Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Cannes, X-Men and Killer Sofa

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Cannes, X-Men and Killer Sofa

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the 2019 Cannes market, X-Men movies (including recently released Dark Phoenix) and, er, Killer Sofa…

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

Films Discussed: Late Night, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, X-Men 2, X-Men, X-Men: Last Stand, The Matrix, The Matrix:Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Logan, 13 Graves, Killer Sofa, Monster Man, Mandy

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)

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
X-Men: Dark Phoenix brings this latest chapter of the X-Men franchise to close with a whimper rather than a bang.   It’s not bad (and it’s far better than Apocalypse & Last Stand)  but overall it’s just not good enough for the source material and talent involved.  Turner does okay as the conflicted Jean Grey but the story feels so truncated and rushed that it starts to feel like a box ticking exercise.  Worst of all, the few surprises the film does offer are very much hinted at (if not given away totally) in the trailer.  Thankfully Marvel now have control back and the X-Men have the chance to fulfil that potential once more.

Best Bit: The train

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: X-Men: First Class, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days Of Future Past


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X-Men Days Of Future Past (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

X-Men Days Of Future Past (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This is a strange one.  Whilst the film is undoubtedly excellently made and is now considered by most to be one of the two best X-Men films (with X2 no doubt) I left the cinema somewhat underwhelmed.  Apart from a few strong sequences (notably the Quicksilver/ Magneto Rescue), the far more interesting future world is sacrificed for a 70’s set linear tale that offers little action but is heavy on the talking.  And whilst it shouldn’t, the eve growing inconsistencies in the X-Men time line is starting to really grate. So overall competent but nothing we haven’t been, better, elsewhere.

Best Bit: Quicksilver

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: X-Men Days Of Future Past, X-Men 2, The Avengers



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Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

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In our continuing regular feature, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of a particular genre… 


This time out: The Best Superhero Films of All Time


The close but no cigar Films: Batman Vs Superman, Thor Ragnarok, Mystery Men



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Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2017

Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2017

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2017 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 we’ve covered our best and our worst films of 2016, so before we look at the films coming up in 2017 here’s my ‘Alternative’ End of Year Awards for 2017…


The Most Entertainingly Bad Film Of The Year Award…


The Gerard Butler Award For Consistently Making Entertainingly Terrible Films
Gerard Butler (Geostorm)


Surprise of The Year Award…
That Any one’s left standing in Hollywood after the year of deaths and scandals…


Performance Of The Year Award…
Mark Kermode AGAIN… for his still oddly favourable reviews for his friends movies (see Murder On The Orient Express)


Just Fuck Off and Die Award…
Michael Bay & Transformers. Just stop. Now.


Least Deserving Commercial Bomb of The Year (Maybe EVER) Award…
Blade Runner 2049


Shit so I still can enjoy these films right, even though their lead/producer/co-star was a pervert/bully/ sex offender/Insert Crime Here Award
Baby Driver, Swimming With Sharks, Pulp Fiction, X-Men 2, Toy Story… agh almost ALL my favourite films.  God damn you Hollywood.


Come In Your time is Up Award…
Zack Snider. You made two good films. EVERYTHING else has been deeply average. TIED with Harvey Weinstein – your a cunt Harvey pure and simple.


Trailer Of The Year Award…
Logan Redband Trailer


Let Down of The Year Award…
Hollywood.  A seething industry of low lives and scum.


Yes it’s Good. But come on people its also a bit Emperors new clothes…
Get Out


Low Budget Straight To DVD Surprise of the Year!
Shot Caller


The ‘YES!  See We don’t Always Fuck Up Award’
DC/Warner Brothers. They Made a Good Film! (Wonder Woman)


Fuck! We Spoke Too Soon Award
DC/Warner Brothers for Justice League


Let Down of The Year Award Part 2….
George Romero NOT coming back as a Zombie when he died.


Cameo of The Year Award…
Tim Curry’s original Pennywise The Clown in the 2017 version of IT.


The Prove That ‘You Can Come Back from Horrible Shit’ Award (Aka The Future Kevin Spacey Award)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge, Daddy’s Home 2)


The Oscars only like REALLY famous dead people award for missing out other stars who died Award…
Garry Shandling, Florence Henderson, Alexis Arquette, Doris Roberts and Robert Vaughn


The Proof That Award Shows Suck Award…
Snubs (Didn’t wins or Not Nominated) for I Daniel Blake,  Hunt for The Wilder People, Sing Street, Hell Or High Water,  Jake Gyllenhaal, Kubo And The Two Strings, Silence, Amy Adams and many more


The Poof That Award Shows DONT Suck Award…
It’s La La Land… No Moonlight… No Titanic… No it’s me. The awards themselves offered few surprises, The Oscars even less, but the best picture cock up at the Academy Awards was pure gold!


The Audience Wins! Award.  2017 Sees LESS remakes/Reboots than ever before. Some still sucked.
Flatliners, The Mummy


Not ALL remakes & reboots suck Award…
IT 2017. Just awesome.


Yup we just made it for the money award (aka The Sequels Suck) Award…
Transformers Age Of Extinction


Films That SHOULD have been on my 2016 List’s but I Hadn’t Seen…
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



Next time: Phil’s Look at 2018 and a look back at my 2017 predictions… 

Logan – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Logan – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s (Not So) Quick Capsule Review:

Logan is a violent film.  If you are expecting the standard PG-13 rated X-Men franchise cartoon action and happy endings then this may not be for you.  Because what you have here is a full on R rated swear fest with some pretty hardcore claws through the face, arm ripping off, Wolverine action that comic book fans have been waiting for since the character first stepped onto the big screen.

A sequel of sorts to the whole X-Men universe but without ever needing to be propped up on the weight of the series mythology, Logan takes the ball that Deadpool threw out last year and runs with it.  Deadpool showed that there was a huge market for a more mature comic book adapation and whilst that film added humour to pepper it’s violence, Logan just goes all in on the blood and guts. That’s not to say the film has no laughs.  It does.  But usually they are dark humoured and surrounded by limbs being severed.

Logan is the Unforgiven of superhero films, a latter day John Wayne western that tracks the broken hero of old on one last quest.  It’s moody, it’s full of long drawn out moments and it’s unlike any comic book adaptation you have ever seen.  And this is it’s major strength.  It a world where these films are generic and cookie cutter, Logan takes the format and throws it away. Yeah it keeps elements of what we expect but for the most part the film remains grounded. It feels real.  Turns out director Mangold, who delivered the almost good 2013 Wolverine film, when unshackled from the grasp of the studio can deliver the film we’ve all been waiting for.

As with most X-Men films it manages to both feel part of a wider universe but also manages to have no real connection of any actual continuity, a fact that long time X-Men fans have come to accept (Fox are like the anti-marvel in this regard).  It goes without saying that Jackman, always a high point of the franchise, kills it here untethered  from the family friendly films of old.  He relishes every cuss word, every strike of his claw, every brutal kill.  Patrick Stewart is also commanding in a role that feels like a very natural progression for the character he’s played alongside Jackman for many years.  But it’s newcomer  Dafne Keen who manages to steal the show as X-23.  She’s completely believable in a role that sees here switch from cute kid to murderous rage filled killer.
It’s not all successful.  I’m still not sold on Merchant’s casting who brings his usual one note performance here and the film could easily loose 15+ minutes as several of the action scenes, whilst fun, are repetitive.  It may also been seen as a bit too bleak.

But… the film is good enough for these not to matter.  This is a brave film in a genre that sometimes fails to take enough chances.  It’s not afraid to give conclusions, to be brutal, to show the young X-23 in full on berserker mode.

Despite it’s few faults, the film does more than enough to warrant your attention.  It’s good.  Really good at times.  It’s finally the Wolverine movie we’ve wanted for over 15 years.

Best Bit: Beserker. 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Unforgiven, The Searchers, Deadpool

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Author: Phil Hobden

X-Men Apocalypse – A Quick Capsule Review

X-Men Apocalypse – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
X-Men Apocalypse is pretty much your typical modern Summer superhero sequel event film.  A wealth of characters played by the hottest up and coming actors, a paper thin plot that makes almost no sense when laid out in the light of day, a pretty pointless bad guy that has some global domination plot and some (occasionally) good to (frequently) terrible CGI FX.  But for the MOST part it’s fine right up until the final act where everything fall into a ball of CGI hokum.   It passes the time but man at nearly two and a half hours long it does test the patience.  Fun for fans, but it won’t convince any new people…

Best Bit: Quicksilver. Again.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: X-Men First Class, X-Men 2, X-Men

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Author: Phil Hobden