‘Phil’s Quick Capsule Review’ (a nod to legendary comedian Bill Hicks who coined the phrase when he reviewed ‘Piece Of Shit’ movie Basic Instinct)… where a perfect 10 is rarer than a rain free British summer!
Written by Phil Hobden – UK based podcaster, writer and former filmmaker. Part of the All Things Film network…
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: There’s a great film in here as the story of Affleck’s autistic accountant working to uncover missing monies unfolds, however the final act oddly descends into a clichéd action film assisted by an equally clichéd twist and lacking dénouement that leaves you wondering what COULD have been. That said I enjoyed the heck out of it and it proved once again that this new physical Affleck is the perfect choice for a modern, older Batman.
Best Bit: Affleck gets physical
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: State Of Play, Triple 9, The Town
So 2016 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year.
So first up… the 5 WORST film of 2016. And there were quite a few to choose from..
Stinker of The Year: Point Break (2016) In Brief: A film that had no purpose to exist. Point Break touched on hallow ground for me so it would have to be pretty special for me to like it. This film wasn’t. In fact it totally sucked. Whilst the original was sharp, smart and exciting this remake is by the numbers, dull and worst of all made no sense. A bomb, critical failure and a mess.
2. Central Intelligence In Brief: Neither funny or action packed, the first bomb the Rock has ever made. Yes Central Intelligence is a film that the Rock can’t save.
3. London Has Fallen In Brief: Other films scored worse but after the Top 5 film that was Olympus Has fallen, London Has Fallen was SUCH a come down that it, on reflection, rated as one of 2016’s worst films.
4. Inferno In Brief: Oh Dear. Ron Howard drops a total bollock with this horrid film. Witness some of the worst dialogue ever put on screen with Tom Hanks worst performance. Utter tosh.
5. Jason Bourne In Brief: It’s almost criminal that a Bourne film could be this bad, especially as it reunites Greengrass and Damon. It was just dull.
6. Kickboxer Vengeance 7. The 5th Wave 8. The Girl On The Train 9. Cabin Fever 10. 31
Dis-Honourable Mentions:Divergent Allegiant, Triple 9, Bastille Day, The Mechanic Resurrection, Independence Day Resurgence, Dad’s Army
So this is it… Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests (including podcasters Andrew Mackay & Josh Morris, Filmmakers Drew Cullingham & Ross Boyask and writer/film fan Matt Duddy) LONG list of the 23 must see films of 2016.
This list will also form the basis of our vote for the Essential Films of 2016.
So how many have YOU seen?
Hunt For The Wilderpeople The Shallows Anomalisa Doctor Strange Eddie The Eagle Everybody Wants Some !! Ghostbusters Green Room Hail, Caesar I, Daniel Blake Keanu Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Room Sing Street Snowden Spotlight The Invitation The Jungle Book The Little Prince The Nice Guys Trumbo Zootopia Triple 9
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 Quick Capsule Review: So close yet so far… how do you take a good idea, an exceptional cast and a sometimes impressive director and end up with a tepid, disappointing and ultimately hollow film that’s much less than the sum of it’s parts? Well thats the biggest mystery of all around Triple 9, the John Hellcat directed crime corruption thriller that, after it’s sub two hour run time, leaves you think: wow. Wasn’t such and such cast member much better in that other film.
Best Bit: Winslett hamming it up
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Steam (At a push)
If You Liked this Try: Training Day, The Shield (TV), End Of Watch