Film Series:  A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

Film Series: A Corana Movie Survival Guide By Grosse Point Geek

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In these rather strange and troubling times we are living in at the moment it is of course very easy to get depressed and down in the dumps.  Many of us are naturally struggling to fill the time in the absence of being able to do normal things – like visit family and friends, go to the pubs, restaurants, theatres or cinemas. So what to do to stave off the COVID19 blues? Some people are playing board games, some are listening to music, others are on their play stations or Xboxes.

However if you are like me (a notoriously obsessed film geek) you may be raiding your dvd/blu ray collection or trawling though Netflix and Amazon Prime in search of some thing to watch. So to help you all out I have compiled a few lists of films and box sets to see you though the coming weeks.

Next Up: Film Series (some of this lot might be an acquired taste so apologies in advance)

 

  • The Hobbit Trilogy
  • The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises)
  • The Indiana Jones Films (please not the 4th one though!)
  • Harry Potter Films
  • Rocky 1, 2, 3 4, 6, Creed and Creed 2 (avoid Rocky 5!)
  • First Blood/Rambo First Blood Part 2/Rambo 3/ Rambo/Rambo The Last Blood – (parental guidance recommended)
  • The Expendables 1 – 3
  • All 13 Star Trek Films (use caution here – can be detrimental to health – forget Covid19 you may catch Geekitis -theres no cure so be careful!)
  • Back To Future 1, 2 and 3
  • The Alien Films -in this order- Prometheus, Alien Covenant, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Ressurection
  • The Godfather 1 2 and 3

 

I’ll be back with more lists to help get you through the current Film and new release shortage!

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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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

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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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Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From the director of 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene comes an equally impressive deep dive into Ridley Scott’s original Alien film.  From Dan O’Bannon’s creation and inspirations through to a look at the creation of one of cinema’s most iconic scenes.  It’s an impressive feat for sure but it is missing some key interviews – notable director Scott (whose mostly shown in archive footage) and star Weaver who is missing completely. That said the film is still pretty interesting both for fans of the films and filmmakers alike, but it does lack the laser focus that 78/52 brought.

Best Bit: Chest burster

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, Alien, Alien: Covenant  

 


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The Thing (1982) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

The Thing (1982) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Thing is the template for how to make a (relatively) low budget tense, character driven sci-fi horror.  The remake is the template for how NOT to and that’s why it should be avoided at all costs.  Carpenter’s The Thing is lightning in a bottle, it could never be bettered. In fact it cemented Russell as a leading man for generations to come and Carpenter as a true icon of horror.   Critics hated it but even today it holds up as a true cult classic. Nearly perfect.

Best Bit: The ending.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Escape From New York, Halloween, Alien 

 

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William Gibson’s Alien 3 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

William Gibson’s Alien 3 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
William Gibson’s Alien 3 is not a film.  No it’s an Amazon Audible original production, which takes William Gibson’s original Alien 3 script and converts it into a fully dramatised audio drama, even bring back original cast members Michael Biehn (Hicks) and Lance Henriksen (Bishop).  And it works.  Really well.  I’ve always loved Alien 3, watching it probably more than any other Alien film growing up and this third version (Studio Cut, ‘Assembly’ Cut as the two others) gives a fascinating ‘what if’ look at the story which shares some very similar elements with the released version. At under two hours it doesn’t outstay it’s welcome and the production values are surprisingly high.  Well worth signing up to a free trial to grab a listen.

Best Bit: Biehn! Henriksen!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Audible)

If You Liked this Try: Alien 3 – The Assembly Cut, Aliens, Alien 

 


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Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

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The final part of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.

And the winner is…

So here’s numbers 25-1…

 

 

 


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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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8: Aliens (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

8: Aliens (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Aliens is the template for how to make a sequel.  Whilst Alien was a sci-fi horror, Aliens is pure action wrapped in a sci-fi narrative.  And it works.  Up the Aliens, add in more cannon fodder and take Ripley from a victim to killer.  A quotable script, memorable characters and some of the most tense set pieces film has ever delivered.  Yup Aliens is that good.  Pretty much perfect.

Best Bit: Special Edition sentry guns!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Alien, Terminator 2 Judgement Day, Alien 3

 

 

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10: The Thing (1982) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

10: The Thing (1982) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Thing is the template for how to make a (relatively) low budget tense, character driven sci-fi horror.  The remake is the template for how NOT to and that’s why it should be avoided at all costs.  Carpenter’s The Thing is lightning in a bottle, it could never be bettered. In fact it cemented Russell as a leading man for generations to come and Carpenter as a true icon of horror.   Critics hated it but even today it holds up as a true cult classic. Nearly perfect.

Best Bit: The ending.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Escape From New York, Halloween, Alien 

 

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