Skyscraper (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Skyscraper (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Skyscraper is probably the first time I’ve felt let down by a film starring Dwayne Johnson. Don’t get me wrong – he’s fine in it and the film could be far worse – but much like this years The Meg, the lean towards Chinese audiences (Box office… MONEY!!!!) seems rather forced.  And whilst The Meg (just) got away with it, here it feels all very cynical and by the numbers.  It’s also silly on a level that I haven’t seen in some time but is so unaware of itself it just comes off as a bit stupid.  With it’s tongue planted in cheek they MAY have pulled it off but in a film when even Dwayne Johnson seems bored you know it’s going to be a struggle.

Best Bit: Getting into the tower

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Towering Inferno, Rampage, The Fate Of The Furious, Die Hard

 

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 25 Must See Films Of 2017

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 25 Must See Films Of 2017

Other Cr*p Year In Review

So this is it… Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests (including podcasters Mike Parkin & Josh Morris, Filmmaker Ross Boyask and Phil’s Quick Capsule Review writers Will Strong & Matt Duddy) LONG list of the xx must see films of 2017

This list will also form the basis of our vote for the Essential Films of 2017.

So how many have YOU seen?

Wind River
Paddington 2
Beauty and the Beast
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
La-La Land
T2 Trainspotting
Baby Driver
Raw
Happy Death Day
Elle
The Triangle
Spiderman: Homecoming
Operation: Mekong
Let Her Out
Despicable Me 3
Dunkirk
A Monster Calls
Star Wars The Last Jedi
Thor Ragnorok
Get Out
Lady Macbeth
Brawl in Cell Block 99
The Fate of the Furious
Hacksaw Ridge
Shot Caller

Check back in the next few days for our final list or take the QUIZ HERE To see how many you have seen!

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 3rd Edition (June 2017)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 3rd Edition (June 2017)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2017’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.  All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2017… So Far:

 

  1. T2 Trainspotting (9/10)
  2. OJ Made In America (9/10)
  3. La La Land (8/10)
  4. Logan (8/10)
  5. Prevenge  (8/10)

Honourable Mentions: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (8/10), Get Out (8/10), Silence (8/10), Hidden Figures (8/10), Fast & Furious 8 Aka Fate Of The Furious (7/10), Wonder Woman (7/10), The Founder (7/10), XXX: Return Of Xander Cage (7/10), Ghost In The Shell (7/10), Alien Covenant (7/10)

 

WORST Films Of 2017… So Far:

 

  1. Fifty Shades Darker (2/10)
  2. Sleepless (2/10)
  3. Assassins Creed (3/10)
  4. Underworld Blood War (4/10)
  5. Hacksaw Ridge (5/10)

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions: King Arthur Legend Of The Sword (5/10), Live By Night (5/10), Sing! (5/10)

 

The 2017 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

2 Lava 2 Lantula 

 

Great Films Of 2016 That I saw In 2017:

The Edge Of Seventeen, The Girl With All The Gifts, Train To Busan, Deepwater Horizon, Kubo & The Two Strings, Sing Street, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, 13th,  I Daniel Blake

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Fast & Furious Movies

Phil’s Top 5… Fast & Furious Movies

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: Fast & Furious Films

Close but no cigar: 2 Fast, 2 Furious, Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift

 

5 – Fast & The Furious 7
The film had to deal with Walker’s untimely death and it does it well using bleeding edge effects work, stunt doubles and a tweaked story to give him a fitting send off.   Whilst it’s not the strongest outing the ending is pitch perfect.  Oh it also introduced Kurt Russell to the franchise.  Winning. 

 

4 – The Fast & The Furious
The original is still a good film, even if it bears no resemblance to what the franchise has become.  Made Vin a viable action star and a name out of Paul Walker.

 

3 – The Fate Of The Furious
Bringing Statham back to duel with the Rock, introducing a new villain and bringing in Helen Mirran – the franchise feels more comfortable now it doesn’t have to deal with the passing of it’s major star.  Eastwood makes a good addition also.  

 

2 – Fast & Furious 6
With The Rock on board along side the good guys (well the mostly good guys) the action ramps up, as does the thrills and excitement. It’s not Shakespeare but it’s top draw blockbuster.   

 

1 – Fast 5
The Rock joins the franchise, the team are back together and the franchise tilts from being about car racing to something more akin to the Expendables meets Oceans 11.  The vault sequence still rates as a franchise high.

 

 

Grosse Point Geek – The Fate Of The Furious (aka Fast & The Furious 8)

Grosse Point Geek – The Fate Of The Furious (aka Fast & The Furious 8)

A Blog Grosse Point Geek

Whilst on a dangerous mission in Germany, Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) betrays his crew and steals a powerful weapon of mass destruction, which he then hands over to notorious cyber terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) who is hell bent of world domination. Its now down to Lettie (Michelle Rodriguez) Tej (Ludachris) Roman (Tyrese Gibson)  Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and in a strange twist, Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw (the baddie from part 7) to bring down Dom and Cipher before World War Three kicks off.

Yes folks you read that right  – we have now gone from a simple tale of illegal street racers who hijack lorries to some how bringing the planet to the brink of of world war three .

So lets get it out of the way shall we? Ok i’ll say it  – the Fast and Furious films are very very very silly – so much so that they make the A Team and The Wacky Races look positively believable by comparison. Since the fifth entry we have been witness to half of Rio being destroyed, Ferrari’s  flying through skyscrapers , freeway set tank chases, helicopter gunships in LA and parachuting sports cars. Indeed so mad are these films that it is my firm belief that they should be stuffed in a glass jar and studied. Nevertheless  – and dear God i cant believe i’m saying it again  -one simply cannot help but bloody love them.

So what of this latest entry in the FF franchise?. Well mercifully once again we have another bonkers action extravaganza, featuring thousands of hacked “zombie” cars that terrorize the streets of NYC and a Siberian set submarine chase sequence that had me grinning from ear to ear. Its also well directed by series new comer F Gary Gray, and has a nice streak of humour throughout, mainly involving Dwayne Johnson’s very butch Agent Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw, that at times made me laugh out loud. No where is this more evident than in a scene where the seemingly superhuman Johnson manages to single handedly fight off a speeding torpedo and then a frankly hilarious sequence involving Statham, a plane load of armed goons, alot of bullets,  and one very cute baby – i’ll say no more but safe to say that this is destined to  go down as one of the funniest and most entertaining bits of comedy/action that you will see for a very long time!

Performance wise it isn’t bad ether  -the aforementioned  Johnson and Statham are too good for words and seem to be having a wail of a time, Kurt Russell returning as Mr Nobody is also great value, finally Charlize Theron as Cipher is evil as all hell and makes for the best baddie in the series so far. Indeed it is most of the supporting actors that come off best and seemingly carry the movie in ways that Vin Diesel as Torretto simply cant achieve. Despite getting top billing, his is the character i cared about the least –  mainly due to the fact that he gets zero one liners, and is played way too seriously by the somewhat overrated Diesel  – perhaps someone should tell big Vin that this aint exactly high drama and nor is it Shakespeare – these films are about fast cars and things that go bang – thats it – maybe in the next couple of entries we will see him lighten up a bit

 

To be honest there is little else i can say about FF8  – Paul Walker’s presence is missed at times and for me it wasn’t quite as good as part 7 but the film is so mental and such a good laugh to watch that it transcends serious critique, which is great as frankly there should be more films like this – of late we have been missing some proper good old fashioned  Saturday night big screen entertainment and Fast 8 delivers it in spades – Michael Bay take note   – this is how action films should be made  – big,  bold, brash and daft as a brush – great stuff, loved it.

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 2nd Edition (April 14th 2017)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 2nd Edition (April 14th 2017)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2017’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.  All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2017… So Far:

 

  1. T2 Trainspotting (9/10)
  2. OJ Made In America (9/10)
  3. La La Land (8/10)
  4. Logan (8/10)
  5. Silence (8/10)

Honourable Mentions:  Fast & Furious 8 Aka Fate Of The Furious (7/10), The Founder (7/10), XXX: Return Of Xander Cage (7/10), Patriots Day (6/10)

 

WORST Films Of 2017… So Far:

 

  1. Fifty Shades Darker (2/10)
  2. Sleepless (2/10)
  3. Assassins Creed (3/10)
  4. Underworld Blood War (4/10)
  5. Hacksaw Ridge (5/10)

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions: Live By Night (5/10), Sing! (5/10)

 

The 2017 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

2 Lava 2 Lantula 

 

Great Films Of 2016 That I saw In 2017:

The Edge Of Seventeen, The Girl With All The Gifts, Train To Busan, Deepwater Horizon, Kubo & The Two Strings, Sing Street, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, 13th,  I Daniel Blake

 

 

Fast & Furious 8 (aka The Fate of the Furious) – A Quick Capsule Review

Fast & Furious 8 (aka The Fate of the Furious) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s dumb.  Has no sense of it’s own logic from film to film.  It’s over the top. It’s ridiculous.  And it’s really bloody good fun.  Welcome then to Fast 8.  From the New York heist to the submarine based finale and everything in between, The Fate Of The Furious drives headlong from one set piece to another with little sense of plot or  logic but with a key sense of what’s fun, what’s entertaining and what’s adrenaline packed. It also features one of the best cameos in  recent film memory (yes Helen Mirran putting on an amazingly bad fake British accent even though she’s er, British.)  It’s top draw check your brain at the door movie making.  Look 8 films in you kinda know what you are getting and if it’s your bag this up there with the best F&F with enough stupid explosions and action packed scenes to pass it’s over two hour run time.

Best Bit: Rock/Statham bromance & Helen Bloody Mirran

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Fast & Furious 5, Fast & Furious 6, The Fast & The Furious 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden