Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Reservoir Dogs (1992)  – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Reservoir Dogs (1992) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Reservoir Dogs is an essential film.  It marks the debut of Quentin Tarantino of course but it’s also the template for how to take a small amount of money and deliver what was a landmark, career defining movie.  It’s raw, in your face and smart both using the cliches of the genre and defining new ones that would spawn a million copy cats for years to come.  What’s surprising is just HOW well the film holds up all these years later.  Its power & its energy drives you from one scene to the next leaving you breathless, all wrapped around some brutal violence and THAT dialogue.   Reservoir Dogs remains one of Tarantino’s best films and one of the best films of the 90’s.

Best Bit: Stuck In The Middle…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight 

 


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Point Blank (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Point Blank (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Another day, another poorly reviews and received Netflix ‘original’.  This time out is a remake of the 2010 French film of the same name starring Marvel’s own Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie. And nope it doesn’t suck as much or as bad as the critics will have you think.  In fact it’s a pretty easy to watch, ultimately forgettable romp that ticks all the usual hardboiled crime film cliches almost as if it’s working from a tick list.  What makes the film work is the paring of Grillo and Mackie who both have buckets of charisma.  So it’s a decent way to pass an evening. Nothing more or less.

Best Bit: Always Frank Grillo

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: À Bout Portant, Payback, Man On fire

 


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The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The film that (rightly or wrongly) finally won Scorsese his best Director Oscar, The Departed is a top notch crime drama that delivers a more star driven, flashier version of Infernal Affairs. Is it better? That’s for you to decide I guess but for me it is – the more mainstream tappings and a stellar set of central performances combined with Scorsese trademark violence, music and visual tickets help the film fly through its occasionally baggy run time.  Yup he should have won for Goodfellas but The Departed was certainly one of Scorsese’s best movies of that period.

Best Bit: Scorsese + Stones = Perfection

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, Infernal Affairs, Copland

 


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Monsters And Men (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Monsters And Men (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Monsters And Men is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green that is well-acted and visually stylish but falls short of it’s expectations for itself with a narrative that doesn’t quite gel and a story of corruption and street life that we’ve seen before.  It’s a shame as all the elements here work on their own – the script is realistic, the acting solid and the direction slick but sadly it doesn’t come together as well as you want it.  That said it’s far from bad and the idea smart enough to just about hold your attention.

Best Bit: The shooting

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Boyz In The Hood, Kidulthood, City of God

 


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White Boy Rick (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

White Boy Rick (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
White Boy Rick is based on a true story of a drug dealing gun totting 15 year old, dragged deep into a world of crime by the FBI.  It’s solid stuff – with Matthew McConaughey delivering yet another strong performance.  But for all it’s grit and dirt it’s the very workman like delivery that lets the film down.  In more solid hands this could have been a really interesting film but as it is it’s more diverting than essential.

Best Bit: Getting close with the girl

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Black Mass, American Gangster, New Jack City

 


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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bad Times at the El Royale takes me back to the 90’s.  The split narrative, title cards, cool retro vibe… it’s what back in the day would have been branded as a Wanna Be Tarantino film (it even has a Briefcase style McGuffin in the cine film canister). Years down the line a bit ‘Tarantino’ has become a byword for a film that feels long and a touch bloated.  Which I guess probably fits even better… yup Bad Times is cool, yup bad Times has some great ideas and yup Bad Times is well acted but Bat Times is also too long, a bit too meandering and, ultimately, a really simple narrative that could have easily been 40 minutes shorter.  So fun often but not always, essential no.  So like most recent Tarantino into films then…

Best Bit: The room rescue

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Hateful Eight, Reservoir Dogs, Things To Do In Denver When You Are Dead

 


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Detainment (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

Detainment (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Detainment, a true story based on the actual interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger murder case, is a hard watch.  In a story that should contain no shades of grey, Detainment gives a voice to the young killers that details the events that changed parenting for many for ever.  In short it creates those shades of grey you probably never wanted to think about.  It’s shocking for sure – to hear details of what was done to the two year old James and the film certainly has a view on which killer led the events.  It’s well acted, well directed and a worthy Oscar nominated short film.

Best Bit: The boys performances

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Serial, Making A Murderer, The Staircase

 


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The Old Man & The Gun (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Old Man & The Gun (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Old Man & the Gun tells a fascinating story… just not in a fascinating way.  It’s not like the cast don’t deliver – they do and are by far the best thing about the film.  But the direction and pace are so slow that even for a lean ninety minute run time the film feels slow.  Redford is fun and for sure enjoying the (mostly) true life story of Forrest Tucker but there needed to be much more to this to make it essential.

Best Bit: Redford

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Mule, White Boy Rick, A Simple Plan 

 


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Dragged Across Concrete (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dragged Across Concrete (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dragged Across Concrete is a long film.  Far longer than a crime genre movie really should be.  Thing is thought it almost works… the slow pace, the drawn out scenes, the long minutes of little happening… it all adds to the atmosphere the film sets out to create.  It’s a brave and confident move by the director. But at its heart is yet another hard boiled grizzled performance by Mel Gibson – who must now corner the market on this kinda thing- that really helps the film stick.  It’s not PC to say it but I’ve been enjoying Gibson’s come back over the past 5 years and here he even manages to force Vince Vaughn to step it up.  So over all Dragged Across Concrete is enjoyable but be prepared to spend almost 3 hours in it’s company.

Best Bit: The robbery

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Blood Father, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Daddy’s Home 2

 


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King of Thieves (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

King of Thieves (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
King of Thieves is a crushing bore.  Yup you read that right.  Boring.  It’s not the fault of the mostly entertaining cast, they were obviously as bored as I was.  Nope the fault here lies firmly with the direction of James Marsh who can’t decide if this is a serious real life crime drama (it is) or a knock about old timers Oceans 11.  From Soderbergh Oceans style music to a script littered with F-bombs King of Thieves does everything it can from actually trying to be a good film. And don’t get me wrong – this is my wheel house here.  I love crime & heist movies but King of Thieves is so plodding. so pedestrian and so laboured it could have easily been a cheap LifeTime TV drama.  Michael Caine does good but other than that this is a big fat miss.

Best Bit: Michael Caine

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Oceans 11, Inside Man, The Italian Job 

 


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