Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is to Scream what Halloween is to the Elm Street movies.  Without the former, the later just wouldn’t have existed.  It’s a film that’s far ahead of its time, stepping back years of ‘lesser’ sequels to reboot and close off the Elm Street series in a way that would change horror forever.   It also holds up really well, considering the film is now 25 years old and horror has gone full circle once again.  Okay so some of the later FX look a bit ropey and I’m not a huge fan of the Freddy make up on display here but these are very small quibbles. This remains as important to the horror genre as Halloween before it.

Best Bit: The fact it’s still really bloody good.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Scream, Scream 2, Cabin In The Woods, Halloween

 


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Speed (1994) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Speed (1994) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Speed is one of the 90’s best action films.  And that’s saying something in a decade that gave us Point Break, Con Air and many more.  Director DeBont never topped his work here, a tight, tense, high concept premise that Reeves, Bullock and Hopper sold the shit out of.  What’s best about Speed is that years later (and this film was out in 1994) the film holds up so well.  Like Die Hard it’s a genre defining film that cemented Reeves and Bullock as stars.  Brilliant.

Best Bit: Pop Quiz Hot Shot…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: But

If You Liked this Try: Die Hard, Under Siege, Point Break 

 

 

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick 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 films to date.  Tim Robbins delivers one of the most sublime performances of his career and Morgan Freeman cements himself as having the best voice in Hollywood. It’s just simply amazing.  What’s even better is the story behind it: a commercial flop, the film become the ultimate cult hit.  This is what a 10/10 looks like.  A worthy addition to the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Hall of Fame.

Best Bit: The record playing

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me,  The Green Mile, The Shining

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

Clerks – A Quick Capsule Review

Clerks – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Most people are kinda over Kevin Smith now. The once promising director is now consigned to poorly thought out low-budget tat or TV and it’s hard to remember that once upon a time Smith was one of the hottest directors in town mostly due to his début – Clerks.  Years later Clerks still holds up.  Yes it’s direction is threadbare but it’s script is still spot on, doing what Tarantino did but without being as obvious, and the performances surprisingly good.  A product of it’s time but one that still holds up.  Essential viewing.

Best Bit: Video Ordering!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma

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Author: Phil Hobden