Spiderman Week: The Amazing Spiderman (2012)  – A Quick Capsule Review

Spiderman Week: The Amazing Spiderman (2012) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Let’s get this straight: Did The Amazing Spiderman Need to be made.  Simply put – no.  But is it worth watching?  Certainly.  It’s a flawed production for sure with CGI issues, a poor villain and a feeling of been there done that that seeps through from start to finish.  BUT the central story of Peter Parker/Gwen Stacy as performed by Garfield & Stone is just devine and the film does a lot to reset the problems of Spiderman 3 that left little room for any further movies.  So not a must see but certainly with some good action, a great cast and a great central paring there are far worst films to watch.

Best Bit:Emma Stone

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Spiderman 2, Spiderman, Spiderman 3 

 


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Spiderman Week: Spiderman 3 (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

Spiderman Week: Spiderman 3 (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Erm… months on after its original release this is a much, MUCH better film on DVD and without the hype attached. The film is a lot faster, more fun and just better when watching it at home and whilst Mcguire is still phoning it in, Rami’s delivers a mostly solid effort.  So Spiderman 3 is flawed but it’s far from bad.

Best Bit: Anything BUT the dancing.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Spiderman, Spiderman 2, Batman Begins

 

 


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Phil’s Best To Worst: Spider-Man Movies

Phil’s Best To Worst: Spider-Man Movies

Best... Other Cr*p Top 5

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: Spider-Man films! 

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Best: Spider-Man 2

Easily the best Spiderman film, introducing Doctor Octopus and with both Rami and McGuire a bit more free in their roles.  Which means Rami gets to add an element of Evil Dead to the visuals and no film has ever been worse for that.

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2. Spider-Man HomeComing 

MCU Spiderman almost (almost!) takes the crown here on his first full length story – Keaton is superb as the Vulture but it’s Holland’s film and he runs with it.  A great MCU film and even better a great Spiderman film.

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2. Spider-Man

Still years on the relationship between Parker, MJ & Spiderman remains strong, with a origin story we weren’t yet bored of so expertly handled.  A great film.

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3. Captain America: Civil War

Okay so STRICTLY not a Spiderman film as he only appears in it but Tom Holland’s Spiderman debut steals the show as was SO memorable it became almost the sole topic of conversation when leaving the film.

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4. The Amazing Spider-Man

Rebooted with Andrew Garfield, it’s actually not a terrible film. It’s just a bit pointless. It also suffers from a really weak villain in The Lizard and far too much CGI.  That said it DOES feature one of the best Stan Lee cameos ever!

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5. Spider-Man 3

Emo Spiderman. A bored MJ. A host of sub plots that don’t work. A villain you don’t care about. And Sam Rami forced to include a character he hated in Venom.  It’s just a mess and not a fun one at that.

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Worst : The Amazing Spiderman 2

It’s not that The Amazing Spiderman 2 is bad, it’s just boring.  So boring that as I wrote this I cant remember much about it, Too much CGI, Garfield looks far too old to be playing the role as it’s written and a central relationship you just don’t care about.

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Phil’s Top 5… Movie Cameos (Minor Spoilers!)

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Cameos (Minor Spoilers!)

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: Movie Cameos!

 

Close but no cigar: Hulk Hogan (Gremlins 2), Mike Tyson (The Hangover), Bruce Campbell (Spiderman 1,2,3), Stan Lee (All Marvel Films), Hugh Jackman (X-Men First Class)

5 – Leonard Nimoy- Star Trek (2009)
It was a perfect link back to the classic movies.  A lynch pin that could tie the narratives together. An affectionate nod.  And it worked superbly.

4 – Mark Hamill – Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
It’s about as obvious as most of Kevin Smith’s other writing but his affection for Star Wars and Mark Hamill as an performer shines through and makes this more than just the usual walk on.

3 – Cruise, Paltrow, Spacey & DeVito – Goldmember
Opening up the film with a bundle of A-list cameos proved to be a highlight that the otherwise disappointing Goldmember would never recover from.  But WHAT an opening.  A franchise highlight for sure.

2 – Christopher Walken – Pulp Fiction
He stuck the watch where? A long scene with one hell of a punch line it reminds you why Christopher Walken is such a great actor and that when Tarantino gets it right he’s one of the best “scene” writers in the movies.

1 – Bill Murray – Zombieland
Totally out of leftfield, Bill Murray in Zombieland is hands down one of the best “Holy F–k”comedy moments in film history.  It just comes out of nowhere and one of those moments thankfully unspoilt at the time. Genius.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Bad Superhero Films

Phil’s Top 5… Bad Superhero Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Every Friday, Phil from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: BAD SUPERHERO FILMS.

Close but no cigar: X-Men 3, Electra, Spiderman 3, Batman Forever, Steel

 

5 – Batman & Robin
The fact that the incompetent Batman & Robin only makes No5 on this list is a testament to how bad some of the other films are.  That’s not to say Batman & Robin isn’t bad.  It is.  Awash with neon, shockingly scripted (Since when was Oxbridge a university???), badly acted and yes they even put nipples on the bat suit.  Terrible.

4 – Superman 4: The Quest For Peace
Yes this is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, but this cheaply produced Cannon debacle pretty much does everything wrong that you could do.  Repeat shots, reused footage, terrible plot, Repeat shots, a bored cast, Repeat shots… the list goes on.  Worth watching only for humour sakes.

3 – X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The OTHER Deadpool movie.  You know where the Merc with a Mouth has his mouth sewn shut and the film pretty much tries to rewrite everything we know about the character WHILST ignore it’s own movie continuity.

2 – Ghost Rider: Sprit Of Vengeance
Ghost Rider was bad.  Ghost Rider 2 was off the chart terrible.  Nic Cage proves once and for all that he is the most overrated actor in Hollywood and Marvel show the reason why they should never sell off their screen rights again.

1 – Catwoman
The issue with a lot of these films is that they either ignore the long established character history from the source material or just don’t understand their central subject.  Never is that more obvious than with Catwoman.  It literately has nothing to do with the Batman villain.  Add to the fact it’s terribly acted, Sharon Stone & Halle Berry give career worst performances (and THAT is saying something from those two) and at one point you actually see a man doubling for Catwoman in an action scene.  Yes really.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Disappointments

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Disappointments

Other Cr*p Top 5

In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Movie Disappointments.

Yup these are those films that you just had to see, that couldn’t loose, that were going to be special.  Yet the ended up being films that left you, and many others, with a sense of hollowness.  Welcome to my Movie Disappointments.


Close but no cigar:
 Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Matrix Revolutions, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Xmen 3: The Last Stand , Godfather 3, Superman Returns


5 – The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix was a true stand out film.  Coming years later and under a sea of hype, The Matrix Reloaded was going to be something special.  Sadly it wasn’t.  In fact it was terrible.  It also didn’t get any better with it’s still born sequel Revolutions.  Oh and they have both aged VERY badly.


4 – Spiderman 3
Spiderman 2 was one of the best superhero films ever.  Even now it still holds up strong. So take the same cast & crew, add Venom ( one of Spiderman’s greatest foes) and this should have been an easy win.  Yet it wasn’t.  Rami didn’t want Venom, Maguire didn’t want to be there and the screenwriter may have just not turned up.  Oh and THAT dance scene.  Ugh.


3 – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Time heals all wounds I guess and, in retrospect, The Clone Wars was  a far more egregious film.  The Phantom Menace more than any other film on this list just didn’t stand a chance.  It has it’s defenders for sure.  Just not me.


2 – Kill Bill (Pts 1 & 2)
Jackie Brown is my favourite Tarantino film. His first feature length movie post this masterpiece had everything – kung fu, a great soundtrack, a revenge story and Uma Thurman.  Yet it was just so… over the top.  And not in a good way.  Kill Bill marked the period of unrestrained filming by Tarantino that would culminate in the over long mess that was The Hateful Eight.


1 – Prometheus
That trailer.  That concept.  Those visuals.  An alien prequel explaining just how the ship got to LV426.  A great cast.  What could go wrong?  Well pretty much the answer here starts and ends with the script, a script that did pretty much did EVERYTHING wrong and delivered almost none of the considerable early promise the film showed.  Oh and it ended with a character failing to run sideways to save her own life.  Just a dumb, pointless and ultimately highly disappointing film.


 

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2007…

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2007…

Quick Review Year In Review

Worst Film of The Year: Rush Hour 3 
Crime Against Cinema: Racist, unfunny and boring. Jackie Chan’s worst film by a country mile.

2. Hannibal Rising
Crime Against Cinema:A Dull film where they made uber killer Lecter dull. Genius!

3. Next
Crime Against Cinema: A thrilless Sci-Fi film that did nothing for me.

4.Hostel 2
Crime Against Cinema: Liked the first. Hated this. Made by a man who things tits are still clever.

5. The Invasion
Crime Against Cinema: It manages to blow the few moments of brilliance and promise it shows.!

Bubbling under:
Smokin’ Aces (5/10); The Hills Have Eyes II (5/10); Spider Man 3 (5/10); Saw 4 ( 5/10)