It’s a excellent film full stop.  Dramatic, powerful and free of the usual cliches that run through most prison films what your left with is a good story, well told and performed expertly. One of the best British films of 2014.

Best Bit: Jack O’Connell 

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Scum, A Prophet, Bronson

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s very much the year of Jack O’Connell.  With a new Angelina Jolie film on the horizon, the above reviewed Starred Up and now thriller-come-Urban-Horror ’71.  And it’s very much O’Connell’s film, shining amongst a strong cast and giving a heart and soul to the tension.  Expertly directed by first timer Yann Demange, this film will have you at the end of your seat for it’s tight sub two hour run time.  Another O’Connell must see.

Best Bit: The Pub. 

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: We Still Kill the Old Way, Unbroken, Tower Block

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Author: Phil Hobden