47 Meters Down (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

47 Meters Down (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
47 Meters Down is a 2017 survival horror film written and directed by Johannes Roberts, who brings his track record in lower budget independent films to another, mostly enjoyable, lower budget independent film.  It’s nothing new – Open Water, Jaws and a million other films have trodden this path but Roberts does a good job of keeping the tension present during its sub 90 minute run time.  Okay so it runs out of steam a touch by the end and pulls a move that is at best described as ‘well worn’ but there’s enough to enjoy here to recommend as a beer and curry type distraction.

Best Bit: Yup I knew it! 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jaws, Open Water, Deep Blue Sea

 


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The Shark is Still Working (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Shark is Still Working (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shark is Still Working is a fascinating look at the making and impact of Spielberg’s classic horror film Jaws. From it’s never before highlighted behind the scenes footage to interviews with cast and crew to the director himself, you get an honest overview of what was a very tricky production process.  Watching this 12 years on from its original release (and 43 years on from the film itself being made) it’s still amazing to see just how well the original film, its impact and influence still holds up.  If you have any interest in filmmaking or Jaws this is a must.

Best Bit: Behind the scenes footage

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jaws, The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, Full Tilt Boogie, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

 


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Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #100-76

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #100-76

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Part one of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.

Check back tomorrow for Part 2!

So here’s numbers 100 – 76…

 

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Steven Spielberg Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Steven Spielberg 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: Steven Spielberg movies!

 

Close but no cigar: Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, War of the World

 

 

5 – Jurassic Park
Proving that he does blockbuster better than anyone else, Jurassic Park is pure entertainment from start to finish.

 

4 – Schindler’s List
Schindler’s List is a brutal, personal film that finally secured Spielberg a well deserved academy award

 

3 – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Years later ET still packs a huge emotional punch and lives of generations after it’s original release.  

2 – Jaws
Jaws is one of the best horror films ever made and even now, years later, the iconic film lives on in references from everything from TV to film.

 

1 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Creating one of the most iconic characters in film history is not easy, putting them in a trilogy that’s nearly perfect is even harder.  And yes… trilogy. There is no crystal skull.

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Shark Movies (Updated Inc. The Meg!)

Phil’s Top 5… Shark Movies (Updated Inc. The Meg!)

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: Shark Movies

 

Close but no cigar: Jaws 2, Sharknado 2, Megashark Vs Giant Octopus, The Reef, Deep Blue Sea

 

 

5 – Open Water
Open Water is a cracking low budget shark movie that’s full of tension and tight direction. Another simple idea with a finned menace at it’s heart

 

4 – Sharknado
It’s a Shark.  Tornado.  A Sharknado.  Yup it’s cheap, yup it’s silly but man it’s so much fun!

 

3 – The Meg
Its dumb, OTT and pretty much everything you’d expect from a Jason Statham vs A giant shark movie. Yup.


2 – The Shallows
With one lead, a shark and a very simple premise The Shallows makes you not want to go back in the water all over again.


1 – Jaws
Was there EVER going to be another one? Jaws is a near flawless Shark movie. Even if the plastic Shark Bruce didn’t want to play ball..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Meg (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Meg (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Meg is kinda everything you’d expect from a Jason Statham Vs a bloody great Shark movie.  Okay… so the script needed more work and not all the acting lands even for a film of this ilk BUT everyone here knows the film they are making and give it their all on screen.  And it’s fun.  A lot of fun.  It’s also the film The Asylum (Sharknado and almost every Sharksomething Vs SomethingSomething) WISH they could afford to make.  Statham is great, the shark fully believable and the tongue firmly placed in cheek.  Well worth a trip to the cinema.

Best Bit: The dog.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Snakes On a Plane, Piranha 3D, Jaws, Sharknado 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Shark Movies

Phil’s Top 5… Shark 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: Shark Movies

 

Close but no cigar: Jaws 2, Sharknado 2, Megashark Vs Giant Octopus, The Reef

 

5 – Deep Blue Sea
I’ve had it with these motherfucking Sharks on this motherfucking underwater base.

 

4 – Open Water
Open Water is a cracking low budget shark movie that’s full of tension and tight direction. Another simple idea with a finned menace at it’s heart

 

3 – Sharknado
It’s a Shark.  Tornado.  A Sharknado.  Yup it’s cheap, yup it’s silly but man it’s so much fun!


2 – The Shallows
With one lead, a shark and a very simple premise The Shallows makes you not want to go back in the water all over again.


1 – Jaws
Was there EVER going to be another one? Jaws is a near flawless Shark movie. Even if the plastic Shark Bruce didn’t want to play ball..

 

 

 

 

 

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The 25 Best… Horror Films of All Time

The 25 Best… Horror Films of All Time

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In our continuing regular feature, 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 a particular genre… 

This time out: The Best Horror Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: Dawn of The Dead, You’re Next, The Blair Witch Project, The Pact, Grave Encounters, Let The Right One In, The Evil Dead

 

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Deep Blue Sea 2- A Quick Capsule Review

Deep Blue Sea 2- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Honestly a week on after watching Deep Blue Sea 2, I still have no idea why this film was made.  A sequel to a fun but just about okay film from years ago with few if any links to the original, Deep Blue Sea 2’s limited budget, terrible script and boring as hell cast does little to encourage you to pick this film up. It’s not scary, it’s lacking in gore and it’s just beyond silly.  In short… it’s no Sharknado.  Avoid

Best Bit: I slept for fifteen minutes.  It was a good sleep.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Deep Blue Sea, Jaws, Sharknado 

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Phil’s Top 5… Summer Blockbusters Of All Time

Phil’s Top 5… Summer Blockbusters Of All Time

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 Top 5 Summer Blockbusters Of All Time

 

Close but no cigar: Speed, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Aliens, ET, Top Gun

 

5 – Die Hard (1988)
Possibly the best action film ever made, Die Hard is iconic from start to finish.

 

4 – Back To The Future (1985)
Innovate for it’s day, Back To The Future is still fantastic all this years later.

 

3 – Jaws (1975)
The original blockbuster.

 

2 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
One of the best sequels ever made, James Cameron’s second Terminator film is an action epic from start to finish full of iconic moments and groundbreaking FX.

 

1 – Star Wars (1977)
One of the best sci-fi action films of all time, Star Wars does everything right, cemented a legacy and still holds up all thee years later.