The Stand (1994) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Stand (1994) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stephen King’s The Stand is a long book and the 90’s mini series is an equally long show, clocking in at over 6 hours.  And much like a lot of King’s work it’s not immune to filler, feeling at least an hour too long.  That said considering its age and budget, The Stand is still pretty effective even if it has dated poorly at times.  The first 2 parts are the strongest and the ending still feels out of place but overall I really enjoyed revisiting The Stand especially considering the world we are now in!

Best Bit: The initial plague

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If You Liked this Try: Contagion, 28 Days later, The Walking Dead

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Delays, Lockdown Movies & The Hunt

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Delays, Lockdown Movies & The Hunt

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about all the happenings in the world of film & TV – including release delays, #Marchalarts and our favourite films to watch on lock down. Warning: not a Corona virus free zone.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: The Hunt, No Time to Die, Mulan, F9, A Quiet Place Part 2, Housebound, Hostile Hostages, Room, The People Under The Stairs, The Hole, Night of the Living Dead (1990), The Purge, Hush, Panic Room, Bunny And The Ball, The Babysitter, The Stand, Ready Or Not, Better Watch Out, 10 Cloverfield, REC, Misery, The Order, Roadhouse, Evil Dead 2, You’re Next, Clue, Cube, Revenge Of The Ninja, American Ninja 4, Never Back Down, Right at Your Door, Lone Wolf McQuade, Rumble In The Bronx, The Collector, Dog Soldiers, Don’t Breathe, Better Watch Out, Switchblade Romance

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Marchalarts, Virus Movies, Bond and more!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Marchalarts, Virus Movies, Bond and more!

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about everything! Ross unreduced us to #Marchalarts, we breakdown our favourite virus Movies, talk about the Bond delay and ask is a John WickMatrix 4 double bill is REALLY what the world needs.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: 28 Days Later, 12 Monkeys, Outbreak, Rabid, Contagion, The Crazies, World War Z, The Stand, REC, The Andromeda Strain, Dawn Of The Dead, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Outbreak, Parasite, Playing With Fire, The Invisible Man, Uncut Gems, Villain, True Romance, Crade 2 The Grave, Falcon Rising, Close Range, The Hard Corps, Showdown In Little Tokyo, Black Dynamite, John Wick, The Matrix, Ghostbusters, No Time To Die

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

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Gerald’s Game (2017) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Gerald’s Game (2017) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Gerald’s Game is yet another 2017 Stephen King adaptation.  This one sits between the most excellent I.T and the less than excellent (but still not as bad as everyone says!) The Dark Tower. With some strong central performances, a tight story and a nippy run time it works well, even if the tones and story is a little bit familiar.   Another strong Netflix original…

Best Bit: Netflix Hits again

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: IT, The Stand, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Misery

 


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Pet Sematary (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Pet Sematary (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Pet Sematary 2019 is an odd film.  I get what it was trying to do as a film, but starting off by marketing yourself as from ‘The Writer Of IT’ already tells you this is going for the mainstream.  I kinda liked the somewhat janky 1989 Pet Sematary, it was pretty edgy for it’s time and did a lot with it’s modest budget.  The 2019 version makes some odd choices and whilst I kinda liked the ending the journey was pretty unsatisfactory.  Thing is it’s just felt like another modern day horror – Part Ring, part Annabel, part whatever and a lot of the charm of King’s book is lost.  So personally I’d stick with the original…

Best Bit: The ending

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If You Liked this Try: IT (2017), The Stand, Carrie

 


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Carriers (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Carriers (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
28 Dawn of The Living Stands Laters. Although considering most of those rate in my top 10 horror movies of all time, the fact Carriers doesn’t sit too out of place along side some of them isn’t a bad thing. Thoughtful, shocking and well made it’s biggest issue it that it just, ultimately, isn’t scary enough.  But man it tries…

Best Bit:Tough choices.

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If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later,  The Stand,  28 Weeks Later

 


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Gerald’s Game – A Quick Capsule Review

Gerald’s Game – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Gerald’s Game is yet another 2017 Stephen King adaptation.  This one sits between the most excellent I.T and the less than excellent (but still not as bad as everyone says!) The Dark Tower. With some strong central performances, a tight story and a nippy run time it works well, even if the tones and story is a little bit familiar.   Another strong Netflix original…

Best Bit: Netflix Hits again

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: IT, The Stand, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Misery

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Author: Phil Hobden

The Dark Tower – A Quick Capsule Review

The Dark Tower – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Dark Tower took a critical drubbing on it’s release – despite it’s literary pedigree and stellar cast – it didn’t land well.  It also came out within weeks of the vastly super adaptation of King’s IT.  Thing is it’s NOT as bad as you have been led to believe.  Yup it’s not great for sure but it’s also not boring, quickly paced and doesn’t outlive it’s welcome for the most part.  It does have issues – it’s a film put together in the edit suit that at times feels partly finished (the ADR for example is terrible).  But there are worse (and much better) films out this year and this probably shouldn’t trouble anyone’s best or worst list.

Best Bit: Idris Elba is good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: IT (2017), The Stand, Stand By Me

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations (Updated)

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations (Updated)

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:

 

Close but no cigar: The Running Man, The Stand, IT, Christine, Apt Pupil, Carrie

 

5 (Tied) – IT (2017)

It may not be a popular choice, joining Carrie for the Number 5 spot but IT (2017) was a damn affective adaptation and a scary film to boot.  A great cast, expert pacing and with enough scary moments to satisfy everyone.

5 (Tied) – Carrie
Carrie in an affective horror film, expertly directed by DePlama and well acted.  It’s also aged well also.

 

4 – Misery

Oscar wining for Kathy Bates, Misery showed that King’s lower key novels tended to be the ones that worked best on screen.  Couple those factors with THAT performance and you had a winner

 

3 – The Shining

One of the scariest horror films ever made, Nicolson and Kubrick made a film that King hated so much he (badly) remade it.  It may not be King’s idea of a good adaptation but it stands as one of the best. Still scary!

 

2 – Stand By Me

A short story adaptation of a novella called The Body, Stand By Me ended up being one of the best coming of age movies in the decade that defined coming of age movies.  It also launched numerous careers and holds up well today.

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption

The best film of the 90’s?  Pretty much. Epic.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations

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:

 

Close but no cigar: The Running Man, The Stand, IT, Christine, Apt Pupil

 

5 – Carrie

DePalma’s Carrie was a strong early King adaptation, based on an equally strong book.  A great cast and THAT ending cemented it as a horror classic.

 

4 – Misery

Oscar wining for Kathy Bates, Misery showed that King’s lower key novels tended to be the ones that worked best on screen.  Couple those factors with THAT performance and you had a winner

 

3 – The Shining

One of the scariest horror films ever made, Nicolson and Kubrick made a film that King hated so much he (badly) remade it.  It may not be King’s idea of a good adaptation but it stands as one of the best. Still scary!

 

2 – Stand By Me

A short story adaptation of a novella called The Body, Stand By Me ended up being one of the best coming of age movies in the decade that defined coming of age movies.  It also launched numerous careers and holds up well today.

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption

The best film of the 90’s?  Pretty much. Epic.