The Running Man (1987) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Running Man (1987) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Running Man is actually a really fun film.  And oddly prescient all things considered.    Yup it’s aged and the budget isn’t as big as the ideas but there’s a heck of a lot to like here and it holds up really well.  Years before bIg Brother and Gladiators, Running Man did them both.  Violent, silly, action packed and full of one liners it’s 80’s sci-fi and action films are it’s purest.  It’s also a pretty decent Stephen King adaptation!

Best Bit: Arnie in full on Arnie mode.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Raw Deal, Commando, Predator 

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Quentin Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Part 1)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Quentin Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Part 1)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the upcoming release of Tarantino’s latest Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, reflecting back across his 8 (!!!) other films so far.  We also chat about one of this years’ biggest surprises… Booksmart.

Part 2 due after the UK release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (with the Ross And Phil Talk… Quentin Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: The Whole Bloody Affair following soon after!)

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Booksmart, Kill Bill, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Grindhouse, Inglourious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, License To Kill, Skyfall, A View To A Kill, Commando, Goodfellas, True Romance, Tony Scott

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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The Expendables 3 (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Expendables 3 (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’ve not been the biggest fan of the Expendables films.  The first had a great concept but fell short and the second, whilst fun, was pretty forgettable.  So it really was with limited expectations that I arrived at Expendables 3.  And you know what?  Not only is it the best of the three films, it’s also one of the better films of 2014. Fun, funny (with some amazing one liners and call backs to classic action films from the cast) with top notch action scenes and a cast at the top of their game (not least a resurgent Mel Gibson & Wesley Snipes).  In short: Great fun.

Best Bit: The finale

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Expendables, Expendables 2, Commando

 


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Vengeance (2018): Review by Matt Duddy

Vengeance (2018): Review by Matt Duddy

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Former WWE superstar wrestler Stu Bennett stars as John Gold, an ex-soldier turned mercenary who arrives in the sleepy countryside village of Devotion to investigate the brutal murder of his friend and former colleague. All is not as it seems as the sleepy village seems to have a surprisingly large military presence, so with the help of local girl Sandra (Anna Shaffer) and a scene stealing Sebastian Knapp (drug dealer Keith) Gold must track down the killers and deliver his own special brand of vengeance.

Vengeance is a formulaic by the numbers revenge film (the title kinda gives that away). Sure it has a few clunky scenes, especially an establishing scene featuring Gold rescuing a kidnapped girl and a couple of dodgy CGI muzzle flashes and explosions but what it does have is a well-executed story with some interesting bit characters, Stu Bennett showing why he is one to watch, decent fight choreography and set pieces and Gary Daniels giving the best bat shit crazy performance  since Vernon Wells (they even share the same moustache!)

There are further nods to Schwarzenegger’s Commando, from the now stock shots of our hero tooling up for battle, cheesy one liners once a villain has been despatched to Anna Shaffer’s  brilliant channelling of Rae Dawn Chong.

With filming underway on the sequel, Vengeance is setting itself up to be an action series that like its leading character is Pure Gold.

 

Review by Matt Duddy

 

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Vengeance with Bryan Larkin

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Vengeance with Bryan Larkin

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we (finally) talk about Ross’ action revenge thriller Vengeance that comes out in the UK on the 28th September, as we are joined by one of the films co-stars actor & martial artist Bryan Larkin (London has Fallen)

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Vengeance, Get Carter, Point Blank, Revenge, Commando, Deadpool, Walking Tall, Revenge Of The Ninja, You Were Never really Here, Taxi Driver

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For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)
For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

   

 

 


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The Equalizer – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Equalizer – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Equalizer is a film Tony Scott would have made if he’d still ben alive. In fact if anything it feels like a prequel to Man On Fire. If this sounds like a great idea, then this is very much for you.  A revenge film heavy on revenge, violence and creative ways to kill, this is Washington (and director Antoine Fuqua for that matter) on cruise mode. But he does ‘Cruise’ almost better than anyone and whilst he’s never stretched he’s certainly having fun.  And that’s never a bad thing.  In short: Bloody, violent if a bit over long.

Best Bit: Home depot finale

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Commando, Man On Fire, Harry Brown

 

Author: Phil Hobden

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The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

Best... Other Cr*p

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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Phil’s Top 5… 1985 Films!

Phil’s Top 5… 1985 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: Films from 1985.  Yup the golden years of movie.s

 

Close but no cigar: Enemy Mine, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, American  Ninja, Police Story

 

5 – Rambo: First Blood Part 2
Rambo is back and this time he’s unleashed in Vietnam, making a heroic return and on the look out for missing war veterans.  Chaotic, ridiculous action sequences and Stallone mumbling through ever scene follows.  It’s brilliant.

 

4 – Day Of The Dead
For me the Best of the original Romero trilogy.  With the dead now outnumbering the living and the remaining humans tearing each other apart you end up with most of the most claustrophobic and down beat horror films ever.  It’s not an easy watch but it’s a good one.

 

3 – Commando
One of Arnie’s most OTT entries (in a decade where OTT was the mantra), Commando is a joy to watch.  From self healing Porches to killer one liners, Commando is the action film of the 80’s.

 

2 – Back To The Future
Marty McFly, Doc Brown, The Delorian, 88 mph, the clock tower… the iconic images and moments just keep on coming.  Any other year back To the Future would have walked film of the year…

 

1 – The Goonies
… but this was the year of The Goonies, the Spielberg produced, Richard Donner directed epic that it just as perfect as an 80’s film could get.  Pirates, adventure, treasure, Giant octopuses (kinda) The Goonies has it all AND more. Epic.

 

 

The 25 Best… 80’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 80’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 80’s. 

The close but no cigar Films: An American Werewolf In London, Rambo First Blood Part 2, Full Metal Jacket, Rocky 4,  My Neighbour Totoro 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Arnie Films!

Phil’s Top 5… Arnie Films!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time: Top 5 Arnie Films

The Austrian Oak. The Govenator. Arnie. He was THE lynch pin of 80’s and early 90’s action films and constantly defied his critics but becoming one of the biggest box office stars ever.  He is, and remains, an institution.  Yup here are MY five favourite Arnie films.

Close But No Cigar: Terminator, The Running Man, Raw Deal


5. Predator

One of Arnie’s best 18 rated action films, Predator beings a touch of horror, a great support cast and probably one of cinemas great bad guys.


4. Commando

On every conceivable level Commando is terrible.  Yet Commando is also one of the best 80’s action films, with Arnie wiping out near nations of faceless bad guys to get back his Jenny.  Og and some of the best bullshit one liners ever…


3. True Lies

James Camerons last great film, True Lies took a French comedy film, added Arnie, some amazing action sequences and, er, Tom Arnold. Okay so it’s not ALL great but you’ve not watched a film until you see Arnie in a Harrier.


2. Total Recall

Get yourself to Mars indeed.  Based on a Philip K Kick story, this Paul Verhoeven (pre Showgirls) directed action sci-fi is a joy from start to finish with excellent performances (including the ledge that is Michael Ironside!)


1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

James Cameron’s epic sequel defines what a sequel can be as it successfully built on the narrative of the classic original whilst adding a compelling story, ground breaking FX and a good Edward Furlong performance.  No really.  Terminator 2: Judgement Day is essential.

 

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