‘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…
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 Horror Films of All Time
The close but no cigar Films: Dawn of The Dead, You’re Next, The Blair Witch Project, The Pact, Grave Encounters, Let The Right One In, The Evil Dead
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The latest Netflix original horror film delivers two surprises… the first that it’s actually really quite excellent and the second that it comes from the directorial “talent” that is McG. Yes Charlies Angels McG. I know right. That aside, The Babysitter is funny, smart and gory. Okay so it lacks almost any actual scares but with a quick run time, great script and spirited performances this is another must see from Netflix.
Best Bit: Toy Car, Stairs, glass
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)
If You Liked this Try: Happy Death Day, Tucker And Dale Vs Evil, The Final Girls
In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, 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 each major film decade.
This time out: The 2010’s to Now!
The close but no cigar Films: Everybody Wants Some, The Final Girls, I Olga Hepnarova, No One Lives, The Jungle Book (2016), Hugo, The Guest, Zootopia, Black Swan, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Drive, Florentina Hubaldo CTE
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Horror comedy is a tough gig to pull off and post scream self referential horror comedy even more so. Enter The Final Girls – a great idea that’s just not quite as cleverly produced as the filmmakers think it is. That said there is LOADS to like here and when it works (which to be fair is quite often) it’s great fun. BUT like most horror comedies the bit it fails on is the horror – it’s just not clever enough.
Best Bit: Back in time!
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Scream, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, Scream 2
The votes are in. The long list has been reduced to just 12… and here they are, the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests list of the FILMS TO WATCH for 2015.
In no particular order:
#7: The Final Girls A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.
[divider] #8: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
[divider] #9: Listen To Me Marlon A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend’s story.
#10: Green Room A young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence.
#11: The Martian During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
#12: White God Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.
So this is it… LONG list of the best films of 2015. Our pick of the 22 best films of 2015, as voted for by our house staff (Ross Boyask, Phil Hobden, Matt Duddy, Drew Cullingham, Andrew MacKay & Josh Morris)
This will also form the basis of our short list to vote for the Film of 2015. So how many have YOU seen?
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