Die Hard (1988) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Die Hard (1988) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Die Hard is for sure the best action film of the 80’s.  Hell is probably the best action film ever made.  Directed by John McTiernan at the top of his game and starring Bruce Willis when he gave a fuck, Die Hard is a super tense, super creative genre defining (and creating) film that changed cinema forever.  But beyond the incredibly staged action, the tense script and the career making performances by Rickman & Willis, you forget just how beautifully shot Die Hard is. Dutch cinematographer (and now director) Jan de Bont creates a gorgeous film that breaks all the rules around lens fair as it makes the most of it’s confined spaces  Films genuinely don’t get any better than Die Hard and 31 years on it still holds up like it was made yesterday.  And yes… Die Hard IS a Christmas movie so there.

Best Bit: Lift shaft + C4 = Boom!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard: With A Vengeance, Speed

 

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Into The Ashes (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Into The Ashes (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Into The Ashes does the near impossible feat of making a film starring Frank Grillo boring. Honestly so little happens in what is ultimately just a threadbare revenge film that you kinda wonder how they even managed to get it to just over 90 minutes. There are just so many better films of this type out there that I just can’t recommend you spend your time on it.  Massively disappointing.

Best Bit: Grillo, obviously

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Wheelman, The Purge: Election Year, Captain America: Civil War

 


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Iron Sky 2: The Coming Race (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Iron Sky 2: The Coming Race (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Iron Sky 2 is the slightly belated sequel to 2012’s bat shit mental Nazi lunar invasion film Iron Sky. The Finnish-German science fiction comedy mash up took a similar crowd funding route as its predecessor and, much like that film, manages to squeeze an incredible amount out of a very limited budget (it raised £500k USD).  Space ships, Aliens, Hidden Worlds, Hitler riding a T-Rex (I shit you not)… it has it all. Well other than a cohesive story of course.  But who cares… if you strap in and go along with the ride when Iron sky 2 get’s going it really delivers a wild, crazy, OTT ride unlike anything out there,

Best Bit: Sieg Heil Motherfuckers

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Iron Sky, Kung Fury, Sky Captain & The World Of Tomorrow

 


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Detainment (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

Detainment (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Detainment, a true story based on the actual interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger murder case, is a hard watch.  In a story that should contain no shades of grey, Detainment gives a voice to the young killers that details the events that changed parenting for many for ever.  In short it creates those shades of grey you probably never wanted to think about.  It’s shocking for sure – to hear details of what was done to the two year old James and the film certainly has a view on which killer led the events.  It’s well acted, well directed and a worthy Oscar nominated short film.

Best Bit: The boys performances

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Serial, Making A Murderer, The Staircase

 


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Hunter Killer (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Hunter Killer (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hunter Killer is a whole bundle of dumb.  It’s also (for the most part) a whole bundle of fun as well. Yup you won’t learn anything new, and for sure no new ground was broken here (it also sports some of the naffist CGI you’ve seen since the 90’s)  but it’s a fun, silly ride…  even if the run time is more than a touch too long.   Look it’s a direct to DVD film that crept into the cinema and you’ll forget it almost immediately but this is yet another greta Butler beer and curry movie!

Best Bit: The fact Butler keeps a straight face

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, Crimson Tide

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Billion Dollar Films that are, actually, rubbish

Phil’s Top 5… Billion Dollar Films that are, actually, rubbish

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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: Billion Dollar Films that are rubbish

 

Close but no cigar: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest , Transformers: Dark of the Moon 

 

5 – Minions
I get it.  I loved Despicable Me as well. But Minions just wasn’t funny. I get WHY this made so much but REALLY???

 

4 – Titanic
It’s aged badly but was it really ever that good?  No.  One of the most successful films of all time is badly written, overwrought and sooooo long.  Also I just didn’t care. I was more upset that the boat got hurt…

 

3 – Avatar
Oh god.  It’s just so overblown and overlong.  It also reintroduced the 3D craze.  The sequels are incoming.  Some 12 + years after the originals.  Can’t. Wait.

 

2 – Pirates Of The Caribbean – On Stranger Tides
The weakest of all the Pirates films (yup I know – some low bar there) is also one of it’s most successful.

 

1 – Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Oh god.  This made so much money and is just so bad.  Really.  It’s fucking terrible.

 

 

 

 

 

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Skyscraper (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Skyscraper (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Skyscraper is probably the first time I’ve felt let down by a film starring Dwayne Johnson. Don’t get me wrong – he’s fine in it and the film could be far worse – but much like this years The Meg, the lean towards Chinese audiences (Box office… MONEY!!!!) seems rather forced.  And whilst The Meg (just) got away with it, here it feels all very cynical and by the numbers.  It’s also silly on a level that I haven’t seen in some time but is so unaware of itself it just comes off as a bit stupid.  With it’s tongue planted in cheek they MAY have pulled it off but in a film when even Dwayne Johnson seems bored you know it’s going to be a struggle.

Best Bit: Getting into the tower

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Towering Inferno, Rampage, The Fate Of The Furious, Die Hard

 

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Extinction (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Extinction (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Extinction is a somewhat odd beast.  It’s frustrating, a little dull and yet at it’s core has a pretty clever central idea that’s never quite realised.  The cast are fine and the direction solid but at every corner you can’t help but notice that the films imagination often quickly hits the limit of it’s budget, often leaving it feeling cheap and unfinished. It’s worth noting that Extinction was dumped onto Netflix by Universal who bailed on the films cinematic release.  So not the worst Netflix ‘original’ but also not the best.

Best Bit: The central idea

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Cloverfield Paradox, Annihilation, Mudbound  

 

 

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