Trial by Fire (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Trial by Fire (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Trial by Fire tells a very interesting story but sadly not really in a way that engaged me, even if the ending was surprising.  Based on a true story, Trial by Fire features lots of solid performances but needed a stronger hand behind the camera to tie it all together to make it feel less like two films stretched together.   Pacing wise the film plods at points whilst skipping past other more important and relevant moments (such as the trial and investigation itself).  It’s not a mess for sure but these issues don’t help you engage with, what could have been, an interesting film.

Best Bit: Solid performances

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Time To Kill, A Few Good Men, Summer Of Sam

 


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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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A Few Good Men (1992) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

A Few Good Men (1992) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Few 90’s films remain as quotable, re-watchable and enjoyable as the Aaron Sokrin/Rob Reiner team up A Few Good Men.  From it’s AAA rated cast (Nicholson, Cruise, Moore, Pollack, Bacon) to it’s sparkling script, A Few Good Men just breezes past.  But let’s be honest it’s the showdowns between a grandstanding on stop form Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise that steal the show. Everytime they are on screen together they hold your attention as in teh background Sorkin’s screenplay carries all the heavy lifting.  A near perfect combination of direction, script and performance.  

Best Bit: “I Want The Truth”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Social Network, The Firm, A Time To Kill


 

 

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Molly’s Game – A Quick Capsule Review

Molly’s Game – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aaron Sorkin remains one of the best writers in Hollywood. With his trade mark snappy dialogue, long speeches and well drawn characters, I’ve loved his work from A Few Good Men through to Steve Jobs.  But as a director his untested, which is just one of the reasons that Molly’s Game is such a joy.  Sorkin directs like he’s been doing it for years (it probably helps having worked with some of the best in the business) and combine that with a fascinating story, a strong (naturally) script and a on-fire cast and you have yet another success.   It may be long but it never drags and the words just fly off the screen.   Loved it.

Best Bit: The script.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: A Few Good Men, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Steve Jobs