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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The Running Man (1987) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Running Man (1987) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Running Man is actually a really fun film.  And oddly prescient all things considered.    Yup it’s aged and the budget isn’t as big as the ideas but there’s a heck of a lot to like here and it holds up really well.  Years before bIg Brother and Gladiators, Running Man did them both.  Violent, silly, action packed and full of one liners it’s 80’s sci-fi and action films are it’s purest.  It’s also a pretty decent Stephen King adaptation!

Best Bit: Arnie in full on Arnie mode.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Raw Deal, Commando, Predator 

 


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The Dark Crystal (1982) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Dark Crystal (1982) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It may surprise you but I’ve never seen The Dark Crystal.  Yup a 80’s cult film that seems to have passed me by.  And it’s always dangerous watching a film loved by so many (critics and fans alike) years after its original release.  Cult films don’t always age well for newbies.  But with Netflix’s TV show on the horizon now was as good a time as any. So how was it? Good actually. In fact I really enjoyed The Dark Crystal – even if it is one of the most insane films I’ve ever seen.  Yup its aged and for sure the technology has moved on but Henson’s work has always survived better than most but as always it’s the story, voice acting and direction that helps the film stand out.  So yup The Dark Crystal is a fascinating film and one that’s made me super excited for the upcoming TV show…

Best Bit: Puppets!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, The Muppets, Labyrinth

 


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Batman (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Batman (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 1989 Batman isn’t a subtle movie.  From its in your face marketing to its gigantic sets to it’s outlandish Batmobile and over the top Nicholson/Joker – it’s in your face from the get go.  It’s also flawed, playing as loose with the Batman story as Batman Vs Superman did (yup this is a Batman who kills and uses guns).  But it’s also highly stylised, confidently directed and, for its day, ground breaking.  Yup Burton is more interested in Wayne than Batman and the Joker outshines an excellent Keaton but this, years on, remains an essential film.  Add in an amazing iconic score (and some banging Prince tracks) and you have one of the best tellings of the Batman story.  Well at least until Nolan came along.

Best Bit: Gotham

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight

 


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Full Metal Jacket (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Full Metal Jacket is one of the best of the raft of late 80’s/ early 90’s Vietnam films, a brutal look at the journey of the recruit to solider, from dehumanisation and initiation to deployment and ultimately, for many, death.  It’s as uncompromising as you’d expect from the controlling, detailed and obsessive Kubrick, with a legendarily career defining performance by R Lee Ermey dominating your memory of the film, even if it’s Matthew Modine whose the true lead. Not easy to watch but it’s an essential film.

Best Bit:R Lee Ermey

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Platoon,  Good Morning Vietnam, Apocalypse Now 

 


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Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi  – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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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 

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

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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Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

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The final part of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.

And the winner is…

So here’s numbers 25-1…

 

 

 


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Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #50-26

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #50-26

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Part three of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.

So here’s numbers 50-26…

 

 


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Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

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Part two of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.

So here’s numbers 75-51…

 

 

 


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