‘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…
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Well that was a surprise… a musical based on the works of The Proclaimers (whose music I detest as a general rule) not only managed to be charming and funny but also made me actually want to buy their music. More over Sunshine On Leith, full of great choreography, charing performances and a heart missing from modern day filming, ended up as probably one of the top ten films of 2013. Who saw that coming? Highly recommended.
Best Bit: 500 Miles.
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
If you liked this try: Little Shop Of Horrors, Blues Brothers, Rocky Horror Picture Show
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Another late entry to my 2016 best films, Sing Street is a charming musical drama that captures what it’s like to be young lost and in love. It’s sickly sweet at times for sure but it’s such an enjoyable ride you’ll forgive those few moments it steps too far into soap opera. The songs are great the cast better and the direction a joy. A great film
Best Bit: The Gig’s last song!
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Sunshine On Leith, The Commitments, Hunt For the Wilderpeople
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: As seems to always be the way now, one of the best films of the previous year ends up being British and one that I miss on it’s release (See Pride and Sunshine On Leith). It’s also simply amazing that Maggie Smith didn’t get at least an Oscar nomination being that she delivers what is probably one of the best performances of the year (and her career). This is Maggie Smiths film and she owns ever second she’s in. That said the rest of the cast fair pretty well and the story, as quickly delivered as it is, is compelling and charming enough to make this one hell of a film overall.
Best Bit: Maggie Smith
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Sunshine On Leith, Full Monty, Pride
So 2014 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year. So we’ve covered our best and our worst films of 2014, so before we look at the films coming up in 2015 here’s my ‘Alternative’ End of Year Awards for 2015…
Alternate Film Of The Year… Sharknado 2
Surprise of The Year… Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… It didn’t suck!
Performance Of The Year… Jake Gyllenhaal, Night Crawler
Just Fuck Off and Die Award…
Trailer Of The Year Award… Mad Max Fury Road
The Emperors New Clothes Award… American Hustle.
That Came Out This Year… Damn. Totally Forgot
They gave the Oscar to WHAT? Award for 2014… Best Cinematography for Gravity
The Poof That Award Shows Suck Award… NOTHING for Sons Of Anarchy at the Emmy Awards. Again.
The Poof That Award Shows DONT Suck Award… American Hustle didn’t win anything at the Oscars.
Best TV Show of 2014… The Newsroom
The will probably be the Worst Film of 2015 Award (Seen it but not released until next year)…
He who Dares 2: Downing Street Down
Films That SHOULD have been on my 2013 List’s but I Hadn’t Seen… The Place Beyond The Pines & Sunshine On Leith
Next time: Phil’s Look at 2015 and a look back at my 2014 predictions…