Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Movie Trilogies

For most a sequel is an unwanted thing.  And rightly so, after all most can be let downs and for every Godfather 2 there is an Independence Day Resurrection.  However their are also some great sequels and in fact some great threequels out their. This week I take a look at the best movie trilogies (and no the Matrix is NOT included).

 

 

Close But No Cigar: Bourne Trilogy, The Indiana Jones Trilogy, Evil Dead, The Godfather Trilogy, Die Hard, Mad Max 

 


5. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring,The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

It’s no mean feat, adapting a multi-tome epic source novel over nearly 5 years with a cast and crew almostly permanently relocated to New Zealand by a director best known for low budget shlock films.  But man did Peter Jackson pull it off.  Epic does not even come CLOSE to describing the Rings trilogy (and the multiple endings of Return Of The King for that matter) but even now, over 10 years after it all finished, they still stand out as some of the best films of the last few decades.

 


4. Back To The Future Trilogy 

There may be technically better films out their for sure, but the story of Marty McFly which spans over a hundred years, is everything that is right with how blockbuster films should be.  It defined a career for Michael J Fox, allowed my fascination with Elisabeth Shue to continue and gave us the iconic Doc Brown.  “What the hell’s a gigawatt?”.  Indeed.

 


3. Aliens Trilogy (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3)

It’s a testament to just how good the first two films are that you almost ignore the fact that Part 3 is considered by most to be a disappointment. Thing is… it’s not. In fact Alien 3 is probably my second favourite of the whole trilogy (just under Aliens and just above Alien).    Okay yes I’m mad but still!  The key point here is just how good the first two films are, with both rating as best of their genre (Sci-fi and Sci-Fi Action).   And trust me… whilst it’s FX’s are dated, try alien 3 Directors cut again. You MAY be pleasantly surprised.

 


2. Toy Story

Toy Story not only defined a genre, it also redefined how animation was done for ever.  It’s groundbreaking and things would never be the same again.  Yet at it’s heart of every one of the films is a great story, expertly told and brilliantly voiced.  Pretty much perfect.

 


1. Star Wars (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi) 

The trilogy that defined my childhood, that ignited my love with film and that left me playing in my room with 3″ plastic toys for years to come.  Ageless (in it’s original form, not the horrid CGI remasters), this is epic storytelling, grandstanding action and odd plot twists at their best.  Iconic.

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Films (Updated)

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Films (Updated)

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Star Wars Films… Updated

 

Close but no cigar:  Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode 3: The Revenge Of The Sith 

 

5 – Star Wars: Rogue One
Almost on par with Jedi, Rogue One is brutal, dark and raw.  It adds mythology with action and some amazing crowd pleasing moments. It doesn’t feel a Star Wars right up until the ending but for sure it feels part of the Universe.

 

4 – Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi
A dark, brooding, unexpected Star Wars film that does ALMOST everything well.  Okay so it sags a bit in the middle but this is a real Star Wars film, with drama, characters and heart.

 

3 – Star Wars Episode 4: The Return Of The Jedi
Probably the Star Wars film I watched the most growing up with the best action, superb space action scenes and Ewoks.

 

2 – Star Wars Episode 2: A New Hope
It’s a New Hope. The Star Wars film that started it all. Ground breaking, genre defining and truly amazing,

 

1 – Star Wars Episode 4: The Empire Strikes Back
The best sequel ever made, Empire Strikes Back gave you an ending that just kicked you in the teeth.  It’s a flawless film.

 

 

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Characters

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Characters

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out:  Star Wars Characters

 

Close but no cigar: Luke Skywalker, R2D2, Poe Dameron, Jabba The Hut, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ray

 

5 – Lando Calrissian
He lost a Falcon on a bet.  He runs cloud city. And he kinda betrayed our heroes. That SMALL point aside, Lando is Lando and proves in this universe there’s very few cases of people being one thing or another. 

 

4 – Princess Leia
She’s sassy, classy and handy with a blaster.  She’s also royalty, a great leader and one of the strongest female characters in sci-fi. 

 

3 – Darth Vader
The baddest dude in the galaxy, top notch pilot, leader of the Emperors forces and Luke’s dad.  

 

2 – Yoda
He talks odd, he’s small and he doesn’t do a great deal BUT Yoda is totally bad ass even before Attack Of The Clones tried to ruin him with stupid CGI. 

 

1 – Han Solo 
The uber rogue, shoots first EVERYTIME and answers a princess telling him that she loves him by saying “I know”.  One of the coolest film characters ever.

 

 

Blog: Why Star Wars Is Important to Us…

Blog: Why Star Wars Is Important to Us…

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Grosse Point Geek, Motion Picture Maniac and All Things Film editor Phil Hobden explain in their own words just WHY Star Wars is important to them whilst sharing their favourite moments and characters!  First up…

 

Motion Picture Maniac 

These days it’s rare for a film to overwhelm me with butterflies, make me feel different upon witnessing its gargantuan scope and, dare I say, epicness, but there are some films that still do it for me, Lord Of The Rings is one, another is Star Wars. Like a drug I would feel alive while watching it, like my imagination activated at the very thought of it, Star Wars doesn’t make you doubt your imagination, it invigorates it, pumps life into the gears that spin your mind; its lack of limitations creates the impression of a world that could exist somewhere and by watching – you too become involved in the situation. It has a theme for just about everyone, is about everything – not just space fights, and reeks of the sweat and passion that went into its making; it’s literally like watching a dream come true.

I don’t remember seeing Star Wars for the first time, in the comprehension of my mind it was something that was just always there; like the ability to speak. I remember seeing Alien for the first time, The Terminator and Jaws, but not Star Wars, perhaps my parents presenting it to me at an age in which I was yet to create memories caused some kind of biological attachment, and why, for the rest of my life, the idea of sci-fi, the concept of a story the size of a galaxy, the characters and creatures, the space ships and battles, all of it became a sedative from the gloom of the real world. Monsters, aliens and intergalactic civil wars are my cup of tea, Star Wars is the kind of film that just hands me everything I want on a plate and, as a piece of the beginning of my life, it will always be a part of my life.

 

Favourite Character

Boba Fett: I must guiltily admit I was slightly more fascinated by the villains than the heroes, I always thought they were just cooler and more fun to watch, if I had to pick a favourite character it would have to be one that makes me want to call out every time they appeared onscreen, if you ask me tomorrow I may have a different answer but for now, I’ve gotta go with Boba Fett, I mean come on, that voice (the original of course), that helmet, the jetpack, his presence; if I could only have one action figure from the Star Wars universe to display – it would be him.

Favourite Moment

I apply that same philosophy to picking a favourite moment, by tomorrow I will have a different answer so for now I’ll just pick the one that is currently on my mind – the last moments of Rogue One, Baze Malbus allowing a grenade explosion to engulf him, Jyn and Casian embracing on the beach accepting their impending deaths, Darth Vader massacring a group of rebels, the image of the Death Star hovering above the clouds, the music that goes along with it all, those moments will stay with me forever, I know they’re recent but I don’t care, that ending topped many well loved Star Wars moments for me so that’s what I’ll go for.

 

 

Grosse Point Geek

Of the thousands of films i have seen, Star Wars is without doubt my favorite. I first saw it when i was four, i was utterly enthralled back then and forty years later nothing has changed. It is quite simply the greatest film ever made and the reason why i love films so much.

There are all told eight entries in the franchise, (with a ninth due for release later this month). The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are both staggeringly brilliant,  The Force Awakens is great but its a bit of a remake of the first film, then there’s Rogue One  which is really good and of course we have the decidedly iffy prequel trilogy that had moments of brilliance but iscatastrophically hampered by a terrible script, dreadful acting and THE worst love story in movie history.

So why is Star Wars so important?  – well for a start its the blockbuster franchise by which all fantasy action films are judged against – come the end credits  of any big budget summer film and i guarantee someone somewhere will say the immortal words “it wasn’t as good as Star Wars”. Its  the reason we have the likes of The Matrix, Jurassic Park , Alien, Indiana Jones, Mad Max and The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, moreover it paved the way for every groundbreaking special effect and film making technique we see in modern films today.

But most importantly (for me at least) it played a massive part in the childhood of a four year old little boy called William Strong, who in the summer of 1977 begged his  Mum and Dad to take him to the local cinema  and watch what will always be the most exciting,  wonderful and awe inspiring film he would ever see.

 

Favourite Character

Han Solo  scoundrel, smuggler, rogue, gets the girl, bags all the best one liners and owns the coolest spaceship in the galaxy -lets face it lads we all wanted to be this guy.

Favourite Moment

Star Wars: A New Hope – The chasm leap. Having lost Han and Chewie, Luke and Leia are running for their lives and suddenly find themselves trapped before a huge chasm in the Death Star  – all whilst being pursued by a load of pissed off storm troopers who are closing in fast – but just as they think all is lost Luke finds a rope and grappling hook on his utility belt, throws it over a nearby beam, grabs Leia and swings them both to safety – awesome.

 

Phil Hobden

Star Wars.  A New Hope was released a year after I was born and for me felt like it was tied to almost every stage of my life.   Return Of The Jedi was the first film I ever watched in the cinema and even now, some 30 years after I recorded it from ITV onto a Scotch VHS tape I can still remember the exact position of the advert breaks that interrupted by copy of this film for years.  I had the toys – everything from the Ewok village to the B-Wing, from Boba Fett to “That thing from the Cantina scene”.  And I played with them – toys that now are worth thousands in pristine condition would often be missing a leg from a brutal lightsaber showdown with Luke or Vader.

I bonded at University with my fellow course mates when we back to back watched the original trilogy (Widescreen version son a 14” TV no less).

I longed for more Star Wars films and then felt deflated as I endured The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars.  

I loved The Clone Wars on TV, then Rebels after.  And I was there on opening night for The Force Awakens and Rogue One as Star Wars finally made the big screen return we longed for since the 80’s.

I’ve played the games, worn the T-Shirt and now, at the age of 7, I’ve started to slowly to bring my daughter into the fold (we started chronically with The Phantom Menace – the most kid friendly Star Wars).  

So Star Wars has been there with me from the start.  It shaped the films I watched, the games I played and the people I connected with.  Long may it continue…

Favourite Character

Han Solo: Come on – He shoots first, flys the coolest ship in the galaxy (and won it in a card game), has the bestest side kick ever and answers ”I Love You “ with “ I know”. NOBODY is cooler or tougher than Han Solo.

 

Favourite Moment

Star Wars: A New Hope – Few cinematic moments have defined a film series better than the opening of A New Hope.  The Blockade Runner storms overhead, followed by a Star Destroyer.  Onboard there’s panic, they take positions and the doors explode open.  Laser blasts, people fall to the floor then the shadowy figure of Darth vader enters.  From that moment you know that he means business.

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Films

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Star Wars Films

 

Close but no cigar: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode 3: The Revenge Of The Sith 

 

5 – Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens was an excellent tribute Star Wars movie that gave you enough new mixed in with plenty familiar.  It looses lots of return viewing for sure but it’s well directed and great fun.

 

4 – Star Wars: Rogue One
Almost on apr with Jedi, Rogue One is brutal, dark and raw.  It adds mythology with action and some amazing crowd pleasing moments.

 

3 – Star Wars Episode 4: The Return Of The Jedi
Probably the Star Wars film I watched the most growing up with the best action, superb space action scenes and Ewoks.

 

2 – Star Wars Episode 2: A New Hope
It’s a New Hope. The Star Wars film that started it all. Ground breaking, genre defining and truly amazing,

 

1 – Star Wars Episode 4: The Empire Strikes Back
The best sequel ever made, Empire Strikes Back gave you an ending that just kicked you in the teeth.  It’s a flawless film.

 

 

 

 

Grosse Point Geek – My Favourite Star Wars Scene (Film By Film)

Grosse Point Geek – My Favourite Star Wars Scene (Film By Film)

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Will Strong from Grosse Point Geek takes a look at his favourite scenes from EACH of The Star Wars Movies…

 

The Phantom Menace: The Duel Of The Fates  – Qui Gon and Obi Wan face off against Darth Maul in the best lightsabre fight of whole series

 

 

Attack Of The Clones: The Arena battle  – Anakin, Padme, Obi Wan and an entire squadron of Jedi Knights put the smack down on Count Dooku’s droid army and a whole horde of gun toting insect thing’s.

 

 

Revenge Of The Sith: Anakin vs Obi Wan/Palpatine vs Yoda in there final show downs.

 

Rogue One: The return of Darth Vader. In the nick of time Jynn (Felicity Jones) and Cassian (Diego Luna) finally manage to upload the stolen Death Star Plans to the Rebel Alliance. However a certain Dark Lord Of The Sith makes a very unwelcome appearance on the rebel blockade runner and proceeds to effortlessly force choke and scythe his way through a rapidly retreating and very panicked bunch of rebel soldiers. One of the most violent scenes in all of the Star Wars films, almost shocking in its intensity and all the more brilliant for it – this was one for the fans and my word its good.

 

Star Wars A New Hope : The chasm leap. Having lost Han and Chewie, Luke and Leia are running for their lives and suddenly find themselves trapped before a huge chasm in the Death Star  – all whilst being pursued by a load of pissed off storm troopers who are closing in fast – but just as they think all is lost Luke finds a rope and grappling hook on his utility belt, throws it over a nearby beam, grabs Leia and swings them both to safety – awesome.

 

 

The Empire Strikes Back: Chewbacca and Han Solo vs the Star Destroyers. After barely escaping the Empires clutches on Hoth, Han, Chewie, Leia and C3PO are on the run in a hilariously malfunctioning Millennium Falcon. In what is still one of the most amazing action sequences in all the Star Wars films  – Han manages throw off the pursuing imperial fleet by flying the Falcon in all manner of death defying loop the loops, goes hell for leather at breakneck speed straight at two massive Star Destroyers  and then if that wasn’t enough manages to deliberately fly into a gigantic asteroid field  (“they’d be crazy to follow us”).

 

Return Of The Jedi: The Sail barge scrap. Sentenced to death on Tatooine by Jabba The Hut – Luke, Han and Chewie are about to fed to the Sarlaac (“slowly digested over a thousand years”). Walking the plank and about to jump to his doom, Luke gives a signal to Artoo, does a handy back flip, catches his lightsabre mid air and proceeds to give Jabba’s minions a right arse kicking  – all this played out to John Williams classic Star Wars theme tune  – priceless.

 

 

The Force Awakens: Kylo Ren Vs Rey. Seemingly victorious after badly wounding Finn (John Boyega) and knocking him for six – Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) goes to retrieve the fallen Skywalker lightsabre  – but hang on a moment  – here comes Rey (Daisy Ridley) who summons her inner Jedi, uses the force to grab it first and takes on Ren in a do or die fight to the death.

 

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

Phil’s Top 5 (ish)… Movie Posters of All Time!

Phil’s Top 5 (ish)… Movie Posters of All Time!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Movie Posters!

Never underestimate how crucial Movie Posters are to getting bums on seats. An iconic poster can make a film.  It’s impossible to pick just 5 so here are a selection in NO order of my top movie posters!