Bad Boys For Life (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bad Boys For Life (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I never thought i’d say it but Bad Boys For Life misses Michael Bay.  No really. It’s not that Bay is a good director as such (in fact he’s directed some of the worse films I have ever sat through) but his unique visual style and staging of action set pieces can carry even the worst of films if used right (see the recent 6 Underground) and whilst directors Adil & Bilall do their best to copy Bay, the film needed more confidant handling in those should stand out moments.  That said, as you’d expect, the team of Smith/Lawrence (looking a little, urm, portly) carry the film well, even if the ‘Bad Boys’ song is getting old, and the story throws in a few surprises that I didn’t see coming.  Overall then the second best Bad Boys Films and a fun afternoon at the cinema, just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.

Best Bit: Chemistry.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: 6 Underground, Bad Boys, Bad Boys 2

 


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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So after 40 years, 9 blockbuster movies and numerous games, books and comics, the legendary Skywalker saga comes to an end. Was its worth it? Well according to critics no, not really – Rise Of Skywalker has had the worst reviews of almost any Star Wars film to date.  Are they warranted?  Not really.  Look The Rise Of Skywalker is a mess for sure, the whole trilogy lacking a cohesive drawn out narrative from the start and this for sure plays out as a massive negative here as JJ struggles to pull it all together.  It also is hampered by Carrie Fisher’s death, something that causes narrative issues.  BUT these points aside it’s a good film – spectacular action sequences, solid twists and turns and some great character work by the core cast.  Yup the script is lumpy at times and the film has no logic for it’s major reveals but you can JUST ABOUT put all that aside as the film grabs you up and takes you along on a super fun ride.  So flawed yes, fun for sure, good ending for the saga… maybe.

Best Bit: Death Star!

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema – Love it or loath it it’s the ONLY place to see it

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: A New Hope

 


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Ghostbusters 2 (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Ghostbusters 2 (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Ghostbusters 2 but, laid up in bed and with Netflix at hand, it seemed like a good way to pass the time.  The less loved of the original Ivan Reitman films (although the 2016 remake makes this look like high art), Ghostbusters 2 holds up surprisingly well all things considered.  As before, as solid as Reitman’s work is, it’s the cast that makes the film.  Murray especially is superb, all grumpy and snappy, and the wider cast – from Weaver, Moranis and Akroyd – have once again deliver some superb chemistry.   It’s flawed for sure but Ghostbusters 2  is still a barrel of silly 80’s fun.

Best Bit: Liberty

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Ghostbusters (2016)

 


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Angel Has Fallen (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Angel Has Fallen (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Angel Has Fallen is probably my favourite on this trilogy of action movies.  But that’s not saying much – I hated London has Fallen and White House Down trumped Olympus Has Fallen in almost every way. In truth Angel Has Fallen is good enough to entertain/pass the time but its lacklustre action choreography, weak CGI and bored Gerard Butler do little to push it over the edge.  So… fans of the ‘franchise’ will probably like it, but in a year where Hobbs & Shaw blew up half the world, Angel Has Fallen doesn’t offer a great deal new or better…

Best Bit: The assault on the president

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, London Has Fallen

 


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Frozen 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Frozen 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Frozen was a mess.  No really it was.  A throw it at the wall and see if it works approach that somehow ended up captivating a generation of kids.  But for all its faults, Frozen had bucket loads of charm, memorable songs and female centric story rewrote how a Disney film should be made.  Frozen 2 then had a LARGE mountain to climb.  And pretty predictably for me it fell short.  It’s not bad and I laughed loads but it lacked the ‘lightning in a bottle’ magic that the original delivered in spades… as well as any memorable songs.  Frozen 2 is bigger, bolder and better animated but in the grand scheme of things that doesn’t always make for a better film.  But hey what do I know – a 43 year old is NOT this movies target audience and no doubt kids will love it.

Best Bit: Olaf.  Olaf. Olaf.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Frozen, Moana, Brave

 


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3 From Hell (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

3 From Hell (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
3 From Hell is a bit of a slog. It’s more of the same (well maybe at times less)  from Rob Zombie who returns to the well once too often after the far superior House Of A 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects.  Zombie as a director can be hit and miss and this is very much the later. Richard Brake is the only one of the cast to really deliver (Sheri Moon Zombie delivers more of the same with few levels) and by the time the film get’s to its predictably bloody conclusion I just didn’t care.   It all feels pretty low budget and low key which is a shame as when he’s on fire, Zombie is at least good fun. 

Best Bit: Sig Haig’s last ride

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: The Devils Rejects, House Of A 1000 Corpses, Rob Zombie Halloween

 


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Jason X (2001) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Jason X (2001) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yup Jason X is bad.  But its bad in a knowing, fun and silly kind of way that the franchise had been seriously lacking up to this point.  Just the idea of taking Jason and putting him on a space ship is insane BUT even with piss poor 90’s CGI, a near total lack of nudity and gore and acting that is at best dubious the film is just such damn fun. From VR deaths, 80’s Friday The 13th homages to a Cyborg Jason this film just knows what it is and delivers on that, never trying to be anymore or less.  And I kinda salute it for that… oh and did I mention CYBORG JASON?????? Barking mad.

Best Bit:Face, Liquid Nitrogen, Desk.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Freddy Vs Jason, Friday the 13th (2009), Friday the 13th

 


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Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch (1982) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch (1982) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch is so incredibly underrated.  It’s honestly terrifying – from robots to Witchcraft, face mashing and head ripping…. it’s a brutal film, made worse (better) by its incredibly downbeat ending. Yup time hasn’t been kind with the films fashions and technology but beyond that it’s a film that leaves you incredibly unsettled.  It works on every level you’d want a horror to work on.  Yup it didn’t have Michael Myers and yup it tried (and failed commercially at least) to take the franchise in a new direction but for me this is probably the real stand out of the Halloween sequels.   Brave, bold and scary AF.  Well worth a rewatch!

Best Bit: THAT ending

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (if you can find it)

If You Liked this Try: Halloween (2018), Halloween, Halloween (2007)

 


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IT: Chapter 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

IT: Chapter 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Two years after the highly regarded IT blew away cinematic records, IT: Chapter 2 arrives in cinema.  So was IT worth the wait? Well yes.. mostly.  Okay so IT isn’t as effective, scary or well paced at the 2017 film but you almost forgive all it’s issues due to the spot on cast who help bring the older characters to life so brilliantly.  Okay so there’s too many flashbacks, the CGI just doesn’t work, the story isn’t as engaging and the ending still has all the issues of the source material but IT: Chapter 2 still delivers plenty of jumps, scares and thrills.  Not essential but still a worthy watch.

Best Bit: Dinner

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: IT (2017), IT: The Mini-Series, Stand By Me

 


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Jurassic World (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Jurassic World (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So the best film ever made? No.  Not even the best film made about CGI dinosaurs. In a summer of hyper, critical love and box office smashes, Jurassic World does what it needs to and returns all the same thrills in similar types of movies that you’ve seen in the last 20+ years since Spielberg delivered his Jurassic Park. But that’s kinda the problem.  Jurassic World does little new, little interesting or little standout.  The CGI is okay, the script at times poor and the actors exist only to move you to the next CGI set piece.  It feels at times like a computer game being played that you get to watch.  Hell whatever I say however, you’ll see it anyway but this could have been so much better.

Best Bit: T Rex vs Uber Dinosaur

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park 2, Jurassic Park 3

 

 


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