The Old Man & The Gun (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Old Man & The Gun (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Old Man & the Gun tells a fascinating story… just not in a fascinating way.  It’s not like the cast don’t deliver – they do and are by far the best thing about the film.  But the direction and pace are so slow that even for a lean ninety minute run time the film feels slow.  Redford is fun and for sure enjoying the (mostly) true life story of Forrest Tucker but there needed to be much more to this to make it essential.

Best Bit: Redford

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Mule, White Boy Rick, A Simple Plan 


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Phil’s Top 5… Bill Paxton Films

Phil’s Top 5… Bill Paxton 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: to celebrate the career of Bill Paxton, who sadly passed away just over a week ago, i’m taking a look at my favourite five of his movies.


Close but no cigar:  True Lies, Titanic, The Last Supper, The Terminator, Tombstone

5 – Twister
Yup it’s a pretty terrible film. But is was the first big budget blockbuster to put Paxton front and centre as the leading man and, years on, it’s  still remembered as a fun summer blockbuster.  


4 –  A Simple Plan
A film few have seen, A Simple Plan is the Sam Raimi film that plays it straight with none of the tricks or gore of his more know efforts.  But that allows performances to stand out and Paxton once again delivers as the blue collar worker whose life is turned upside down after finding $4million.


3 – Apollo 13
Like it or not, Apollo 13 is a well told film that finds tension in a story where the outcome is already known.  Standing out alongside Hanks and Bacon is no easy task but Paxton gives the film heart.


2 – Near Dark
Before it’s time, Katherine Bigelow’s Near Dark remains a great film.  As Severn, Paxton delivers a memorable performance as the psychotic white trash vampire in a film of stand out performances.


1 – Aliens
“Game over Man, Game Over”. Hudson remains one of cinema’s most quotable characters in what is one of the best films of all time.  Aliens is that good and Paxton stands out for all the right reasons.  Just epic.



My Favourite… Bill Paxton Film

My Favourite… Bill Paxton Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.

This time out: My Favourite…. Bill Paxton Film (1955-2017) Film


ALIENS (1986)

The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?

It may be the obvious choice BUT Aliens cemented Bill Paxton into one of the best character actors, a role he still performed with aplomb around right up until his death today.  And in Hudson, the cowardly solider in the Colonial Marines, James Cameron gave him a role that would be quoted for ever and a day. It’s an amazing film and Paxton is amazing in it.

In Hudson’s own words: “Game Over Man, Game Over.”  Indeed

Also Try: A Simple Plan, Tombstone, Twister