Batman Ninja (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Batman Ninja (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Well Batman Ninja takes the rule book and throws it right out the door.  Take Batman and his considerable rogues gallery and plant them back into Feudal Japan, throw in a sprinkling of traditional Anime trappings, some Mechas and a whole bundle of crazy and you get what is one of the most fun Batman films ever made.  And that’s the thing – Batman films often lack the fun of Marvel movies but Batman Ninja delivers bright colours, impressive visuals and some insane ideas from start to end.  In short Batman Ninja is a must for fans.

Best Bit: Mecha-Fights

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: The Killing Joke

 


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Aquaman (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Aquaman (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aquaman is not going to convert naysayers of the DC extended universe movies into putting aside past failures and embracing a new world.  It’s a hot mess of a film that is far too heavy on FX and far too light on comprehensible story.  But when it hits (which it does about 30% of the time) it’s a bombastic, crazy, inventive and frankly insane mix of Thor, Star Wars, The Karate Kid (yes really) and The Matrix.  Momoa does a good enough job but is sidelined for a lot of the film and the support cast range from bored (Kidman) to confused (Heard) to ;God have I really landed a role in this film; (Dolph!).  With very few mentions of the extended Universe this feels like a stand alone film and is probably the better for it but much like Cyborg you end up with the feeling that less is very much more with Aquaman and he shines far better in a support role alongside more established heroes.  See in the cinema but check brain at the door.

Best Bit: Dolph!

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man Of Steel, Thor: Ragnarok 

 


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Deadpool – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Deadpool – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Deadpool has its flaws but in a $60million budged film that EVERYONE thought would do ‘okay’ which has now become one of the most critically and commercially successful X-Men and non Marvel studios films ever, you can kinda overlook them.  In modern parlance Deadpool has smashed it.  Thanks to Ryan Reynolds who has Shepherded this film form the start, Deadpool is everything the fan boys wanted it to be.  And everything the non-fan boys wanted as well.  R rated, potty mouthed, action packed and clever… Deadpool just works.  In a cinematic landscape awash with similar superhero films at least we have something very different…

Best Bit: Sexy time.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Ironman, Guardians Of The Galaxy, X-Men 2

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

 

 

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Deadpool 2 – Review Round Up

Deadpool 2 – Review Round Up

All Things Film Blog The Blogs

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: Deadpool 2


Overall Critics Say

 


“Although it runs short on plot, Deadpool 2 delivers a sequel that’s crasser, gorier, and funnier than its predecessor.”- 7.8

 

No Published Review – x/5

 

 

“Funnier, filthier, and damn entertaining, Deadpool 2 leaves no stone un-deconstructed: the naughty man-child of the X-Men universe who manages to beat them at their own game.” – 4/5

 

“No matter how far “Deadpool 2” thinks it’s pushing boundaries, it makes sure that even when a gag falls flat, the joke is always on you.”


” But it’s, in my view at least, a downgrade on the first film, both narratively and comedically. It is, though, worth sticking through the end credits…” -3/5

 

 

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Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

Best... Other Cr*p

In our continuing regular feature, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of a particular genre… 

 

This time out: The Best Superhero Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: Batman Vs Superman, Thor Ragnarok, Mystery Men

 

 

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Black Panther  – Review Round Up

Black Panther  – Review Round Up

Other Cr*p

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: Black Panther 


Overall Critics Say

 


“Not everything about Black Panther works across the board but a huge amount of it does – and does so wonderfully.”- 9.0

 

“Confident, assured and athletic filmmaking. And with Boseman on such dignified, dynamic form, his Infinity War return can’t come soon enough. ” – 4/5

 

 

” Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auteurist twist with an African extravaganza that packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates. ” – 4/5

 

“Now on its 18th film, Marvel Studios greenlights a movie that feels quite unlike the other Avengers one-offs, featuring a superhero with purpose.”


Black Panther makes the MCU, and the world, bigger just by the fact of its long-needed existence, and like the character himself, wears that mantle with dignity, grace, and pride. ” -4/5

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… 2017’s Superhero Films! 

Phil’s Top 5… 2017’s Superhero Films! 

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: 2017’s Superhero Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Wonder Woman, Justice League

 

5 – The LEGO Batman Movie 
The LEGO Batman Movie isn’t quite as good as the original LEGO movie but in terms of jokes per second it pretty much delivers more than any film I’ve seen this year.  Smart, funny and very knowing.

4 – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2
GOTG2 was great fun that, on reflection, wasn’t quite as good as most of us originally thought falling apart somewhat in the final act.  BUT the journey to get there was damn good fun!

3 – Logan
Logan finally gave us the Wolverine movie we’ve been waiting for.  Violent, sweary and brutal it takes the Old Man Logan story and brilliantly puts it on screen.

2 – Thor Ragnorok 
Damn Thor Ragnorok was good.  In the long run it may even pip Spiderman to the top spot here.  With an unusual choice of director, added Hulk and a witty script this was a Marvel film from left field that actually massively out delivered expectation.

1 – Spiderman: Homecoming
It’s been a long time coming but Spiderman: Homecoming gave us one of our best Spiderman films since, arguably, Spiderman 2.  Marvel delivered a charming coming of age Spiderman which was much closer to the original comic book.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Marvel Films

Phil’s Top 5… Marvel Films

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: to celebrate this weeks release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2, I give you my top 5 Marvel Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Dr Strange, Ant Man, Thor, Captain America

 

5 – Iron Man
From the moment AC/DC rung out, you got the idea this was the start of something special.  Often copied but not often bettered, this super hero origin film launched the Marvel cinematic universe and set out the template for all the films to follow.

 

4 – The Avengers
Joss Whedon brought a charm and humour to The Avengers that allowed you to more than ignore it’s mostly flawed CGI finale.  It gave us Hulk once again (and done right), brought together an impressive cast and gave everyone a moment to shine.  Even Hawkeye.

 

3 – Iron Man 3
Shane Black delivers a very untypical Marvel film with dark humour, a sharp script and some excellent action. Yes it descends into a CGI slug fest at the end but the journey to get there was more than worth it.

 

2 – Guardians Of The Galaxy
The soundtrack. The Script. The cast. This was all the fun and still holds up and the most enjoyable Marvel film ever produced.  Who would have thought it!

 

1 – Captain America: Winter Solider
Winter Solider was Marvel doing something a little different.  Yeah it had all the usual tropes and beats but it leaned HEAVILY towards the Manchurian Candidate thriller elements.  Adding Robert Redford classed up the film and Frank Grillo delivers the action in spades.

 

 

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.

 

 

Blog: Deadpool – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Deadpool – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Deadpool has its flaws but in a $60million budged film that EVERYONE thought would do ‘okay’ that has now become one of the most critically and commercially successful X-Men and non Marvel studios films ever, you kinda overlook them.  In modern parlance Deadpool has smashed it.  Thanks to Ryan Reynolds who has Shepherded this film form the start, Deadpool is everything the fan boys wanted it to be.  And everything the non-fan boys wanted as well.  R rated, potty mouthed, action packed and clever… Deadpool just works.  In a cinematic landscape awash with similar superhero films at least we have something very different…

Best Bit: Sexy time.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Ironman, Guardians Of The Galaxy, X-Men 2

Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden