Blog: Hyena – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Hyena – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Feeling like a cross between 90’s thriller Face and last years Under The Skin, Hyena will not be to everyone’s taste.  A dirty, gritty, oppressive corrupt cop crime thriller  with a stunning central performance by Ferdinando, Hyena is a classy affair managing to mix both traditional crime thriller cliches with a very modern vérité style that marks it out from the string of much lower budget classless affairs.  Okay it’s not perfect – there are few characters you care about and by the time the end happens you’ll either be proclaiming it’s genius or throwing your remote at the screen (I was VERY much the later option).  BUT Hyena is commanding stuff and well worth a watch.

Best Bit: Peter Ferdinando gives a career best performance

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Face, Nill By Mouth, Under The Skin

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews February 2015

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews February 2015

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Uncategorized
Will Strong aka Grosse Point geek, runs his critical eye over a bunch of films he’s recently watched… as always it’s the good, the bad and the ugly.  
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John Wick

Directors: Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Wilem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Ian McShane

Reeves plays the title character, a reformed  super assassin, forced back into action after the son of a Russian mobster beats him up, nicks his classic car and kills the (admittedly extremely cute) puppy his recently dead wife left him. A surprise sleeper hit in the US last year, well made, with some top action (the lengthy night club shootout is excellent) and a good turn from Reeves, Admittedly its isn’t exactly Shakespeare but despite being daft as a brush, proves to be great fun nonetheless.

Recommended

On Region 1 dvd now and soon to be released in cinemas in the UK.

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The Killing Season

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Robert DeNiro, John Travolta

Travolta is the former Serbian Soldier out for murderous revenge on DeNiro’s retired special forces commando. After befriending him, he then chases him through the woods in some relatively dull action scenes, until a cop out ending grinds the the whole sorry mess to a halt after about 90 minutes.

Safe to say that had this been made two decades ago it would have probably been released at cinemas worldwide and been a massive hit. However due to its two stars now non existent box office clout and the fact that its utter crap to boot, it went straight to dvd last year and can now be found languishing on Netflix. Honestly, don’t bother with this one folks – unless of course you are a massive DeNiro fan and really like the idea of hearing Travolta doing a comedy Euro accent.

On DVD and Netflix now

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Leprechaun Origins

Director: Zach Lipovski
Actors: Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl, Stephanie Bennett

Four backpacking college students fall foul of a flesh eating Leprechaun that haunts a remote Irish village. Straight to DVD reboot of the never ending Warwick Davies starring horror series (which I’ve never seen) actually isn’tas bad as one would imagine. Featuring a creepy monster, some good scares and the occasional inventive death scene. Being totally honest I wouldn’t exactly recommend this film,  but if you have nothing to do on a wet Wednesday evening and there isn’t anything on the telly then you could do worse.

On DVD and Netflix now

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Under The Skin

Director: Jonathan Glazer
Actors: Scarlett Johansson

Johansson’s nameless Alien drives around Glasgow luring random men to her house, then feeds them to some sort of black liquid………….and that’s about it for the plot of this morbidly depressing arty farty bilge, which successfully manages to be hideously boring and mind numbingly dull all at the same time.  Scarlett is very good but unless you enjoy watching paint dry then id give it a wide berth.

On DVD and Lovefilm now

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Starred Up

Director: David Mackenzie
Actors: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend.

Excellent film about a violent 19 year old (O’Connell) transferred from a young offenders institution to a maximum security prison, where he meets up with his estranged father (Mendelsohn) who is serving a life sentence. To say the least this incredibly brutal drama isn’t exactly easy to watch but its very well acted (O’Connell is a standout) and superbly directed by David Mackenzie. Be warned though, its very hard going in parts, but if you can stick with it you will see one of the best prison films for years.

Highly recommended

On DVD now

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Author: Will Strong 

 

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2014

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2014

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2014 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 2014.  And there were quite a few to choose from..

Stinker of The Year: Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction 
In Brief: Not only the worst film of the year, but the worst blockbuster ever.  Hell it may end up being the worst film ever. Disgusting, stupid and about as thrilling as watching Loose Women, Transfourhours is too long, too dumb and too poorly made to exist.  Yet it does. And was the highest grossing film worldwide of 2014. Michael Bay is the devil.

 

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2. Sex Tape
In Brief: A comedy without laughs. Or charm. Or any reason to exist. At all. Just dire.

3. The Other Woman
In Brief: A second commercial & critical bomb for Diaz, if The Other Woman has been made about men they would have been strung up by the balls by now.  Unfunny tripe.

4. The Legend Of Hercules
In Brief: The funniest film of 2014 wasn’t actually a comedy but a Nu-Image made, boring ” action film” that was as action packed and exciting as a day at an old pensioners home.  Watch the other one instead.

5. He Who Dares
In Brief:  It kinda feels wrong to bash a British independent film.  But He Who Dares is just fucking incompetent.  Piss poor action, piss poor acting, piss poor production values. It’s just piss poor.

Dis-Honourable Mentions:
Tusk, Need For Speed, Revenge Of The Green Dragons , 300 Rise Of An Empire, Under The Skin,  Noah ,  Into The Storm,  The Dead 2, Willow Creek,  The Zero Theorem, American Hustle ,  Transcendence , The Devils Knot ,  The November Man,  No Good Deed

 

Blog: Under The Skin- A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Under The Skin- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
For those of you that thought 2001 was just a touch TOO fast paced and just a little bit too unpretentious please let me introduce a film which is both slower and more up it’s own backside than Kubrick’s butt testing epic could ever be. A film where Scarlett Johansson spends almost the entire first half of the film driving around in a van.  Talking to ‘real’ people.  Looking mostly perplexed.  And even when the director decided to spice things up by having ScarJo go naked on film for the first time , it’s down in such an artsy, pretentious way that you just don’t care.   Good ending though.

Best Bit: Urm… I resisted shooting myself half way through to end the pain

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Borrow. Or Avoid.

If You Liked this Try: 2001. Solaris. Gravity.

 

Author: Phil Hobden