Batman (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Batman (1989) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 1989 Batman isn’t a subtle movie.  From its in your face marketing to its gigantic sets to it’s outlandish Batmobile and over the top Nicholson/Joker – it’s in your face from the get go.  It’s also flawed, playing as loose with the Batman story as Batman Vs Superman did (yup this is a Batman who kills and uses guns).  But it’s also highly stylised, confidently directed and, for its day, ground breaking.  Yup Burton is more interested in Wayne than Batman and the Joker outshines an excellent Keaton but this, years on, remains an essential film.  Add in an amazing iconic score (and some banging Prince tracks) and you have one of the best tellings of the Batman story.  Well at least until Nolan came along.

Best Bit: Gotham

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight

 


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The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The film that (rightly or wrongly) finally won Scorsese his best Director Oscar, The Departed is a top notch crime drama that delivers a more star driven, flashier version of Infernal Affairs. Is it better? That’s for you to decide I guess but for me it is – the more mainstream tappings and a stellar set of central performances combined with Scorsese trademark violence, music and visual tickets help the film fly through its occasionally baggy run time.  Yup he should have won for Goodfellas but The Departed was certainly one of Scorsese’s best movies of that period.

Best Bit: Scorsese + Stones = Perfection

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, Infernal Affairs, Copland

 


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A Few Good Men (1992) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

A Few Good Men (1992) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Few 90’s films remain as quotable, re-watchable and enjoyable as the Aaron Sokrin/Rob Reiner team up A Few Good Men.  From it’s AAA rated cast (Nicholson, Cruise, Moore, Pollack, Bacon) to it’s sparkling script, A Few Good Men just breezes past.  But let’s be honest it’s the showdowns between a grandstanding on stop form Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise that steal the show. Everytime they are on screen together they hold your attention as in teh background Sorkin’s screenplay carries all the heavy lifting.  A near perfect combination of direction, script and performance.  

Best Bit: “I Want The Truth”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Social Network, The Firm, A Time To Kill


 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Retired Actors

Phil’s Top 5… Retired Actors

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: Top 5 Retired Actors!

 

Close but no cigar:  Phoebe Cates,  Bridget Fonda, Sidney Poitier

 

5 – Goldie Hawn
Hawn was huge in the 80’s and early 90’s but for the most part has taken a back seat since the 2000’s.  It’s a shame because Hawn was one of the best romantic leads of her generation.

 

4 – Gene Hackman
French Connection. Unforgiven. Get Shorty. Crimson Tide. Superman. The list goes on. And On. And On. And On.

 

3 – Rick Moranis
Moranis was a great actor who often shone in the geeky nerd role before it become popular.  From Little Shop Of Horrors and Honey I Shrunk series, he was an icon of 80’s cinema. Retired for personal reasons.

 

2 – Sean Connery
It’s Bond.  THE Bond.  Connery retired over 10 years ago (despite a voiceover for an animated film in 2012) but his impact on cinema is still prevalent even today.  An icon for every modern generation and much missed.

 

1 – Jack Nicholson
From One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest to A Few Good Men, Nicholson remains one of the most recognisable actors in Hollywood. A legend with an near unmatched CV of films to his name.