Roxanne (1987) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Roxanne (1987) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Roxanne is probably one of my favourite Steve Martin films.  For sure it’s not his most critically loved, his funniest or even the best made.  But this modern day (well 80’s) take on Cyrano de Bergerac manages to bottle up Martin’s charm and serve it perfectly for 95 minutes straight.  It’s warm, charming and never less than entertaining. Roxanne was a film for everyone who grew up being told they weren’t attractive or handsome enough, that showed that looks were only skin deep and personality and humour could always win the day.  A better message you will rarely find…

Best Bit: The nose joke bar scene

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Jerk, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Parenthood 

 

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is often considered to be a classic Christmas Movie. And whilst it’s not up there with the likes of Home Alone and Die Hard (Yes Die Hard IS a Christmas movie) it’s still pretty funny stuff, even if I am watching it for the first time some 30 years after it’s original release date.  Chase was always good value in the 80’s and early 90’s and gives it all here whilst the support cast equally seem to be enjoying themselves.  Yup time hasn’t always been kind but for the most part National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation deserves it rep as an essential Christmas text.

Best Bit: The Lights

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Home Alone, Die Hard, Gremlins

 


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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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Ghostbusters 2 (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Ghostbusters 2 (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Ghostbusters 2 but, laid up in bed and with Netflix at hand, it seemed like a good way to pass the time.  The less loved of the original Ivan Reitman films (although the 2016 remake makes this look like high art), Ghostbusters 2 holds up surprisingly well all things considered.  As before, as solid as Reitman’s work is, it’s the cast that makes the film.  Murray especially is superb, all grumpy and snappy, and the wider cast – from Weaver, Moranis and Akroyd – have once again deliver some superb chemistry.   It’s flawed for sure but Ghostbusters 2  is still a barrel of silly 80’s fun.

Best Bit: Liberty

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Ghostbusters (2016)

 


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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) – A Skywalker Saga Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) – A Skywalker Saga Quick Capsule Review

Collections Quick Review Star Wars

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Return of the Jedi isn’t the best Star Wars film.  That will always be Empire.  But it’s certainly the most watchable (and one I watched the most).  See Jedi is pure popcorn fodder – full of space battles, plot twists, ground wars and lightsaber fights.  The cast here are super comfortable, clearly loving  their roles (well maybe not Guinness) and proxy director Marquand delivers high action from the start. In this current version Lucas’ changes remain mostly in and around Jabba’s palace and still stand out like a sore thumb.  Like most of his additions they just feel so unneeded.  Other changes are okay but I think we all could do with out Hayden Christensen anywhere near this trilogy.  In short – despite Lucas’ best efforts to ruin his films, Jedi remains a perfect send off for the original trilogy. Fun, action packed and full of Ewoks.  Yes I went there… I love the Ewoks.  Thank god then in the end it was a trap!

Best Bit: Attack of the Death star 

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 

 


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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – A Skywalker Saga Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – A Skywalker Saga Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Empire Strikes Back is gritty, dark, challenging and bloody brilliant. Set after the events of A New Hope, it starts to put the pieces together that would form the core mythology at the heart of this franchise.  It’s a shame then that a LOT of those reveals have been ruined by the prequels.  Rewatching Empire the iconic ‘I Am Your Father’ moment becomes shrug rather than the fall of the chair moment it was before.  That said the film is still amazing (escape from Hoth, Cloud City, Fett and more) and even Lucas’ 90’s changes don’t ruin it too much. The Empire Strikes Back is, simply put, the best FILM of this series.

Best Bit: Hoth!

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Return of The Jedi, Star Wars: A New Hope

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk…  Films They Have Watched (Vol 6)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched (Vol 6)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about what we’ve been watching recently, as well as chat a bit more in-depth about 80’s classic Action Jackson and marvel at Phil’s worst day of film watching… ever.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Ad Astra, Dolomite Is My name, Brittany Runs A Marathon, Action Jackson, Never Too Young To Die, Lucky Day, The Fanatic, Joker, Kill Chain, GI Joe, Runaway, Enter The Ninja, Nighthawks, Leon, Alien 3, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, The Irishman, Heat

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

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Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Beverly Hills Cop 2 has always been far less regarded than the original Beverly Hills Cop.  Yet oddly I’ve always enjoyed it far more.  Yes it’s silly, over the top and obvious (they cant Brigitte Nielsen as a bank robber for god sake) but it’s a whole lot of fun and even now, 32 years later, it mostly holds up well as both a sequel and an action film in it’s own right.  For me that’s partly that’s down to the solid direction of the much missed Tony Scott but also this is Murphy on top form.  Yup attitudes have changed and the fashions dated but this is everything I loved about 80’s films.

Best Bit: Heff!

Worth a Rewatch: Yup. Aged quite well.

If You Liked this Try: Beverly Hills Cop, The Last Boy Scout, 48 Hours

 


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Chopping Mall (1986) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Chopping Mall (1986) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I thought I’d seen 1986’s Chopping Mall previously.  Nope. For sure I would have remembered this hokey but super fun robot security guards kill everyone ‘slasher’ flick.  Look this was made in the 80’s and for what must have been a super low budget so you have to expect it to be a little… cheap.  But it hits everything you want from an 80’s horror… boobs, blood and a short run time.  Yup this is far away from many of the classic 80’s horrors that are available but at under 80 minutes you could pass the time with far worse.

Best Bit: Lazer rampage!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (On Prime)

If You Liked this Try: Robocop, Friday The 13th, The Burning 

 


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The Thing (1982) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

The Thing (1982) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Thing is the template for how to make a (relatively) low budget tense, character driven sci-fi horror.  The remake is the template for how NOT to and that’s why it should be avoided at all costs.  Carpenter’s The Thing is lightning in a bottle, it could never be bettered. In fact it cemented Russell as a leading man for generations to come and Carpenter as a true icon of horror.   Critics hated it but even today it holds up as a true cult classic. Nearly perfect.

Best Bit: The ending.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Escape From New York, Halloween, Alien 

 

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