The Gentleman (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Gentleman (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay so Guy Richie returning to familiar ground isn’t always a guarantee of success (See Revolver) but after years of playing in someone else’s sandpit, the British director’s return to the genre he helped revive, feels long overdue and very much welcome. The Gentleman won’t be for everyone – it drops it’s fair amount of C-bombs & violence alongside a cast that are dialing up the Ham to factor 15 – but for fans of the directors earlier works this is a rare treat.  What Richie has crafted here is an old school 18 rated UK crime film released in the cinema (something quite rare these days) with suave, swagger and style where the cast look like they are having the time of their lives (even if Matthew McConaughey is outclassing them all playing it dead straight). The Gentleman is funny when it needs to be, sharp when it wants to be and menacing when you least expect it. In short: I bloody loved it.  Special note to Hugh Grant who obviously is having the time of his life.

Best Bit:McConaughey playing it like he’s in an Oscar contender.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Snatch, RocknRolla, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels 

 


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Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – A Quick Capsule Review

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Simply put I consider Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels to be one of the best British films of all time and for sure one of the best films by a debut director.  The script sparkles, the music so perfectly placed and the performances are committed, genuine and believable.  Beyond all that the editing & direction scream out at you in the best way possible.  It’s exciting, funny, endlessly quotable and stands up to multiple repeat viewings.

Best Bit: The poker game

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Snatch, Reservoir Dogs, Layer Cake

 


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Headrush (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Headrush (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Alas so far Headrush hasn’t made it to the UK – one of the many quality films that for whatever reason hasn’t found a release.  To be honest the films sales agent, Park Entertainment, should be shot for not being able to bring this movie to a UK buyer.  They have a real gem here, funnier than most Brit comedies of recent times the film, accompanied by rave reviews where ever it has played, has a charm and style that allow it to more than stand out from the crowd and heralds Shimmy Marcus as a name for the future.

In short: A gem of a comedy… funny, surreal and totally enjoyable from start to finish.

Best Bit: Huey

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrells, Layer Cake, Snatch

 


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10: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

10: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Simply put I consider Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels to be one of the best British films of all time and for sure one of the best films by a debut director.  The script sparkles, the music so perfectly placed and the performances are committed, genuine and believable.  Beyond all that the editing & direction scream out at you in the best way possible.  It’s exciting, funny, endlessly quotable and stands up to multiple repeat viewings.

Best Bit: The poker game

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Snatch, Reservoir Dogs, Layer Cake

 

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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)

Best... Other Cr*p

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 Best To Worst: Guy Richie Films

Phil’s Best To Worst: Guy Richie Films

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review) breaks down a film related subject in order of his own personal enjoyment from Best To Worst.  This time out: Guy Richie Films! 

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Best: Lock, Sock And Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock is a near flawless film. It’s also one of the best film debut’s and one of the best British films ever made.  Yes it’s that good.  From Moran’s faultless Eddy to impressive debuts of Statham & Vinnie Jones.

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2. Snatch

Whilst not QUITE hitting the highs of Lock, Stock Snatch is a fun slice of quotable British gangster fun.  Alan Ford is a real stand out, but it’s Brad Pitt that steals the show.

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3. Rock N Rolla

Often forgotten in the pantheon of Guy Richie films, RockNRolla is good fun and a more mature gangster film than either Lock, Stock or Snatch.  Great cast, good script… shame we are still awaiting for the promised return nearly ten years later!

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4. Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jnr is a great Holmes, Jude Law gets his teeth into Watson and the set pieces are bold and silly.  I enjoyed this a lot.

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5. The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Take the Sherlock Holmes vibe, mix in a mostly forgotten TV show and add a dash of two handsome leads and you have the messy but enjoyable Man From Uncle.

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6. Sherlock Holmes : A Game Of Shadows

In hindsight this film wasn’t quite 7/10 I originally rated it.  On second viewing sadly it lost a lot and certainly is the lesser of Richie’s post gangster films.

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7. King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword 

A hot mess of a film that can be both rushed and boring.  Think Lock, Stock and One Smoking Jude Law. Not a total bomb but also not great either

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8. Revolver 

A Kabala influenced mess, Revolver is only for the hardcore Guy Richie fans.

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Worst : Slipped Away 

I’m married to Madonna. Lets make a film with Madonna.  Oh.  She cant act. Awkward.

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Blog: Kingsmen The Secret Service – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wow.  In a year where I’ve been let down by SO many films, Kingsmen has managed to restore my faith in action films and big screen arse kickers alike.  So kinetic, so fun, so funny yet with a heart and soul… Matthew Vaughn has truly shown that he is one of the best directors working in movie today.  But all of this would be worth little if not for two strong central performances form both Firth and Egerton.  I loved this film and as it stands today it’s top 5 for 2015.

Best Bit: Church. Colin Firth. Fight.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Snatch, X-Men First Class, Stardust

 

Author: Phil Hobden