‘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…
As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Mickey Jones (1941-2018) TV show!
V: The Final Battle (1994)
A small group of human resistance fighters fight a desperate guerilla war against the genocidal extra-terrestrials who dominate Earth.
V: The Final Battle was essential viewing for me growing up. The sequel to the more political in tone V Mini Series, The Final Battle was action packed and introduced two iconic characters – Michael Ironside as Ham Tyler and Mickey Jones as Chris Farber two former CIA operatives drawn into their own war against the Visitors. Farber served as the explosives and munitions expert for the group and was Tyler’s right hand man when trouble kicked off. Farber was loyal, deadly and essential and Jones gave this burley character heart and purpose.
so 2015 quite simple smashed it out the park. Whilst film faltered, TV just kept getting better and better. So here is the run down of my 5 (well 6) top shows of 2015…
TV Show(s) of The Year: Narcos & Daredevil In Brief: I just could split these two top notch Netflix shows. Daredevil gave us what is probably the best version of a Marvel TV show we could have hoped for along with by far the best Marvel villain in Wilson Fisk whilst Narcos gave us a crime Tv show with edge, bite and style. It’s no accident that Netflix have multiple mentions here… they are winning TV hands down.
2. Game Of Thrones (Spoilers) In Brief: Bloody hell. This get’s second place just for THAT episode let alone THAT ending. Okay so it lost it’s way on some of the sub plots but overall this show just gets bigger & bolder whilst smashing the boundaries of what to expect on TV.
3. Better Call Saul In Brief: Who knew? A prequel to Breaking Bad which not only did suck but ended up being one of THE TV highlights of 2015. Now as long as it can continue to carve it’s own path in 2016 we should be in line for something quite special.
4. Ash Vs Evil Dead In Brief: It’s the show that we never thought we’d get became the show that we never thought could deliver which cam ether show that not only delivered but delivered BIG. Okay so most won’t care but man this is every bit the Evil Dead TV show we wanted. Gore, Swearing, Ash…. yup.
5. Hannibal In Brief: Hannibal ended on a bloody high, one of the most out there TV shows I’ve ever seen. From the performance to the production, Hannibal was high art does as TV. It did things it’s own way and boy did it never compromise.
Bubbling under: Justified (Just misses out on a top 5 spot but what a season), The Walking Dead (strong season), Fear The Walking Dead (excellent debut), Doctor Who (Best season yet), Sons Of Anarchy (finished on a high), Flash (built on a great first year), Gotham (Oh my god, the improvement from season 1 to 2 is amazing), House Of Cards (weakest season so far but still excellent)
So 2014 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year. This year for the first time I look back on my 5 favourite TV shows of 2014…
TV Show of The Year: The Newsroom In Brief: Generally unlike by the American HBO audience, Aaron Sorkin’s clever, well crafted and expertly performed TV show went out on a high. Funny, charming and with a full realised cast, The Newsroom was always one of the best shows on TV. Thankfully it didn’t drop the ball in it’s final run.
2. Game Of Thrones (Spoilers) In Brief: That was one hell of a season. Joffrey died. Tyron killed his dad. The dragons started killing kids and the Battle of the Wall made you realise just how good TV could be. Throw in the witty dialogue, great characters, spluttering of nudity and more violence than you can bash a stick with and you have one hell of a group breaking TV show.
3. The Flash & Arrow In Brief: The Flash started well in it’s first season and has gotten better and better week by week. Arrow started off not so good, but again has found it’s stride and improves ever week. Whilst DC movies can’t seem to do anything right, DC TV is getting stronger and stronger. These may not be better than say House Of Cards or True Detective but brain off entertainment doesn’t get better than this.
4. Sons of Anarchy In Brief: Not it’s greatest season, but again a show that went out on a high, getting stronger and stronger as each episode went along. It didn’t end well for everyone, as beloved character after beloved character fell, but in the end it served up an excellent story that has greatly elevated the careers of everyone involved.
5. Hannibal In Brief: The year when Network TV pushed and then broke the boundaries, Hannibal is a show that just shouldn’t work. But it does. Oh god does it work. Great cast, great stories and effects that movies would struggle with, Hannibal did everything right and ended in on of the greatest TV episodes of the year.
Bubbling under: Bates Motel, Orphan Black, Doctor Who, True Detective, Justified, New Girl, Walking Dead, 24 , House Of Cards,