Anna And The Apocalypse (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Anna And The Apocalypse (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Anna And The Apocalypse is surprising for many reasons.  Firstly I had no idea it was a musical.  Secondly, as much as it tried to be a musical version of Shaun of The Dead it’s just not. Look it’s not a bad film it’s just very disjointed and by the end the limited budget really does start to show.  It’s got some great moments (the waking up musical number is well staged) but  for me the idea was better than the execution.  Just about worth a watch.

Best Bit: Dancing in the zoo

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Shaun of The Dead, Cockneys Vs Zombies, Zombieland

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

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: Zombie Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Night of The Living Dead, Return Of The Living Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters

 

5 -Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Zack Snider remakes a classic and makes an a film almost as good.   Great set pieces, excellent effects and fast zombies that really work. Just an excellent film.

 

4 -Day of The Dead
Day of The Dead is brutal.  From it’s gut ripping effects to it’s post-apocalyptic nialistic world stripped of hope this is one of the most oppressive horror films ever made.  And it’s brilliant.

 

3 – Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Romeo made a stone clod classic in Dawn Of the Dead.  The fact that it exists in so many versions means you probably have never seen the whole film.  Romero’s cut,  An extended cut. The Fuci cut.  This aside Dawn is the grandfather of modern Zombie films and set the pace for all the imitators that followed.

 

2 – Shaun Of The Dead
Comedy horrors often fall flat.  Good low budget comedy horrors are rare as hens teeth.  Yet. Shaun of The Dead works.  Not just as a comedy but as, more importantly, a Zombie film.  It’s brutal and funny.

 

1 – 28 Days Later
Raw, stripped back and brutal, 28 Day’s Later isn’t technically a Zombie film according to Danny Boyle but it really it.  Introduced us to fast zombies/infected and proved that once again humans are more dangerous than the undead.  Unparalleled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Office Uprising (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Office Uprising (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s almost a shame that Office Uprising has been buried on Cackle in the USA.  It’s far too good to disappear on a streaming service few people have. Think 2017’s Maniac with a healthy dose of Shaun of The Dead mixed in (and any other Zom-Com you can think of) and you get pretty close to what’s on offer here.  Sophisticated? No. Clever? Sometimes. Enjoyable? Hell yes.  The cast sell the film well, the direction solid and the films use of it’s limited budget mean sit’s inventive.   If you can get hold of Office Uprising I highly recommend it.

Best Bit: Sales

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Cackle)

If You Liked this Try: Maniac, Shaun Of The Dead, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse 


 

 

 

 

Mayhem – A Quick Capsule Review

Mayhem – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Insane. Darkly Comic. Uber violent.  These are just a few words to describe the rather excellent Mayhem.  It’s also a must watch. Playing like a mix between 28 Days Later and Shaun of The Dead. Mayhem (Featuring The Walking Dead’s  Steven Yeun) is an original take on some very familiar tropes.  An excellent support cast, a witty knowing script and lashings of uber violence and you have what is one of the years best surprises.  

Best Bit: It’s time to rumble.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later, Shaun of The Dead , Cell

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Author: Phil Hobden

The 25 Best… 00’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 00’s Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 2000’s. 

The close but no cigar Films: There Will Be Blood, District 9, Rocky Balboa, Shaun of The Dead, Spiderman 2, Dawn of The Dead, Lilo And Stitch, Spartan, Waltz With Bashir, Finding Nemo,  Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Sntach, Zoolander, Battle Royale, Heremias: Book 1 – Legend Of The Lizard Princess, King Kong, The Replacements

 

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Eat Locals – A Quick Capsule Review

Eat Locals – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Eat Locals is a witty, fun British Vampire comedy that suffers a little bit by it’s lack of budget but manages to squeeze in just enough to be an enable, if forgettable romp.  Directed by Lock Stock’s Jason Flemyng and starring a host of familiar British actors, it’s a quick romp that never hangs about to let you get bored.  Sure it breaks zero new ground BUT that’s not always a massive issue if what you have is fun, as it is here.  Not for everyone but those fans of Horror comedies will get enough out of it…

Best Bit: Dexter Fletcher is hysterical

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Shaun Of The Dead, Cabin In The Woods, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

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A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. (Yes ’86 and ’84 was impossible to split!)

… And yes a few do differ from my Annual ‘Film of The Year’.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!!

The 70’s

1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Ghostbusters/ Gremlins
1985 – The Goonies

1986 – Aliens/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/ Top Gun
1987 – The Lost Boys

1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Tango & Cash

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – Terminator 2 Judgement Day
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Heat
1996 – Trainspotting
1997 – Con Air
1998 – Lock Stock & Two Smoking barells
1999 – Fight Club

The 2000’s 

2000 – Snatch
2001 – Black Hawk Down
2002 – 28 days Later
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Serenity

2006 – Children of Men
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum

2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Slumdog Millonaire
2010 – The Social Network

The 10’s 

2011 – Hugo
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Rush
2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash
2016 – The Nice Guys

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Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

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: Zombie Films!

Close but no cigar: Night of The Living Dead, Return Of The Living Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters

5 – Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Romeo made a stone clod classic in Dawn Of the Dead.  The fact that it exists in so many versions means you probably have never seen the whole film.  Romero’s cut,  An extended cut. The Fuci cut.  This aside Dawn is the grandfather of modern Zombie films and set the pace for all the imitators that followed.

4 -Day of The Dead
Day of The Dead is brutal.  From it’s gut ripping effects to it’s post-apocalyptic nialistic world stripped of hope this is one of the most oppressive horror films ever made.  And it’s brilliant.

3 – Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Zack Snider remakes a classic and makes an even better film.  Just.  Great set pieces, excellent effects and fast zombies that really work. Just an excellent film.

2 – Shaun Of The Dead
Comedy horrors often fall flat.  Good low budget comedy horrors are rare as hens teeth.  Yet. Shaun of The Dead works.  Not just as a comedy but as, more importantly, a Zombie film.  It’s brutal and funny.

1 – 28 Days Later
Raw, stripped back and brutal, 28 Day’s Later isn’t technically a Zombie film according to Danny Boyle but it really it.  Introduced us to fast zombies/infected and proved that once again humans are more dangerous than the undead.  Unparalleled.

 

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – A Quick Capsule Review

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is probably the most meh! film to come from such a great central concept (and titles for that matter!).  It’s that film you always wished someone would make (Jane Austin and Zombies!), that sounded genius on paper but yet when it finally landed on screen after several aborted attempts it lands with a whimper rather than a bang.  Sadly It just doesn’t work.  Not as well as it should and by the end I just didn’t care.  There’s not one thing that doesn’t work or stands out and that is probably more damning.  True there are MUCH worse films this year but this rates so highly on the ‘average’ scale I almost hurt my shoulders from shrugging so much…

Best Bit: The idea…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Zombieland, Shaun Of The Dead, Warm Bodies

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Author: Phil Hobden