A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A Good Woman Is Hard To Find almost doesn’t work. It’s very much a film of two performances: Sarah Bolger is excellent in the career making lead role and the film is tense as hell with a suitably satisfying final act.  In fact it’s fair to say that Bolger makes this film, giving a credible and impressive central performance.  On the other hand you have Edward Hogg who delivers a frankly bizarre performance as the lead antagonist and, at times feels like he’s in a different film.  It just doesn’t work.  Add to this a few characters choices which seem totally left field and you have a film that often walks a very fine line.  This all said director Abner Pastoll does a good job with the more bloody moments however and the film remains suitably shocking and captivating.

Best Bit: The ending

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Widows, Revenge, Harry Brown

 


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Into The Ashes (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Into The Ashes (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Into The Ashes does the near impossible feat of making a film starring Frank Grillo boring. Honestly so little happens in what is ultimately just a threadbare revenge film that you kinda wonder how they even managed to get it to just over 90 minutes. There are just so many better films of this type out there that I just can’t recommend you spend your time on it.  Massively disappointing.

Best Bit: Grillo, obviously

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Wheelman, The Purge: Election Year, Captain America: Civil War

 


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Wild Things (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Wild Things (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I may take a lot of slack for this one but I honestly believe Wild Things is somewhat of a forgotten classic of the 90’s.  Okay ‘classic’ may be a little keen but hear me out because Wild Things is a genuinely fun, entertaining and surprising thriller that is much more than it’s often cited sex scenes (which today seem very tame). Yes its cheesy, yes is tacky and yes it’s silly but that’s all kinda part of the charm isn’t it?  The cast know it, the director knows it and the audience sure as hell know it.  The biggest surprise rewatching this years later was that Bill Murray features in a pretty key role.  Who remembered that? Look Wild Things won’t appeal to everyone but it’s a damn fun, unpretentious film.

Best Bit: Bill Murray

Worth Rewatching: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Basic Instinct, Cruel Intentions, Showgirls

 


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Killer Joe (2011) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Killer Joe (2011) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay this one will split audiences down the middle. Edgy, tough and at times hugely uncomfortable, Killer Joe is now for the weak at heart.  Or of stomach.  In fact it’s fair to say this former stage play is about as claustrophobic and uncomfortable as a film can be.  Move past the obvious shock value, this is a superbly acted, boundary pushing film of the highest order.  A pleasant surprise.  Be warned however when the chicken is introduced most will want to look away.

Best Bit: Fried Chicken

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Bad Lieutenant, Shallow Grave, Silence Of The Lambs

 


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