Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse (1991) – A Quick Capsule Review

Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse (1991) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse is a fascinating look behind the scenes of the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s groundbreaking Apocalypse Now, with footage shot by his wife Eleanor. It’s tells the story of a production plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems–nearly destroying the life and career of the director and a few of the cast.  It’s essential viewing for anyone with more than just a passing interest in film and the art of filmmaking.

Best Bit: Brando

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lost In LaMancha, Full Tilt Boogie, American Movie

 


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Ad Astra (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Ad Astra (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
If you want a slow, sedative (and times a touch boring) and pretty randomly structured sci-fi retelling of Heart Of Darkness then you hit pay-dirt with Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra.   If you are guessing from that opening line this film may not be for everyone – you’d be spot on.  Whilst I enjoyed Ad Astra to a point, my wife was much less of a fan.  And I get why.  It’s so slow, little really happens and the film has such a singular monotone approach that, much like Pitt’s character, rarely sees its heart rate jump about 50. BUT it’s gorgeously shot, Pitt does brooding well and it has enough random moments to make it worth talking about.  Just don’t expect something action packed.  

Best Bit: Moon chase

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Apocalypse Now, Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker Apocalypse, Heart of Darkness

 


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Full Metal Jacket (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Full Metal Jacket is one of the best of the raft of late 80’s/ early 90’s Vietnam films, a brutal look at the journey of the recruit to solider, from dehumanisation and initiation to deployment and ultimately, for many, death.  It’s as uncompromising as you’d expect from the controlling, detailed and obsessive Kubrick, with a legendarily career defining performance by R Lee Ermey dominating your memory of the film, even if it’s Matthew Modine whose the true lead. Not easy to watch but it’s an essential film.

Best Bit:R Lee Ermey

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Platoon,  Good Morning Vietnam, Apocalypse Now 

 


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The 25 Best… 70’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 70’s Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

This time out: The 70’s. 

The close but no cigar Films: Rollerball, The Omen, Deliverance, Halloween, Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, Bednobs And Broomsticks, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Wicker Man, All The Presidents Men, Blazing Saddles, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Slapshot

 

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Top 10 Movies Of The 70’s – Motion Picture Maniac

Top 10 Movies Of The 70’s – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

Ah the 70’s, such an odd decade, one we’re looking back on today for its contribution to cinema and the films it gave us, pretending for a moment that the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions the 70’s isn’t “oh yes, the time taken for the LSD induced insanity of the 60’s to transform into the cocaine fuelled haze of the 80’s; but I digress, here are the 10 best films of all the 70’s according to my stupid opinion; I really wanted to make it a top 20 if only to include all the well known classics and avoid sparking hatred but what can you do? Here’s hoping counting them as honourable mentions is good enough.


10. Monty Python And The Holy Grail

I tried picking a quote for this one, it couldn’t be done.


9. Alien

My skin still crawls when I think of the chestburster scene.


8. The Godfather

One of the greatest Gangster epics of all time, how can you top it…?


7. The Godfather Part 2

… Oh, that’s how.


6. Watership Down

The bloodiest U rated film of all time – that’s saying something.


5. Days Of Heaven

One of the most well shot films I have ever seen, and hey, Richard Gere can act.


4. Manhattan

My favourite Woody Allen film, just perfect in every way.


3. Badlands

Terrence Malick’s first, and I love his recent works so screw you.


2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Vile, sadistic and ugly – what’s not to love?


1. Star Wars

What can I say except what the hell else was it going to be?

Honourable Mentions:  Aguirre: The Wrath Of God, Jaws, Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, The Life Of Brian, Duel, Dawn Of The Dead, Apocalypse Now, Saturday Night Fever, Rocky, A Clockwork Orange, Assault On Precinct 13, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Annie Hall, Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom

Phil’s Top 5… War Movies

Phil’s Top 5… War Movies

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: War Films! (And these are proper war films rather than films set in War time…)

Close but no cigar: The Deer Hunter, The Hurt Locker, Three Kings, Escape To Victory, Hamburger Hill

5 – Saving Private Ryan
Spielberg delivers a brutal, grown up and visually stunning look into the horrors of World War 2.  With cracking central performances and THAT opening sequences, Saving private Ryan stays with you long after.


4 – Apocalypse Now
Coppola’s classic and personal heart of darkness, Apocalypse Now almost broke him as a filmmaker and almost killed it’s lead actor.  Brando phoned it in, the film was massively over budget and yet… it’s a work of near genius


3 – Platoon
Oliver Stone’s Vietnam story of a young man’s first tour of duty in the hell of the war torn jungle has held up well.  Brutal, harrowing and expertly directed it’s one of Stone’s best works.


2 – Black Hawk Down
Ridley Scott chucks subtlety out the window in his everything but the kitchen sink modern day war film. A great cast, some amazing particle effects and a relentless pace makes this a true stand out.


1 – Full Metal Jacket
Kubrick’s film may not be for everyone (and his London Dockland’s shot finale a poor stand in) but Full Metal Jacket breaks down the horrors of war unlike any other film. Intense if the word here and this stands out as one of the few Kubrick films I can watch time and time again.

 

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