The Rock (1996) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

The Rock (1996) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oddly I wasn’t a fan of The Rock when I first saw it. But twenty years later (yes really) I’m truly amazing just how much this film blew me away.  It’s by far the best Michael Bay film (with Bad Boys a close second) with a killer performance by both Connery and Cage and for sure it’s one of the best action films of the 90’s… which is some praise if you look at a decade full of great action films.  From the car chase to the initial arrival on Alcatraz, from the Indiana Jones styled mine cart escape to Cage’s OTT venting it’s just a joy.  The Rock is essential and a welcome addition to the Hall of Fame.

Best Bit: Car Chase

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Bad Boys, Armageddon, Transformers 

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Phil’s Top 5… Rotten Movies That Are Actually Good

Phil’s Top 5… Rotten Movies That Are Actually Good

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: Rotten Movies (from Rotten Tomatoes) That Are Actually Good


Close but no cigar: Three Amigos, Deep Blue Sea, Halloween 3: Season of The Witch, Miami Vice


5 – Tango & Cash (33%)
Come on 33%? Stallone and Russell are dynamite together and whilst yes teh script is cheesy this is quintessential 80’s buddy action at it’s best.


4 – Bad Boys (42%)
Critics obviously hate buddy buddy cop movies… Bad Boys has it’s flaws but Smith stamps his authority as a star and again the chemistry sells it. Great action also.


3 – Taken (58%)
Given a 1 star rating by a UK film mag, Taken is a solid 4/5 action revenge film.  It’s dirty, gritty and violent.


2 – Die Hard With A Vengeance (52%)
Yes the weakest of the original three Die Hard films but DHWAV (as nobody calls it) it again a cracking buddy buddy action film that has plenty of strong moments.


1 – Man On Fire (39%)
Well this is just crazy.  Man On Fire is arguably one of Tony Scott’s best films, one of Denzil’s best mainstream actioners and a cracking revenge thriller to boot.  It’s Commando for the modern generation.





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Phil’s Top 5… Guilty Pleasure Films

Phil’s Top 5… Guilty Pleasure Films

Quick Review 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: My Favourite Guilty pleasure Films!


Close but no cigar: Anaconda, Grease 2, Tango & Cash, Masters Of The Universe

5 – Bad Boys
What ya gunna do? Bad Boys was a slice of 90’s action awesomeness with Will Smith making his big screen debut in an evolution of the Lethal Weapon idea of miss matched cops.  It works because Bay was limited by budget.

4 – Showgirls
It’s terrible yet brilliant at the same time.  The over acting, the terrible script, THAT pool s-x scene. Showgirls is a joy to watch. 

3 – Con Air
Aaction film where there’s little action.  But man what a film.  A quotable script, an amazing cast and Nick Cage’s awesome hair.  One of THE best guilty pleasure films of the 90’s

2 – Cannonball Run
Burt Reynolds, some awesome cars and two of the Rat Pack reunited on screen, Cannonball Run is brilliantly enjoyable.  It’s terrible by most film making standards of course but it’s relentless fun wins you over.

1 – Top Gun
Come on was it going to be ANY other film. Top Gun is awesome.  The planes, the sound track, the camp, the cheese – it’s the bets of the 80’s. But look past that and you have a well crafted, expertly direction action film of the like we’ve never seen before.


One Sentence Reviews… Round 1

One Sentence Reviews… Round 1

Looking through my DVD collection there’s a raft of films that due to age, obscurity or general lack of point in doing so will never be reviewed here. So with that in mind let me introduce a semi-regular new feature.
The one sentence review. The MTV/McDonalds hamburger of reviews…
Round One

Watch two guys play whose penis is bigger in a homoerotic take of male bonding.

Oh my god Clooney Killed Batman. You bastard.

Enjoyable but as factually accurate as a Kosivan immigrant, who barely has idea where the UK is, explaining the history of our royal family to an alien in Spanish.

Like Cannonball Run. Just with added Sinatara.

The usual Bruckheimer… but without the action.

Reynolds. Voight. Rednecks. Canoes. Banjos. Anal rape.

A film made for women who have either been dumped or run out of batteries for their rampant rabbit.

He’s nobody. He’s famous. He’s drunk. He’s nobody. He’s dead.

(Thank you Dennis Leary!)

Flashdance with martial arts.