Solo: A Star Wars Story – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Solo: A Star Wars Story – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I liked Solo.  It has issues for sure but overall it’s a thumbs up.  But it’s production issues (fired directors, massive reshoots, more reshoots) do shine through the film, especially the first and last act.  The pacing and tone suffer the most with the original directors comic stylings not sitting at ease with Howard’s more pedestrian direction.  BUT these issues can almost be forgotten when you have performances as spirited and fun as Glover and Ehrenreich who do excellently with such iconic roles, leaving you wanting much more from them.  Harrelson makes a good addition to the Star Wars universe but sadly Emilia Clarke once again fails to shine away from Game Of Thrones.  So not quite a disaster, Solo is a worthy if lesser entry to the Star Wars cannon.

Best Bit: Meet Lando

Worth a Watch:  Just

If You Liked this Try: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars Rebels

 


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens  – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The danger is always that when you hype up a film to such a degree that it can only ever disappoint.  And episode 7 its probably the most hyped film ever.  To live up to this hype It would have to be special.  It would have to deliver.  And you know what – for the most part it does.  The Force Awakens is the Star Wars films I wanted.  Great new characters, throw backs to the great characters of old, a simple story, intrigue, a great bad guy and a plot that doesn’t feed you every little detail.  It’s not perfect – far from it – BUT in spirit and execution this film delivers.  It feels like a Star Wars film. It looks like a Star Wars film.  It IS a Star Wars Films.

Best Bit: BB8!

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 2019 Oscar Nominations & More

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 2019 Oscar Nominations & More

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the 2019 Oscar Nominations as well as break down a few key bits of movies news and talk about a few films we’ve seen.

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

Films Discussed: Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther,  A Star is Born,  Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKKKlansman, Stan and Ollie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,  Roma, Mary Poppins Returns, Killing Eve, Bodyguard, The Kominsky Method, If Beale Street Could Talk, Creed, Aquaman, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Roma, Never Look Away, Free Solo, Isle of Dogs, First Man, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Detainment, You Were Never Really Here, A Quiet Place, Mission: Impossible, Ghostbusters 3

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.
For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Grosse Pointe Geek’s Ten Favourite Scenes of 2018

Grosse Pointe Geek’s Ten Favourite Scenes of 2018

A Blog Year In Review

Grosse Pointe Geek’s picks his Ten Favourite Scenes of from the movies of 2018…

12 Strong

The Tiangi Gap Battle – Chris Hemsworth, plus the special forces and their Afghan allies mount up and charge a fifteen thousand strong Taliban army on horseback – what follows is a veritable cacophony of bombs, bullets, grenades, explosions and gunfire that is made all the more incredible due to the fact the film is based on a true story and this battle actually happened!

 

Mission Impossible: Fallout

The last 20 minutes   – an astounding feat of eye-popping action choreography and amazing stunt work  – and yes that really is Tom Cruise flying that helicopter.

 

Avengers: Infinity War:

Thor’s arrival in the battle of Wakanda – “Bring Me Thanos!” (an entire army proceeds to soil themselves)

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The Kessel Run –very well handled by director Ron Howard and sadly pretty much the only thing this film got right.

 

Blackkklansman:

Looking to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan  – African American Police Detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) gets on the phone to the head of the local KKK chapter and tries to join up – the looks on his colleague’s faces (especially Adam Driver’s Flip Zimmerman) is absolutely priceless.

 

Mile 22:

Iko Uwais vs the assassins. An enormous bout of bone crushing fisticuffs that has to be seen to be believed.

 

First Man

The Moon Landing.  Neil Armstrong (a brilliant Ryan Gosling) pilots the Eagle towards the moon’s surface  – edge of the seat exciting and the standout sequence in one of this year’s best films.

 

Deadpool 2:

The Opening five minutes and the two end credit sequences  -by turns extremely rude, very clever and downright hilarious.

 

Bohemian Rhapsody

Live Aid  – Rami Malik literally transforms into Freddie Mercury in an incredible recreation of what is widely agreed to be the greatest live performance of all time.

 

Creed 2:

The training montage plus Adonis vs Viktor’s climactic boxing match

 

 

Author: Will Strong 

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2018 Blockbuster Season

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… 2018 Blockbuster Season

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the summer (well kinda) 2018 blockbuster season whilst also picking our best and worst Summer blockbusters ever.  Ross ends up on a rant about football and makes a shocking revelation.  All this and more…

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

Films Discussed: Jurassic Park 3, Sex And The City 2, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Star Wars: Attack of The Clones, Pearl Harbor, The Festival, Die Hard, Independence Day, The Spy Who Dumped me, Bridesmaids, The Meg, Avengers Infinity War, The First Purge, Antman & The Wasp, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Solo, Mission Impossible Fallout, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Skyscraper, Rampage, Spectre, Justice League, All The Money In the World, Equalizer 2, The Happytime Murders, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Tag, Ocean’s 8, Deadpool 2, Sicario: Day of Soldado, The Meg

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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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Phil’s Best & Worst of 2018.. So Far! 3rd Edition (22nd June 2018)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2018.. So Far! 3rd Edition (22nd June 2018)

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2018’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2018… So Far:

  1. Coco
  2. I, Tonya
  3. Lady Bird
  4. Mollys Game
  5. Avengers: Infinity War

 

Honourable Mentions:  Game Night, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Post, Black Panther, Ready Player One, 12 Strong, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Andre The Giant

 

WORST Films Of 2018… So Far

  1. The Cloverfield Paradox
  2. Deep Rising 2
  3. The Commuter
  4. Day Of The Dead : Bloodline
  5. Annihilation

Dis-Honourable Mentions:  Renegades, Peter Rabbit, Death Wish, Hellraiser: Judgement, Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters Part 1, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, All The Money In The World

 

 

The 2017 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

TBC

 


The 2018 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

TBC

Great Films Of 2017 That I saw In 2018:

The Disaster Artist, The Babysitter, Mayhem, Icarus, The Greatest Showman, The Big Sick

 

 

Phil’s Best To Worst: Star Wars Movies! (Updated with Solo)

Phil’s Best To Worst: Star Wars Movies! (Updated with Solo)

Best... Other Cr*p

Listed from top to Attack Of The Clones, Phil, of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, breaks down a film related subject in order of his own personal enjoyment.  This time out: Star Wars Films!

 

The Rules: So I’ve excluded the throwaway 80’s Ewok kids films here as well as the Christmas special as it’s far from cannon.  So just the main 11 Star Wars films and the feature length Clone Wars movie.

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BEST: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Empire Strikes Back is a franchise high point for many reasons but MOSTLY as it’s the Star Wars film Lucas had least to do with, instead putting the film into the hands of Kasdan.  It shows – more mature, darker and edgier it still boasts one of cinemas best twist endings and adds depth to the cut out characters from Star Wars.  Essential.


 

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2. Star Wars: A New Hope

Groundbreaking, epic and genre defining space sagas don’t get much better than this. A lean plot, some edge of your seat action sequences and THAT ending make Star Wars a simply outstanding film.

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3. Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi

I love Return of The Jedi.  Growing up it’s the Star Wars film I watched the most (it certainly has the best action of any Star Wars films).  Years on the excitement still holds but there are shadows of the failings of the prequels here also (Ewok’s for some but mostly the convoluted plotting, the fact everyone knows or is related to the Skywalkers and the weak dialogue).  Still the final space battle and the lightsabre duel stand out as the franchises two best moments

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4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Yup that hit the spot.  Rogue One, a war story, a story of hope and overcoming overwhelming odds.  And thats just the making of it.  Yet it works.  It works SO well in fact that it’s jumped to No4 on this list.

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5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

Delivering a new style of Star Wars film, The Last Jedi makes some bold choices (and some silly ones) to take Star Wars in a fresh new direction that will finally allow it to move past it’s Skywalker focus story and firmly land the legacy on the shoulders of some new characters. It doesn’t all work but when it does it’s some of them most spectacular Star Wars yet!

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6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens  

After the much maligned prequels, the first Star Wars film to be Lucas free felt very much like a homage as it retooled A New Hope’s story and gave us a “Best of” compilation.  That said it was well done, set up an array of exciting new characters and gave us well hell of a twist when you know what happens to you know who.  Not as good as we wanted it to be but a massive step up from the prequels.

 

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7. Solo : A Star Wars Story 

Solo is good.  It’s just a victim of teh production issues that plagued it from the start.  The cast are mostly superb (Clarke isn’t sadly) but the film runs out of steam as it tries to hit every Solo touch point referenced in previous Star Wars films.  Good but could have been better

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8. Star Wars: The Revenge Of The Sith

The best of a very bad bunch, Sith at least had a darkness to it that the franchise had avoided previously.  It’s still shouldered with terrible acting, a plot that steps on the original trilogy more than it ever needed to and some terrible FX work BUT it’s not Attack of The Clones.

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9. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2005)

From little acorns big Oak Trees grow and that’s very much the case here.  See the Star Wars: the Clone Wars animated film has nuggets of promise that would later be fulfilled by the excellent TV show but the feature length pilot instead gets itself weighed down in trying to please too many people and ends up being a bit of a mess.

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10. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 

Deeply flawed, badly plotted and criminally dull at times this film is saved by some excellent visuals (although dated FX), the pod race and the final duel between Jedi & Sith.  It overplays it’s hand throughout however and the Jedi prove to be rather dull as leading characters.  Less said about Jake Lloyd the better.

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WORST: Star Wars: Attack of The Clones 

A real low for the series and one of the worst sequels ever made, Attack of The Clones gets almost nothing right.  If A terrible story that makes no sense, a boring end battle where CGI things shoot CGI things and the blowing of one of Star Wars most talked about moments (The Clone Wars!!!) weren’t enough you also have one of the most wooden central performances ever (helped by some of the worst dialogue ever).  It’s a bad film. And one to be avoided.

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Solo: A Star Wars Story (Spoilers)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Solo: A Star Wars Story (Spoilers)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we take a look at the latest Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story .  What did we make of this latest spin off, of the new Han Solo and Lando’s interesting sexual conquests. All will be revealed.  Warning: Spoilers for ALL Star Wars films and TV shows.

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

Films Discussed: Star Wars: Rebels, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Game Of Thrones, Killing Eve

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk
For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

   

Grosse Point Geek – Solo: A Star Wars Story Reviewed

Grosse Point Geek – Solo: A Star Wars Story Reviewed

A Blog Grosse Point Geek The Blogs

 

Film: Solo: A Star Wars Story

 

Director: Ron Howard

 

Principal Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany

 

Plot in a nutshell:  After escaping a lifetime of servitude on his home planet Corellia, a young Han Solo joins the fledgling Empire as a pilot but is kicked out for insubordination and forced to become a a lowly Imperial footsoldier. Fed up with his lot he goes AWOL, meets a certain 7ft Wookie called Chewbacca and falls in with a gang of mercenaries led by Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett.  After a heist to steal some precious fuel called Coaxium goes badly wrong, Han, Chewie and Beckett find themselves in debt to the infamous crime syndicate Crimson Dawn led by a vicious gangster (Paul Bettany) who threatens to kill them all unless they steal another batch of Coaxium.

 

The Good: All the performances are good – Ehrenreich pretty much nails it as Han, Harrelson is always watchable and Glover is excellent as Lando Calrissian. There are also two standout action scenes  – a breakneck paced train heist and of course the famous Kessel run sequence which is very exciting and is the highlight of the film.

 

The Bad: Nothing in this film brings anything new to Han’s story that we didn’t already know, and with the notable exception of one gob-smacking character cameo, Howard and the screenwriters completely fail to expand the Star Wars universe in any significant way. Overall the whole thing is rather flat and very by the numbers – which simply isnt good enough for a Star Wars film.

 

Best Scene: The Kessel Run.

 

Summary: Perfectly watchable and another marked improvement over the much maligned prequels, a really good cast led by Ehrenreich does well and its always great to see Chewie and The Millennium Falcon, but unlike Last Jedi and Rogue One it lacked any edge or bite and was all rather soft and predictable. Indeed i’d go so far as to say that on many occasions it didnt even feel like a proper Star Wars film. Another problem was that it was released too soon after The Last Jedi. Part of the success of the recent Star Wars films is that they are spaced apart by at least 12 months and are real events in the cinematic calendar  – Solo just seems to have appeared without much fanfare in a summer already packed with competition (Deadpool 2, Avengers) and as a result this has taken away the excitement one always feels in the lead up to the release of a Star Wars film. The behind the scenes issues have also not helped matters at all  – i still find it baffling that three weeks before the end of principal photography original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were sacked and replaced by Ron Howard. Ok Howard is a good director, but the guy hasnt had a hit in years and isnt exactly known for directing films of this genre. Perhaps Lord and Miller should have been allowed to finish the film and then it could have been fixed in post production  – sadly we will never get to see their original vision and considering how flat and boringly safe the finished product is, id say that’s a great shame.

Watchable but disappointing.

 

Worth paying to see at the Cinema? Yes

Worth Buying on Blu Ray/DVD? – Yes

 

Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek