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

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

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)

Quick Review

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.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

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.