Breaking In (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Breaking In (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
File this one under nice idea that doesn’t quite execute as well as you’d want it to.  The basic premise of Breaking In is the home invasion movie reversed as a desperate mother tries to break in (get it) to her house to rescue her kids from some nasty men.  The problem comes with the fact the film runs out of new ideas pretty quickly and just feels very repetitive.  It’s not bad it just does nothing with the central idea that we haven’t seen before.  This said it passes the time as is FAR from bad… it just could have been SO much better.

Best Bit: The finale

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Panic Room, The Purge, The Ref  (aka Hostile Hostages) 

 


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Upgrade (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Upgrade (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Upgrade is a massive (pleasant)  surprise.  A little known genre film from Blumhouse studios, Upgrade is a modestly budgeted sci-fi with elements of Cronenberg body horror mixed in with some usual Blumhouse violence and some pleasing gore. Lead Marshall-Green does a bang up job with the action and the final revelations were a genuine surprise. One of 2018’s best surprises so far.

Best Bit: Stem turns on

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Purge,  Happy Death Day, Existenz

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Horror Movies Franchises

Phil’s Top 5… Horror Movies Franchises

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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: Horror Franchises

 

Close but no cigar: The Purge, Final Destination , Scream,  Saw

 

5 – Childs Play
Childs Play started well, went pretty rotten in the middle but managed to stick the landing with Bride, Child and most recently Cult Of Chucky.  Still got legs.

 

4 – Halloween
One great film, a few weak sequels, an excellent reboot and now a new new reboot means that Halloween is far from finished.

 

3 – A Nightmare On Elm Street
Elm Street is a mix of the good (the original, a New Nightmare, Dream Warriors), the bad (part 5) and the ugly (the remake) but s a horror icon few beat Freddie.  

2 – Evil Dead
Four movies and an incredible TV show, The Evil Dead franchise continues to endure well past it’s original roots as a down and very dirty low budget calling card for Sam Rami.

 

1 – Friday The 13th
Yup they haven’t aged that well and the franchise has stalled of late but growing up few films or horror icons scared me as much as the Friday films.  From the iconic (Part 4) to the Crazy bad but fun (Jason takes Manhattan)  I still love everyone of them.  Including the rather good remake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #103 – The First Purge, Hereditary, Sicario 2: Soldado

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #103 – The First Purge, Hereditary, Sicario 2: Soldado

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It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Its a movie medley this episode as you lot are treated to three reviews!!! As well as a Top 5 on Movies That Are Prime For A Remake. Check it out and BLEAT THE WORD!

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Happy Death Day – A Quick Capsule Review

Happy Death Day – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Happy Death Day is great fun.  It’s Groundhog Day meets Scream and yet another hit for the almost unstoppable Blumhouse Productions.  Yup new ground isn’t broken here BUT it’s a damn entertain romp with a great tone and a career making central performance.

Best Bit: Let’s put it all right

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Scream, Groundhog Day, The Purge 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… 2018 Films I’m Looking Forward To

Phil’s Top 5… 2018 Films I’m Looking Forward To

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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: 2018 Films I’m Looking Forward To

 

Close but no cigar: Ready Player One, Rampage, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Purge , Ant Man & The Wasp

5 – The Predator
Shane Black back on the Predator train, this time as a director.  If anyone can realise the potential this franchise has then Black is the man.

 

4 – Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Movie
Yup it’s had issues (firing the directs 3 weeks from the end of filming) but it’s still a Star Wars films and so far the Disney overloads have yet to deliver a bad film.

 

3 – Paddington 2
Paddington was a real joy, sweet, funny and charming.  Paddington 2 can be all that and more!

 

2 – Black Panther
The trailer looks ace and once again Marvel takes another step towards owning the world.

 

1 – The Avengers: Infinity War
A film ten years in the making, Infinity War will finally mark the arrival of Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet, a million Marvel Characters and The Avengers teaming with The Guardians Of The Galaxy. What is there NOT to be excited about?

 

 

Hush – A Quick Capsule Review

Hush – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
For some reason some critics take offense at Blumhouse’s paired down high concept horror films.  I don’t. For the most part I’ve enjoyed the hell out of them and Hush is yet another hit.  Effectively a home invasion film with a twist, Hush takes it’s concept and runs with it leaving us with a creepy, tense and often violent film.  The effects are great, the performances strong and the script stays on the right side of silly.  Highly enjoyable.

Best Bit: He’s behind you!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Don’t Breathe, Insidious, The Purge

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Author: Phil Hobden

Don’t Breathe – A Quick Capsule Review

Don’t Breathe – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Don’t Breathe is actually really rather good.  A paired back, tense (and at times) brutal home invasion film with a difference, it’s limited budget, limited locations and stand out cast put this up there as one of 2016’s best horrors.  And whilst you may or may not like the Blumhouse style filming on display here (Blumhouse are not directly involved with the film – this one’s from Rami’s Ghost House pictures), his influence on the genre as a whole shines here – simple premise, low budget, small cast, tense and brutal.  This new wave of horror films are delivering both commercially and critically.   A must see.

Best Bit: Basement

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Green Room, The Purge, The People Under The Stairs

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Author: Phil Hobden

The Purge: Election Year – A Quick Capsule Review

The Purge: Election Year – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Purge films started a big shaky – a good idea on paper but not brilliantly executed. The Purge Anarchy was a bump is quality but still lacked something overall.  Two years later then comes (in an election year no less) The Purge: Election Year a scary look into what a word under Trump will probably look like.  It also manages to finally start to deliver on a great concept.  Much of that love goes to a superb cast, headed by TV stalwart Elizabeth Mitchell and Crossbones himself Frank Grillo. BUT it also delivers some of the most striking production design I’ve seen in a film recently.   This film looks amazing, delivers on action and keeps the pace up until the end.  Let’s hope the US under Trump doesn’t end like this…

Best Bit: Grillo

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Purge, The Purge Anarchy, Running Man

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: The Guest – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Guest is rather good.  Actually it’s excellent.  Which is a good thing because at times you’re not quite sure whether this film will end up being as bold as it sets out.  With a winning central performance by Dan Stevens, some top notch directing from Wingard and enough bat shit mental moments to reference for a long time to come, The Guard is truly one of the most unique films of the year.

Best Bit: Stevens central performance.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Drive, You’re Next, The Purge

 

Author: Phil Hobden