Den Of Thieves (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Den Of Thieves (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Imagine if Heat was remade by a lesser director with a ‘D’ level cast and mixed in with TV’s The Shield and The Usual Suspects… well you’d get Den of Thieves.  Add a slice of Gerard Butler giving full on Gerard Butler and you have a film that is oddly more than the sum of it’s parts.  Just.  Look there’s nothing original or new here, everything is old hat and been done before.  BUT it’s fun and ultimately that’s what popcorn cinema is all about.  Having fun.  So check the brain, grab a beer and enjoy this slice if enjoyable rubbish.

Best Bit: Gerard Butler being good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Heat, The Shield, The Usual Suspects 

 

 

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The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

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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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)

Best... Other Cr*p

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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Editor – Phil’s Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

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: 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

 

 

Sleepless – A Quick Capsule Review

Sleepless – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
When a film wants so hard to be Heat or Training Day but ends up just being an aching mess of loud music and headaches.  Yes welcome to Sleepless, a total waste of talent and idea delivered with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the balls by a WWE wrestler.  A remake of a fair superior French film Sleepless Night, the story is delivered through a pass so pointless relentless you feel like you;ve been shouted at for 2 hours.  There are far better films out there.  In fact almost everything that’s been released this year.  One to miss.

Best Bit: When I turned it off

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Sleepless Night, Heat, Training Day

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Blackhat – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Blackhat – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Back in January in our preview of 2015 I picked BLACKHAT to be one of my most anticipated films of the year.  I was rather wrong. It’s terrible. Yes terrible.  Which is somewhat of a strong statement to make about a Michael Mann film.  Why – well mostly it’s just boring, add in a terrible script, some stilted acting and some oddly distant direction it turns out to be such a misfire from what is one of my favourite directors, who now hasn’t officially made a great film since the 90’s (Heat) or a good film since Miami Vice (yes I know I’m in a crowd of one or two here).  There’s next to nothing to recommend here.

Best Bit: The shoot outs. 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid, sadly

If You Liked this Try: Heat, Miami Vice, Sneakers 

 

Author: Phil Hobden