Ford V Ferrari (aka Le Mans ’66) – A Quick Capsule Review

Ford V Ferrari (aka Le Mans ’66) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Le Mans ’66 tells the story of the battle between Ford & Ferrari for dominance at the famed race event in the 60’s.  Well actually that’s not right because really it’s the battle between Shelby and Ford that sits at the heart of this true life tale. It’s a great story – full of twists, turns and surprises.  It’s also a damn good film as well, with director James Mangold once again delivering a tense (but never over the top) film that allows Damon and Bale to really shine.  Once you get past Bale’s accent. For a film closer to there hours than two it flies by and the racing is everything you ant it to be. Had I seen this in 2020 it would have hit my best of teh year list for sure.

Best Bit: Le Mans

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Senna, Rush, Le Mans

 


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Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is a look back at all the films I gave the coveted Best & Worst awards each year to from the previous decade, as we look back at the previous 10 years of movies.  Have opinions changed?  Actually on a few… yes.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – The Social Network
2011 – Hugo 
2012 – Argo (Should have been: Skyfall)
2013 – Rush
2014 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash (Should have been: Mad Max: Fury Road)
2016 – The Nice Guys (Should have been: Kubo And The Two Strings)
2017 – Baby Driver (Should have been: T2 Trainspotting)
2018 – Coco (Should have been TIED with: Mission Impossible: Fallout)
2019 – Joker

BEST FILM Of the Decade: Mad Max: Fury Road


Honourable Mentions:
American: the Bill Hicks Story, Senna, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty, Life Itself, Inside Out, Kubo And The Two Strings, T2 Trainspotting, Mission Impossible: Fallout

 

WORST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – Skyline
2011 – Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon
2012 – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance
2013 – The Host
2014 – Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 
2015 – Fifty Shades Of Grey
2016 – Point Break (2016)
2017 – Fifty Shades Darker
2018 – The Cloverfield Paradox (Should have been Holmes & Watson)
2019 – The Dead Don’t Die 

WORST FILM Of the Decade: Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions: 44 Inch Chest, Sucker Punch, Cold Light of Day, The Worlds End, Sex Tape, He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down, Central Intelligence, Transformers The Last Knight, Fifty Shades Freed

 

 


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Looking For Lennon (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Looking For Lennon (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Looking For Lennon is a treasure cove for Beatles and John Lennon fans.  Focusing on the early years of John Lennon this documentary, the film is packed with interviews from childhood friends, former band mates and teachers who both supported and influenced Lennon on his journey to legend status. Director  Roger Appleton knows this scene well having directed get Back previously.  It was a bold choice to include almost no music by The Beatles but that choice ultimately helps the film focus on the time period it’s covering and not assign faux meaning to the events that helped shaped Lennon.  Probably saved on licensing fees also. So overall an interesting look at the early life of a true one off.

Best Bit: Archive images

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Senna, Amy, Gaga: Five Foot Two  

 

Tickets for for Looking for Lennon’s final screening at FACT Picture house is on Thursday 21st June at 18:30.  Tickets can be purchased here.   Available on VOD from Friday 22nd June. 

Conor McGregor: Notorious – A Quick Capsule Review

Conor McGregor: Notorious – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Conor McGregor is a divisive character.  Arrogant or confidant, talented or overrated? Whilst Conor McGregor: Notorious may not change your opinion of the man, it certainly shows you the effort he’s put into getting to where he is today.  Yes it’s a fluff piece which no doubt skirts around certain events and issues, but most documentaries only show their story so you cant fault it for that.  What Conor McGregor: Notorious does is it gives you a window into a man who in four years has gone from nothing to the most recognised fighter in them world.

Best Bit: The Early days

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Senna, Like Water, Counterpunch 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Williams – A Quick Capsule Review

Williams – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Williams is a fascinating look at a the life of driven, talented and flawed icon who has endured heartbreak & pain alongside success and admiration in a career unlike any other.  Frank Williams comes across as both warm and standoffish in this intimate portrayal of a man who refuses to be defined by his injury. With interviews including key figures from his life, his family and friends this is a must for fans of both motor racing and F1 alike.

Best Bit: Clare Williams reads to Frank.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Senna, Rush, 1: Life on the limit

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Whitney Can I Be Me – A Quick Capsule Review

Whitney Can I Be Me – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Whitney Can I Be Me asks you to believe that a person has limited control over their own choices, that others, that fame, that family, that a lack of support is at the heart of their own destruction.  If you can buy this central conceit or you are a big fan of Whitney you may get something out of this very surface documentary.   Thing is I’m neither.  Rather than sympathy I feel anger.  Anger that a person can throw away the talent and life they are given. And that’s a problem.  The film also lacks interviews with some key people (such as Bobby Brown, who the film puts her fall firmly at the feet of) which leaves the overall feeling of this being incomplete.  IT’s an okay watch but AMY is a far better take on a similar theme.

Best Bit: Early footage

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Amy, Kurt & Courtney, Senna

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Point And Shoot – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Point And Shoot – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Point And Shoot has , in my opinion, been unfairly critiqued for it’s American centric boys own approach with reviewers focused far more on the few negatives than it’s powerful view of a man trying to change the world for a cause and passion he believes it.   It’s a compelling watch, a look behind the curtain at war and the effect it has on family, on friends and on those we left behind.  In short: I really enjoyed this.

Best Bit: Released and back to war.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Senna, Amy, Cobain Montage Of Heck

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2011

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2011

Quick Review Year In Review
FILM OF THE YEAR: Hugo
In Brief: Magical children’s fantasy film by a director who has never been anything less than brilliant.  A top notch cast, a heart-warming message and the best use of 3D yet makes for one of the best children’s films for an age.
2. Senna
In Brief: Powerful, well made documentary that gives you a glimpse into the world of motorsport at the highest end and the celebration and tragedy that goes alongside with it.
3. True Grit
In Brief: Or how you remake a classic and pretty much make it better that the original in every way.

4. Girl With A Dragon Tattoo
In Brief: Blockbuster remake of the year.  Fincher doesn’t do bad films often and GWADT is no exception.  A brilliant, brilliant film that  has been criminally overlooked for the kudos it deserves.
5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
In Brief: Best MI film yet (well maybe tied with MI3), Cruise delivers a top notch performance wowing with his own stunt work in a well made, expertly directed action film.

Bubbling under: Captain America; Tucker & Dale Vs Evil; Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Super 8, The Inbetweeners Movie, Contagion, Xmen First Class, Drive

 

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