12 Strong – A Quick Capsule Review

12 Strong – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
12 Strong is actually far better than I expected.  Set against the back drop of 9/11 and based on a true story, 12 Strong is a solid action war film charting the heroics of a mostly unacknowledged (at least at the time) team of special forces soldiers who were the first into Taliban controlled Afghanistan.  It’s action packed, full of over acting and the script could do with a refinement but it’s entertaining and never dull.  Recommended.

Best Bit: Charge!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker, Lone Survivor

The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

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In our continuing regular feature, 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 a particular genre… 

This time out: The Best Action Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: The Bourne Supremacy, Men of War, Speed, Captain America: Winter Solider, Fast Five, Hardboiled, Inception, Battle Royale, Speed, The Book Of Eli

 

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My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

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A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. (Yes ’86 and ’84 was impossible to split!)

… And yes a few do differ from my Annual ‘Film of The Year’.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!!

The 70’s

1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Ghostbusters/ Gremlins
1985 – The Goonies

1986 – Aliens/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/ Top Gun
1987 – The Lost Boys

1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Tango & Cash

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – Terminator 2 Judgement Day
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Heat
1996 – Trainspotting
1997 – Con Air
1998 – Lock Stock & Two Smoking barells
1999 – Fight Club

The 2000’s 

2000 – Snatch
2001 – Black Hawk Down
2002 – 28 days Later
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Serenity

2006 – Children of Men
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum

2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Slumdog Millonaire
2010 – The Social Network

The 10’s 

2011 – Hugo
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Rush
2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash
2016 – The Nice Guys

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Editor – Phil’s Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Top 5… War Movies

Phil’s Top 5… War Movies

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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: 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.

 

Phil’s Top 5… Ridley Scott Films

Phil’s Top 5… Ridley Scott Films

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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: To celebrate (hopefully) the release of Alien Covenant I present my top 5 Ridley Scott films.

 

Close but no cigar: Legend, Black Rain, Thelma & Louise

 

5 – The Martian
After years of sub-par films, Scott returns with this tense, funny and expertly directed film.

4 – Gladiator
Russell Crowe’s defining role, an epic sword and sandals blood spurting classic. 

 

3 – Blade Runner
Blade Runner is much loved and with a sequel incoming, it’s time to revisit this real one off.

 

2 – Black Hawk Down
Raw, brutal and unrelenting – Black Hawk Down is one of the best modern war films.

 

1 – Alien
A classic genre defining film, Alien is simply one of the best horror science fiction films ever made and still today holds up well.

 

 

 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi – A Quick Capsule Review

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Michael Bay in good film shocker!  Yes after far too many years raping our eyeballs and sensibilities with increasingly poor Transformers movies, Bay goes back to what he was actually pretty good at – men with guns – and in the process delivers a good military thriller full of exciting action and taut human drama.  Don’t get me wrong this isn’t going to break any creative landmarks or set a new bar for anything BUT it shows that when given a good script and a tight budget Bay can still deliver the goods.  Up next?  Sadly more Transformers… sigh.

Best Bit: Defending the base

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Black Hawk Down, Kajaki, Act Of Valour

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Author: Phil Hobden

Eye In The Sky – A Quick Capsule Review

Eye In The Sky – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
One of Alan Rickman’s last films, Eye In The Sky is a fitting tribute to one of the best actors of this generation.  His cold, stoic and levelled performance opposite and equally brilliant Helen Mirran sits at the heart of this tense morality play about drone usage in modern warfare.  And for a film with a handful of locations, minimal directorial flash and heavy on dialogue,  it’s those performances that makes or breaks a movie.  Okay so occasionally it borders on parody with the politicians, but it;’s a small issue in what is a very good film.

Best Bit: Rickman one last time.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 13 Hours, Black Hawk Down, Good Kill

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: The Martian – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Martian – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
And enter what is by far one of the best films of 2015.  From it’s powering central performance by Matt Damon to the tough script and expert direction, The Martian is a joy.  It’s also one of the funniest films of the year (yet still not the comedy the Globes claim!) and shows after years of missteps that, with ether right past and script, Ridley Scott Can still make a damn good film. All in all this is a must see.

Best Bit: Potatoes! 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Black Hawk Down, Moon, Enemy Mine

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Good Kill – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Good Kill – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Good Kill simply put is the film American Sniper SHOULD have been. Expertly exploring the issues around modern day distance warfare and how the rules of engagement effect those doing tend dirty work the film is lead by a recent career best performance from Ethan Hawke and some taught direction from Andrew Niccol which never once strays into the obvious.  Overall if you hd to pick between this as Eastwood’s film this wins by a mile.

Best Bit: Justice

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: American Sniper, Lone Survivor, Black Hawk Down

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Kajaki – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Kajaki – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Powerful, tense and more of of the seat that ANY horror film I’ve seen in a long time, Kajaki is one of the best films I’ve seen in 2015 and certainly one of the best British films I’ve seen in a long time.  Showing what can be done with a good story, great performances and taught direction Kajaki had my pulse racing.  This is simply a must see film, made even more important as a retelling of actual, life changing events that took place at Kajaki Dam in 2006.  Stunning.

Best Bit: So tense.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Animals, Black Hawk Down, 71

 

Author: Phil Hobden