The Wolf Of Wall Street – A Hall Of Fame Capsule Review

The Wolf Of Wall Street – A Hall Of Fame Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Wolf Of Wall Street is a perfect partner of Goodfellas and Casino – a trilogy about greed, crime and excess. And whilst it doesn’t quite hit the heights of those classic Scorsese films, Wolf is probably one of the best movies the director has made in over a decade.  But for as good as the direction and craft is, its the cast that sell this film.  Margot Robbie debuts and makes an immediate impression, DiCaprio delivers a career best performance and Johnna Hill steels almost every scene he’s in.  The film is uncomfortable watching, as horrible people do horrible things not always getting the comeuppance they deserve but rather than glamorising this, Scorsese manages to reflects the true life story of the thousand of Wolf’s on the hundred’s of Wall Streets around the world. One of the best movies of this decade and gets better with each repeated watch.

Best Bit: Ludes.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, The Big Short, Casino 

 

 

 

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1: Goodfellas (1990) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

1: Goodfellas (1990) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It was never going to be anything thing else.  Scorsese’s best film and the best mob film ever made (yes even above The Godfather part 2) is a masterclass in filmmaking.  From it’s “As Far Back As I can remember…” opening to it’s drug fuelled Rolling Stone powered finale this is a cast and crew firing on all cylinders. Memorable scene after memorable scene flows so effortless together as Scorsese weaves a thrilling tale with a truly great anti-hero.  The fact that it’s based on a real story makes it even more shocking.  Truly amazing – one of cinemas most essential films.

Best Bit: Funny guy.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Casino, The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Godfather 

 

 

 

 

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 3

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 3

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about films they have watched recently. Yup it’s our third review round up show! This time with added 80’s movies! And Never To Young To Die!

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

Films Discussed: Never To Young To Die, The festival, The Equalizer 2,  My Generation, Never Too Young To Die, Dragnet, Major League, Judgement Night, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Taxi,. Calibre, Revenge, The Incredibles 2, Office Uprising, Annihilation , Spectral, GLOW, The Heat, The Wolf Of Wall Street, What Still Remains,  Extinction, Mute

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Phil’s Top 5… Films About Greed & Money

Phil’s Top 5… Films About Greed & Money

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: My Top 5 Films about Greed & Money!

 

Close but no cigar: MoneyBall, Brewster’s Millions, Ocean’s 11, Arbitrage, The Big Short

 

5 – Wall Street
The archetypal 80’s film about money, it coined the expression ‘Greed Is Good’ and sent a million bankers out to try and be Gordon Gekko.

 

4 –  Boiler Room
A tense, tightly directed and well performed 90’s film that most people missed.  A hidden gem.

 

3 – Casino
The mob, Vegas and casinos – all under the watchful eye of Scorsese and a cast that reunites most of Goodfellas.

 

2 – Glengarry Glen Ross
A sales floor, a deadline and a script that is one of the best ever written.  Nearly perfect.

 

1 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but The Wolf Of WallStreet is one of Scorsese’s finest.

 

 

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Molly’s Game – A Quick Capsule Review

Molly’s Game – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aaron Sorkin remains one of the best writers in Hollywood. With his trade mark snappy dialogue, long speeches and well drawn characters, I’ve loved his work from A Few Good Men through to Steve Jobs.  But as a director his untested, which is just one of the reasons that Molly’s Game is such a joy.  Sorkin directs like he’s been doing it for years (it probably helps having worked with some of the best in the business) and combine that with a fascinating story, a strong (naturally) script and a on-fire cast and you have yet another success.   It may be long but it never drags and the words just fly off the screen.   Loved it.

Best Bit: The script.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: A Few Good Men, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Steve Jobs

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Oscars That Should & Shouldn’t Have Been! EXTENDED

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Oscars That Should & Shouldn’t Have Been! EXTENDED

Ross and Phil Talk Movies

This episode Ross & Phil Talk… The Oscars That Should & Shouldn’t Have Been!

This episode we jump on the Oscar bandwagon, we give out the very first (and unofficial) Stunt & Action Oscars (the quippyly titled Boscars) and take a look at the best and worst decisions of the academy in our lifetime. All in a special extended 60 minute episode.

Hosted by Award winning Filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: The Departed, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Gladiator, Baby Driver, GI Jane, Brawl In Cell Block 99, Moonlight, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, Dances With Wolves, Tootsie, Rocky, Room, Titanic, Hacksaw Ridge, Jailbreak, Fate Of The Furious,Trainning Day

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I, Tonya – A Quick Capsule Review

I, Tonya – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From voice over, talking to camera and some stylish photography and editing I, Tonya is is one of the most Scorsese films NOT directed by Scorsese. This isn’t a dig.  It works.  God it works.  The combination of great directing, a fascination story and an amazing central performance by Margot Robbie, I Tonya is very much deserving the praise and awards that’s been heaped on it to date.  For a dark story the film is, at times, fun and funny and the tone works well.  In short I, Tonya  adds to what is become a very interesting award season.

Best Bit: Robbie is sublime

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Lady Bird 

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Author: Phil Hobden

American Made – A Quick Capsule Review

American Made – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Whilst hardly essential or breaking any new ground, American Made is good fun even if it does play like a knock off of superior films like The Wolf Of Wall Street (Style wise).  That said Liman knows how to direct a film and the action comes thick and fast in this ‘true life’ tale of a CIA drugs & weapons smuggler.  It makes an interesting companion piece to Netflix TV show Narcos also.  So passed the time for sure but don’t expect too much you haven’t already seen before.

Best Bit: Cruise crash lands

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Air America, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Narcos

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Martin Scorsese Films

Phil’s Top 5… Martin Scorsese Films

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: My 5 Favourite Martin Scorsese Films

 

Close but no cigar: Casino, Mean Streets, Hugo, Gangs Of New York, The King of Comedy

 

5 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Wallowing in it’s own sickening greed, The Wolf Of Wall Street is an over indulgent mess. It’s also amazing.  Career making performance from Margot Robbie and DiCaprio was cruelly robbed of Oscar glory.

 

4 – The Departed
The Departed finally saw Scorsese win his Academy Award.  It’s a great film and showed that, years after his golden period, Scorsese could still deliver the goods.

 

3 –  Raging Bull
Scorsese’s black and white drama about boxer Jake LaMotta is brutal.  From it’s in ring action to DeNiro’s method acting, Raging Bull was the crushing flip side of Rocky and the like.

 

2 – Taxi Driver
DeNiro is simply captivating in what is still one of his most intense and raw performances.  It still crushes all these years later.

 

1 – Goodfellas
The greatest film of all time.  Part of Scorsese ‘s greed trilogy (along with Casino and The Wolf Of Wall Street), it’s got it all from killer performances, amazing music and great cinematography.

 

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