‘Phil’s Quick Capsule Review’ (a nod to legendary comedian Bill Hicks who coined the phrase when he reviewed ‘Piece Of Shit’ movie Basic Instinct)… where a perfect 10 is rarer than a rain free British summer!
Written by Phil Hobden – UK based podcaster, writer and former filmmaker. Part of the All Things Film network…
Part two of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Frustratingly there is an amazing hard boiled British noir in City of Tiny Lights busting to get out and up until the ending it almost pulls it off. Almost. It’s not the cast (well not Ahmed at least who is excellent) or the cinematography which drips of Neon lights and hardboiled locations. It’s not even the script (although the disappearing voice over is odd) which does a workman like job. It’s just that all these elements never quite come together to be greater than the sum of its parts.
Best Bit: Hardboiled voice over
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Double Indemnity, Free Fire, Chinatown
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 5 Favourite Films of ALL Time!
Close but no cigar: Star Wars, Goonies, Die Hard, Cannonball Run, Godfather part 2, Double Indemnity, The Great Escape, Pulp Fiction
5 – Point Break Simply put one of the best pure action films of all time, Point Break does EVERYTHING right from it’s tight direction, superb central performances and groundbreaking action sequences. Today it holds up as though it was released yesterday and how can you argue with a film that has half the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in it?
4 – Aliens The sentry guns. Hicks. Hudson. The loader. The proximity alerts. Aliens. LOTs of Aliens. Aliens is just as near perfect as a movie can be and still today is a thrill ride few have topped.
3 – Empire Strikes Back Star Wars at it’s best. No scrub that science fiction at it’s best. Simples.
2 – Top Gun Everyone has one. A film they put in their top ten few others would dare. Yes for me that’s Top Gun. Look I know right? Everything you are going to say against it. BUT for me, growing up, this film was perfect and the soundtrack still plays in my car today. Perfect through imperfections.
1 – Goodfellas Scorsese delivers what is THE best Gangster/Mob film ever made with an Oscar winning performance from Joe Pesci, a career best from Ray Liotta and a film that was so good the Oscars ignored it and gave the direction statue to Kevin Costner (a sign of true greatness). Steadycams, Stones and drugs. Goodfellas is perfect.
Part Two of our run down of Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from All Things Film, Filmsploitation and the Filmsploitation Facebook group.