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

Scream (1996) – A ’31 Days 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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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Rambo, Secret Cinema, The Shield, 90’s Films and More!

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Rambo, Secret Cinema, The Shield, 90’s Films and More!

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about… the latest and last Rambo movie Last Blood in detail (mostly spoiler free).  We also talk Secret Cinema, The Shield, Spiderman/MCU and a shed load of 80’s & 90’s films.  Yup it’s a round up podcast.

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

Discussed: Rambo Last Blood, 10 Minutes Gone, The Shield (TV), Secret Cinema: Casino Royale, Air Force One, Eraser, Executive Decision,  Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Navy Seals, Ma, JFK, Critters Attack, The Dead Don’t Die, Satanic Panic, Halloween 3: Season of The Witch, Hostel, Eli Roth, 90’s Films, Spider-man, MCU

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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Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – A Quick Capsule Review

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Simply put I consider Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels to be one of the best British films of all time and for sure one of the best films by a debut director.  The script sparkles, the music so perfectly placed and the performances are committed, genuine and believable.  Beyond all that the editing & direction scream out at you in the best way possible.  It’s exciting, funny, endlessly quotable and stands up to multiple repeat viewings.

Best Bit: The poker game

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Snatch, Reservoir Dogs, Layer Cake

 


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The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys is a brutally honest look at the making of a Terry Gilliam film.  The madness, the arguments, the tears and the tantrums – it’s all laid bare on screen.  It’s a must for filmmakers or those with more than a passing interest in the craft as the film delves deep into what happens when Gilliam is paired with Hollywood and, as usual, not quiet enough money! Essential.

Best Bit: How the title came about

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lost In LaMancha, Full Tilt Bookie, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

 


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Ticks (1993) – A Quick Capsule Review

Ticks (1993) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Just a few years before Scream would change modern horror forever, Ticks was released direct to VHS just to remind us that the 80’s still hung over the genre thick and fast.  And that’s not a bad thing.  Ticks is old school – practical monster/creature FX, functional script, low budget… but does throw in a few curve balls not least with it’s cast that includes a young Seth Green and none other than Alfonso Ribeiro aka Carlton from Fresh Prince. Oh and Clint Howard.  Well it was the early 90’s. It’s a lot of fun and stands up pretty well considering.  Now on Prime in the UK.

Best Bit: Is that… It is.  Cartlton.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Dust Devil, Brainscan, Cemetery Man

 


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Outbreak (1995) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Outbreak (1995) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Outbreak remains a lot of fun all these years later.  Yeah it’s dated a little but this glossy Hollywood take on a plague/virus movie knows at its heart that it’s a blockbuster and ensures it has enough BIG moments to keep even the most fickle of film watchers entertained.  At times it veers towards A Few Good Men territory (lots of BIG actor grandstanding) but even through this it tries to keep the characters at its core.  Hoffman is great and Donald Sutherland chews up the scenery with relish. And ketchup. And probably mustard as well!  One issue – this film is a bugger to find online, a victim of the ripped apart nature of modern streaming services.

Best Bit: Helicopter vs Planes

Worth a Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Contagion Carriers (2009), It Comes at Night, A Few Good Men 

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Full Tilt Boogie (1997) – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Full Tilt Boogie (1997) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Full Tilt Boogie charts the making of From Dusk ‘Till Dawn but goes beyond the usual ‘chuck it on a BluRay’ extra that’s typical of this genre and instead delivers a fun, insightful and often controversial behind the scenes film that is surprisingly honest. From Juliet Lewis doing Karaoke to a rather bizarre interview with Harvey Keitel, from Grips to assistants complaining about catering and working hours… it’s pretty warts and all but also highlights just WHY people would want to do this job.  It’s a fascinating look behind the curtain of filmmaking and an essential one for anybody interested in the craft!

Best Bit: Unions!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, From Dusk Till Dawn, Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker Apocalypse, 

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Reservoir Dogs (1992)  – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Reservoir Dogs (1992) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Reservoir Dogs is an essential film.  It marks the debut of Quentin Tarantino of course but it’s also the template for how to take a small amount of money and deliver what was a landmark, career defining movie.  It’s raw, in your face and smart both using the cliches of the genre and defining new ones that would spawn a million copy cats for years to come.  What’s surprising is just HOW well the film holds up all these years later.  Its power & its energy drives you from one scene to the next leaving you breathless, all wrapped around some brutal violence and THAT dialogue.   Reservoir Dogs remains one of Tarantino’s best films and one of the best films of the 90’s.

Best Bit: Stuck In The Middle…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight 

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From Dusk Till Dawn remains one of the most nuts films of the 90’s and possibly marked the last great film by both directors Quentin Tarantino and  Robert Rodriguez.  Yes really I went there.  Starting as a typical Tarantino, it’s not until they hit the Titty Twister bar that the film takes a surprising twist. Well not that surprising as the trailer gave it away but still bloody good fun.  Cameos by Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, Greg Nicotero sit along side a career making turn by George Clooney and a ‘What the fuck am I doing here’ look of Harvey Keitel.  Greta script,. superb action and a crotch gun.  What’s not to love.

Best Bit: ‘Everybody be cool.  You be cool.’

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Desperado, Pulp Fiction, Lost Boys

 


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Wild Things (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Wild Things (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I may take a lot of slack for this one but I honestly believe Wild Things is somewhat of a forgotten classic of the 90’s.  Okay ‘classic’ may be a little keen but hear me out because Wild Things is a genuinely fun, entertaining and surprising thriller that is much more than it’s often cited sex scenes (which today seem very tame). Yes its cheesy, yes is tacky and yes it’s silly but that’s all kinda part of the charm isn’t it?  The cast know it, the director knows it and the audience sure as hell know it.  The biggest surprise rewatching this years later was that Bill Murray features in a pretty key role.  Who remembered that? Look Wild Things won’t appeal to everyone but it’s a damn fun, unpretentious film.

Best Bit: Bill Murray

Worth Rewatching: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Basic Instinct, Cruel Intentions, Showgirls

 


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