‘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…
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Well that was a surprise… a musical based on the works of The Proclaimers (whose music I detest as a general rule) not only managed to be charming and funny but also made me actually want to buy their music. More over Sunshine On Leith, full of great choreography, charing performances and a heart missing from modern day filming, ended up as probably one of the top ten films of 2013. Who saw that coming? Highly recommended.
Best Bit: 500 Miles.
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
If you liked this try: Little Shop Of Horrors, Blues Brothers, Rocky Horror Picture Show
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Musicals!
Close but no cigar:Mary Poppins, Everyone Says I love You, Grease 2, La La Land, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Oliver! , Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
5 – Little Shop of Horrors Suddenly Seymour! The remake of a little seen Roger Corman film, Little Shop of Horrors is full of great songs and even better cameos. You’ll never go to the dentist again!
4 – The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers delivers iconic moments in bucket loads – from the cats to the car chases, to the songs to the cameos… it’s one of the best soundtracks ever. Films damn fine as well.
3 – Rocky Horror Picture Show Rocky Horror Picture Show lives on over 40 years from it’s release and is probably better recognised now thanks to it’s ensuring sing alongs and packed out stage shows.
2 – The Nightmare Before Christmas The newsiest entry on my list, The Nightmare Before Christmas is charming, heart warming, clever and beautiful. It’s also a work of art with some of the most stunning stop motion that holds up even today.
1 – Grease It’s Grease – one of the most successful and singable musicals ever. It’s launched careers, sold a gazillions of sound tracks and still packs out sing alongs.
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I’m always undecided with Hugh Jackman. For every Logan, there’s been a Wolverine or Les Mis. This in mind (and many other factors) it’s fair to say that The Greatest Showman wasn’t top of my list but dragged on a Sunday afternoon I thought I’d give it a chance. I hated it. For the first ten minutes at least. Then something happened. It’s positive message, uplifting songs, striking photography and committed performance by Jackman (and an roundly excellent cast) bowled me over. Much like he did for the crowds that came to his shows, the film got me. It has issues (the start is pretty dire and teh CGI lacking) but damn I was surprised just how much I enjoyed it.
Best Bit: This Is Me
Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema
If You Liked this Try: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Little Shop of Horrors, LA LA Land
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Remakes.
Yes the dreaded “R” word. But hey not all Remakes are rubbish like Total Recall or Point Break. In fact some are stone cold classics. Here’s some of my favourites…
Close but no cigar:The Fly, Little Shop Of Horrors, Cape Fear, 12 Monkeys, Halloween
5 – Scarface Remaking a 30’s little known gangster film, DePalma struck gold with what is one of the definitive films of the 80’s. It cemented Pacino as a stand out talent and helped launch careers of Michelle Pfeiffer among others. It also owns pop culture with it’s iconic images and quotes. Say hello to my little friend indeed.
4 – Invasion of The Body Snatchers Now on it’s third remake, Body Snatchers best incarnation is for sure it’s 70’s Donald Sutherland starring vehicle. That said the 90’s version holds a lot of affection for me and the Daniel Craig/Nicole Kidman version has it’s moments.
3 – Oceans 11 The original Ocean’s 11, whilst starring the kinds of cool in the Rat Pack, is a mess. The remake updates it, adds a top notch cast and became a bonified mainstream hit. Shame the sequels in the whole were messy and forgettable.
2 – Dawn of The Dead I love Dawn Of The Dead, Romeo version. It still is outstanding. So it says a lot that I rate Zack Snider’s modern remake so highly. It’s excellent. Okay so fast Zombie’s may not be everyone’s taste but the pace, set pieces and cast help this one become one of THE best remakes.
1 – John Carpenter’s The Thing The Thing is not only the best remake for me but also one of the best 80’s films full stop. From Carpenter’s relentless direction to the spot on cast to the pounding music and ground breaking visual FX… The Thing has it all. The modern remake/prequel was utter tosh however and did NOTHING to add to this films legacy.