The Big Short (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

The Big Short (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Big Short is an exceptional dramedy (yes I hate that term also) about the financial melt down of 2007/8.  What makes it really work (except some exceptional performances) is both it’s lightness of touch on such a dour subject and it’s ability to make you actually understand what is going on.  Clever, well directed and fun.  Overall one of the years best films so far…

Best Bit: Margot Robbie cameo.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Wolf Of Wall Street, Boiler Room, 99 Homes

 


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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 36 Must See Films Of The Decade (2010-2019)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 36 Must See Films Of The Decade (2010-2019)

2019: In Review Other Cr*p Quick Review Year In Review

So this is it: Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests (including podcasters Mike Parkin & Josh Morris, Filmmaker Ross Boyask and Phil’s Quick Capsule Review writers Will Strong & Matt Duddy) LONG list of the 36 must see films of the Decade (2010-2019)

This list will also form the basis of our vote for the Essential Films of the Decade (2010-2019)

So how many have YOU seen?

Avengers Assemble
Avengers Endgame
Avengers Infinity War
Cabin in the Woods
Captain America: Winter Soilder
Deadpool
Ex Machina
Green Room
Happy Death Day
How To Train Yoru Dragon 
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Inception
John Wick
Kings Of Summer
Kubo and the Two Strings
Mad Max Fury Road
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Misson Impossible: Fall Out
Nightshooters
Operation Red Sea
Pitch Perfect
Skyfall
Social Network
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Star Wars: Rogue One
Super 8
T2 Trainspotting
The Greatest Showman
The Signal
The Way Way Back
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Toy Story 3
Warrior
What We Do in the Shadows
Whiplash
Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Check back in the next few days for our final list or take the QUIZ HERE  to see how many you have seen!

Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Phil’s Best & Worst Films Of… The Decade (2010-2019)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is a look back at all the films I gave the coveted Best & Worst awards each year to from the previous decade, as we look back at the previous 10 years of movies.  Have opinions changed?  Actually on a few… yes.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – The Social Network
2011 – Hugo 
2012 – Argo (Should have been: Skyfall)
2013 – Rush
2014 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash (Should have been: Mad Max: Fury Road)
2016 – The Nice Guys (Should have been: Kubo And The Two Strings)
2017 – Baby Driver (Should have been: T2 Trainspotting)
2018 – Coco (Should have been TIED with: Mission Impossible: Fallout)
2019 – Joker

BEST FILM Of the Decade: Mad Max: Fury Road


Honourable Mentions:
American: the Bill Hicks Story, Senna, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty, Life Itself, Inside Out, Kubo And The Two Strings, T2 Trainspotting, Mission Impossible: Fallout

 

WORST Films Of The Decade… (By Year)

2010 – Skyline
2011 – Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon
2012 – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance
2013 – The Host
2014 – Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 
2015 – Fifty Shades Of Grey
2016 – Point Break (2016)
2017 – Fifty Shades Darker
2018 – The Cloverfield Paradox (Should have been Holmes & Watson)
2019 – The Dead Don’t Die 

WORST FILM Of the Decade: Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions: 44 Inch Chest, Sucker Punch, Cold Light of Day, The Worlds End, Sex Tape, He Who Dares 2: Downing Street Down, Central Intelligence, Transformers The Last Knight, Fifty Shades Freed

 

 


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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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, Boiler Room 

 

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Immersive Wolf of Wall Street – A Quick Capsule Theatre Review

Immersive Wolf of Wall Street – A Quick Capsule Theatre Review

Local Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So let’s be honest – is this the most polished, high budgeted, slick theatre show you can see in London? Hell no. But does it have a super enthusiastic cast, some cracking scenes and a whole load of FUN interaction and silliness? Yup. And for that I both commend and, ultimately, recommend this show. One tip – if you’ve never seen the film or like my oft partner in crime Ross think it’s one of the most disgusting and pointless things ever – steer clear for this is excess, OTT, in your face immersive Wolf as you’d expect and , I guess for me, hope. Yup it has issues – it’s a bit disjointed, not all the cast are firing to the same level and we certainly missed a few bits as we branched off into two separate groups. But considering some of the less than favourable reviews I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Best Bit: Our first chat with Danny, Jordon & Team in the club house

Attend, Avoid: Attend

If You Liked this Try: Secret Cinema, The Immersive Great Gatsby

 


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Vice (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Vice (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Having really enjoyed Adam Mackay’s previous satire/drama/comedy The Big Short, I was really looking forward to his latest film Vice. Lucky then that it’s more of the same for this award nominated, razor sharp look at former Vice president, warmonger and corporate CEO Dick Cheney.  As you’d expect from all the nominations (BAFTA, Globes and Oscar to name but three) there’s a superb and layered central performance by Christian Bale as Cheney with a top notch support cast (especially Sam Rockwell as Dubya).  Mackay brings out his usual bag of tricks here (cameos, fourth wall breaking) and it works but this could get old quick if it turns up in another few films.  So overall a lot to unpack but it’s an interesting, funny and scary film.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: Rising through the ranks

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Big Short, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Three Kings

 


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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – A Hall Of Fame Capsule Review

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – 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 

 

 

 

Hall of Fame

 

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

#RossAndPhil #RossAndPhilTalkMovies #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)
For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

   

 

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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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