‘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…
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Arrow-verse (The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and sometimes Legends Of Tomorrow) delivers its fifth annual cross over event and manages once again to show just how much DC rules the roost on TV (Yes Netflix Marvel shows I’m looking at you). Bringing in Batwoman, Superman, Lois Lane and all the regular cast, Elseworld is funny, smart, compelling and never feels baggy across its three episodes. Where as the big screen DC movies (not least the bloated Batman Vs Superman & Justice League) rely on effects and spectacle, the TV show is driven by character and ultimately this means you care. If only DC films could just once in a while see what their TV counterparts are doing Marvel could finally have some competition. Elseworld is by far the strongest Arrow-verse cross over yet, expertly sets up next years big event and leaves you wanting more. What more could you ask.
Best Bit: Barry/Oliver
Watch, Stream, Avoid: Watch
If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman, Justice League, Avengers Infinity War
Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…
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: JUSTICE LEAGUE
Overall Critics Say
“It’s messy and flawed but it still offers enough entertainment value (mostly thanks to its likable characters) to make it worthwhile.”- 7.0
” DC’s team up extravaganza is a bust, with a vanilla plot, dire bad guy and largely failed attempts at levity. Worth watching for Wonder Woman, but little more.” – 2/5
” It’s breezily fun at times – but, lumbered with a story that struggles to find resonance beyond its improbable plot devices, Justice League isn’t about to steal Avengers’ super-team crown.” – 2/5
” The film is the definition of an adequate high-spirited studio lark: no more, no less…. Yet the movie is no cheat. It’s a tasty franchise delivery system that kicks a certain series back into gear.”
“Considering the circumstances under which it was produced, Justice League–the long-awaited crossover of the DC film universe’s cornerstone characters–is arguably better than it has any right to be. ” -3.5/5
Full credit to original sources. Links to websites provided.
So 2016 continued the golden age of television, outstripping it’s movie counterparts and delivering more essential must see content than any other medium: even with so many great shows either ended or in their twilight years. So here’s my run down of my 5 favourite TV show for 2016… with a few nearly rans for good measure.
(Yet to watch Narcos Season 2 or Luke Cage)
TV Show of The Year: Westworld In Brief: With a Nolan attached, THAT Cast and all the money HBO could throw at it Westworld could still have been a catastrophic flop BUT it wasn’t. In fact it was revolutionary. Yes Westworld is THAT good. From it’s complex plotting to it’s cinematic visuals, Westworld was a remake done right. It’s just a sham we have to wait until 2018 to get the next part of the story…
2. Stranger Things In Brief: Every so often a show or film comes from nowhere and captures the imagination of a generation, becoming a cultural phenomena along the way. Stranger Things was THAT show. The Spielberg/ Carpenter influenced style reminded everyone who lived through the 80’s how good the decade was (and how ripe it is for material like this), whilst the narrative, effects and performances kept people coming back for more. With Season 2 production started, the Duffer’s have a mountain to climb to reach these heights again.
3. Game Of Thrones In Brief: Once again hitting the Top 5, Thrones continues to be one of the best things on TV and season 6 was a real highlight. From the reuniting of certain siblings, to the death of one of the most hated characters in the show Thrones stepped outside the constraints of its source material, picked up the pace, delivered several WFT moments and gave us a view on the future to come. In short: Winter is coming. And so are Dragons
4. The People Vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story In Brief:Who saw that coming? A TV recreation of one of America’s most infamous trials starring a forgotten DTV Oscar winner alongside John Travolta and Ross from Friends, from the guy who made American Horror Story? It couldn’t work. But it did. In spades. And man was it good, delivering one of the best episodes of TV in 2016. Gooding Jnr delivered as the narcissistic OJ but it was Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark that stole the show. If you missed it then you missed out for sure.
5. Silicon Valley In Brief: Into it’s third year, Mike Judge’s tech comedy delivered it’s most constant and entertaining year to date. Yes it’s throw away stuff but it’s damn funny with it. It’s also sharp as a tack satire on the stupidity and excess of the Tech hub of the world with a convincing cast and cracking scripts.
Bubbling under: Jessica Jones (another high quality Netflix/ Marvel TV show), High Maintenance (as surreal as comedy gets), Vice Principals (biting dark comedy), Veep (continued to graft another strong year), The Night Of (Started well, dropped of a bit by the end), Better Call Saul (even stronger than last year), The Flash (ended season 2 strong and began Season 3 with a bang), Ash Vs The Evil Dead (still delivering)
Miss of the year: The Walking Dead
In Brief: It wasn’t a BIG miss but the let down of Season 6’s ending (yes THAT cliff-hanger) after the Glenn fake out followed by a mostly lacklustre Season 7 so far has, for the first time, left me loosing a little interest in Rick and his crew. The show is far from done for sure and there are still some great ideas and moments (Negan when used correctly is awesome) in it but overall it’s lost something this year and could be the sign that the shows lack of end game is starting to bite them.
so 2015 quite simple smashed it out the park. Whilst film faltered, TV just kept getting better and better. So here is the run down of my 5 (well 6) top shows of 2015…
TV Show(s) of The Year: Narcos & Daredevil In Brief: I just could split these two top notch Netflix shows. Daredevil gave us what is probably the best version of a Marvel TV show we could have hoped for along with by far the best Marvel villain in Wilson Fisk whilst Narcos gave us a crime Tv show with edge, bite and style. It’s no accident that Netflix have multiple mentions here… they are winning TV hands down.
2. Game Of Thrones (Spoilers) In Brief: Bloody hell. This get’s second place just for THAT episode let alone THAT ending. Okay so it lost it’s way on some of the sub plots but overall this show just gets bigger & bolder whilst smashing the boundaries of what to expect on TV.
3. Better Call Saul In Brief: Who knew? A prequel to Breaking Bad which not only did suck but ended up being one of THE TV highlights of 2015. Now as long as it can continue to carve it’s own path in 2016 we should be in line for something quite special.
4. Ash Vs Evil Dead In Brief: It’s the show that we never thought we’d get became the show that we never thought could deliver which cam ether show that not only delivered but delivered BIG. Okay so most won’t care but man this is every bit the Evil Dead TV show we wanted. Gore, Swearing, Ash…. yup.
5. Hannibal In Brief: Hannibal ended on a bloody high, one of the most out there TV shows I’ve ever seen. From the performance to the production, Hannibal was high art does as TV. It did things it’s own way and boy did it never compromise.
Bubbling under: Justified (Just misses out on a top 5 spot but what a season), The Walking Dead (strong season), Fear The Walking Dead (excellent debut), Doctor Who (Best season yet), Sons Of Anarchy (finished on a high), Flash (built on a great first year), Gotham (Oh my god, the improvement from season 1 to 2 is amazing), House Of Cards (weakest season so far but still excellent)
So 2014 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year. This year for the first time I look back on my 5 favourite TV shows of 2014…
TV Show of The Year: The Newsroom In Brief: Generally unlike by the American HBO audience, Aaron Sorkin’s clever, well crafted and expertly performed TV show went out on a high. Funny, charming and with a full realised cast, The Newsroom was always one of the best shows on TV. Thankfully it didn’t drop the ball in it’s final run.
2. Game Of Thrones (Spoilers) In Brief: That was one hell of a season. Joffrey died. Tyron killed his dad. The dragons started killing kids and the Battle of the Wall made you realise just how good TV could be. Throw in the witty dialogue, great characters, spluttering of nudity and more violence than you can bash a stick with and you have one hell of a group breaking TV show.
3. The Flash & Arrow In Brief: The Flash started well in it’s first season and has gotten better and better week by week. Arrow started off not so good, but again has found it’s stride and improves ever week. Whilst DC movies can’t seem to do anything right, DC TV is getting stronger and stronger. These may not be better than say House Of Cards or True Detective but brain off entertainment doesn’t get better than this.
4. Sons of Anarchy In Brief: Not it’s greatest season, but again a show that went out on a high, getting stronger and stronger as each episode went along. It didn’t end well for everyone, as beloved character after beloved character fell, but in the end it served up an excellent story that has greatly elevated the careers of everyone involved.
5. Hannibal In Brief: The year when Network TV pushed and then broke the boundaries, Hannibal is a show that just shouldn’t work. But it does. Oh god does it work. Great cast, great stories and effects that movies would struggle with, Hannibal did everything right and ended in on of the greatest TV episodes of the year.
Bubbling under: Bates Motel, Orphan Black, Doctor Who, True Detective, Justified, New Girl, Walking Dead, 24 , House Of Cards,