The Boxtrolls (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Boxtrolls (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however,.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit

 

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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…

The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit.

Rating:

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Phil’s Top 5… Musicals

Phil’s Top 5… Musicals

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Musicals!

 

Close but no cigar: Mary Poppins, Everyone Says I love You, Grease 2, La La Land, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Oliver! , Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

5 – Little Shop of Horrors
Suddenly Seymour!  The remake of a little seen Roger Corman film, Little Shop of Horrors is full of great songs and even better cameos.  You’ll never go to the dentist again!

 

4 – The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers delivers iconic moments in bucket loads – from the cats to the car chases, to the songs to the cameos… it’s one of the best soundtracks ever.  Films damn fine as well.

3 – Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show lives on over 40 years from it’s release and is probably better recognised now thanks to it’s ensuring sing alongs and packed out stage shows. 

 

2 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
The newsiest entry on my list, The Nightmare Before Christmas is charming, heart warming, clever and beautiful.  It’s also a work of art with some of the most stunning stop motion that holds up even today. 

 

1 – Grease
It’s Grease – one of the most successful and singable musicals ever.  It’s launched careers, sold a gazillions of sound tracks and still packs out sing alongs.  

 

 

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

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A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. (Yes ’86 and ’84 was impossible to split!)

… And yes a few do differ from my Annual ‘Film of The Year’.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!!

The 70’s

1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Ghostbusters/ Gremlins
1985 – The Goonies

1986 – Aliens/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/ Top Gun
1987 – The Lost Boys

1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Tango & Cash

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – Terminator 2 Judgement Day
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Heat
1996 – Trainspotting
1997 – Con Air
1998 – Lock Stock & Two Smoking barells
1999 – Fight Club

The 2000’s 

2000 – Snatch
2001 – Black Hawk Down
2002 – 28 days Later
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Serenity

2006 – Children of Men
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum

2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Slumdog Millonaire
2010 – The Social Network

The 10’s 

2011 – Hugo
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Rush
2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash
2016 – The Nice Guys

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Phil’s Top 5… Christmas Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Christmas 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: MY Favourite Christmas Movies!

(To qualify these have to be ABOUT Christmas not just linked in some remote way!)

 

Close but no cigar: Miracle on 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone 2 Lost In New York

5 – Home Alone
Home Alone isn’t actually the butt of the joke you may think it is.  Still all these years on it’s a damn fine film, with a genuinely good performance by McCulkin and surprising depth behind it’s more knock about moments. Go on watch it again… I dare you!

4 – Muppets Christmas Carol
The Muppets.  Does Dickens. With Michael Caine. If that’s not the very definition of a win/win I don’t know what is!

3 – Scrooged
Bill Murray. Does Dickens. With Bill Murray. Seriously WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR??????

2 – Love Actually
It’s our go to Christmas movie ever year (and has been for 10 + years now).  Yes it’s flawed. Yes it’s clichéd.  But that bit with Emma Thompson and the gift, the play & the kiss, the proposal, the kid in the airport… they still get me every time.  It’s everything a Christmas movie should be.

1 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
The most twisted Christmas movie for kids you’ll probably ever see, The Nightmare Before Christmas is just amazing.  The songs, stunning stop motion animation and a run time that kids love combined to make this an instant classic that still endures to this day.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Inspired Pumpkins!

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Inspired Pumpkins!

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: To celebrate Halloween these are my Favourite Movie inspired pumpkins!

 

Blog: The Nightmare Before Christmas – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Nightmare Before Christmas – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Be it Tim Burton’s or Henry Selick’s  TNMBC (and for the record writer, producer and ideas man Burton has both his style and sensibility plastered all over this film), now in it’s 21st year since release the film hasn’t missed a beat in the interviewing years.  Okay so the technology has improved (just witness the quantum advance of The Boxtroll’s for example) but what still makes this film a class act is the collection of great songs, memorable characters and perverse humour that is seen so rarely in cinema these days.  It also shows just how far Burton has fallen since his 90’s heyday.

Best Bit: What’s this?

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Boxtrolls, Coraline, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however,.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit.

 

Author: Phil Hobden