The Hummingbird Project (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hummingbird Project (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
If a drama thriller film about high-frequency trading and ultra-low latency direct market access sounds a bit… boring… well don’t worry it isn’t.  Mostly. The Hummingbird Project is a well acted, well put together thriller that has a dark black comedic vein running through a film that, at times, seems a little Social Network lite.  Yes it’s longer than it needs to be and at times can drag a bit but it’s a solid, entertaining story that more than passes the time.

Best Bit: FBI chase!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Social Network, Steve Jobs, The Boiler Room

 


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A Few Good Men (1992) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

A Few Good Men (1992) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Few 90’s films remain as quotable, re-watchable and enjoyable as the Aaron Sokrin/Rob Reiner team up A Few Good Men.  From it’s AAA rated cast (Nicholson, Cruise, Moore, Pollack, Bacon) to it’s sparkling script, A Few Good Men just breezes past.  But let’s be honest it’s the showdowns between a grandstanding on stop form Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise that steal the show. Everytime they are on screen together they hold your attention as in teh background Sorkin’s screenplay carries all the heavy lifting.  A near perfect combination of direction, script and performance.  

Best Bit: “I Want The Truth”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Social Network, The Firm, A Time To Kill


 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Films About Hacking

Phil’s Top 5… Films About Hacking

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: Films About hacking!

 

Close but no cigar: Blackhat, Snowden, Live Free or Die Hard, Ghost in the Shell, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tron

 

5 – Hackers
Yup it’s one of the silliest films about hacking ever made BUT it’s great fun, spectacularly stupid and features a cast of about to be great actors.

 

 

4 – The Social Network
So the film itself isn’t solely about hacking BUT some of the best sequences revolve around Zuckerberg, Saverin and co sat around hacking into university databases to make hot-or-not style sites.


3 – War Games
80’s films at it’s best.  Thermo-nucelar war, early computer graphics and the one and only Ferris Bueller.


2 – The Matrix
The Matrix is all about hacking the titular Matrix, which in itself is just an excuse for lots of action, fights and Keanu in leather.


1 – Sneakers
Sneakers is one of my favourite films from the 90’s.  It’s clever, smart and brilliantly directed, with a cracking cast and lots of surprise twists and turns along the way.

 

 

 

The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

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

 

 

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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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The Founder  – A Quick Capsule Review

The Founder – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Founder is a well made, straight laced film that tells an interesting story in a simple, yet effective way.  Part of the charm here (unsurprisingly) is Michael Keaton who delivers yet another memorable performance (Keaton is hardly ever off screen) and whilst other cast members may be wasted, Keaton eats up his screen time.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: Keaton

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try:  The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Social Network, Steve Jobs

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Author: Phil Hobden

Best Film of 2010: The Social Network

Best Film of 2010: The Social Network

Best & Worst Quick Review
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It seems making the movie of the year (and guaranteed Oscar grabber) is as simple as mixing one part true life story with one part Aaron Sorkin and one Part David Fincher. These three things together (along with three genius central performances) make for what is truly a near perfect movie experience – funny, dramatic and shocking but never over long and never anything less that highly engaging. This years must see.
Best Bit: The Writing
Rent, Borror Or Buy: Buy
IMDB Rating: 9/10

If you liked this try: Fight Club (9/10); Panic Room (8/10); Studio 60 (8/10)