Light Of My Life (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Light Of My Life (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Light Of My Life isn’t a fun film to watch.  It’s also not one that delivers much pace or narrative drive.  This is a film about the relationship between a father and his daughter in a post-apocalyptic world where children don’t seem to exist.  You can mostly work out what will happen from the start but its less about the story and more about the relationships and writer/director/star Casey Affleck does a good job making this film feel very real.  For sure it could have been shorter or a little pacier but fans of films like The Road will have a lot to enjoy here.

Best Bit: The opening shot

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Road, Birdbox, Leave No Trace

 


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Children Of Men (2006) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Children Of Men (2006) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Children Of Men was one of the most original and thought provoking films of 2006 and rewatching it is still as brilliant and impactful as the day I first watched it. The dystopian world created by Cuarón is so real you can almost taste it.  This, backed up with some epic cinematography (not least one of the best ‘one take’ shots in cinema) and you have a real must own film.  In short Children Of Men is powerful, expertly made and once again shows that with the right script and director, Clive Owen is as good as anyone out there.

Best Bit: The one-take Bexhill sequence

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Road, Akira, World War Z

 

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The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Late runner for best Independent of the film, The Domestics is a cracking post apocalypse (Kinda) action road trip film that owes a debt to Mad Max, Escape From LA and The Road but with a bit more violence and pulp. It’s nothing new but what it does it does really well and when the violence and blood hits it hits really well. Boswell is good as it Hoechlin (TV’s Superman) and the direction keeps the film moving at pace.  Really enjoyed this one.

Best Bit: You served me what?

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Mad Max,  The Road, Doomsday

 


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What Still Remains (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

What Still Remains (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Whilst ultimately predictable, What Still Remains avoids the usual post apocalyptic tropes and drills down on the human side instead of the gore. And it works.  The central relationship between Anna and Peter takes many twists and turns  as they both do what they need to do to survive in this world.  It’s interesting stuff and even though it’s obviously done on a budget, director Josh Mendoza delivers a well crafted movie with excellent performances and a few shocking moments.  Think The Last Of Us as you are half way there…

Best Bit: The central relationship

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Last of Us (PS4), The Road, Children Of Men, Doomsday

 

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These Final Hours – A Quick Capsule Review

These Final Hours – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
These Final Hours is a cracking gem of a movie.  An Australian drama set at the very end of the world, it’s heartbreaking, bleak but yet oddly uplifting.  Also considering it’s limited budget it’s visually impressive and the direction is strong.  One of Netflix’s hidden gems…

Best Bit: The Beach

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Road,  The Dark Hour, Threads

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Author: Phil Hobden

It Comes At Night – A Quick Capsule Review

It Comes At Night – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A divisive film for sure, It Comes At Night has been critical hit but landed less well with the fans for it’s less than obvious story, seemingly random events and denouement that flatly refuses to neatly wrap up every story thread.  BUT the ride is pretty great and the performances carry a film that is all the better for leaving it’s bigger mysteries up to interpretation.  It’s also dark… really dark and by the end this film could rival moments of The Road for it’s boundary pushing.  So don’t go in expecting everything to be neatly tied up and you’ll get a lot out of this.  Go in expecting Hollywood and you may well not.

Best Bit: The Last Act

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later, The Road, Children Of Men

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Author: Phil Hobden

SPOILER ALERT – This is a good take on the films mysteries.

 

The Girl With All The Gifts – A Quick Capsule Review

The Girl With All The Gifts – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Girl With All The Gifts plays like a cross between 28 Weeks Later and the yet to be made movie version of The Last of Us.  And yup for the most part it lives up to the quality of those two lofty titles.  Which is no mean feat. Close, Arterton, Considine and relative newcomer Sennia Nanua make a superb ensemble cast, delivering on point performances against the back ground of Colm McCarthy’s expertly drawn universe. Dystopian worlds don’t come any better drawn than this, especially at the budget level on display here but the film, it’s world and characters are superb.  Highly recommended.

Best Bit: The pram…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Last of Us (PS4), 28 Weeks Later, Train To Busan, The Road

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Author: Phil Hobden

The Survivalist – A Quick Capsule Review

The Survivalist – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A corker of a film – certainly not one that will appeal to everyone for sure – but if you liked The Road or saw German film Hell this is certainly one to watch.  Set after an unexplained apocalypse, The Survivalist is a dark, uncompromising film that at times is very hard to watch.  That said it’s also a hugely compelling one also, expertly acted and directed with a minimalist touch you rarely get these days.  Short sharp and brutal The Survivalist is one of the best films you didn’t see in 2015…

Best Bit: Performances

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Road, Hell, 28 Days Later

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Z for Zachariah – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Z for Zachariah – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Z for Zachariah is an interesting film that sadly is hampered by a pedestrian pace and a story that doesn’t really deliver much.  The cast are good (Margot Robbie again shining and showing she’s more than a naked body in a Scorsese film) and the world the director creates fully realised and haunting. But the problem comes when you have such a good world you’ve created you need to do something with it and the story here just doesn’t live up to the expectation.  Shame.  Could have been special.

Best Bit: The world

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Road, 12 Monkeys, Children Of Men

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Author: Phil Hobden