Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Spoilers) 

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Spoilers) 

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as Ross has finally seen it.  And shocker… he liked it. A Lot.  Could this be Tarantino back on form? Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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

Discussed: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie, Bruce Lee, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Serenity, Ma, Angel Has Fallen, Speed, He Who Dares Wins, White House Down, Dragons Forever, Joker, IT, Silence, The Irishman, The Last Movie Star

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

#RossAndPhil #RossAndPhilTalkMovies #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts


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Angel Has Fallen (2019): Review by Grosse Point geek

Angel Has Fallen (2019): Review by Grosse Point geek

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Plot In A Nutshell: When the President of The United States (Morgan Freeman) is attacked and his security detail wiped out, legendary secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler)  finds himself framed and forced to go on the run to clear his name and find out who the real villains are.


What worked: Butler is solid as ever, Freeman is wonderful as POTUS and the great Nick Nolte steals every scene he’s in as Banning’s estranged war vet father.


Most importantly the action is really great  – lots of explosions, gun fights, fisticuffs, death, destruction and a cracking last 20 minutes when all hell breaks loose in a bullet riddled fight to the death between Banning and the baddies.


What could have been better: To say the least its somewhat predictable  – you can guess who the villains are from a mile off, the dialogue is at times a bit ‘Basil Exposition’ and on the whole it isnt as good as the last two films in the ‘Has Fallen’ franchise.


Review Summary: Lacks the kinetic lunacy and heart in the mouth cheer for the good guys spirit of Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen but Butler, Freeman and particularly Nolte are fantastic, the action delivers in spades and the whole thing is hugely enjoyable from beginning to end. Ok it isnt exactly Oscar friendly but who cares when a film is this much fun?



See it at the cinema? Yes


Buy It On DVD/Blu Ray ? Yes


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White House Down (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

White House Down (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
One of 2013’s biggest misses this arrived months after the hit that was Olympus Has Fallen to a chorus of meh!  But I have no idea why because, as an action film, it’s much better that Olympus, has it’s tongue firmly in cheeky and mangoes to deliver whilst never taking itself too seriously.  In fact White House Down is probably one of the best action films of 2013.  No Really.

Best Bit: President of the USA + Rocket luncher.

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy

If you liked this try: Olympus Has Fallen, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Under Siege


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Hunter Killer (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Hunter Killer (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hunter Killer is a whole bundle of dumb.  It’s also (for the most part) a whole bundle of fun as well. Yup you won’t learn anything new, and for sure no new ground was broken here (it also sports some of the naffist CGI you’ve seen since the 90’s)  but it’s a fun, silly ride…  even if the run time is more than a touch too long.   Look it’s a direct to DVD film that crept into the cinema and you’ll forget it almost immediately but this is yet another greta Butler beer and curry movie!

Best Bit: The fact Butler keeps a straight face

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, Crimson Tide


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Blog: London Has Fallen – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: London Has Fallen – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Where as ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ was a fun if silly action film, London Has Fallen ejects all that was pleasurable about the original and replaces it with poor cgi, a terrible over ernest script and Gerard Butler pissing away any last resemblance of talent he had left.  A dirty, violent and nasty film with pretty dubious ethics at it’s heart. Yet there were was some quite enjoyable moments and for all the things it does bad, the moments it get’s right are well handled.  And if nothing else you an laugh at Butler delivering some of the worst lines ever committed to an action film… it’s all pretty pointless but there are worse films out there.

Best Bit: The final assault

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, Die Hard 4.0

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2013

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2013

Quick Review Year In Review

So here it is… my pick of the BEST films of 2013.  

Film of The Year: Rush
In Brief:I loved Rush.  An excellent drama, a brilliant F1 film and best of all, a movie that keeps it sense of fun and humour.

2. Zero Dark Thirty
In Brief:  One of the first films I saw in 2013 ends up being one of the best.  Thrilling edge of seat drama, with tense direction from Katherine Bigelow and  top notch performances.  Brilliant.

3. McCullin
In Brief: A fascinating documentary on a fascinating man.  It’s not flashy or showy but it tells the story of a true original.

4. The Way Way Back
In Brief: A lovely coming of age film, charming sweet and funny with some great central performances.

5. Despicable Me 2
In Brief: Not just one of the funniest film of 2013 but also one of the most charming.  Okay so it’s mostly down to the excellent Minions but Despicable Me 2 had me quoting lines even to this day.

Bubbling under:
Thor 2, Hitchcock; Alan Partridge Alpha Papa; Mea Maxima Culpa; Iron Man 3; White House Down; Django Unchained; Batman The Dark Knight Returns Pt 2; The Impossible; Olympus Has Fallen; Fast 6; Kick Ass 2, Blackfish

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2013

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2013

Quick Review Year In Review

So here it is… my pick of the WORST films of 2013.  And man what a bunch there were to pick from this year, probably one of the worst years in film of recent memory. 

Worst Film of The Year: The Host
In Brief: Oh god.  So incompetent.  So boring. So devoid of any skill or a talent.  Yup The Host is by far the worst film of 2013 and THAT’s saying something.  Inept on every level. Yes if you hated Twilight then this is one to avoid.

2. The Worlds End
In Brief:  I loved Shaun of The Dead. I adored Hot Fuzz. Okay so I didn’t like Paul or Scott Pilgrim so maybe the bubble had already burst but for two hours I sat stoney faced, not laughing more than once. Horrid.

3. A Good Day To Die Hard
In Brief: This was neither good day or a Die Hard movie.  Watch RoboMcClane as he jumps from helicopters, baths in Nuclear water, gets shot at, jumps from buildings and rapes your memory of what a good Die Hard film looked like.

4. R.I.P.D
In Brief: You heard it was bad.  And it was.  Really bad.  Like Men In Black without the good bits.  Or Will Smith. Or even the piss poor sequels.

5. Stoker
In Brief: Yes okay so maybe I just didn’t get it but I was thoroughly bored and unmoved as Poker Face Kidman fails to emote for almost two hours whilst something happens and then… fuck it who cares.

Bubbling under: A Field In England; ABC’s Of Death; I Spit On Your Grave 2; This Is The End ; After Earth; Only God Forgives; Oz The Great & Powerful; Killing Them Softly; Broken City; Gangster Squad; Pain & Gain; Now You See Me; Elysium; Pacific Rim; The Family

Overrated Film of 2013… So Far:
 Gravity (6/10)
Yes that’s right, critic fav Gravity did little for me.  It was nice to look at but man was the story dull and the performances average.  By the end?  I just didn’t care.


Will Strong’s Round Up of 2013

Will Strong’s Round Up of 2013

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Every year Phil and Will debate the years top (and bottom) films.  Here’s Will Strong’s Best & Worst for 2013.

Best Films

  1. The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug (awesome)
  2. Django Unchained (just brilliant)
  3. Rush (outstanding – couldn’t fault it)
  4. Olympus Has Fallen (awesome action film – took me totally by surprise at just how good this was)
  5. The Escape Plan (so much fun, great action and just fantastic entertainment)
  6. Captain Phillips (Hanks and Greengrass back on form)
  7. Thor-The Dark World (Not enough Hiddlestone but a very very good sequel with some top action)
  8. Star Trek Into Darkness (not as good as the 1st one but Cumberbach was brilliant and it was very well made and directed)
  9. World War Z (I really liked it)
  10. Gravity (Most amazing SFX in years – superbly made)

Honorary Mentions

  1. The Last Stand (great fun)
  2. White House Down ( extremely good fun)
  3. Fast and Furious 6 (glorious lunacy)
  4. Cloud Atlas (far better than expected)
  5. Les Miserables (too long but very good nonetheless)
  6. Man of Steel (should have been better but  I enjoyed it)
  7. The Dyatlov Pass Incident (surprisingly good)
  8. The Hunger Games –Catching Fire (almost made my top ten best list – very very good – if a little bit repetitive of the original)
  9. Prisoners (brilliantly acted and kept me guessing till the end)
  10. Gangster Squad (good fun and well made)

Not bad but could have been better

  1. The Wolverine (sounds odd I know but there was too much Wolverine  -it wasn’t exciting enough, too little supporting characters and was a tad too long)
  2. Iron Man 3 (yes you read that right – I said it! – just didn’t connect to this one – despite the very funny script and the hilarious Mandarin reveal)
  3. Jack Reacher (ok but too slow)
  4. Oblivion (wasted opportunity but not bad)


  1. Pacific Rim
  2. Bullet to The Head
  3. The Councillor
  4. GI Joe Retaliation
  5. A Good Day to Die Hard
  6. Mama
  7. The Evil Dead
  8. The Raven
  9. Texas Chainsaw 3D
  10. Now you see me
Review: Olympus Has Fallen (Cinema)

Review: Olympus Has Fallen (Cinema)


I’m going to get A LOT of stick for this review. In fact, I can see the comments flooding in saying that I’ve lost my bite; that my taste is now suspect, and I uphold American jingoism above all that is good in cinema.

You know what? I don’t give a shit. Director Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen has risen where many others over arguably the past decade or so have fallen flat on their bloated faces.

The story is simple enough; Gerard Butler is Mike, a former bodyguard to Aaron Eckhart’s President who unwittingly assumes the John McClane role when the White House is stormed by a bunch of North Korean terrorists. Butler and Eckhart’s characters have had a past; the bodyguard failed to save the President’s wife in a bridge ambush, and is now resigned to a desk job meters away from the White House. When the attack happens, he sets out to prove he’s still badass. What follows next is… not going to be spoiled by me.

Suffice it to say, what does in fact follow next, is the year’s best movie so far. After a traditional expository opening (Radha Mitchell provides the Butler love interest as a nurse soon to be dealing with the poor sods who cross his path) at about the twenty-five minute mark, I knew we were in for a treat.

The opening air attack on Washington is exhilarating and expertly handled by Fuqua. Once it’s over, you realise this is just the beginning of – literally – a ninety minute bloodbath. The siege continues, Butler weaves his way into it seamlessly – and all hell breaks loose.

And Hell breaks loose here in an extremely R-rated fashion. When people get shot, they get fucking SHOT. Blood sprays, limbs get crushed, people explode, buildings explode – you don’t know where the next hit is coming from. This is Die Hard all over again. You may recall specific things that gave Die Hard its nuance; Olympus Has Fallen, whilst not exactly original – nor subtle in its homage – is a fitting and timely tribute, considering the state of affairs in Korea right now.

Back to the violence. I was shocked at just how bloody and gory the whole affair is. Moreover, Olympus is obviously deeply in love with Die Hard – without revealing too much, Butler exudes the same charisma and humour as McClane did in the original. Hell, even the awesome scene where Hans Gruber and John McClane meet for the very first time is lovingly recreated here. Olympus’ script is gut-bustingly funny and fist-wavingly clever. Okay, so they are obvious cheap shots, but the film does an expert job of winning you over for the ride. Your inner 80s action kid will absolutely love every dumb second of it all.

The unsurprising last moments will have you simmering in your seat, seething with anger and most likely seeing some of the warped logic in Rick Yune’s terrorist; it’s overbearing and incredibly cheesy. But who the fuck cares – did you manage to keep track of the body count in this movie? If you did, then you’re a better person than I.

Olympus Has Fallen was obviously not made with the left-wing politic in mind. The film of the year thus far is a true NRA, rifle-wielding, gung-ho absent-minded patriotism at its very best. It’s brutal, probably fairly racist in places and deeply daft with its shoot-first-forget-to-ask-questions-later streak.

I’m willing to overlook all the negative reviews elsewhere and I am more than ready to sacrifice my reputation as a film critic and uphold that Olympus Has Fallen is the most entertaining film I’ve seen this year. I loved every dumb second and would happily cheer my way through it again.

And who’s saving the day in this American gusto, bullet-riddled orchestra of violence and destruction? A Scot.


Reviewed By: Andrew MacKay

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