‘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…
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 2010’s to Now!
The close but no cigar Films: Everybody Wants Some, The Final Girls, I Olga Hepnarova, No One Lives, The Jungle Book (2016), Hugo, The Guest, Zootopia, Black Swan, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Drive, Florentina Hubaldo CTE
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 Martin Scorsese Films
Close but no cigar:Casino, Mean Streets, Hugo, Gangs Of New York, The King of Comedy
5 – The Wolf Of Wall Street Wallowing in it’s own sickening greed, The Wolf Of Wall Street is an over indulgent mess. It’s also amazing. Career making performance from Margot Robbie and DiCaprio was cruelly robbed of Oscar glory.
4 – The Departed The Departed finally saw Scorsese win his Academy Award. It’s a great film and showed that, years after his golden period, Scorsese could still deliver the goods.
3 – Raging Bull Scorsese’s black and white drama about boxer Jake LaMotta is brutal. From it’s in ring action to DeNiro’s method acting, Raging Bull was the crushing flip side of Rocky and the like.
2 – Taxi Driver DeNiro is simply captivating in what is still one of his most intense and raw performances. It still crushes all these years later.
1 – Goodfellas The greatest film of all time. Part of Scorsese ‘s greed trilogy (along with Casino and The Wolf Of Wall Street), it’s got it all from killer performances, amazing music and great cinematography.
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
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: A Monster Calls is a beautifully made film that takes an emotional look at love and loss from the point of view of a child. With a cracking central performance from Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson as the monster the mix of formats, animation and visuals make this a real unique, standout film that may not be for everyone but I really enjoyed it.
Best Bit: MacDougall’s performance
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Kubo & The Two Strings, The Edge Of Seventeen, Hugo
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Best Movie Flops.
Yup those films that despite the fact nobody went to the cinema to support them were actually really damn good. And remember a film needs to make at least 2-3 times it’s budget to be considered a hit these days…
Close but no cigar:Hugo, Children OF Men, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Ed Wood, The Wizard Of Oz, Edge Of Tomorrow
5 – Dredd (2012) Worldwide takings of just $36 million USD on a production budget of $45 million made Dredd a huge bomb. Yet the critics loved it, everyone that saw it loved it. It’s a bloody great film.
4 – Blade Runner (1982) With initial takings of under $10 million, studio edits and footage from The Shinning inserted, Blade Runner was poorly handled on it’s initial release. But it grew and a cult of fans with it which saw more definitive versions and a much belated upcoming sequel.
3 – Big Trouble In Little China (1986) One of my favourite films ever (and one of the best of the 80’s) this barking made comedy action mish-mash made just $11.1m in the US on its $25m budget. Yet it’s brilliant. Shame on you all.
2 – Serenity (2005) The Fans demanded it. Everyone demanded it. Everyone wants dates movie sequel to the cult hit Firefly. Then no one turned up. The series was officially dead. $39 Million USD budget with takings of just $38 million USD.
1 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Took just $16 million USD of a $35million USD budget on it’s initial run. Now heralded as one of the heartiest modern films ever made. Sometimes even the best films are growers…
FILM OF THE YEAR:Hugo In Brief: Magical children’s fantasy film by a director who has never been anything less than brilliant. A top notch cast, a heart-warming message and the best use of 3D yet makes for one of the best children’s films for an age.
2. Senna In Brief: Powerful, well made documentary that gives you a glimpse into the world of motorsport at the highest end and the celebration and tragedy that goes alongside with it.
3. True Grit In Brief: Or how you remake a classic and pretty much make it better that the original in every way.
4. Girl With A Dragon Tattoo In Brief: Blockbuster remake of the year. Fincher doesn’t do bad films often and GWADT is no exception. A brilliant, brilliant film that has been criminally overlooked for the kudos it deserves.
5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol In Brief: Best MI film yet (well maybe tied with MI3), Cruise delivers a top notch performance wowing with his own stunt work in a well made, expertly directed action film.
Bubbling under: Captain America; Tucker & Dale Vs Evil; Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Super 8, The Inbetweeners Movie, Contagion, Xmen First Class, Drive
Film of the year. Period. Hugo is a delight, a film for all ages by a director at the top of his game. Funny, exciting and with real heart, Hugo is a rare beast in that it entertains both adults and children without patronising or pandering to either. Oh… and 3D that doesn’t make you want to scream. Must watch.
Best bit: Scorsese Recreating the films
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
IMDB Rating: 9/10
If you liked this try: Kundun (9/10); ET (9/10); Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (7/10)