Once Upon a Time in Venice (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon a Time in Venice (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Remember when Hudson Hawk was considered to be (wrongly) a low point of Bruce Willis’ career?  Those helicon days feel like a LONG time ago. Yup his most recent ‘effort’, the cleverly (!) entitled Once Upon a Time in Venice, is quite frankly total and utter garbage and not even the presence of the usually fun Jason Momoa can save things.  In fact Once Upon a Time in Venice is so bad I couldn’t last past the hour mark – with Willis giving one of the worst and laziest performances of his now ruined career.  Can anyone really remember the last time Bruce Willis was good in a film?  Nope me neither.  Even free on Netflix this is one to avoid like… well… a free Bruce Willis film you found on Netflix.

Best Bit: Momoa is fine

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Hudson Hawk, The Bonfire of the Vanities,  Color of Night 

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Underrated Films

Phil’s Top 5… Underrated Films

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: My Top 5 Underrated Films!

 

Close but no cigar: RocknRolla, Tank Girl, The Last Supper, The Brady Bunch Movie, T2 Trainspotting

 

5 – Layer Cake
Matthew Vaughn’s directorial debut is a stylish gangster thriller that retains some of the visuals of the Guy Richie films that inspired them but adds a dose of real life grit and depth.   Made Daniel Craig a star.


4 – Sunshine
Danny Boyle’s sci-fi feature was a flop on it’s release but rewatch it.  Go on.  It’s REALLY good.

 

3 – Children of Men
Children of Men is just brilliant.  A dark, brooding sci-fi thriller with stunning cinematography and exceptional direction.   Unlike any film of it’s era.

 

2 -Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Shane Black’s first directorial outing is brilliant fun featuring excellant off kilter  performances from Kilmer & Downey Jnr.

 

1 – Hudson Hawk
Considered to be the first of Willis big flops, Hudson Hawk is a mess.  It’s also great fun and hugely underrated. Yes it’s silly, yes it’s over the top BUT it’s also a film that you need to watch again.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Bruce Willis Films

Phil’s Top 5… Bruce Willis Films

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: Bruce Willis films

 

Close but no cigar: Hudson Hawk, Die Hard 2, The Sixth sense, Die Hard With A Vengeance

5 – The Fifth Element
Mad, silly and OTT for sure, but The Fifth Element still remains Luc Besson’s second best English language film and one of Bruce Willis’ best films.

 

4 – 12 Monkeys
The marketing may have had this all about Brad Pitt, but Willis turns in a heartbreaking central performance.  The film still holds up and remains for me one of Gilliam’s greatest works.  Mon-KEY indeed.

 

3 – Pulp Fiction
A classic on every level, Willis plays ex-boxer Butch and like most of Willis’ best characters he’s another done of his luck I need to a break hard boiled kinda guy. Willis shines even in a film with so many memorable performances.

 

2 – The Last Boy Scout
Tony Scott & Shane Black teamed up to make a film everyone hated at the time and nobody went to see.  It had the most expensive script ever at the time and was bashed by critics.  Yet the film is one of Scott’s best, Willis is hardboiled at it’s best and Black’s script is razor sharp.  A classic.

 

1 – Die Hard
It’s Die hard on a… the film that launched a hundred copy cats for sure but even now not one can do it better than what is considered to be by many the best action film of all time.  Even years later it holds up.