Phil’s Top 5… 21st Century’s most re-watchable films

Phil’s Top 5… 21st Century’s most re-watchable 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:  21st Century’s most re-watchable films

 

Close but no cigar: Ocean’s 11, The Avengers, The Bourne Ultimatum, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dredd

 

5 – The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
Okay a LITTLE cheat here but these films really do make one long film.  And man for near 12 hours of film that are incredibly re-watchable.

 

4 – Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone
The film that kicked it all off is still magical to this day.  From it’s charming cast to it’s often scary moments, this film set the tone for decades worth of films and merchandise that followed.

 

3 – Guardians of the Galaxy
By far Marvel’s most re-watchable film.  It’s funny, clever and charming whilst never forgetting what it is.

 

2 – Skyfall
Possible the best Bond film (at least on par with Goldfinger & License To Kill), Mendes does EVERYTHINg right here.

 

1 – The Dark Knight
Nolan’s second Batman film is quite simply the best film of the 20th century so far for me – a film that is so much more than just the excellent performance by Ledger.

 

 

 

 

 

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Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero Films of All Time

Avengers Week: The 25 Best… Superhero 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 Superhero Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: Batman Vs Superman, Thor Ragnarok, Mystery Men

 

 

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Tank Girl – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Tank Girl – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Tank Girl is a hot mess.  And the film is pretty chaotic also.  Considered a flop in it’s day (it didn’t do good business and reviews were luke warm to say the least) I always held an odd affection for this slice of 90’s insanity.  Watching it again some 20+ years later it’s still a mess but a damn fun one.  Mixing animation comic cells, OTT performances, LSD induced imagination with a limited budget the film throws everything at the screen it can and thankfully, due to a mix of great character and a spirited performance by Lori Petty, it ‘s never less than fun.  Yes it’s flawed with a weak script and a studio pulling the film back but actually it’s well worth another look.

Best Bit: The musical number

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: V For Vendetta, Iron Man, Dredd

Annihilation – A Quick Capsule Review

Annihilation – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’m an hour and thirty minutes into Annihilation and I’m starting to wish I too had a phosphorus grenade (all will make sense if you bother to watch it).  It’s all got rather dull.  And pretentious.  Not to say it wasn’t to start but it’s got a lot worse a lot quickly. Five minutes later a character has just exploded and the film has turned into  a conceptual student music video featuring Gort.  Considering Alex Garland made Dredd, 28 Days Later and Ex Machina I’d expected more from this.  Then when you remember Paramount dumped it onto Netflix… well you can kinda see their point. This would have been a massive bomb.  It’s not as cerebral as it thinks, and kinda steps on the ground that Arrival did better a few years back and, ultimately, is pretty pointless.

Best Bit: For humour sakes the lighthouse had me crying

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream as it’s free

If You Liked this Try: Ex Machina, Arrival, Dredd

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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Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

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: Best Movie Flops.

Yup those films that despite the fact nobody went to the cinema to support them were actually really damn good.   And remember a film needs to make at least 2-3 times it’s budget to be considered a hit these days…

Close but no cigar: Hugo, Children OF Men, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Ed Wood, The Wizard Of Oz, Edge Of Tomorrow 

 

5 – Dredd (2012)
Worldwide takings of just $36 million USD on a production budget of $45 million made Dredd a huge bomb.  Yet the critics loved it, everyone that saw it loved it. It’s a bloody great film.

 

4 – Blade Runner (1982)
With initial takings of under $10 million, studio edits and footage from The Shinning inserted, Blade Runner was poorly handled on it’s initial release.  But it grew and a cult of fans with it which saw more definitive versions and a much belated upcoming sequel.

 

3 – Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
One of my favourite films ever (and one of the best of the 80’s) this barking made comedy action mish-mash made just $11.1m in the US on its $25m budget. Yet it’s brilliant.  Shame on you all.

 

2 – Serenity (2005)
The Fans demanded it. Everyone demanded it.  Everyone wants dates movie sequel to the cult hit Firefly.  Then no one turned up.  The series was officially dead.  $39 Million USD budget with takings of just $38 million USD.

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Took just $16 million USD of a $35million USD budget on it’s initial run. Now heralded as one of the heartiest modern films ever made.  Sometimes even the best films are growers…

 

 

 

Blog: Ex Machina – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Ex Machina – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ex Machina is a film that isn’t as clever as it thinks it is.  Which is a shame because with some simply stunning effects and three strong central performances, a LITTLE more work on the story to stop it falling into a relatively obvious ending would have elevated this from just good to great.  That’s not to say there isn’t a lot to enjoy here… there is.  Garland once again proves to be one of the more interesting filmmakers out there and the pre Star Wars teaming of the male leads make you pray they get to share screen time a plenty come December. So certainly one to see but there are better films out there.

Best Bit: Ava’s FX

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later, Dredd, Chappie

 

Author: Phil Hobden