Phil’s Top 5… 2017’s Superhero Films! 

Phil’s Top 5… 2017’s Superhero Films! 

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: 2017’s Superhero Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Wonder Woman, Justice League

 

5 – The LEGO Batman Movie 
The LEGO Batman Movie isn’t quite as good as the original LEGO movie but in terms of jokes per second it pretty much delivers more than any film I’ve seen this year.  Smart, funny and very knowing.

4 – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2
GOTG2 was great fun that, on reflection, wasn’t quite as good as most of us originally thought falling apart somewhat in the final act.  BUT the journey to get there was damn good fun!

3 – Logan
Logan finally gave us the Wolverine movie we’ve been waiting for.  Violent, sweary and brutal it takes the Old Man Logan story and brilliantly puts it on screen.

2 – Thor Ragnorok 
Damn Thor Ragnorok was good.  In the long run it may even pip Spiderman to the top spot here.  With an unusual choice of director, added Hulk and a witty script this was a Marvel film from left field that actually massively out delivered expectation.

1 – Spiderman: Homecoming
It’s been a long time coming but Spiderman: Homecoming gave us one of our best Spiderman films since, arguably, Spiderman 2.  Marvel delivered a charming coming of age Spiderman which was much closer to the original comic book.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… DC Live Action Superhero Films

Phil’s Top 5… DC Live Action Superhero Films

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: DC’s Live Action Superhero Films

 

Close but no cigar: Batman The Movie, Batman, Wonder Woman


5 –  Superman
It’s aged badly for sure but Christopher Reeve is just the quintessential superhero in an age where superhero didn’t exist.  And don’t undersell how much Reeve MAKES this film.


4 – Batman Begins
Another Batman, but unlike any other origin movie Batman Begins takes the character right back to the start  in a brilliant way.


3 – Superman 2
Superman 2 is great.  It mostly holds up well, it’s got greta villains and the central relationship between Clark and Lois holds the film together well.

2 – Batman Returns
Controversial maybe but for me the second best Batman film and the BEST of the two Tim Burton films.  Its dark, brutal and unlike any other film produced in that era.  Mainstream comic book films will NEVER be like this again.


1 – The Dark Knight
The best film of the 2000’s with an iconic performance by Ledger, a cracking story and a “real world” fee that recent DC films have lacked.  In short: The Dark Knight Rises is near perfect

 

 

Justice League – A Quick Capsule Review

Justice League – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Justice League isn’t the worst film ever as some critics will have you believe.  BUT it’s also a long way from being good.  DC’s Sniderverse continues it’s desire to make some of the best superhero of all time as dull as possible with the introductions of the latest batch – Aquaman (Underdeveloped), Cyborg (Terrible design & CGI) and The Flash (Not a patch on the TV version) along side an increasingly bored Batfleck, Sulky Superman and the actually still good Wonder Woman.  They team up, they fight CGI things and little else happens.  Nothing has weight, people com back from the dead (and we don’t really get to see the wider implications of this, despite it being a major story point) and SuperJoss crash lands Snider’s film with the help of a script polish (you know its him as the moments stand out like a sore thumb) and CGI moustache removal (it’s as bad as it sounds).  For me it’s the weakest of the DCEU (but the margins between this, Man Of Steel and Suicide Squad are VERY slim) and pretty much kills any further spin off’s dead.

Best Bit: Wonder Woman. Again.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Wonder Woman, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Summer Blockbusters 2017

Phil’s Top 5… Summer Blockbusters 2017

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: The top 5 Summer Blockbusters 2017

(Baby Driver is excluded as it’s not a ‘blockbuster’ )

Close but no cigar: Atomic Blonde, Alien: Covenant, Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

 

5 – Fast & Furious 8
For sure there were better films this Summer, but Fast 8 was damn good stupid fun.

 

4 – Dunkirk
Nolan through structure and convention out the window and delivered what was one of the most interesting films of the year.  Not his best but Dunkirk was clever and stood out form the crowd.

 

3 – War For The Planet Of The Apes
The Apes Trilogy came to a satisfying end, even of the War of the title never really came as expected with the film ending up being far smaller and intimate than expected.

 

2 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kurt Russell. In a Marvel film. With Groot. And Rocket. And Drax. And… what’s not to love???

1 – Spiderman: Homecoming
Marvel did what Sony couldn’t and delivered a reboot of Spiderman that made sense, was well cast and took a new approach on a familiar character. And they won the Summer with it.

 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 4th Edition (July 28th 2017)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 4th Edition (July 28th 2017)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2017’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.  All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2017… So Far:

  1. Baby Driver (9/10)
  2. T2 Trainspotting (9/10)
  3. Raw (9/10)
  4. OJ Made In America (9/10)
  5. La La Land (8/10)

Honourable Mentions:

Dunkirk (8/10), Spider-Man Homecoming (8/10), Logan (8/10), Prevenge  (8/10), Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (8/10), Counterpunch (8/10), Get Out (8/10), Jawbone (8/10), Silence (8/10), Hidden Figures (8/10), War For The Plant of The Apes (7/10), Wonder Woman (7/10),

 

WORST Films Of 2017… So Far:

 

  1. Fifty Shades Darker (2/10)
  2. Sleepless (2/10)
  3. Assassins Creed (3/10)
  4. Underworld Blood War (4/10)
  5. The Mummy  (4/10)

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions:

The Circle (4/10), Power Rangers (4/10), A Cure For Wellness (4/10), Hacksaw Ridge (5/10), King Arthur Legend Of The Sword (5/10), Live By Night (5/10), Sing! (5/10), The Boss Baby (5/10)

 

The 2017 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

2 Lava 2 Lantula 

 

Great Films Of 2016 That I saw In 2017:

The Edge Of Seventeen, The Girl With All The Gifts, Train To Busan, Deepwater Horizon, Kubo & The Two Strings, Sing Street, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, 13th,  I Daniel Blake

 

 

The Dark Knight (2012) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

The Dark Knight (2012) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Dark Knight is what every DC comic book adaptation should be.  Layered, visually stunning, director lead with practical effects and with a villain that is both memorable and real. Yes there’s CGI here but it’s used to enhance rather than lead the film.  Simple put, The Dark Knight is one of the best films of the Naughty’ (if not THE best) whilst also being the best Batman film and the best comic book adaptation yet made.  High praise indeed.

But it really is that good.  But whilst it’s remembered for The Joker, this film is so much more than Heath Ledger’s final film.  From the supporting roles (thankfully no Katie Holmes this time out) to the very well realised Harvey Dent/Two face, to the stunning visual effects, to the cinematography, the music and more… this is blockbuster filmmaking at it’s best.

In short Nolan (and his team) knock it out the park.

Best Bit: Rewatching the film knowing it holds up.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Batman Begins, Wonder Woman, Guardians Of The Galaxy

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

 

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 3rd Edition (June 2017)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 3rd Edition (June 2017)

Quick Review Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2017’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.  All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2017… So Far:

 

  1. T2 Trainspotting (9/10)
  2. OJ Made In America (9/10)
  3. La La Land (8/10)
  4. Logan (8/10)
  5. Prevenge  (8/10)

Honourable Mentions: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (8/10), Get Out (8/10), Silence (8/10), Hidden Figures (8/10), Fast & Furious 8 Aka Fate Of The Furious (7/10), Wonder Woman (7/10), The Founder (7/10), XXX: Return Of Xander Cage (7/10), Ghost In The Shell (7/10), Alien Covenant (7/10)

 

WORST Films Of 2017… So Far:

 

  1. Fifty Shades Darker (2/10)
  2. Sleepless (2/10)
  3. Assassins Creed (3/10)
  4. Underworld Blood War (4/10)
  5. Hacksaw Ridge (5/10)

 

Dis-Honourable Mentions: King Arthur Legend Of The Sword (5/10), Live By Night (5/10), Sing! (5/10)

 

The 2017 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

2 Lava 2 Lantula 

 

Great Films Of 2016 That I saw In 2017:

The Edge Of Seventeen, The Girl With All The Gifts, Train To Busan, Deepwater Horizon, Kubo & The Two Strings, Sing Street, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, 13th,  I Daniel Blake

 

 

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #056 – Wonder Woman, Baywatch

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #056 – Wonder Woman, Baywatch

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Summer movie season is in full swing and we have a packed show for you this week!!! We review two highly anticipated movies, Wonder Woman and Baywatch. Plus, our Top 5 this week is Top 5 Foreshadowing Used in Movies. Could this be foreshadowing of our own? Probs not. But who knows!

Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD and don’t forget to follow up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

#TheSmokingLamb #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts #FilmPodcast

 

Wonder Woman (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Wonder Woman (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
First the good news… Wonder Woman is the best DC super hero film of the modern past Dark Knight era.  So yes it’s MUCH better than Man Of Steel and delivers a more rounded story than BVSDOJ managed.  It also shows why Gadot was the right choice to play Dianna Prince, bring a real heart and soul to the film.  It’s the most Marvel of all the DC films and wouldn’t feel out of place next to Captain America and Thor.  Patty Jenkins delivers in the directors chair and for the most part delivers a film that avoids the trappings of other DC films.  Until the end… (and this is the bad news) when once again the film descends into a somewhat pointless CGI wank fest.  Albeit one that works better than BVSDOJ but it’s odd, almost feeling like Zack Snider took over for the last 20 or so mins with the film being set at night and full of pointless CGI and explosions.   So overall a step in the right director for DC.  Now let’s see what Justice League delivers…

Best Bit: Wonder Woman hits the battlefield…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Captain America, Batman Vs Superman Dawn of Justice, Man Of Steel 

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 2017 Preview & Look Back At 2016 Predictions…

Phil’s 2017 Preview & Look Back At 2016 Predictions…

Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…

Well 2016 was a bit… odd.  With most of the big films not quite hitting the mark, especially comic books films.  2017 looks like more of the same – big budget super heroes, franchises, remakes and sequels.  Here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2017.

 

Most Excited:  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Marvel continues to do solid work, with Doctor Strange being a highlight of 2016.  Also Guardians was, simply put, bloody terrific.  Oh and have you seen THAT trailer.  Baby Groot? Atomic Bomb? Yup. Sold.

 

2. Star Wars Episode 8
Lucasfilm in the hands of Disney have given us two very good Star Wars films in the shape of The Force Awakens and Rogue One.   With the original cast (mostly) returning, more promised on the origins of Kylo Ren and Rey as well as a full return to the movies of Luke Skywalker… Episode 8 should be pretty special.

 

3. War For The Planet Of The Apes
Rise was great.  Dawn even better.  And now War.  Based on THAT trailer and a synopsis which promises the final showdown between ape and man (which should lead to the end of the world/Charlton Heston) this could be one of the best films of the year.

 

 

4. John Wick Chapter 2
John Wick was old school, martial arts awesomeness.  John Wick 2 promises a LOT more of the same.  I have my seat booked.

 

 

5.  T2: Trainspotting
Trainspotting remains one of the best films of the 90’s and one of the best British films ever. Whether T2 follows the source material of Porno or not is still to be seen but either way with the cast returning and Boyle back behind the camera this should deliver a great film.

 

Bubbling Under: Baywatch (Excellent Trailer), Lego Batman (It’s Lego. Batman. Done), Spiderman: Homecoming  (this could go either way to be honest but I’m hoping…), Silence (Scorsese. I’m in), Alien: Covenant (come on it HAS to be better than Prometheus!), The Dark Tower (could be the King adaptation we’ve always waited for), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Original was amazing, same team).

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Stinker Of The Year: Transformers: The Last Knight
The previous 3 Transformers films have each rated in AT LEAST the bottom 3 of year they were released (some even rock bottom). Looking at the trailer for the fifth (yes FIFTH!) Michael Bay Transformers film does little to convince me that this will be anything but an utter mess.  It’s a bit like shooting fish in a barrel sure but come on there has to be ZERO chance of this being any good.


Also Dreading: Wonder Woman
 (The trailer is lacking, the film just doesn’t grab me), Blade Runner 2049 (Silly title, a sequel we just don’t need), Power Rangers (Urm not needed, not wanted), Logan (Want tone wrong but so far these films have just not worked), XXX: Return Of Xander Cage (Diesel is back. Nobody cares), Cars 3 (1 & 2 weren’t great) , The Mummy (Tom Cruise. A Mummy. I’ll pass).

 

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So how did I do last year?

This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2016 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

For the best: I tipped Captain America Civil War, Creed, Finding Dory, Deadpool & London Has Fallen as my most anticipated of 2016. Somewhat of a mixed bag with Creed & Deadpool sitting close to my top 10 with Creed my film of the year for a few months near the start of 2016.  Finding Dory was good but not good enough.  London Has Fallen, well that ended up being one of the worst films of the year for me.  As for Captain America Civil War? It promised a lot but fell short of the far superior Winter Solider from a few years back and Marvel’s very own Doctor Strange which was the best superhero film of the year.

 

As for the Stinkers? Point Break was terrible as expected and landed firmly in my bottom 5 for 2016. Batman Vs Superman was actually pretty fun (if flawed), The Hateful Eight overrated as I expected but there were worse films in 2016, Ghostbusters was forgettable, Warcraft was everything that’s wrong with game movie adaptations and the combination of sequels Divergent Allegiant & Independence Day Resurgence showed that both franchises have zero fun left in them and even less commercial appeal.  Only Star Trek Beyond rose above the dross as a truly fun film (until the silly somewhat overblown ending).

 

So here’s to 2016… see you again next year!