Cold Pursuit (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Cold Pursuit (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Liam Neeson returns to punch people in Cold Pursuit, a remake of the Norwegian vigilante film In Order of Disappearance made by the same director Hans Petter Moland, in his Hollywood debut.  And if that sentence sounds a bit mad welcome to the crazy world of Liam Neeson 2.0.  Yup Rob Roy is now a full blown arse kicker but unlike Taken, Cold Pursuit takes a bit of a comedic route to get Liam to turn on the hurt.  In fact this is Tarantino meets Elmore Leonard – part Hateful Eight, part LA Confidential, part Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead.   This all add’s up to a bundle of fun – even if it does lag a touch in the middle. So don’t expect a full on Taken but Cold Pursuit is a fun diversion.

Best Bit: Paragliding – the payoff.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: In Order of Disappearance, Taken, LA Confidential

 


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Podcast: Cold Pursuit (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Cold Pursuit (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast Phil delivers his InstaTake on the latest Liam Neeson punches people movie Cold Pursuit.

Hosted by Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Cold Pursuit, Taken

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Close (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Close (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Netflix drops another deeply dull ‘Original’, this time with Vicky Jewson’s Close – an action film that lacks characters to care about or set pieces to indulge in.  Thing is, as is often the case with these originals, it’s not bad enough to love falling very much in the fades into the background type TV movie you’d watch in the old days whilst having your dinner.  Noomi Rapace is an actress I’ve never connected with and I guess this sits at the heart of the problem – you don’t empathise or care about her or her character and thus ultimately about the film.  Simply put there are FAR better things of Netflix to watch.

Best Bit: The house escape

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Taken, La Femme Nikita

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Rotten Movies That Are Actually Good

Phil’s Top 5… Rotten Movies That Are Actually Good

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: Rotten Movies (from Rotten Tomatoes) That Are Actually Good

 

Close but no cigar: Three Amigos, Deep Blue Sea, Halloween 3: Season of The Witch, Miami Vice

 

5 – Tango & Cash (33%)
Come on 33%? Stallone and Russell are dynamite together and whilst yes teh script is cheesy this is quintessential 80’s buddy action at it’s best.

 

4 – Bad Boys (42%)
Critics obviously hate buddy buddy cop movies… Bad Boys has it’s flaws but Smith stamps his authority as a star and again the chemistry sells it. Great action also.

 

3 – Taken (58%)
Given a 1 star rating by a UK film mag, Taken is a solid 4/5 action revenge film.  It’s dirty, gritty and violent.

 

2 – Die Hard With A Vengeance (52%)
Yes the weakest of the original three Die Hard films but DHWAV (as nobody calls it) it again a cracking buddy buddy action film that has plenty of strong moments.

 

1 – Man On Fire (39%)
Well this is just crazy.  Man On Fire is arguably one of Tony Scott’s best films, one of Denzil’s best mainstream actioners and a cracking revenge thriller to boot.  It’s Commando for the modern generation.

 

 

 

 

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Death Wish (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Death Wish (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It goes without saying that this remake of Charles Bronson starring Death Wish is inferior in every-way to the original.  And that’s saying something because whilst the original has a raw charm it’s fair from perfect.  The issue here is the film – from it’s direction by Eli Roth, it’s script by Joe Carnahan, to it’s cast – it just feels flat.  Willis in fact looks bored for the most part and for a sub two hour film it takes forever to get going. It’s not bad but there are so many better films you can watch and so many better revenge films.

Best Bit: The gunshop payoff

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Taken, Death Wish (1974), Oldboy

 

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Commuter & Liam Neeson Films

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Commuter & Liam Neeson Films

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about Liam Neeson’s action films including his most recent release The Commuter.  We wax lyrical about how the film makes no sense, how he’s 60 years old (and often tells us) and how Die Hard has a lot to be sorry for.  Light spoilers included.

Hosted by Award winning Filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: The Commuter, Krull, Taken, Taken 2, He Who Dares 2, Point Break, Non Stop, Die Hard

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The Commuter – A Quick Capsule Review

The Commuter – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Commuter starts slow and never really gets into second gear.  What should have been throw away action thriller ends up being so laughably bad that by the end I wasn’t quite sure if it was meant to be a parody or not.  This is no Taken.  In fact it’s not even a Taken 2 (which was terrible but at least had some action).  Nope this is what happens when you make a film bereft of a decent idea, a decent script and a decent director.  Laughably bad, stupid to teh extreme and pretty much a ride that needs to be missed.

Best Bit: How many years were they partners?

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Taken, The Girl On A Train, Non-Stop

You Were Never Really Here – A Quick Capsule Review

You Were Never Really Here – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
You Were Never Really Here is a tough watch.  It certainly wont be a film for everyone.  But give it a try because there’s a lot to reward here, not least a stunning performance from Joaquin Phoenix, some ultra violence and yet another example of great direction by Lynne Ramsay.  This isn’t your usual revenge type film.  Where as similar themed Taken was driven by it’s narrative, You Were Never Really Here is driven more by Phoenix’s traumatised veteran and is unrelenting.  Ramsay and Phoenix quite simply deliver.

Best Bit: The rescue

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Taken, Let’s Talk About Kevin, Morvern Callar

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #088 – Downsizing, The Commuter

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #088 – Downsizing, The Commuter

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: We might not have the high calibre of Oscar films for you this week but tune into a entertaining episode as well as one of the most creative Top 5’s yet!

Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD and don’t forget to follow up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Renegades – A Quick Capsule Review

Renegades – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Renegades feels like a slightly higher budget episode of the TV show Strike Back.  It’s the same level of acting, script and actors mostly (save for the hilarious JK Simmons stand in a room and shout at people extended cameo) .  The action is fine, all be it very much of the budget, but what saves this film from being terrible is the stunning under water sequences which show exactly where the money went.  It’s an odd film – for every moment you start to like it a terribly acted moment arrives and you remember, once again, that the film is pretty naff.  BUT I was never bored and that, these days, says a lot.

Best Bit: Underwater action scenes are very good.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Strike Back (TV), Taken, The Transporter

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Author: Phil Hobden