Black Hawk Down (2001) – A Quick Capsule Review

Black Hawk Down (2001) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Rewatching Black Hawk Down it still remains a truly stand out Ridley Scott movie.  It’s a film that combines an amazing cast (Piven! Hartnett! Bloom! McGreggor! Fichtner! Sizemore! Bana!) with a punishing narrative, loud bloody war action and a heart pounding true story of heroism. It’s over the top, in your face and brutal.  But it also tells one hell of a story.  Beautifully shot, expertly edited… modern war movies don’t get much better than this.

Best Bit:Little Birds & Mini Guns!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Crimson Tide, Lone Survivor, 12 Strong

 


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Hunter Killer (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Hunter Killer (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review Uncategorized

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hunter Killer is a whole bundle of dumb.  It’s also (for the most part) a whole bundle of fun as well. Yup you won’t learn anything new, and for sure no new ground was broken here (it also sports some of the naffist CGI you’ve seen since the 90’s)  but it’s a fun, silly ride…  even if the run time is more than a touch too long.   Look it’s a direct to DVD film that crept into the cinema and you’ll forget it almost immediately but this is yet another greta Butler beer and curry movie!

Best Bit: The fact Butler keeps a straight face

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, Crimson Tide

 


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Podcast: Ross and Phil Talk… Our Worst Films of 2018 (so far)

Podcast: Ross and Phil Talk… Our Worst Films of 2018 (so far)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we break down our least favourite films of 2018 so far. Trigger warning – lots of talk about Netflix.  And Tony Scott films.

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

Films Discussed: The Fan, Crimson Tide, Top Gun, Cobra Kai, The Karate Kid, Kickboxer Retaliation, Bright, Mother, Mute, The Meg, Left for Dead, Renegades, Peter Rabbit, Death Wish, Hellraiser: Judgement, Day Of The Dead : Bloodline, Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters Part 1, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, All The Money In The World, The Commuter, Annihilation, The Cloverfield Paradox, Deep Rising 2, Red Sparrow

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For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk
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Phil’s Top 5… Actors No Longer With Us

Phil’s Top 5… Actors No Longer With Us

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: Actors we missed who have passed away.

 

Close but no cigar: Paul Walker, Heath Ledger, Pete Postlethwaite, Dennis Farina

 

5 – JT Walsh
A mainstay of early 90’s films and TV, Walsh was the very much the archetypal a character actor who could play both good and bad.  Standout role – Breakdown with Kurt Russell.

 

4 – John Candy
Candy starred in some of the funniest films of the 80’s.  He was a comedy mainstay and even in a bad film would stand out as one of the best things in it.  His films still hold up all these years later.  Stand out role – Planes, Trains & Automobiles

 

3 – James Gandolfini
From early Tony Scott films like True Romance to later roles in Crimson Tide, Gandolfini was a powerful and memorable screen presence.  And then came one of teh geratest TV shows ever – The Sopranos and he would forever be etched into pop culture. . Stand out role –  The Sopranos, obviously. 

 

2 – Robin Williams
From genius (Good Morning Vietnam) to grating (Patch Adams), Robin Williams had massive hits and bigger misses.  But as a comedian & actor he was near unmatched.  A true genre icon. Stand out role – Dead Poets Society

 

1 – Alan Rickman
Best remembered for Snape in Harry Potter, we all first saw him as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.  Rickman’s passing was sudden and unexpected but he left behind one hell of a legacy. Stand out role – Die Hard

 

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Years for 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: The Best 5 Years for Movies… Ever!

 

Close but no cigar: 1982 (Blade Runner, The Thing, E.T, Tron, Rambo, Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior ), 1989 (Batman, Back To The Future Part 2, Dead Poet’s Society, Parenthood), 1974 (The Godfather part 2, Chinatown, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blazing Saddles), 1979 (Alien, Rocky 2, Max Max, The warriors)

 

5 – 1999
The Matrix, Fight Club, American Beauty, Toy story 2, American Beauty, The Blair Witch project

 

4 – 1987
Robocop, Wall Street, The Princess Bride, Full metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, Predator, Raising Arizona

 

3 – 1994
Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Four Weddings & A Funeral, True Lies, Speed, Natural Born Killers, Clerks, The Crow, Leon

 

2 – 1995
Casino, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, Heat, Leaving as Vegas, The Usual Suspects, Die hard: With A Vengeance, Goldeneye, Empire Records, Toy Story. Twelve Monkeys

 

1 – 1984
Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Terminator, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Police Academy, Cannonball Run 2

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Tony Scott Films

Phil’s Top 5… Tony Scott 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: Tony Scott films.

Close but no cigar: The Hunger, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Unstoppable, Enemy of The State

 

5 – Crimson Tide
When Tony Scott did a Ridley Scott film.  Crimson Tide, with a script polished by Tarantino and a tour de-force showdown between Washington and Hackman, is a much underrated film.  Add in Scott regular Gandolfini and you have one of the best action thrillers of the decade.

4 – Man On Fire
From a career best performance by newcomer Dakota Fanning to a new hard edge action man Denzel Washington, Man Of fire is Commando for grown ups.  Super violent, a great script and pin sharp direction.

3 – The Last Boy Scout
A sharp Shane Black script, Bruce Willis on top form and the trademark moody visuals and uber violence, The Last Boy Scout gets better every time I watch it.

2 – Top Gun
Okay not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but Top Gun defined my youth.  It still has one of the definitive film soundtracks, the aerial combat scenes are unmatched years on and it’s an adrenaline ride of style over substance.  

1 – True Romance
Simply put THE best Tarantino script and possibly one of best films Tarantino has been involved in (yes I probably do rate this above almost all his films).  Tony Scott brings style, a grade A cast and a great soundtrack to the uber violent love film.