‘Phil’s Quick Capsule Review’ (a nod to legendary comedian Bill Hicks who coined the phrase when he reviewed ‘Piece Of Shit’ movie Basic Instinct)… where a perfect 10 is rarer than a rain free British summer!
Written by Phil Hobden – UK based podcaster, writer and former filmmaker. Part of the All Things Film network…
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. 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 far from a disaster, Solo is a worthy if lesser entry to the Star Wars cannon.
Best Bit: Meet Lando
Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema
If You Liked this Try: Rogue One, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars Rebels
With Solo: A Star Wars Story out this week it felt a good time to revisit our previous reviews for the Star Wars films…
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Rogue One is better than The Force Awakens. In fact it’s now officially the 4th best Star Wars film. Action packed with great, memorial characters, ample surprises and a convincing, driving narrative, this Star Wars story delivers on the promise despite extensive reshoots and rewrites at the latter end of production. The effects are everything you’d hope for and the battles at times breathtaking. Okay so not everything works well (see a few certain effects that break the uncanny valley) BUT this is by far the best blockbuster of 2016. A must see.
Best Bit: WAR!
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: A New Hope
With Solo: A Star Wars Story out this week it felt a good time to revisit our previous reviews for the Star Wars films… next up A New Hope.
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Star Wars is a genre defining, once in a life time kinda film that not only changed a genre of films for good it showed that the true value in film laid beyond the movie itself openning up multiple untouched revenue streams that kept the franchise alive well beyond it’s original runs. It’s a film that wears its influences on it’s sleeve, from pulp serials of the 30’s and 40’s like Flash Gordon to the World War two dog fights that influence it space combat action so heavily. The script is hokey for sure but the effects have rarely been topped by CGI and the pace and editing are top notch. Star Wars defined a generation and still continues to entertain and endure over 40 years later.
Best Bit: The death star assault
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star wars: Return Of The Jedi, Star Wars: Rogue One
With Solo: A Star Wars Story out this week it felt a good time to revisit our previous reviews for the Star Wars films… next up The Force Awakens.
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.
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode 6: The Return of The Jedi
Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them? Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.
This time out: Solo: A Star Wars Story
“Solo may not really develop its title character or justify why it needed to exist, but it still delivers a fun time.”- 7.0
“Far better than we had any right to expect. Thrilling set-pieces, spine-tingling iconography and a Han/Chewie bromance to savour. ” – 4/5
“A bright and breezy sideshow adventure makes up for its overly frantic pacing with a charismatic central turn from Alden Ehrenreich — strong enough to make us want to see even more of him in Solo mode.” 4/5
“The film is not the disaster its production history might suggest. In fact, it’s not even close. ”
” Solo is not a bad film, just a relentlessly average one that has no reason to exist except as a money machine. ” -3/5
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