The Fugitive (1993) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Fugitive (1993) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Fugitive and I have a long history.  For no fault of what is obviously a good film I’ve thrice failed to actually watch the film from start to finish.  Long journey’s, late night screenings… whatever the reason I’ve never managed to get to the end credits. Until now.  And I can finally say, without exception, that The Fugitive is a bloody good thriller. Even when you know all about the one armed man.  And the escape. And pretty much all of it. So 25 years after it’s release I can finally cross off The Fugitive from my list of films I should have seen… next up Citizen Kane.  Maybe!

Best Bit: Escape

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: US Marshalls, Air Force One, Patriot Games

 


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Alien 3: The Assembly Cut (2003) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Alien 3: The Assembly Cut (2003) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’ve long been an apologist for Alien 3 as a movie.  Yup it’s flaw and yup it had serious production issues but in truth I watched Fincher’s red headed step child as much as I ever did Alien (if not more). The Assembly Cut however, a faux directors cut that pieces together a vision as close to Fincher’s as you will ever get, is a very different beast.  Longer, more detailed and at times slower (in a good way), this version makes some major changes – not least origin or the Alien and cutting that horrible ‘Ripley grabs Alien as it bursts out moment’ – that make sense of the story far more.  It’s still flawed for sure (the CGI is still dated) but it’s a film that feels real and, in this extended cut, that stands aside as a very different beast to Alien and Aliens.  In short: Alien 3: The Assembly Cut deserves to be rewatched by the haters.

Best Bit: The longer opening

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Alien, Aliens, Alien: Resurrection 

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Air Force One (1997) – A Quick Capsule Review

Air Force One (1997) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Rarely does a film hold up twenty years down the line.  Out of time and out of context, films tend to date.  Even rarer is finding one that is maybe better all these years later.  Well Air Force One could well be that film.  Okay so it’s derivative as hell but it’s a joke that everyone seems to share.  The cast know how silly the film is (even usually straight laced Harrison Ford seems to be having fun) , it has a bundle of decent action sequences and, as always, Gary Oldman does a bang up job taking a text book bad guy character and giving him (a few) layers. Wolfgang Petersen directs solidly and you cant help but smile as the tension and silliness ramps up.  All in all it’s cracking fun.

Best Bit: “Get off my plane”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Con Air, Executive Decision, White House Down 

 


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Go (1999) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Go (1999) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Doug Liman’s follow up to the cult Swingers is a fun ride with its sharp script and charming central performances (Holmes and Polly especially shine).  It’s glittery, flashy, and fast-paced – an entertaining, clever black comedy that owes more than a passing nod to Tarantino and his early films whilst putting enough of an original spin to stand out.   Well worth revisiting!

Best Bit: Dinner

Worth Revisiting? Yes

If You Liked this Try: Swingers, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Pulp Fiction 

 


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Jurassic Park (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Jurassic Park (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Jurassic Park was made almost 25 years ago and it still, for the most park, feels as fresh as if it was released yesterday.   Even the CGI, which was at the forefront all those years ago, still mostly holds up and the combination of practical and digital work means that the dinosaurs still feel real.  Its odd that Jurassic Park has never been topped by any of its sequels – in quality or FX – and Spielberg’s less is more approach (see Jaws) means that the money shots are really something to savour.  It’s also that for all the magic on screen Spielberg puts relatable humans at the film core.  It’s a stunning film and demands a rewatch.

Best Bit: T-Rex Attacks

Worth a Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Jurassic World, Jaws

 


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Cube (1997) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Cube (1997) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Cube was a break out 90’s hit that did a superb job at making the most of a very small budget, one location and a small cast.  Think Clerk’s with deadly traps.  It predated and influenced Saw and came around the time of break out low budget films like Blair Witch.  The 90’s was a really fun decade. However nostalgia aside, Cube has also aged less well than either of those films.  The effects and central concept still hold up but some of the acting can be pretty ropey at times and a slew of less regarded sequels and imitators has somewhat dampened its impact.  This all said it’s still a solid watch and shows what innovation can be done at a lower budget level.

Best Bit: Oh bugger.

Worth a Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: The Blair Witch Project, Saw, Clerks

 


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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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The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween ‘ Quick Capsule Review

The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween ‘ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Devil’s Advocate is about as subtle as being hit by a brick, in the face, in the middle of a global sporting event whilst its broadcast live on TV with a brass band playing naked in the background.  From Al Pacino dialling up to 11 (and then further) to Taylor Hackford’s direction which leaves nothing unsaid it’s not the kind of film you look for nuance in.  This all said I bloody love it.  Reeves is good, Theron excellent but this is Pacino’s film and he relishes being unleashed as the film get’s crazier and crazier. Pacino really is having a bundle of fun and it shows.  It hold’s up well some 22 years later and despite clocking in at just under two and a half hours the film flies by.  Well worth a rewatch.

Best Bit: Pacino’s 20 minute end monologue

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Constantine, Primal Fear, Dick Tracy

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Their Favourite Horror Films: A 31 Films Of Halloween Special

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Their Favourite Horror Films: A 31 Films Of Halloween Special

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast, and in honour of #31filmsofhalloween, we talk about our favourite (not best) Horror Films from the past five decades.  From slasher films to found footage, we give to you the horror films that really connected with us.

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

Discussed: Invasion of The Body Snatches, Dawn of The Dead, Alien, Jaws, Day Of The Dead, Gremlins, The Thing, EviL Dead 2, Threads, The Blair Witch Project, Scream, Candyman, Zombieland: Double Tap, Breaking Bad, IT Chapter 2, Darkman, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, Bloodline, Parasite, Piranha, The Omen, Halloween, American Werewolf In London, Friday The 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, The Fly, Chopping Mall, Event Horizon, Arrowverse, Tremors, Braindead, Nightbreed, Army Of Darkness, From Dusk ’Till Dawn, Night Of The Living Dead (1990), The Frighteners, Night Of The Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Saw, Dawn of The Dead (2004), Shaun of The Dead, Ginger Snaps, Final Destination, The Mist, Wild Things, Drag Me To Hell, Jeepers Creepers, Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Raw, Cabin In The Woods, The Babadook, Your Next, Get Out, A Quiet Place, Train To Busan, Piranha 3D, Dead Set

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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Scream (1996) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Scream (1996) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wes Craven’s Scream remains surprisingly effective 22 years on.  A post-modern slasher film that (much like Tarantino was doing in the gangster film) referenced the very films that predated it.  It’s a film that plays by and yet subverts the rules of its genre.  This may have led to horror eventually eating itself with Scream clones (including certain Scream sequels) but what Craven does here is first rate.  Okay so it could have had a bit more gore for my liking but still it’s an effective slasher film with an iconic villain and some real scares.

Best Bit: “Do you like Scary Movies? ”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Scream 2, From Dusk Till Dawn

 


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