Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

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Part two 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 75-51…

 

 

 


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The Equalizer 2 (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Equalizer 2 (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The second Equalizer film is less than the sum if it’s parts. Denzel Washington is good value, Antoine Fuqu’s direction  is solid (and feels like he’s taking the place of the much missed Tony Scott) and the action clean and crisp.  Yet the film doesn’t work. The early sequences with Washington righting wrongs from the front of his Uber makes for a fascinating film but when the story hits proper and it ends up being yet another revenge action that we’ve seen a million times before.   It’s a shame because if they’d stuck with it’s early premise then The Equalizer 2 could have been really interesting.

Best Bit: The taxi stuff

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Equalizer, Man On Fire, Training Day 

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Rotten Movies That Are Actually Good

Phil’s Top 5… Rotten Movies That Are Actually Good

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: Rotten Movies (from Rotten Tomatoes) That Are Actually Good

 

Close but no cigar: Three Amigos, Deep Blue Sea, Halloween 3: Season of The Witch, Miami Vice

 

5 – Tango & Cash (33%)
Come on 33%? Stallone and Russell are dynamite together and whilst yes teh script is cheesy this is quintessential 80’s buddy action at it’s best.

 

4 – Bad Boys (42%)
Critics obviously hate buddy buddy cop movies… Bad Boys has it’s flaws but Smith stamps his authority as a star and again the chemistry sells it. Great action also.

 

3 – Taken (58%)
Given a 1 star rating by a UK film mag, Taken is a solid 4/5 action revenge film.  It’s dirty, gritty and violent.

 

2 – Die Hard With A Vengeance (52%)
Yes the weakest of the original three Die Hard films but DHWAV (as nobody calls it) it again a cracking buddy buddy action film that has plenty of strong moments.

 

1 – Man On Fire (39%)
Well this is just crazy.  Man On Fire is arguably one of Tony Scott’s best films, one of Denzil’s best mainstream actioners and a cracking revenge thriller to boot.  It’s Commando for the modern generation.

 

 

 

 

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2: Top Gun (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

2: Top Gun (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Top Gun is everything you want in a film.  It’s quotable, it’s funny, it has the best aerial action sequences ever shot in a film and has a soundtrack that still get’s played almost weekly in my house.  It’s also, in it’s own way, pretty ground breaking.  Yes it’s become a film of much discussion over the years (think Tarantino Top Gun Gay rant)  but none of this matters when you have a film that’s so full of iconic moments. Top Gun is of it’s day for sure but this is the film that launched careers (director Tony Scott, Cruise, Kilmer), helped Bruckheimer establish himself as an action producer de jour and made a bucket load of money to boot.  I adore this movie and wont hear a bad thing about it… so walk away now.  Go on.  You’ve obviously lost that love and feeling…

Best Bit: The final battle

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Rock, Man On fire, Iron Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

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The Equalizer – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Equalizer – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Equalizer is a film Tony Scott would have made if he’d still ben alive. In fact if anything it feels like a prequel to Man On Fire. If this sounds like a great idea, then this is very much for you.  A revenge film heavy on revenge, violence and creative ways to kill, this is Washington (and director Antoine Fuqua for that matter) on cruise mode. But he does ‘Cruise’ almost better than anyone and whilst he’s never stretched he’s certainly having fun.  And that’s never a bad thing.  In short: Bloody, violent if a bit over long.

Best Bit: Home depot finale

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Commando, Man On Fire, Harry Brown

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated! 

Phil’s Top 5… Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated! 

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 that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated!

 

Close but no cigar: Empire Records, Vertigo, War of the Worlds, Rise Of The Footsoldier, A FistFul Of Dollars

 

5 -The Greatest Showman
Critical favourite Mark Kermode said of this film: “Not One memorable song”.  Well it now has a multi-selling album, hude box office takings and legs to run and run.

 

4 – Man On Fire
Critics didn’t take to this intense Denzel revenge film.  But Tony Scott delivered a film loved by fans and that still holds up well today.

 

3 – Night of the Living Dead 
Written off on it’s original run, Night changed teh face of horror forever and was one of the most influential films of it’s era.

 

2 – Fight Club
Yup Fight Club was murdered by critics but it’s legacy still endures all these years later.  One of Fincher’s best. 

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption
Critics didn’t get Darabont’s epic prison film but the audience did and soon the critics reevaluated the film that many consider to be one of the greatest ever made.

  

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Tony Scott Films

Phil’s Top 5… Tony Scott 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: Tony Scott films.

Close but no cigar: The Hunger, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Unstoppable, Enemy of The State

 

5 – Crimson Tide
When Tony Scott did a Ridley Scott film.  Crimson Tide, with a script polished by Tarantino and a tour de-force showdown between Washington and Hackman, is a much underrated film.  Add in Scott regular Gandolfini and you have one of the best action thrillers of the decade.

4 – Man On Fire
From a career best performance by newcomer Dakota Fanning to a new hard edge action man Denzel Washington, Man Of fire is Commando for grown ups.  Super violent, a great script and pin sharp direction.

3 – The Last Boy Scout
A sharp Shane Black script, Bruce Willis on top form and the trademark moody visuals and uber violence, The Last Boy Scout gets better every time I watch it.

2 – Top Gun
Okay not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but Top Gun defined my youth.  It still has one of the definitive film soundtracks, the aerial combat scenes are unmatched years on and it’s an adrenaline ride of style over substance.  

1 – True Romance
Simply put THE best Tarantino script and possibly one of best films Tarantino has been involved in (yes I probably do rate this above almost all his films).  Tony Scott brings style, a grade A cast and a great soundtrack to the uber violent love film.

 

 

Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

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Part Two of our run down of Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from All Things Film, Filmsploitation and the Filmsploitation Facebook group.

So here’s numbers 75-51…

 

Blog: The Equalizer – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Equalizer – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Equalizer is a film Tony Scott would have made if he’d still ben alive. In fact if anything it feels like a prequel to Man On Fire. If this sounds like a great idea, then this is very much for you.  A revenge film heavy on revenge, violence and creative ways to kill, this is Washington (and director Antoine Fuqua for that matter) on cruise mode. But he does ‘Cruise’ almost better than anyone and whilst he’s never stretched he’s certainly having fun.  And that’s never a bad thing.  In short: Bloody, violent if a bit over long.

Best Bit: Home depot finale

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Commando, Man On Fire, Harry Brown

 

Author: Phil Hobden