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In The Line Of Fire – A (Classic) Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: In The Line Of Fire is one of Eastwood’s best performances in a stand out film by director Wolfgang Petersen.  It’s aged well also as the story of a Secret Service agent dragged into a plot to kill the latest president of the United States plays out with an excellent support cast (Russo, Cole, Bell) and a ... Read More »

The Shawshank Redemption – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Shawshank Redemption is hands down one of the best films of the modern film era and for sure one of the top 10 films ever made.  From it’s expert performances, sublime direction and a tight character led script, this is the benchmark in novella adaptations and without doubt the strongest adaptation of a Stephen King ... Read More »

The Dark Knight – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Dark Knight is what every DC comic book adaptation should be.  Layered, visually stunning, director lead with practical effects and with a villain that is both memorable and real. Yes there’s CGI here but it’s used to enhance rather than lead the film.  Simple put, The Dark Knight is one of the best films of ... Read More »

The Full Monty – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Full Monty oddly is a film that has gotten better with age.  Worthy of its reputation as a top notch working class Northern comedy, it’s appeal still endures on stage and screen and it’s a credit to the quality of the martial on display here that it launched or cemented the careers of so many actors.  It ... Read More »

Con Air (1997) – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Con Air is 20 today.  So I decided it would be a good idea to take a look at one of my favourite 90’s films.  The first thing you notice re-watching Con Air is that for an action film it features very little action.  Seriously other than a shoot out, the “Put The Bunny Back in ... Read More »

Big Trouble In Little China – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Big Trouble In Little China is a classic.  Kurt Russell as Jack Burton delivers what is a quintessential action hero: mullet adorned, grizzled and full of gusto.  He sits along side John McClane & Martin Riggs as one of 80’s cinemas best good guys and whilst Big Trouble In Little China has aged (it’s smaller budget stretched to ... Read More »

Empire Records – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s (Not So) Quick Capsule Review:  Empire Records was a massive bomb on it’s original release.  Critically and commercially.  Roger Ebert hated it (that said he hated The Usual Suspects…), Variety labelled it as “Soundtrack in search for a movie”  and it grossed under £300k on it’s theatrical release.   Yet as the years go on so the cult around Empire Records continues to ... Read More »