Vice (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Vice (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Having really enjoyed Adam Mackay’s previous satire/drama/comedy The Big Short, I was really looking forward to his latest film Vice. Lucky then that it’s more of the same for this award nominated, razor sharp look at former Vice president, warmonger and corporate CEO Dick Cheney.  As you’d expect from all the nominations (BAFTA, Globes and Oscar to name but three) there’s a superb and layered central performance by Christian Bale as Cheney with a top notch support cast (especially Sam Rockwell as Dubya).  Mackay brings out his usual bag of tricks here (cameos, fourth wall breaking) and it works but this could get old quick if it turns up in another few films.  So overall a lot to unpack but it’s an interesting, funny and scary film.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: Rising through the ranks

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Big Short, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Three Kings

 


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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – A Hall Of Fame Capsule Review

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – A Hall Of Fame Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Wolf Of Wall Street is a perfect partner of Goodfellas and Casino – a trilogy about greed, crime and excess. And whilst it doesn’t quite hit the heights of those classic Scorsese films, Wolf is probably one of the best movies the director has made in over a decade.  But for as good as the direction and craft is, its the cast that sell this film.  Margot Robbie debuts and makes an immediate impression, DiCaprio delivers a career best performance and Johnna Hill steels almost every scene he’s in.  The film is uncomfortable watching, as horrible people do horrible things not always getting the comeuppance they deserve but rather than glamorising this, Scorsese manages to reflects the true life story of the thousand of Wolf’s on the hundred’s of Wall Streets around the world. One of the best movies of this decade and gets better with each repeated watch.

Best Bit: Ludes.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, The Big Short, Casino 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Films About Greed & Money

Phil’s Top 5… Films About Greed & Money

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: My Top 5 Films about Greed & Money!

 

Close but no cigar: MoneyBall, Brewster’s Millions, Ocean’s 11, Arbitrage, The Big Short

 

5 – Wall Street
The archetypal 80’s film about money, it coined the expression ‘Greed Is Good’ and sent a million bankers out to try and be Gordon Gekko.

 

4 –  Boiler Room
A tense, tightly directed and well performed 90’s film that most people missed.  A hidden gem.

 

3 – Casino
The mob, Vegas and casinos – all under the watchful eye of Scorsese and a cast that reunites most of Goodfellas.

 

2 – Glengarry Glen Ross
A sales floor, a deadline and a script that is one of the best ever written.  Nearly perfect.

 

1 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but The Wolf Of WallStreet is one of Scorsese’s finest.

 

 

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Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2016 (Updated)

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2016 (Updated)

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2016 may be in the rear mirror but having now seen a few of 2016’s last few must see movies I’m having a do-over and republishing my list of the best films of 2016.

So here it is: my FINAL pick of the BEST films of 2016.

 

Film of The Year: The Nice Guys 
In Brief: It was pretty much Room or The Little Prince all the way this year until The Nice Guys came along.  But then any film directed and written by one of my favourite filmmakers in Shane Black was always going to have a fighting chance. Smart, funny and sharp as a tack… The Nice Guys is the best film you probably didn’t see this year!

2.  Kubo And The Two Strings
In Brief: : Paranorman, Coraline, The Boxtrolls and now Kubo.  That was high bar for sure but amazingly Kubo sets it higher still. Near perfect.

3. The Little Prince
In Brief:  Who saw this coming?  Adaptation of a popular kids book, released almost exclusively on Netflix. But man it knocked it out the park.  Brilliantly animated and heart wrenchingly performed, Little Prince is up there with the best of the genre.

4.  Sing Street
In Brief: Much like Sunshine Of Leith a few years back, Sing Street brings the songs, the charms and the heart and brings them all in spades.  One of the best films of the year for sure.

5. Hunt for The Wilder People
In Brief: A coming of age family drama that will spawn a million “Shit Got real” T-shirts.  Worth all the amazing reviews…

6. Room

7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

8. Moana

9. Green Room

10. The Girl With All The Gifts

Bubbling Under:  Deadpool, The Big Short, Arrival, Doctor Strange,  Train To Busan, Eddie The Eagle, Midnight Special , Creed, Bad Moms, Spotlight 

 

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2016 (Updated)

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2016 (Updated)

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2016 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 here it is: my pick of the BEST films of 2016.

 

Film of The Year: The Nice Guys 
In Brief: It was pretty much Room or The Little Prince all the way this year until The Nice Guys came along.  But then any film directed and written by one of my favourite filmmakers in Shane Black was always going to have a fighting chance. Smart, funny and sharp as a tack… The Nice Guys is the best film you probably didn’t see this year!

2.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
In Brief:  Holy wow.  Blockbuster of the year, the 4th best Star Wars film and a film that **spoilers** managed to raise a horror icon from the dead.  A War film, a hiatus movie, a Star Wars story.  Yup… Rogue One is THAT good.

3. The Little Prince
In Brief:  Who saw this coming?  Adaptation of a popular kids book, released almost exclusively on Netflix. But man it knocked it out the park.  Brilliantly animated and heart wrenchingly performed, Little Prince is up there with the best of the genre.

4.  Room
In Brief: Was a contender from the moment I saw it and one of the few times that Oscar bate lives up to it’s billing. It’s touching, masterfully made and beautiful.

5. Moana
In Brief: A stunningly well made animation from Disney with heaps of charm, laughs and catchy songs.  A late entry into my Bets Of for 2016.

6. The Big Short
7. Green Room
8. Deadpool
9. Doctor Strange
10. Arrival

Bubbling Under: Eddie The Eagle, Midnight Special , Creed, Bad Moms, Zootropolis,  Star Trek Beyond, Spotlight 

 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far (Updated: 30th September 2016 )

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far (Updated: 30th September 2016 )

Quick Review

Best Films of 2016… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2016’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. The Nice Guys (9/10)
  2. Room (8/10)
  3. The Big Short (8/10)
  4. Green Room (8/10)
  5. Deadpool (8/10)

    Honourable Mentions:
    Creed (8/10); Where To Invade Next (8/10); Midnight Special (8/10); Spotlight (8/10); Eddie The Eagle (8/10); Zootropolis (8/10), Zero Days (8/10), Money Monster (7/10), Star Trek Beyond (7/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10), Finding Dory (7/10); Eye In The Sky (7/10); Captain America Civil War (7/10); Blood Father (7/10); Angry Birds (7/10); The Shallows (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. Central Intelligence (3/10)
  3. The 5th Wave (3/10)
  4. Kickboxer Vengeance (3/10)
  5. Cabin Fever (4/10)

Dis-Honourable Mentions: Divergent Allegiant (4/10); Triple 9 (4/10), Bastille Day (4/10); London Has Fallen (4/10); Independence Day Resurgence (4/10); Dad’s Army (4/10); Huntsman Winters War (5/10); Warcraft (5/10); Gods Of Egypt (5/10); Suicide Squad (5/10); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows (5/10); The Neon Demon (5/10); Zoom (5/10)

 

The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

Sharknado The Forth Awakens

Great Films of 2015 I didn’t see in 2015

Honourable Mentions: The Lady In The Van (8/10); Straight Outta Compton (8/10); The Survivalist (8/10); The Seven Five (8/10); 99 Homes (7/10)

 

Money Monster – A Quick Capsule Review

Money Monster – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Money Monster is a short sharp, biting satire in a year where the actions of Wall Street and the financial system since the financial crash finally hit the glare of Hollywood. Directed by Jodie Foster, this showy paring of George Clooney and Julia Roberts delivers a cracking sub 100 minutes of entertainment that, whilst it looses steam towards the end of it’s brief by modern standards run time, rates as one of 2016’s most enjoyable films.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: They are aiming for me!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Big Short, Wolf Of Wall Street, Boiler Room

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… The Half Way Point (Updated: 3rd July 2016)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… The Half Way Point (Updated: 3rd July 2016)

Quick Review

Best Films of 2016… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2016’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Room (8/10)
  2. The Big Short (8/10)
  3. Green Room (8/10)
  4. Creed (8/10)
  5. Dead pool (8/10)

  6. Honourable Mentions:
    Spotlight (8/10); Eddie The Eagle (8/10); Zootropolis (8/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10), Eye In The Sky (7/10); Captain America Civil War (7/10); Kung Fu Panda 3 (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. The 5th Wave (3/10)
  3. Cabin Fever (4/10)
  4. Triple 9 (4/10)
  5. Divergent Allegiant (4/10)

    Dis-Honourable Mentions: London Has Fallen (4/10); Independence Day Resurgence (4/10); Dad’s Army (4/10); Warcraft (5/10); Gods Of Egypt (5/10)

 

 The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

Great Films of 2015 I didn’t see in 2015

Honourable Mentions: The Lady In The Van (8/10); Straight Outta Compton (8/10); The Survivalist (8/10); The Seven Five (8/10); 99 Homes (7/10)

 

Blog: Kill Your Friends – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Kill Your Friends – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Kill Your Friends did not do well commercially or critically.  Which is a shame as this story of a boozed up drug fuelled record exec in the 90’s is actually quite good fun.  Okay so it’s dark as tar and for sure won’t be everyones tastes (those looking for a ‘hero’ to route for will be left wanting) but Holt does a great job and even James Cordon doesn’t make me want to smash the screen. Which is a first.  This feels like the kinda film we used too make in the 90’s when Transporting and Twin Town filled the cinema.  So yes probably out of it’s own time and cinema has moved on but hell for some reason I quite enjoyed it.

Best Bit: It’s like being in the 90’s again

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Trainspotting, Wolf Of Wall Street, The Big Short

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far! (Updated: 30th March 2016)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2016… So Far! (Updated: 30th March 2016)

Quick Review

Best Films of 2016… So Far.

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2016’s movies, in my very humble opinion.

Best Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Room (8/10)
  2. The Big Short (8/10)
  3. Creed (8/10)
  4. Dead pool (8/10)
  5. Spotlight (8/10)

    Honourable Mentions:
    Zootropolis (8/10), Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice (7/10)


Worst Films Of 2016… So Far:

  1. Point Break (3/10)
  2. The Hateful Eight (5/10)

    Dis-Honourable Mentions:

 

 The Sharknado Award for Films So Good They Cant Be Rated:

 


Great Films of 2015 I didn’t see in
2015

Honourable Mentions: The Lady In The Van (8/10); 99 Homes (7/10)