Henchman: The Al Leong Story (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

Henchman: The Al Leong Story (2019)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
If you grew up watching action films in the 80’s & 90’s, whether you knew it or not you grew up watching Al Leong – the legendary henchman/stunt performer/action man with his distinctive Fu Manchu moustache and balding hair.  From Big Trouble In Little China to Die Hard, Lethal Weapon to Rapid Fire, Leong fought (and was killed by) them all.  This documentary tells his story, his rise to legendary status and the sad twists and turns that saw him sidelined from the early 2000’s.  It’s a hugely affectionate film, made by and featuring some heavyweight talent who all wax lyrical about the king of the henchmen.  From triumph to sadness, the film is an amazing tribute to a real unsung hero of action cinema.

Best Bit: The affection for Leong

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Big Trouble In Little China, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Rapid Fire

 


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Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #50-26

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #50-26

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Part three 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.

So here’s numbers 50-26…

 

 


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The Nice Guys – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Nice Guys – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So most people would have seen a Shane Black film and probably never realised it.  A writer (and occasional bad joke teller is Arnie films) and then director, he’s not a house hold name.   But a few of us… well we’ve been all in from the start.  From lethal Weapon to The Last Boy Scout, Black’s films (as writer then latterly as a director) have uniformly been excellent, and often cornerstones to my teens.  SO I really look forward to Black’s films.  So with that much anticipation in mind I’m happy to report that  The Nice Guys does not disappoint and in fact as we stand today is probably the most enjoyable film I’ve seen in 2016 so far.  It’s bloody brilliant.  From script to direction, this film oozes cool, the kind cool that you can’t fake.  Add to that one of Russell Crowes best performances, Gosling on top form and an excellent support cast and you have a film that just delivers.

Best Bit: Gosling & Crowe

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Lethal Weapon, Iron man 3, The Last Boy Scout

 

 

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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… Films featuring Al Leong

Phil’s Top 5… Films featuring Al Leong

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:  Films featuring the legendary martial artist, stunt man and henchman Al Leong…

 

Close but no cigar: Action Jackson, Deadly Target, Dark Angel, Steel Justice

5 – Big Trouble In Little China
Okay so he’s only in it very briefly but Big Trouble In Little China should be on any list it can be squeezed on.

 

4 – Rapid Fire
A little remembered but damn fun action film featuring the late Brandon Lee. And of course Al Leong.

 

3 – Die Hard
Henchman. Machine gunner. Bruce Willis victim.

2 – Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure
Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure sees Leong play Genghis Khan in what is one of his most featured roles. 

 

1 – Lethal Weapon
One of the best Al Leong performances as he electrocutes Riggs in the extended middle torture sequence. Dies. Obviously.

 

 

The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

Best... Other Cr*p

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 Action Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: The Bourne Supremacy, Men of War, Speed, Captain America: Winter Solider, Fast Five, Hardboiled, Inception, Battle Royale, Speed, The Book Of Eli

 

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is actually better than I thought it would be (some critics have been pretty brutal).  The action was at times very inventive, the script full of some good one liners and the rapport between leads Reynolds and Jackson sparks perfectly. It’s not perfect by any means – the joke runs a bit thin by the end, Jackson/Reynolds basically play Deadpool/Pulp Fiction characters and it’s probably one of the most predictable films I’ve seen in a long time BUT I had a lot of fun watching it, was never bored and laughed lots.  Save it for a beer and curry.

Best Bit: The Chemistry between the leads

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Mr & Mrs Smith, Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours

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Author: Phil Hobden

The 25 Best… 80’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 80’s Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, 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 each major film decade.

This time out: The 80’s. 

The close but no cigar Films: An American Werewolf In London, Rambo First Blood Part 2, Full Metal Jacket, Rocky 4,  My Neighbour Totoro 

 

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Big Trouble In Little China (1986) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Big Trouble In Little China (1986) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Big Trouble In Little China is a classic.  Kurt Russell as Jack Burton delivers what is a quintessential action hero: mullet adorned, grizzled and full of gusto.  He sits along side John McClane & Martin Riggs as one of 80’s cinemas best good guys and whilst Big Trouble In Little China has aged (it’s smaller budget stretched to the limit at times)this martial arts science fiction action fantasy still stands as one of the most enjoyable (and daft) films of the decade.  A must watch.

Best Bit: Russell/Burton steals every scene

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Escape From New York, The Golden Child, Lethal Weapon

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

Best Film of 2016: The Nice Guys

Best Film of 2016: The Nice Guys

Best & Worst Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So most people would have seen a Shane Black film and probably never realised it.  A writer (and occasional bad joke teller is Arnie films) and then director, he’s not a house hold name.   But a few of us… well we’ve been all in from the start.  From lethal Weapon to The Last Boy Scout, Black’s films (as writer then latterly as a director) have uniformly been excellent, and often cornerstones to my teens.  SO I really look forward to Black’s films.  So with that much anticipation in mind I’m happy to report that  The Nice Guys does not disappoint and in fact as we stand today is probably the most enjoyable film I’ve seen in 2016 so far.  It’s bloody brilliant.  From script to direction, this film oozes cool, the kind cool that you can’t fake.  Add to that one of Russell Crowes best performances, Gosling on top form and an excellent support cast and you have a film that just delivers.

Best Bit: Gosling & Crowe

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Lethal Weapon, Iron man 3, The Last Boy Scout

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden