My Favourite… Verne Troyer Film

My Favourite… Verne Troyer Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.

This time out: My Favourite…. Verne Troyer (1969-2018) Film


In his second screen adventure, British super spy Austin Powers must return to 1969, as arch-nemesis Dr. Evil has ventured back to that year and successfully stolen Austin’s “mojo” and set up a powerful laser and aimed it at Earth. With the help of gorgeous agent Felicity Shagwell, the newly single Austin must now not only contend with Dr. Evil, but also Evil’s vicious, pint-size attack-clone, Mini-Me.


Verne Troyer pretty much stole the show in The Spy Who Shagged Me.  Without uttering a word for most of the film he was a funny scene stealer.  This wasn’t his first film but the first he had the chance to show his comic timing.   And whilst his career was limited to playing similar roles (often as Himself), he always brought huge amounts of charisma and charm.  But it would be his actions off screen he’d be most renowned for, living he life of a movie star with all the trappings included.


See also: Austin Powers In Goldmember



American Movie – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

American Movie – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
American Movie feels like the Spinal Tap of movie making.  Amazingly it’s not.  It’s real.  And it’s fabulous.  Honestly as a former filmmaker I watched American Movie partly with my head in my hands in amazing, partly with my head in my hands in embarrassment having realised that I too was Mark Borchardt on more than one occasion.  This is filmmaking displayed as Darwinism, an amazing look at the lower ranks of filmmaking where talent is less important than persistence.  A must watch for ANYONE into film…

Best Bit: All of it

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Side By Side, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Best Worst Movie

IMDB Rating: 


Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Reasons To Watch: Go (1999)

Phil’s 5 Reasons To Watch: Go (1999)

Other Cr*p

Phil’s Quick Review takes a look at a film that you may not have seen first time around and lets you know, in 5 concise reasons WHY it deserves your time!

The Plot: Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.

#1:One of the most criminally under-appreciated films of all-time…
Seriously.  It’s faced paced, funny, clever.  Go is a great film.


#2: It has a Great Soundtrack…
Yup like many films post Tarantino, the focus was heavily on the music.  And here Go does not disappoint.  It’s a blinder, and one I still play years and years later.

#3: The format…
Yup it’s Rashomon about a drug deal.  Exactly… Rashomon for the modern age.


#4: Doug Liman
Swingers.  Go.  Bourne Identity.  Edge Of Tomorrow. Mr & Mrs Smith.  Liman has a unique eye and is one of the better directors working on the fringes of Hollywood today.


#5: It’s more than a Tarantino rip off
Sure it has a flipped time line, came out in the shadow of Tarantino’s films, has a witty pop culture infused script and a great soundtrack BUT it’s not just another 90’s clone.   Go is very much street level, treading its own path.  Sure if you like Tarantino’s early films you’ll like this a lot but it also delivers a lot MORE.

The Trailer