Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 12 Films Of Christmas 

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 12 Films Of Christmas 

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk about our favourite Christmas movies and come ups with a final 12 recommended festive films.   You could say it’s the 12 Films of Christmas! Oh and for the record Die Hard is very much a Christmas movie…

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Die Hard, Gremlins, Trading Places, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Batman Returns, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Scrooged, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Lethal Weapon In Bruges, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone, The Ref, Love Actually, It’s A Wonderful Life, Edward Scissorhands, Bad Santa, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Spectre, The Shape Of Water, Moonlight, la La Land

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Phil’s Top 5… Shane Black Films

Phil’s Top 5… Shane Black Films

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: Shane Black Films

“Who?” I hear your ask.  Well for a while Black was one of Hollywood’s best paid and most well known writers, and was in fact the Hollywood first writer to break a Million bucks on a spec script.  He almost single handedly re-invented the buddy cop genre with Lethal Weapon and went on to piss off millions of Marvel fans with his version of The Mandarin.   Yes, THAT Shane Black.  So here’ say Favourite 5 Shane Black films… (Predator didn’t count being that he was only in it for a small while!).

 

5 – Iron Man 3
Marvel took a chance and man did it land good.  Black made a very different Iron man than most expected and, whilst it wasn’t everyones taste, I loved it.  And THAT twist.

 

4 – Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 
Stepping up as a director for the first time, Black knocked it out the park and started the Downey Jnr come back. Best bit: Gay Val Kilmer.

 

3 – Long Kiss Good Night
Funny, smart and edgy – it defined Shane Black’s spot on action film writing style.  It’s a Duck not a Dick.

 

2 – Lethal Weapon 
It redefined the buddy cop genre, cemented Gibson as a star and birthed a million copy cats.

 

1 – The Last Boy Scout 
Back in the day when Bruce Willis was good (yes it did exist) this sharp as a tack buddy action film boasted one of the smartest scripts around.  Add some expert Tony Scott direction and you have a thrilling and fun action film.  And sadly one that flopped.  Audiences have NO taste.

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Underrated Films

Phil’s Top 5… Underrated Films

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: My Top 5 Underrated Films!

 

Close but no cigar: RocknRolla, Tank Girl, The Last Supper, The Brady Bunch Movie, T2 Trainspotting

 

5 – Layer Cake
Matthew Vaughn’s directorial debut is a stylish gangster thriller that retains some of the visuals of the Guy Richie films that inspired them but adds a dose of real life grit and depth.   Made Daniel Craig a star.


4 – Sunshine
Danny Boyle’s sci-fi feature was a flop on it’s release but rewatch it.  Go on.  It’s REALLY good.

 

3 – Children of Men
Children of Men is just brilliant.  A dark, brooding sci-fi thriller with stunning cinematography and exceptional direction.   Unlike any film of it’s era.

 

2 -Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Shane Black’s first directorial outing is brilliant fun featuring excellant off kilter  performances from Kilmer & Downey Jnr.

 

1 – Hudson Hawk
Considered to be the first of Willis big flops, Hudson Hawk is a mess.  It’s also great fun and hugely underrated. Yes it’s silly, yes it’s over the top BUT it’s also a film that you need to watch again.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

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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…

 

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Non- Traditional Christmas Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Non- Traditional Christmas 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: Non-Tradtiotonal Christmas Movies!

Not EVERY Christmas film has to be about Santa or presents.  Some are set around that time or have a very tangential link. Here are 5 of my favourites!

Close but no cigar:  Batman Returns, In Bruges, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

5 – Trading Places
Eddie Murphy at his best alongside the awesome Dan Akroyd and a cast to die for, Trading Places even some 30+ years later is nothing short of a near perfect comedy that has been much aped but never bettered.

4 – The Long Kiss Goodnight
It’s no surprise than 4 of the movies here (alongside Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) are Shane Black films.  Not ONLY is he a great filmmaker/ writer but he also has more than a passing obsession with Christmas.  Whilst Kiss, Kiss is a better film I just adore the pithy dialogue and brutal action in the Long Kiss Goodnight.  Just a brilliant film.

3 – Lethal Weapon
Another Shane Black film, and another one of my favourite action films Lethal Weapon is a brutal, violent and dark thriller that explores some pretty tough themes.  It’s easy to forget what the series start at when you look back at the new TV show and the later films.

2 – Gremlins
What’s not to like?  Furry creatures who cant get wet or eat after midnight do just that and soon a town if overrun with evil, killer gremlins!  The film that started my multi-decade crush with Phoebe Cates!

1 – Die Hard
Simply put the best non-traditional Christmas film ever and one of (if not THE) greatest action ever made, Die Hard is a lean, mean and for it’s time groundbreaking film.  It also , for better or worse, gave us Bruce Willis.