Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From Dusk Till Dawn remains one of the most nuts films of the 90’s and possibly marked the last great film by both directors Quentin Tarantino and  Robert Rodriguez.  Yes really I went there.  Starting as a typical Tarantino, it’s not until they hit the Titty Twister bar that the film takes a surprising twist. Well not that surprising as the trailer gave it away but still bloody good fun.  Cameos by Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, Greg Nicotero sit along side a career making turn by George Clooney and a ‘What the fuck am I doing here’ look of Harvey Keitel.  Greta script,. superb action and a crotch gun.  What’s not to love.

Best Bit: ‘Everybody be cool.  You be cool.’

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Desperado, Pulp Fiction, Lost Boys

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Tarantino’s Best To Worst Films (So Far!)

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Tarantino’s Best To Worst Films (So Far!)

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With Once Upon A Time In Hollywood out this week, Phil takes a look at the Best To Worst of Quentin Tarantino‘s DIRECTED films to date…  

 


Best: Jackie Brown

It’s Tarantino’s best work, restrained like never before (but brutal when it needs to be), it’s a great adatpation of a good book and is cast to perfection with the story & directyion being the highlight not the dialue or the actors.

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2. Pulp Fiction

It’s brilliant and a classic.  The fact I cant watch it after seeing it too much at University isn’t the films fault but whilst it’s flashy and expertly done, I still prefer Jackie Brown overall.

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3. Reservoir Dogs

A brilliant debut, raw and brutal and it still holds up today. Set the tone of Tarantino’s later work except that he has never shown restraint like he does here.

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4. Inglorious Bastards

It’s long.  It’s over written. But it has two of the greatest scenes in QT’s arsenal which saves the film from being a lot lower on the list.  Great cast, funny finale.

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5. Death Proof

Yup hated by most , I kinda like Tarantino’s grind house entry.  It’s raw, over long (as most of his post Pulp Fiction films tend to be) but at least it felt genuine.

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6. Django Unchained

Loved this on it’s release but in all honesty I’ll never watch it again.  Full of excess and flabbiness, Django is a 100 minute film stuck in the body of a 3 hour self proclaimed epic. And don’t even get me started on QT’s cameo…

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7. Kill Bill Volume 2

Kill Bill Volume 1 was more fun, but I liked Tarantino’s first western more than his actual Westerns. The ending was a kick in the face to others but I liked ho wit played out.

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8. Four Rooms

Directing on of the story segments (and the second best), it’s fun if totally forgettable Yet I’ve watched it much more than his later work and for the last time it showed that with restrictions Tarantino can deliver.

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9. Kill Bill Volume 1

It’s fine and the action is well handled but it’s overlong and spends FAR too much time paying homage and far too less time kicking behind.

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Worst : The Hateful Eight

Another film that could have been half as long and twice as good, Tarantino’s need for a strong editor and better producer are never more apparent than they are here.

 

 


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Point Blank (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Point Blank (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Another day, another poorly reviews and received Netflix ‘original’.  This time out is a remake of the 2010 French film of the same name starring Marvel’s own Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie. And nope it doesn’t suck as much or as bad as the critics will have you think.  In fact it’s a pretty easy to watch, ultimately forgettable romp that ticks all the usual hardboiled crime film cliches almost as if it’s working from a tick list.  What makes the film work is the paring of Grillo and Mackie who both have buckets of charisma.  So it’s a decent way to pass an evening. Nothing more or less.

Best Bit: Always Frank Grillo

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: À Bout Portant, Payback, Man On fire

 


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Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stan & Ollie is a charming film taking a look at the later and often undiscussed years of the comic duo.  As far as biopics go it’s an untapped subject and therefore anyone with more than a passing knowledge of Laurel & Hardy will certainly love this detailed and endearing look at the later years of a pair that, sadly in todays modern society is, are overlooked.  The direction is solid, the script well handled but the film would be nothing without the central performances of Coogan and Riley.  They just excel as the titular characters and deliver a masterclass of how to pay both tribute and homage to these comic greats.

Best Bit: Coogan & Riley

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Way Out West, Sons Of The Desert, Chaplin

 


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Age of Kill (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Age of Kill (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Richwater Films, the UK’s leading indie film producer, delivers another solid if unspectacular action thriller this time featuring former singer and Kray twin Martin Kemp as an ex-MI6 agent forced to kill to protect his family.  It’s a brisk sub 90 minutes through seedy London, with some reasonable action, a fast pace and driven with some good visuals.  The script could be tighter, the acting better but overall it’s worth a watch.

Best Bit: Kemp

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Vendetta, We Still Kill The Old Way, Rise Of The White Collar Hooligan

 


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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Filled with humour, action and heart, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a most enjoyable follow up to the smash hit original that manages to build on that films successes whilst successfully expanding the universe, characters and wit on what came before.  It goes without saying that the cast are uniformly excellent (with former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista being a real stand out) and new comers such as Russell & Stallone just adding to the overall coolness.   It’s not perfect – the pacing of the final act and the inevitable fall into CGI things fighting CGI things let it down but there’s enough investment in the characters, warmth and humour (and man it’s a funny film, probably the funnest of the year so far) to allow you to overlook these.  So not as good as the original BUT still a success in it’s own right and still well worth a rewatch!

Best Bit: The Opening 

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Avengers, Ant Man

 


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Polar (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Polar (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Polar has had some very brutal review.  The ‘O’ stars kind. And whilst it’s not perfect I actually quite enjoyed this insane hitman action film and for sure it really doesn’t deserve the battering it’s had. Mads Mikkelsen does a solid job as the soon to be retiring hitman whilst Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick and Matt Lucas all provide capable support.  Lucas especially seems to relish the madness he brings to the role.  Yup it won’t be for everyone but give Polar a chance – it’s better than you’ve heard!

Best Bit: The last few minutes 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: In Bruges, The Bourne Supremacy, John Wick

 


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Rim of The World (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Rim of The World (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I was surprised that checking online after quite enjoying Rim of The World, the reviews had been pretty brutal.  In fact it’s probably one of Netflix’s worst rated films yet… which is odd as, whilst it’s not amazing, it more than passed the time and I wasn’t bored once.  McG’s film has a certain late 80’s charm to it… a kids own adventure film set against the back drop of an alien invasion.  The kinda film that was a staple of my childhood.  Okay so it’s probably got less budget than BMX Bandits and it feels at times like an Asylum film but it for sure doesn’t deserve the panning it’s had.  Watch it, on Netflix, and make up your own mind…

Best Bit: Capsule lands!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: The Goonies, Space Camp, BMX Bandits 

 


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The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The film that (rightly or wrongly) finally won Scorsese his best Director Oscar, The Departed is a top notch crime drama that delivers a more star driven, flashier version of Infernal Affairs. Is it better? That’s for you to decide I guess but for me it is – the more mainstream tappings and a stellar set of central performances combined with Scorsese trademark violence, music and visual tickets help the film fly through its occasionally baggy run time.  Yup he should have won for Goodfellas but The Departed was certainly one of Scorsese’s best movies of that period.

Best Bit: Scorsese + Stones = Perfection

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, Infernal Affairs, Copland

 


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The Hole In The Ground (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hole In The Ground (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hole In The Ground is pretty damn creepy.  To be fair though I have a thing about creepy kids so this pretty much hit all those buttons and more.  But actually, my personal phobias aside, this film has a lot to like.  Strong performances, a great central premise and some atmospheric photography makes for a film that will last a long white after the film ends.  Not perfect (pacing is a bit off and the story a bit too simple) but well worth your time.

Best Bit: In the hole

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: It Comes At Night, Orphan, Poltergeist

 


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