‘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…
The final part 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.
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
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!!!
1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars 1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien
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
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
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
2011 – Hugo 2012 – Skyfall 2013 – Rush 2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street 2015 – Whiplash 2016 – The Nice Guys
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
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out:Film Soundtrack Albums!
So to be clear here we are not talking actual film soundtracks but the released OST soundtrack albums that are related on iTunes and (in the old days) CD’s.
Close but no cigar:O Brother Where Art Thou?, Reservoir Dogs, Goodfellas, Fight Club, Saturday Night Fever, Drive, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Shooting Fish
5 – Trainspotting Danny Boyle’s stand out 90’s British film also delivered a stand out multi platinum selling soundtrack album. From Iggy Pop To Pulp, it was as eclectic as they come and, as most great OST’s should, it stood alone from the film. A perfect slice of 90’s British film.
4 – The Blues Brothers One of the best musicals delivers a stand out soundtrack with classic after classic performed by the charismatic Jake & Elwood. Add in Ray Charles, Cab Caloway, Aretha Franklin and James Brown and you have a perfect slice of Rhythm & Blues.
3 – Quadrophenia
One of my favourite albums of all time, Quadrophenia is a journey which stand alongside some of The Who’s best works as well as alongside some of the best concept albums of the 60’s & 70’s. It’s just brilliant.
2 – Pulp Fiction Tarantino delivers yet another standout soundtrack after the delights of Reservoir Dogs. It was an album that adorned the CD collection of almost ever 90’s student and even manages to transcend the film itself. Continuing his trend for catchy rarely heard tracks with equally catchy dialogue snippets, Pulp Fiction is a slice of a genius director at his best.
1 – Natural Born Killers Yup. Controversial for some but the Trent Reznor produced album for the Oliver Stone film is like an audio version the film itself, weaving in music, audio and sounds to deliver what is essential an audio play of the movie. From L7 to Dr Dre and almost everything in between it’s a pulse pounding concept album in it’s own right. Essential.
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….
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.
Part Three 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.
As revealed on Episode 136 of Filmsploitation: The All Things Film Podcast here are our Top 25 Films!
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It seems making the movie of the year (and guaranteed Oscar grabber) is as simple as mixing one part true life story with one part Aaron Sorkin and one Part David Fincher. These three things together (along with three genius central performances) make for what is truly a near perfect movie experience – funny, dramatic and shocking but never over long and never anything less that highly engaging. This years must see.
Best Bit: The Writing
Rent, Borror Or Buy: Buy
IMDB Rating: 9/10
If you liked this try:Fight Club (9/10); Panic Room (8/10); Studio 60 (8/10)