Thoroughbreds (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Thoroughbreds (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Thoroughbreds has been reviewed as a combination of American Psycho and Heathers. It’s not. It’s far from that essential. But it’s still pretty good.  A dark thriller (it say’s comedy – it’s not) that delivers a strong character study of two rather disturbed young women. Set mostly in one location, the film does well with it’s strong cast who both deliver memorable performances and the film delivers a nice punch at the end and some very clever camerawork.  So your life wont be missing if you dont want Thoroughbreds but those who do will be reward with a neat little film.

Best Bit: The long take

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Heathers, American Psycho, The Last Super

 


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Joe Rogan Strange Times (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Joe Rogan Strange Times (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Joe Rogan is a comedian that likes to push the boundaries.   A UFC/MMA commentator and world famous podcaster, it’s comedy that always drives Rogan and you can tell.  His latest Netflix special Strange Times is biting, funny and crude as he takes on culture, pro wrestling, pot laws, cats and vegans – all to hilarious effect.  Rogan considers this to be his best special yet and he may be right – the material is polished, the deliver on point and the emotion strong.  It may not be to everyone’s tastes (he has been pulled up on certain opinions previously that doesn’t always sit well with the more gentile millennial) but this is one of the worlds best stand-ups on top form, whether you agree with what he says or not.

Best Bit: Vegans

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Joe Rogan: Triggered,  Joe Rogan: Rocky Mountain High,  Joey Diaz: Sociably Unacceptable

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Low Budget Films

Phil’s Top 5… Low Budget Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Low Budget Films.

Yup sub $300k movie making at it’s finest.  And bloodiest. It’s no surprise that it’s horror that tends to shine in this budget level, with scares and blood taking the place of cast and effects.  Here are my top 5 low budget films.

Close but no cigar: El Mariachi, Cube, Brick, Bad Taste, Paranormal Activity, Halloween

 

5 – The Evil Dead
Sam Rami followed in The Texas Chainsaw’s shoes , delivering one of the most famous ‘video nasties’ on the 80’s with The Evil Dead, a movie whose characters and legacy still carries on today.  See the original uncut version for the full on Evil Dead experience.

 

4 – Night of The Living Dead
Romero launched a genre with Night of The Living Dead, tacked race politics and scared the bejesus out of people. Night was years ahead of its time and spawned two equally impressive sequels. Today it stands as a key influencer on modern TV and movies.

 

3 – Clerks
Love him or hate him (and mostly hate with his latest few films), Kevin Smith pulled a blinder with Clerks – a mostly one location comedy with memorable dialogue and even more memorable characters.  Made with credit cards, luck and a degree of bullshit Clerks still stands up today as a damn funny, raw movie.

 

2 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Whilst it has dated badly, the original TCM was and still is somewhat of a phenomenon.  Banned in the UK for over twenty years, Chainsaw broke new ground in horror filmmaking with it’s raw handheld style, a style that would influence films like Evil Dead and Blair Witch years later. 

 

1 – Blair Witch Project
Like TCM before it, the directors of Blair Witch would never top their debut film, a film which for a long time was the most profitable movie ever made (overtaken latterly by Paranormal Activity). It launched a sub genre (the found footage film) and showed what you could do with no money but a great idea, presented alongside a one of cinemas best marketing campaigns. Like it or hate it, it changed filmmaking.

 

 

 

 

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Tango & Cash (1989) – The Education Of Josh Quick Review

Tango & Cash (1989) – The Education Of Josh Quick Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Tango & Cash is an bang on 80’s classic.  The action is tight, the run time perfect and the chemistry between Russell and Stallone is almost unmatched.  In fact it’s so good I’m surprised they didn’t make more films together – I for one would even now (all these years later) would love to see a sequel.  Or a cross over with Lethal Weapon.  Anyway… Tango & Cash sails through on it’s charm and even now almost 30 years later it still packs it in spades.  A must watch for action fans.

Best Bit: The shower scene is hysterical

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Cobra, Lethal Weapon 2, Beverley Hills Cop, Showdown In Little Tokyo 

 

 

 

 


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2: Top Gun (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

2: Top Gun (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Top Gun is everything you want in a film.  It’s quotable, it’s funny, it has the best aerial action sequences ever shot in a film and has a soundtrack that still get’s played almost weekly in my house.  It’s also, in it’s own way, pretty ground breaking.  Yes it’s become a film of much discussion over the years (think Tarantino Top Gun Gay rant)  but none of this matters when you have a film that’s so full of iconic moments. Top Gun is of it’s day for sure but this is the film that launched careers (director Tony Scott, Cruise, Kilmer), helped Bruckheimer establish himself as an action producer de jour and made a bucket load of money to boot.  I adore this movie and wont hear a bad thing about it… so walk away now.  Go on.  You’ve obviously lost that love and feeling…

Best Bit: The final battle

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Rock, Man On fire, Iron Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

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4: The Cannonball Run (1981) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

4: The Cannonball Run (1981) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Cannonball Run isn’t loved by that many people.  Sure it’s fun but a Top 10 film? Well look at it this way.  As a kid obsessed with cars, Burt Reynolds, martial arts films and latterly The Rat Pack it not only ticked all teh boxes but it drove a bloody gorgeous Lamborghini Countach through the middle of it.  It’s silly for sure but with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Jackie Chan the film puts as many iconic names together in one place alongside a sparky script, some great car chases and enough insane moments to ensure you never stop smiling. Go on give it another go… you know you want to!!!

Best Bit: 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Cannonball Run 2, Smokey and the Bandit, Rat Race

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Best & Worst 2018 Films.. So Far! 4th Edition (31st August 2018)

Phil’s Best & Worst 2018 Films.. So Far! 4th Edition (31st August 2018)

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of the films from 2018 (2018 Films), 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 2018… So Far:

  1. Coco
  2. Mission Impossible: Fallout
  3. I, Tonya
  4. Lady Bird
  5. A Quiet Place

Honourable Mentions: RevengeMollys Game,  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, You Were Never Really Here, The Festival, Calibre, Avengers: Infinity War, Game Night, Black Panther, Ready Player One, 12 Strong, The Post, The Meg, Deadpool 2, Love Simon, Andre The Giant

 

WORST Films Of 2018… So Far

  1. The Cloverfield Paradox
  2. Annihilation
  3. A Wrinkle In Time
  4. Red Sparrow
  5. Deep Rising 2

Dis-Honourable Mentions: The Commuter, Renegades, Peter Rabbit, Ocean’s 8, Death Wish, Hellraiser: Judgement, Day Of The Dead : Bloodline, Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters Part 1, Extinction, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Patient Zero, Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, All The Money In The World, Skyscraper

 

 

The 2018 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

 


The 2018 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

TBC

Great Films Of 2017 That I saw In 2018:

The Disaster Artist, The Babysitter, Mayhem, Icarus, The Greatest Showman, The Big Sick, LA 92

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Video Nasties (Films banned by the BBFC)

Phil’s Top 5… Video Nasties (Films banned by the BBFC)

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: we take a look at the infamous video nasties of the 80’s – the 74 or so banned films by the BBFC ranging from the iconic to the toilet.

Close but no cigar: The Burning, I Spit On Your Grave, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, Tenebrae, Driller Killer, Last House On The left

 

5 – The Beyond
Lucio Fulci Zombie film with a plot “borrowed” from Micheal Winners “The Sentinel” cemented his position as the king of the video nasties. It’s original release had suffered 9 cuts totalling 1:39s.  Released uncut in 2001. 

 

4 – Faces Of Death
Yes it’s terrible. But Faces Of Death and its is it/isn’t it real documentary video footage set a bench mark of the kind of OTT exploration rubbish that would become legendary when, in reality, it should probably have been forgotten. Cut initially by 35 minutes on it’s UK release, it’s still unavailable uncut.

 

3 – Zombie Flesh Eaters
The eye!  Yes another Fulci Zombie film, this time a kinda sequel to Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead was marketed as ‘Zombie 2’ (DOTD was called ‘Zombie’ in some countries) in some countries.  Heavily edited by almost 2 minutes in the UK on it’s cinema release, the film was finally released uncut in 2012.

 

2 – Cannibal Holocaust
Ruggero Deadato Cannibal film became legend with it’s close to the mark featuring gratuitous GENUINE animal butchery that saw the filmmaker in court.  Over 7 minutes were trimmed initially and the film is still unavailable uncut in the UK (although a almost uncut version can be purchased)

 

1 – The Evil Dead
Yes Sam Rami’s The Evil Dead was a ‘banned movie’ back in the day, even though compared to many on this list it was pretty tame.  It was cut by other 1min 30 secs on it’s initial releases finally seeing an uncut release in the UK in 2001.

 

 

 

 

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9:  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

9: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 80’s did coming of age better than any other decade.  From Stand By Me to The Breakfast Club, it was wall to wall classics.  And none were better than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , a film filled with wall to wall memorable scenes, quotable lines and iconic characters.  Oh and THAT Ferrari!  Yup if you are looking for a film that typifies the spirit of 80’s filmmaking this is it… and you know what whether it’s being referenced in Spiderman or Deadpool or just in almost every cool TV show (Goldergs, Simpsons, Family Guy… the list goes on) it’s legacy endures from generation to generation.

Best Bit: Twist & Shout, The Beatles and that float

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me, The Breakfast Club, The Goonies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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