Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

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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: Movie Trilogies

For most a sequel is an unwanted thing.  And rightly so, after all most can be let downs and for every Godfather 2 there is an Independence Day Resurrection.  However their are also some great sequels and in fact some great threequels out their. This week I take a look at the best movie trilogies (and no the Matrix is NOT included).



Close But No Cigar: Bourne Trilogy, The Indiana Jones Trilogy, Evil Dead, The Godfather Trilogy, Die Hard, Mad Max 


5. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring,The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

It’s no mean feat, adapting a multi-tome epic source novel over nearly 5 years with a cast and crew almostly permanently relocated to New Zealand by a director best known for low budget shlock films.  But man did Peter Jackson pull it off.  Epic does not even come CLOSE to describing the Rings trilogy (and the multiple endings of Return Of The King for that matter) but even now, over 10 years after it all finished, they still stand out as some of the best films of the last few decades.


4. Back To The Future Trilogy 

There may be technically better films out their for sure, but the story of Marty McFly which spans over a hundred years, is everything that is right with how blockbuster films should be.  It defined a career for Michael J Fox, allowed my fascination with Elisabeth Shue to continue and gave us the iconic Doc Brown.  “What the hell’s a gigawatt?”.  Indeed.


3. Aliens Trilogy (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3)

It’s a testament to just how good the first two films are that you almost ignore the fact that Part 3 is considered by most to be a disappointment. Thing is… it’s not. In fact Alien 3 is probably my second favourite of the whole trilogy (just under Aliens and just above Alien).    Okay yes I’m mad but still!  The key point here is just how good the first two films are, with both rating as best of their genre (Sci-fi and Sci-Fi Action).   And trust me… whilst it’s FX’s are dated, try alien 3 Directors cut again. You MAY be pleasantly surprised.


2. Toy Story

Toy Story not only defined a genre, it also redefined how animation was done for ever.  It’s groundbreaking and things would never be the same again.  Yet at it’s heart of every one of the films is a great story, expertly told and brilliantly voiced.  Pretty much perfect.


1. Star Wars (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi) 

The trilogy that defined my childhood, that ignited my love with film and that left me playing in my room with 3″ plastic toys for years to come.  Ageless (in it’s original form, not the horrid CGI remasters), this is epic storytelling, grandstanding action and odd plot twists at their best.  Iconic.





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Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Characters

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Characters

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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:  Star Wars Characters


Close but no cigar: Luke Skywalker, R2D2, Poe Dameron, Jabba The Hut, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ray


5 – Lando Calrissian
He lost a Falcon on a bet.  He runs cloud city. And he kinda betrayed our heroes. That SMALL point aside, Lando is Lando and proves in this universe there’s very few cases of people being one thing or another. 


4 – Princess Leia
She’s sassy, classy and handy with a blaster.  She’s also royalty, a great leader and one of the strongest female characters in sci-fi. 


3 – Darth Vader
The baddest dude in the galaxy, top notch pilot, leader of the Emperors forces and Luke’s dad.  


2 – Yoda
He talks odd, he’s small and he doesn’t do a great deal BUT Yoda is totally bad ass even before Attack Of The Clones tried to ruin him with stupid CGI. 


1 – Han Solo 
The uber rogue, shoots first EVERYTIME and answers a princess telling him that she loves him by saying “I know”.  One of the coolest film characters ever.



My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

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A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. (Yes ’86 and ’84 was impossible to split!)

… And yes a few do differ from my Annual ‘Film of The Year’.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!!

The 70’s

1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Ghostbusters/ Gremlins
1985 – The Goonies

1986 – Aliens/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/ Top Gun
1987 – The Lost Boys

1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Tango & Cash

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – Terminator 2 Judgement Day
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Heat
1996 – Trainspotting
1997 – Con Air
1998 – Lock Stock & Two Smoking barells
1999 – Fight Club

The 2000’s 

2000 – Snatch
2001 – Black Hawk Down
2002 – 28 days Later
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Serenity

2006 – Children of Men
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum

2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Slumdog Millonaire
2010 – The Social Network

The 10’s 

2011 – Hugo
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Rush
2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash
2016 – The Nice Guys

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Phil’s Top 5… Changes George Lucas Made To The Original Star Wars Trilogy

Phil’s Top 5… Changes George Lucas Made To The Original Star Wars Trilogy

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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: we take a look at the BEST changes George Lucas Made To The Original Star Wars Trilogy.  Yes there were some!


Close but no cigar: Storm Trooper Bumping His Head (Added Sound FX), Jabba The Hutt’s Door (MUCH Bigger), Biggs (an actual character this time)


5 – Cloud City – Empire Strikes Back
In the enhanced editions, Cloud City looks like a city with enhanced backgrounds, digital mattes and more.


4 – Lightsabers – A New Hope
Subtle changes yes but this gave the lighsabers more heft and brought them inline with the latter films.3 – The Galaxy celebrates – Return Of The Jedi


3 – The Galaxy celebrates – Return Of The Jedi
Whilst I always loved THAT song, the scene felt a little low key for what was the end of the Empire.  The new scenes give a much bigger feel of scope.


2 – Ian McDiarmid as The Emperor – Empire Strikes Back
The original Emperor looked less than impressive and using McDiarmid ties Empire in with the prequels and Return Of The Jedi.


1 – FX Enhancements
See the Jawa’s sand crawler in A New Hope, the removed Matt lines in Empire Strikes Back, the X-Wings in A New Hope… these subtle changes show us the BEST of the technology on offer and how it can help to improve older films.



Phil’s Top 5… Films of ALL Time!

Phil’s Top 5… Films of ALL Time!

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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: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.


Phil’s Top 5… Movie Twists (Major Spoilers! )

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Twists (Major Spoilers! )

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: Movie Twists!

BEWARE! Spoilers ahead! 

Close but no cigar: 
Sleepaway Camp (Penis), The Crying Game (Penis), Wild Things (What the hell?), Oldboy (She’s my WHAT?) ,The Sixth Sense (I see dead people), Arlington Road (It was a set up!), Friday 13th (Mrs Bates!), Empire Strikes Back (Dad!!!) , The Others (I see dead people) , From Dusk Till Dawn (Vampires!)


5 – Primal Fear
Similar in execution and tone to the Usual Suspects, Primal Fear plays heavily on the performance of Edward Norton.  And boy does he deliver.  Abused Choir boy to stone cold killer in one easy performance….

4 -Psycho  
So Mrs Bates was Norman dragged up all along? Audiences at the time couldn’t take this massive side swipe and even now it holds up as one of the best shock endings in film history.

3 – Fight Club
There was no Tyler.  He was Tyler all along.  Watch the film back and it does make sense but at the time few saw it coming.

2 – Usual Suspects
Keyser Soze was Kevin Spacey all along.  That walk away from the police station.   The limp making way to a confident stride. The reveal. Just perfect.

1 – The Planet of The Apes (1968)
They blew it up! Ah Damn you! God damn you all to hell.  Yup it was Earth all along.