Podcast: The Education Of Josh… The Blues Brothers (1980)

Podcast: The Education Of Josh… The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Josh has seen loads of films. Mostly Disney. Phil has seen loads of films that Josh should have seen but hasn’t. Join Phil as he takes Josh through an education in movies – Film by Film.  This episode Phil educates Josh on: The Blues Brothers (1980)

Films Discussed:The Blues Brothers, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Empire Records, We’re The Millers

Hosted Phil Hobden (Ross And Phil Talk Movies) and Josh Morris (The Smoking Lamb)

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Podcast: The Education Of Josh… Empire Records (1995)

Podcast: The Education Of Josh… Empire Records (1995)

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Josh has seen loads of films. Mostly Disney. Phil has seen loads of films that Josh should have seen but hasn’t. Join Phil as he takes Josh through an education in movies – Film by Film.  This episode Phil educates Josh on: Empire Records (1995)

Films Discussed: Empire Records, Everybody Wants Some, The Breakfast Club, Dazed & Confused 

Hosted Phil Hobden (Ross And Phil Talk Movies) and Josh Morris (The Smoking Lamb)

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Podcast: The Education Of Josh… Coming Soon! (Preview!)

Podcast: The Education Of Josh… Coming Soon! (Preview!)

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Josh has seen loads of films. Mostly Disney. Phil has seen loads of films that Josh should have seen but hasn’t. Join Phil as he takes Josh through an education in movies – Film by Film.  Season 1 of The Education of Josh starts 14th September as Phil educates Josh on… EMPIRE RECORDS

Hosted Phil Hobden (Ross And Phil Talk Movies) and Josh Morris (The Smoking Lamb)

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Phil’s Top 5… Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated! 

Phil’s Top 5… Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated! 

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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: Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated!

 

Close but no cigar: Empire Records, Vertigo, War of the Worlds, Rise Of The Footsoldier, A FistFul Of Dollars

 

5 -The Greatest Showman
Critical favourite Mark Kermode said of this film: “Not One memorable song”.  Well it now has a multi-selling album, hude box office takings and legs to run and run.

 

4 – Man On Fire
Critics didn’t take to this intense Denzel revenge film.  But Tony Scott delivered a film loved by fans and that still holds up well today.

 

3 – Night of the Living Dead 
Written off on it’s original run, Night changed teh face of horror forever and was one of the most influential films of it’s era.

 

2 – Fight Club
Yup Fight Club was murdered by critics but it’s legacy still endures all these years later.  One of Fincher’s best. 

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption
Critics didn’t get Darabont’s epic prison film but the audience did and soon the critics reevaluated the film that many consider to be one of the greatest ever made.

  

 

 

 

 

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Rex Manning Day: Empire Records – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Rex Manning Day: Empire Records – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s (Not So) Quick Capsule Review:  Empire Records was a massive bomb on it’s original release.  Critically and commercially.  Roger Ebert hated it (that said he hated The Usual Suspects…), Variety labelled it as “Soundtrack in search for a movie”  and it grossed under £300k on it’s theatrical release.   Yet as the years go on so the cult around Empire Records continues to grow and grow.  From regular midnight screenings to the annual Rex Manning Day celebrations (8th April) more and more people have come around to the fact that Empire Records is, actually, pretty damn good.

The story, as such, is about an independent record store on the brink of a take over by a nasty big multi national chain called Music Town stuck with a eclectic team of broken teens and an ego manic musician reluctantly there to plug his new album.  In reality it’s coming of age story that kind of ends up being a 90’s Breakfast Club set in a Record Store rather than a detention.  But, like many a cult hit, this film is less about the story and more about the feels & the characters.  And that is something this film has in spades.

Backtrack.  I discovered Empire Records in a video shop in my home town of Lewes (Lewes Videos take a much deserved bow) thanks mostly to it’s excellent owner who had an ability to find little heard of classics and fill his shelves with them.  From 80’s actioners Action Jackson, Never To Young To Die and my love of Jackie Chan – without that shop I’d probably not be writing this review here.   See before the internet, before Facebook and Instagram a cult hit became a cult hit often from a knowledgeable video clerk pointing you in the direction of something a little special.  Yes the Tarantino stories of video shop life weren’t all exaggerations!  Sadly those days have now passed but I do wonder if this film came out now and had similar reception if it’s fandom would grow as much as it has or would it’s 30 score on Metacritic or sub 30% on Rotten Tomatoes consign it to some little seen Sky Movies channel at 4am in the morning?  

It was a film that initially felt ahead of it times whilst being a launch pad for the careers of at least 3 big stars (Zellweger, Tyler and Tunney).  And this is the key Empire Records continued success.  The cast are brilliant.   Be it Liv Tyler’s innocent but broken Harvard student Corey or Rene Zellweger’s s–ty Gina, Maxwell Caulfield egotist singer Rex Manning or Anthony LaPaglia heart of gold store manager Joe… Empire’s characters resonate hard. For sure it’s not the best acted or directed film of the 90’s. But it’s cast gave it heart and soul, making it relatable.

Oh and the soundtrack.  I’ve seen empire Records well over twenty times. But the soundtrack I’ve listened to hundreds.  And much like the films cast it’s full of oddballs, strangeness, 2nd tier hits and one hit wonders it’s soundtrack delivers an eclectic mix from Coyote Shivers to Edwin Collins.  Look beyond the official soundtrack album to Spotify playlists that have been created with music that didn’t make it to the CD and you’ll find even more quirky tracks covering Gwar, Dire Straights and many more.


I have to admit part of the original appeal for me was Liv Tyler.  Empire was Tyler’s third film (after the very good Heavy and the little seen Silent Fall) but I’m pretty sure I caught it after seeing her in Stealing beauty (a wonderful film in itself). I had a major crush so anything with Tyler in was a draw for me.  She still remains a very underrated actress, with film appearances fleeting after the early successes.

No commentary for this film could pass without reference to the wonderful creation that is Rex Manning.  Part Hoff part every one hit wonder clinging to his heyday singer that’s ever been, former teen star Maxwell Caulfield who himself has something of a high and low filled career (see the critically hated Grease 2) delivers a note perfect slimeball performance backed up by the so bad it’s brilliant ‘Say No More Mon Amour’ track.

Don’t get me wrong the film has flaws.  It’s random to the point of being totally undisciplined, certain characters (Mark) seem like they are in a different film and it’s no surprise that few of the male cast broke big down the line.  BUT no work of art, no movie is perfect and it’s flaws just make it that bit more real.

Even thought Empire Records flopped on it’s release, in the 20 plus years that have followed it’s cult has grown enough for it to get some much needed love back from the rights holders. A ‘Fan Edit’ a few years back was released  (I’m not a massive fan as it kills the pacing and makes certain sections drag longer than they should) and a US Region A BluRay Release.  Outside the official stuff, there’s Etsy shops galore with pins, name badges and posters and Rex Manning Day has become a thing.  No really. 

Empire Records was of it’s time.  And like many films I hold dear from my formative years, it’s one that stuck with me.  I’ve never shown it to anyone that didn’t love it.  I embrace it’s flaws.  I love it’s quirkiness and like Warren I too deep down just wanted Joe to give me a job.

Damn the man, Save The Empire! 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Happy Rex Manning Day!

Happy Rex Manning Day!

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“We mustn’t dwell. No, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning day!” -Mark (Ethan Embry)

April 8th is a big day for Empire Records enthusiasts as it’s been deemed Rex Manning Day.  And thus we celebrate that day every year at Phil’s Quick capsule Review.

From TIME magazine:
“Rex Manning was the fictional pop star in the 1995 movie Empire Records. On April 8, “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy” Manning has a scheduled appearance at a struggling independent record store that the staff (which includes Renee Zellweger and Liv Tyler) is desperately trying to save from turning into corporate chain.

While the film flopped, making a mere quarter million dollars during its two-week theatrical run, it quickly became a cult classic — and the fake-tanned Rex Manning became an icon.”

“Who knows where thoughts come from. They just appear.”Joe

 

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The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

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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 1990’s

The close but no cigar Films: Apollo 13, Fight Club, Schindler’s List, Speed, The Usual Suspects, Dumb and Dumber, The Silence Of The Lambs, Waynes World, Empire Records, In the Line Of Fire, JKF

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

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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: 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

 

 

Guest Podcasting – Phil Features On Smoking Lamb #61!

Guest Podcasting – Phil Features On Smoking Lamb #61!

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This week Phil from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review and former host of Filmsploitation & The All Things Film Podcast returns to Movie podcasts to guest star on episode #61 of The Smoking Lamb podcast, to review Spider-Man: Homecoming, talk about The 5 best Underdog Movies, discuss the latest film news and debate superhero films…

Featuring regular hosts Mike Parkin, Josh Morris & Steven Lockeridge.

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Convenience – A Quick Capsule Review

Convenience – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Convenience is a dull film.  It tried hard but ends up being a really watered down British version of Clerks without the fun script, memorable cast and quotable moments.  It’s a shame as the cast try hard but with out the script underneath them there’s not much they can do.  A missed opportunity.

Best Bit: It’s another robbery! 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Clerks, Clerks 2, Empire Records

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Author: Phil Hobden