Platoon (1986) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Platoon (1986) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oliver Stone’s Platoon still has a lot to say about the horrors of war and the ripping away of innocence.  That power still remains at the core of this thirty year old film.  But overall it hasn’t aged as well as you’d hope.  The performances are still great (Berenger is nuts and this is still a career high for Sheen) but the budget strains, especially at the end as the Vietcong assault the compound.  In a world of Saving Private Ryan it just feels a bit tame.  So overall – still worth a watch.

Best Bit: the cast

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Saving Private Ryan, Good Morning Vietnam, Full metal jacket 

 


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Brewster’s Millions (1985) – A Quick Capsule Review

Brewster’s Millions (1985) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Brewster’s Millions will sit on few people’s lists of best films of the 80’s.  But actually over 30 years on, it holds up well and the message is probably even more relevant today than ever.  To be honest it’s just great to see Richard Pryor back when almost everything he touches turned to gold.  Add to that a cast that includes the late, great John Candy and you have a real gem of mid-80’s cinema.  It’s silly, brash and on the nose for sure but it’s full of charm, wit and heart as well.

Best Bit: None Of The Above!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Major League, Stir Crazy, See No Evil Hear No Evil

 


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The Blues Brothers (1980) – The Education Of Josh Quick Review

The Blues Brothers (1980) – The Education Of Josh Quick Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Blues Brothers is the definition of a cult classic.  A failure on it’s release, the film lived on thanks to the birth of video.  But it’s initial failure was unfounded – this is a brilliant film. Insane, funny, surreal and stupid whilst always being charming, The Blues Brothers walks a fine line.  But those wining turns by Belushi & Aykroyd, combined with an infinitely replayable soundtrack and a whose who of cameos (Franklin, Charles, Fisher) makes for some of the most fun and irreverent movies you will ever see.

Best Bit: The brothers take to the stage

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Blues Brothers 2000, Waynes World, Grease

 


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Tango & Cash (1989) – The Education Of Josh Quick Review

Tango & Cash (1989) – The Education Of Josh Quick Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Tango & Cash is an bang on 80’s classic.  The action is tight, the run time perfect and the chemistry between Russell and Stallone is almost unmatched.  In fact it’s so good I’m surprised they didn’t make more films together – I for one would even now (all these years later) would love to see a sequel.  Or a cross over with Lethal Weapon.  Anyway… Tango & Cash sails through on it’s charm and even now almost 30 years later it still packs it in spades.  A must watch for action fans.

Best Bit: The shower scene is hysterical

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Cobra, Lethal Weapon 2, Beverley Hills Cop, Showdown In Little Tokyo 

 

 

 

 


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Podcast: The Education Of Josh… Tango & Cash (1989)

Podcast: The Education Of Josh… Tango & Cash (1989)

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Josh has seen loads of films. Mostly Disney. Phil has seen loads of films that Josh should have seen but hasn’t. Join Phil as he takes Josh through an education in movies – Film by Film.  This episode Phil educates Josh on: Tango & Cash (1989)

Films Discussed: The Heat, Tango & Cash, Cliffhanger

Hosted Phil Hobden (Ross And Phil Talk Movies) and Josh Morris (The Smoking Lamb)

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2: Top Gun (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

2: Top Gun (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Top Gun is everything you want in a film.  It’s quotable, it’s funny, it has the best aerial action sequences ever shot in a film and has a soundtrack that still get’s played almost weekly in my house.  It’s also, in it’s own way, pretty ground breaking.  Yes it’s become a film of much discussion over the years (think Tarantino Top Gun Gay rant)  but none of this matters when you have a film that’s so full of iconic moments. Top Gun is of it’s day for sure but this is the film that launched careers (director Tony Scott, Cruise, Kilmer), helped Bruckheimer establish himself as an action producer de jour and made a bucket load of money to boot.  I adore this movie and wont hear a bad thing about it… so walk away now.  Go on.  You’ve obviously lost that love and feeling…

Best Bit: The final battle

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Rock, Man On fire, Iron Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

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4: The Cannonball Run (1981) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

4: The Cannonball Run (1981) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Cannonball Run isn’t loved by that many people.  Sure it’s fun but a Top 10 film? Well look at it this way.  As a kid obsessed with cars, Burt Reynolds, martial arts films and latterly The Rat Pack it not only ticked all teh boxes but it drove a bloody gorgeous Lamborghini Countach through the middle of it.  It’s silly for sure but with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Jackie Chan the film puts as many iconic names together in one place alongside a sparky script, some great car chases and enough insane moments to ensure you never stop smiling. Go on give it another go… you know you want to!!!

Best Bit: 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Cannonball Run 2, Smokey and the Bandit, Rat Race

 

 

 

 

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Major League (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

Major League (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Major League is damn good fun and considering it feels very 80’s at times, it still holds up pretty well and is never less than entertaining.  Featuring a cracking cast for it’s day (not least a young Wesley Snipes and an even younger Charlie Sheen) this is the archetypical sports team does good movie that has been copied numerous times since.  A fun film and well worth a revisit.

Best Bit: Wild Thing…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Major League 2, The Karate Kid, GLOW

 

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Spoiler Alert: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Spoiler Alert: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Other Cr*p

In this regular feature we go places few others dare… by spoiling the twist from some great (and not so great) films. So if you haven’t seen the film in question… don’t look!

No really.  Don’t.

 


 

Young, seemingly sweet Angela is both the killer, and, yes, a dude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8: Aliens (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

8: Aliens (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aliens is the template for how to make a sequel.  Whilst Alien was a sci-fi horror, Aliens is pure action wrapped in a sci-fi narrative.  And it works.  Up the Aliens, add in more cannon fodder and take Ripley from a victim to killer.  A quotable script, memorable characters and some of the most tense set pieces film has ever delivered.  Yup Aliens is that good.  Pretty much perfect.

Best Bit: Special Edition sentry guns!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Alien, Terminator 2 Judgement Day, Alien 3

 

 

 

 

 

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