‘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…
On this episode of the podcast we talk about the recent passing of Marvel legend Stan Lee & famed screenwriter William Goldman. And Coming To America… oddly.
Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.
Films Discussed: Coming To America, Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends, Mallrats, Deadpool, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Princess Bride, Marathon Man, All the President’s Men, The Godfather, Superman, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Bad Films By Great Directors
Close but no cigar:The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson), For The Love Of The Game (Sam Rami), Noah (Darren Aronofsky), Dark Shadows (Tim Burton), Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (Steven Spielberg)
5. Black Hat (Michael Mann)
One of the worst films of that year, Black Hat played like a greatest hits of Mann films. A bit of Heat, a touch of Collateral, a hint of Miami Vice. Sadly thought it was just a mess.
4. Alexander (Oliver Stone)
I remember laughing out loud at this over blown biblical mess. Then crying when I realised we have over two hours left.
3. Ghost Of Mars (John Carpenter)
Ice Cube and Jason Statham, a terrible script and Carpenter picking up a pay check did little to help this critically mulled film.
2. Bonfire Of The Vanities (Brian DePalma)
Overblown, bloated and stuffed full of pretentiousness, this mess saw Willis, Hanks and Griffith try their best with an unfilmable book and a director off form. Made just $15 million USD against a budget of $45 million USD on it’s initial run
1.Survival of The Dead (George A Romero)
A hero to me, his original dead trilogy still stand as some of the greatest horror films ever made. It started going wrong with Land, Diary was a mess and Survival featured Zombies on horse back.
In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Movie Disappointments.
Yup these are those films that you just had to see, that couldn’t loose, that were going to be special. Yet the ended up being films that left you, and many others, with a sense of hollowness. Welcome to my Movie Disappointments.
Close but no cigar: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Matrix Revolutions, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Xmen 3: The Last Stand , Godfather 3, Superman Returns
5 – The Matrix Reloaded The Matrix was a true stand out film. Coming years later and under a sea of hype, The Matrix Reloaded was going to be something special. Sadly it wasn’t. In fact it was terrible. It also didn’t get any better with it’s still born sequel Revolutions. Oh and they have both aged VERY badly.
4 – Spiderman 3 Spiderman 2 was one of the best superhero films ever. Even now it still holds up strong. So take the same cast & crew, add Venom ( one of Spiderman’s greatest foes) and this should have been an easy win. Yet it wasn’t. Rami didn’t want Venom, Maguire didn’t want to be there and the screenwriter may have just not turned up. Oh and THAT dance scene. Ugh.
3 – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Time heals all wounds I guess and, in retrospect, The Clone Wars was a far more egregious film. The Phantom Menace more than any other film on this list just didn’t stand a chance. It has it’s defenders for sure. Just not me.
2 – Kill Bill (Pts 1 & 2) Jackie Brown is my favourite Tarantino film. His first feature length movie post this masterpiece had everything – kung fu, a great soundtrack, a revenge story and Uma Thurman. Yet it was just so… over the top. And not in a good way. Kill Bill marked the period of unrestrained filming by Tarantino that would culminate in the over long mess that was The Hateful Eight.
1 – Prometheus That trailer. That concept. Those visuals. An alien prequel explaining just how the ship got to LV426. A great cast. What could go wrong? Well pretty much the answer here starts and ends with the script, a script that did pretty much did EVERYTHING wrong and delivered almost none of the considerable early promise the film showed. Oh and it ended with a character failing to run sideways to save her own life. Just a dumb, pointless and ultimately highly disappointing film.