Phil’s Top 5… Movie Cameos (Minor Spoilers!)

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Cameos (Minor Spoilers!)

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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: Movie Cameos!

 

Close but no cigar: Hulk Hogan (Gremlins 2), Mike Tyson (The Hangover), Bruce Campbell (Spiderman 1,2,3), Stan Lee (All Marvel Films), Hugh Jackman (X-Men First Class)

5 – Leonard Nimoy- Star Trek (2009)
It was a perfect link back to the classic movies.  A lynch pin that could tie the narratives together. An affectionate nod.  And it worked superbly.

4 – Mark Hamill – Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
It’s about as obvious as most of Kevin Smith’s other writing but his affection for Star Wars and Mark Hamill as an performer shines through and makes this more than just the usual walk on.

3 – Cruise, Paltrow, Spacey & DeVito – Goldmember
Opening up the film with a bundle of A-list cameos proved to be a highlight that the otherwise disappointing Goldmember would never recover from.  But WHAT an opening.  A franchise highlight for sure.

2 – Christopher Walken – Pulp Fiction
He stuck the watch where? A long scene with one hell of a punch line it reminds you why Christopher Walken is such a great actor and that when Tarantino gets it right he’s one of the best “scene” writers in the movies.

1 – Bill Murray – Zombieland
Totally out of leftfield, Bill Murray in Zombieland is hands down one of the best “Holy F–k”comedy moments in film history.  It just comes out of nowhere and one of those moments thankfully unspoilt at the time. Genius.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Twists (Major Spoilers! )

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Twists (Major Spoilers! )

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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: Movie Twists!

BEWARE! Spoilers ahead! 


Close but no cigar: 
Sleepaway Camp (Penis), The Crying Game (Penis), Wild Things (What the hell?), Oldboy (She’s my WHAT?) ,The Sixth Sense (I see dead people), Arlington Road (It was a set up!), Friday 13th (Mrs Bates!), Empire Strikes Back (Dad!!!) , The Others (I see dead people) , From Dusk Till Dawn (Vampires!)

 

5 – Primal Fear
Similar in execution and tone to the Usual Suspects, Primal Fear plays heavily on the performance of Edward Norton.  And boy does he deliver.  Abused Choir boy to stone cold killer in one easy performance….

4 -Psycho  
So Mrs Bates was Norman dragged up all along? Audiences at the time couldn’t take this massive side swipe and even now it holds up as one of the best shock endings in film history.

3 – Fight Club
There was no Tyler.  He was Tyler all along.  Watch the film back and it does make sense but at the time few saw it coming.

2 – Usual Suspects
Keyser Soze was Kevin Spacey all along.  That walk away from the police station.   The limp making way to a confident stride. The reveal. Just perfect.

1 – The Planet of The Apes (1968)
They blew it up! Ah Damn you! God damn you all to hell.  Yup it was Earth all along.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

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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: Zombie Films!

Close but no cigar: Night of The Living Dead, Return Of The Living Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters

5 – Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Romeo made a stone clod classic in Dawn Of the Dead.  The fact that it exists in so many versions means you probably have never seen the whole film.  Romero’s cut,  An extended cut. The Fuci cut.  This aside Dawn is the grandfather of modern Zombie films and set the pace for all the imitators that followed.

4 -Day of The Dead
Day of The Dead is brutal.  From it’s gut ripping effects to it’s post-apocalyptic nialistic world stripped of hope this is one of the most oppressive horror films ever made.  And it’s brilliant.

3 – Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Zack Snider remakes a classic and makes an even better film.  Just.  Great set pieces, excellent effects and fast zombies that really work. Just an excellent film.

2 – Shaun Of The Dead
Comedy horrors often fall flat.  Good low budget comedy horrors are rare as hens teeth.  Yet. Shaun of The Dead works.  Not just as a comedy but as, more importantly, a Zombie film.  It’s brutal and funny.

1 – 28 Days Later
Raw, stripped back and brutal, 28 Day’s Later isn’t technically a Zombie film according to Danny Boyle but it really it.  Introduced us to fast zombies/infected and proved that once again humans are more dangerous than the undead.  Unparalleled.

 

 

Phil’s Best To Worst: Superman Movies

Phil’s Best To Worst: Superman Movies

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Listed in reserve order (From Worst to Best) Phil, of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, breaks down a film related subject in order of his own personal enjoyment.  This time out: Live action Superman Films! 

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BEST: Superman: The Movie

The original and still the best, thanks in part of the combination of an excellent director in Donner and one of the best pieces of Superhero casting in Christopher Reeve until Downey Jnr stepped into Iron man’s boots.  This film is just superb.  The cast sparkles, the effects were ahead of their time and the coming of age story timeless.  Superhero films still don’t get much better than this.


 

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2. Superman 2

Whilst Superman is the better film, Superman 2 is the more enjoyable one pitching the Man Of Steel against General Zod and his cronies.  Lots of fun action, the blossoming relationship between Superman and Lois Lane and Terrance Stamp camping it up… what’s not to like!

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3. Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice

I liked it.  I even liked it the second time. It has issues for sure and sadly Superman is one of them, with Zack Snider’s modern vision of Superman not connecting with audiences the way Donner’s did all those years ago BUT when it hits it hits and, for better or worse, few do massive spectacle better than Snider.  This all said I probably like this more as a Batman film than a Superman movie…

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4. Superman 3 

Hell it’s got Richard Prior in it.  Yup Superman 3 was often considered the weaker of the original films and rightly so… it is.  It’s also goofy, fun and terrible all at the same time.  With Hackman out by choice due to the way Donner was treated on Superman/Superman 2 and Kidder reduced to a walk on cameo, it left holes that the new cast struggled to fill.   It has it’s moments however but it’s broader tone didn’t sit well with the previous films and the effects look horribly dated now.

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5. The Man Of Steel

Sad Superman mopes around the world. Sad Superman destroys Metropolis whilst trying to defeat Zod.  Sad Superman makes everyone else sad when he accidentally kills thousands of innocent people.  Sad Superman then takes on a CGI laser thing.  Audiences checked out.  No one cared anymore.  It’s a shame as it started with promise but sadly in the end it doesn’t deliver.

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6. Superman Returns

If you like ‘Best Of’ clip shows and remakes then Superman Returns is the film for you.  It’s not terrible but it just lacks any creativity as it shamelessly homage’s/rips off Richard Donner’s far superior Superman: The Movie whilst resolutely refusing to tread it’s own path. Until it’s introduces Superboy. No.  Really.

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7. Supergirl

Supergirl is terrible.  Yet I watched it loads growing up. To be honest that was probably due to Helen Slater in her Supergirl outfit as I hit being a teenager but it had a great cast, is cheesy as hell (in a good way) and had a certain charm.  It’s also still MUCH better than Superman 4.

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WORST: Superman 4: The Quest For Peace

No surprise here.  Cannon’s Superman 4 was an abortion of a movie with no budget, a stupid story and terrible effects.  It was also shot in Milton Keynes, doubling for Metropolis.  It’s a curiosity for sure but little more.



 

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Phil’s Top 5… Movie Inspired Pumpkins!

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Inspired Pumpkins!

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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: To celebrate Halloween these are my Favourite Movie inspired pumpkins!

 

Phil’s Top 5… Slasher Film Villains!

Phil’s Top 5… Slasher Film Villains!

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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: Slasher Film Villains!

So a few rules: They have to have been in more than one film. They have to be masked/somehow hide their identity.  And they must have killed.  A lot.

Close but no cigar: Chucky, Norman Bates, Ghostface

 

5 –  Pinhead
From Hell itself comes Doug Bradley’s chilling coenobite, a relentless pin faced monster that’s as unstoppable as any other on this list with his own unique calling card.  The infamous Lament Configuration.

Watch: Hellriaser 3: Hell On Earth (1992)
Avoid: Hellraiser Revelations (2011)

 

4 – Leatherface
His face caked in the skin of his victims, loves meat hooks, freezers and will chase you down relentlessly with his chainsaw.  Also very much a family man.  In short: a 6 and a half foot brainless killing machine.

Watch: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Avoid: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

 

3 – Jason Voorhees
Not the original villain from Friday The 13th (That was his loving mother), but from it’s first sequel onwards Jason proved to be as relentless and unstoppable as any slasher movie icon.  Adopting his machete and hockey mask in Part 3 it was all over by Part 4’s final chapter.  Until lightning brought him back. And telekinesis.  And space. And a reboot.  His rein of terror continues to this day.

Watch: Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Avoid: Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988)

2 – Michael Myers
Michael Myers in truth is why this list exists.  Without the William Shatner faced stalker of Jamie Lee Curtis NONE of these (with the exception of Leatherface) would exist.  A true icon of the genre, in what is by far the best slasher movie ever made.

Watch: Halloween (1978)
Avoid: Halloween 2 (2009)

 

1 – Freddy Krueger
Whilst most copied the relentless silent Killer model set up by Michael Myers, Freddy was something a little different.  A wise cracking burnt to a crisp child killer, Kruger haunted your dreams until brutally killing you with his razor fingers.  Wes Craven created what is the true Slasher film icon in Krueger, who would shine no matter how bad the film he was in.

Watch: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Avoid: A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

 

 

Phil’s Top 5 (ish)… Movie Posters of All Time!

Phil’s Top 5 (ish)… Movie Posters of All Time!

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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: Movie Posters!

Never underestimate how crucial Movie Posters are to getting bums on seats. An iconic poster can make a film.  It’s impossible to pick just 5 so here are a selection in NO order of my top movie posters!

 

 

 

Phil’s Top 5 (ish)… Mondo Movie Posters

Phil’s Top 5 (ish)… Mondo Movie Posters

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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: Mondo Movie Posters!

Yup the coolest movie posters on the planet and here are my top 5 (and one extra!)

 

Phil’s Top 5… One Hit Wonder Movie Directors

Phil’s Top 5… One Hit Wonder Movie Directors

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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: One Hit Wonder Movie directors.

Close but no cigar: Michael Lehmann, Charles Laughton, Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel & Benoit Poelvoorde, Jan De Bont, John Singleton

5 – Tony Kaye – American History X
Studio fallouts, it’s lead star locking director out of editing suite, bad press and a war against Hollywood – Kaye and American History X had it all. Even now the director refuses to work inside the studio system that he feels burnt him badly.

4 – Tom Hanks – That Thing You Do!
A light hearted teen coming of age movie about a small time 60’s band making it big was both a commercial and critical success. And rightly so it was a cracker of a film. His follow up Larry Crowne was mostly ignored.

3 – Josh Trank – Chronicle
Fired (or left) a Star Wars Anthology movie before it began as well as being party to the franchise killing Fantastic Four reboot, Trank has talent in spades but just cant seem to get on with the rigid needs of Studio film making.

2 – Richard Kelly – Donnie Darko
Southland Tales? The box? Yeah all very much also ran’s to the cult hit Donnie Darko (itself HIGHLY overrated). Hasn’t released a film since 2009.

1 – Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez – The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch was a true phenomenon. It launched a new sub genre and, for a time, was the worlds most profitable film. It’s scary as hell and for me one of the most influential films of it’s decade. A terrible sequel and a few indie films later and the filmmakers have more or less disappeared from the planet.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Video Nasties

Phil’s Top 5… Video Nasties

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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: we take a look at the infamous video nasties of the 80’s – the 74 or so banned films by the BBFC ranging from the iconic to the toilet.

Close but no cigar: The Burning, I Spit On Your Grave, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, Tenebrae, Driller Killer, Last House On The left

5 – The Beyond
Lucio Fulci Zombie film with a plot “borrowed” from Micheal Winners “The Sentinel” cemented his position as the king of the video nasties. It’s original release had suffered 9 cuts totalling 1:39s.  Released uncut in 2001. 

4 – Faces Of Death
Yes it’s terrible. But Faces Of Death and its is it/isn’t it real documentary video footage set a bench mark of the kind of OTT exploration rubbish that would become legendary when, in reality, it should probably have been forgotten. Cut initially by 35 minutes on it’s UK release, it’s still unavailable uncut.

3 – Zombie Flesh Eaters
The eye!  Yes another Fulci Zombie film, this time a kinda sequel to Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead was marketed as ‘Zombie 2’ (DOTD was called ‘Zombie’ in some countries) in some countries.  Heavily edited by almost 2 minutes in the UK on it’s cinema release, the film was finally released uncut in 2012.

2 – Cannibal Holocaust
Ruggero Deadato Cannibal film became legend with it’s close to the mark featuring gratuitous GENUINE animal butchery that saw the filmmaker in court.  Over 7 minutes were trimmed initially and the film is still unavailable uncut in the UK (although a almost uncut version can be purchased)

1 – The Evil Dead
Yes Sam Rami’s The Evil Dead was a ‘banned movie’ back in the day, even though compared to many on this list it was pretty tame.  It was cut by other 1min 30 secs on it’s initial releases finally seeing an uncut release in the UK in 2001.