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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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

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Cameos (Minor Spoilers!)

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Cameos (Minor Spoilers!)

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Movie Cameos!

 

Close but no cigar: Hulk Hogan (Gremlins 2), Mike Tyson (The Hangover), Bruce Campbell (Spiderman 1,2,3), Stan Lee (All Marvel Films), Hugh Jackman (X-Men First Class)

5 – Leonard Nimoy- Star Trek (2009)
It was a perfect link back to the classic movies.  A lynch pin that could tie the narratives together. An affectionate nod.  And it worked superbly.

4 – Mark Hamill – Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
It’s about as obvious as most of Kevin Smith’s other writing but his affection for Star Wars and Mark Hamill as an performer shines through and makes this more than just the usual walk on.

3 – Cruise, Paltrow, Spacey & DeVito – Goldmember
Opening up the film with a bundle of A-list cameos proved to be a highlight that the otherwise disappointing Goldmember would never recover from.  But WHAT an opening.  A franchise highlight for sure.

2 – Christopher Walken – Pulp Fiction
He stuck the watch where? A long scene with one hell of a punch line it reminds you why Christopher Walken is such a great actor and that when Tarantino gets it right he’s one of the best “scene” writers in the movies.

1 – Bill Murray – Zombieland
Totally out of leftfield, Bill Murray in Zombieland is hands down one of the best “Holy F–k”comedy moments in film history.  It just comes out of nowhere and one of those moments thankfully unspoilt at the time. Genius.

 

 

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

Blog: Kingsmen The Secret Service – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wow.  In a year where I’ve been let down by SO many films, Kingsmen has managed to restore my faith in action films and big screen arse kickers alike.  So kinetic, so fun, so funny yet with a heart and soul… Matthew Vaughn has truly shown that he is one of the best directors working in movie today.  But all of this would be worth little if not for two strong central performances form both Firth and Egerton.  I loved this film and as it stands today it’s top 5 for 2015.

Best Bit: Church. Colin Firth. Fight.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

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

 

Author: Phil Hobden