Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Episode 1) (2019) – A Quick Capsule TV Review

Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Episode 1) (2019) – A Quick Capsule TV Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Star Wars: The Mandalorian is the first ever live action Star Wars TV series and, based on episode one, this is looking like a most worthy entry to the legendary film franchise.  Every bit a space western, this made for Disney+ picks up after the events of Return Of The Jedi and the fall of the Galactic Empire and focused on the titular Mandalorian, played by Narco’s Pedro Pascal in true Judge Dredd style… never taking his helmet off.  Episode 1 is a hoot – cool new space ships, classic franchise nods, an epic shoot out, Carl freakin’ Weathers and an ending that may play into the upcoming Rise of Skywalker.  A long way to go for sure but based on Episode 1 Star Wars: The Mandalorian could be pretty special.

Best Bit: The shoot out

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (via Disney+)

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars: Resistance 

 


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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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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

   

Solo: A Star Wars Story – A Quick Capsule Review

Solo: A Star Wars Story – A Quick Capsule Review

Collections Quick Review Star Wars

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

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Phil’s Top 5… Moments from the Star Wars Prequels

Phil’s Top 5… Moments from the Star Wars Prequels

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: The BEST Moments from the Star Wars Prequels .

Look we all know that, in hindsight, the Prequels were rubbish.  But even bad films have good points and to be fair the prequels does have a few.  So here are my five favourite things from these much (fairly) maligned movies.

 

Close but no cigar: Mace Windu, The Story of Darth Plagueis, Battle For Genosis, Darth Maul

 

5 – John Williams Music
Rogue One Shows that a Star Wars without Williams epic and iconic score leaves you wanting and in truth his work is showcased brilliantly throughout this trilogy.  Once again Williams enhances the source material.

4 – The Clones Wars TV Show
Okay so this is a BIT of a cheat BUT Without The Star Wars prequels we’d never have The Clone Wars and latterly Star Wars Rebels and the world would be a much lesser place (okay the World of Star Wars but still…).  Expertly fills in the gaps between the second and third prequels.

3 – Order 66
The Clones finally turn on their masters with dramatic and deadly effect.  One of the darkest moments of the whole franchise, with Order 66 the Emperors dramatic plan comes to fruition quickly followed by Anakin’s brutal slaying of the Jedi children.   It’s not perfect (The Jedi mostly go out like punks) but it starts a brutal chain of events… 


2 – The Pod Race
Lucas never captured the raw excitement often original Star Wars films better than he did here.  Okay so maybe it’s a bit long BUT it’s a great race sequence, full of drama and storytelling.


1 – Duel Of The Fates
THAT piece of music combined with maybe the most dynamic and dramatic lightsaber fight in all Star Wars films make studios THE stand out sequence in the prequel trilogy.