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 (2004)
Zack Snider remakes a classic and makes an a film almost as good.   Great set pieces, excellent effects and fast zombies that really work. Just an excellent film.

 

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 (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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Bad But Good Movies

Phil’s Top 5… Bad But Good Movies

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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: Bad But Good Movies.   For me this are films the term “So Bad They Are Good” were coined for.

Close but no cigar: Trolls 2, Almost Every Friday 13th from Part 5 onwards, Howard the Duck, Most of JCVD’s later films

 

5 – Grease 2
It’s no Grease that much is for sure, but you know what?  I still find myself signing along to the songs every now and then (yes I own the soundtrack!) and whilst the film lacks the charm of JT it almost makes up for it with a pre-nose job Michelle Pfeiffer and a pre Rex Manning Maxwell Caulfield.  It misses in almost every scene yet wins on charm and likability.

 

4 – Masters Of The Universe
Yes I know it has so little to do with the source material it’s even laughable that it’s called Masters Of The Universe but this low budget Cannon classic was a massive part of my childhood.  It’s sci-fi with guns, swords and flying things.  It’s actually brilliant. 

 

3 – Anaconda
Jon Voight.  The leer. (If you ever saw Film whatever it was with Barry Norman around the time this came out the running joke of the Leer was amazing). The terrible effects.  The fact it got a mainstream cinema release.  Anaconda was a film years ahead of its time (see Sharknado!).

 

2 – Tank Girl
Tank Girl was a rock ‘n roll cluster fuck of a film. It was disjointed, had a 5 min song and dance routine in the middle and almost killed the careers of everyone in it. Yet… in it’s own way it almost perfectly encapsulated the manic low brow source material and was the first (and I think last) film to reduce me to tears on the floor of a cinema.

 

1 – Showgirls
I bloody love Showgirls. Not for the smut but just for how god damn terrible it is.  The script, the acting, THIS scene (see below – the most amazingly bad sex scene ever) it just oozes horribleness. Yet few films have made me smile or caused me so much (unintentional) joy.  Showgirls is the best spoof ever.  Simple as that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Low Budget Films

Phil’s Top 5… Low Budget Films

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In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Low Budget Films.

Yup sub $300k movie making at it’s finest.  And bloodiest. It’s no surprise that it’s horror that tends to shine in this budget level, with scares and blood taking the place of cast and effects.  Here are my top 5 low budget films.

Close but no cigar: El Mariachi, Cube, Brick, Bad Taste, Paranormal Activity, Halloween

 

5 – The Evil Dead
Sam Rami followed in The Texas Chainsaw’s shoes , delivering one of the most famous ‘video nasties’ on the 80’s with The Evil Dead, a movie whose characters and legacy still carries on today.  See the original uncut version for the full on Evil Dead experience.

 

4 – Night of The Living Dead
Romero launched a genre with Night of The Living Dead, tacked race politics and scared the bejesus out of people. Night was years ahead of its time and spawned two equally impressive sequels. Today it stands as a key influencer on modern TV and movies.

 

3 – Clerks
Love him or hate him (and mostly hate with his latest few films), Kevin Smith pulled a blinder with Clerks – a mostly one location comedy with memorable dialogue and even more memorable characters.  Made with credit cards, luck and a degree of bullshit Clerks still stands up today as a damn funny, raw movie.

 

2 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Whilst it has dated badly, the original TCM was and still is somewhat of a phenomenon.  Banned in the UK for over twenty years, Chainsaw broke new ground in horror filmmaking with it’s raw handheld style, a style that would influence films like Evil Dead and Blair Witch years later. 

 

1 – Blair Witch Project
Like TCM before it, the directors of Blair Witch would never top their debut film, a film which for a long time was the most profitable movie ever made (overtaken latterly by Paranormal Activity). It launched a sub genre (the found footage film) and showed what you could do with no money but a great idea, presented alongside a one of cinemas best marketing campaigns. Like it or hate it, it changed filmmaking.

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

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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 Trilogies

For most a sequel is an unwanted thing.  And rightly so, after all most can be let downs and for every Godfather 2 there is an Independence Day Resurrection.  However their are also some great sequels and in fact some great threequels out their. This week I take a look at the best movie trilogies (and no the Matrix is NOT included).

 

 

Close But No Cigar: Bourne Trilogy, The Indiana Jones Trilogy, Evil Dead, The Godfather Trilogy, Die Hard, Mad Max 

 


5. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring,The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

It’s no mean feat, adapting a multi-tome epic source novel over nearly 5 years with a cast and crew almostly permanently relocated to New Zealand by a director best known for low budget shlock films.  But man did Peter Jackson pull it off.  Epic does not even come CLOSE to describing the Rings trilogy (and the multiple endings of Return Of The King for that matter) but even now, over 10 years after it all finished, they still stand out as some of the best films of the last few decades.

 


4. Back To The Future Trilogy 

There may be technically better films out their for sure, but the story of Marty McFly which spans over a hundred years, is everything that is right with how blockbuster films should be.  It defined a career for Michael J Fox, allowed my fascination with Elisabeth Shue to continue and gave us the iconic Doc Brown.  “What the hell’s a gigawatt?”.  Indeed.

 


3. Aliens Trilogy (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3)

It’s a testament to just how good the first two films are that you almost ignore the fact that Part 3 is considered by most to be a disappointment. Thing is… it’s not. In fact Alien 3 is probably my second favourite of the whole trilogy (just under Aliens and just above Alien).    Okay yes I’m mad but still!  The key point here is just how good the first two films are, with both rating as best of their genre (Sci-fi and Sci-Fi Action).   And trust me… whilst it’s FX’s are dated, try alien 3 Directors cut again. You MAY be pleasantly surprised.

 


2. Toy Story

Toy Story not only defined a genre, it also redefined how animation was done for ever.  It’s groundbreaking and things would never be the same again.  Yet at it’s heart of every one of the films is a great story, expertly told and brilliantly voiced.  Pretty much perfect.

 


1. Star Wars (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi) 

The trilogy that defined my childhood, that ignited my love with film and that left me playing in my room with 3″ plastic toys for years to come.  Ageless (in it’s original form, not the horrid CGI remasters), this is epic storytelling, grandstanding action and odd plot twists at their best.  Iconic.

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Shane Black Films

Phil’s Top 5… Shane Black 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: 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… Horror Movies Franchises

Phil’s Top 5… Horror Movies Franchises

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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: Horror Franchises

 

Close but no cigar: The Purge, Final Destination , Scream,  Saw

 

5 – Childs Play
Childs Play started well, went pretty rotten in the middle but managed to stick the landing with Bride, Child and most recently Cult Of Chucky.  Still got legs.

 

4 – Halloween
One great film, a few weak sequels, an excellent reboot and now a new new reboot means that Halloween is far from finished.

 

3 – A Nightmare On Elm Street
Elm Street is a mix of the good (the original, a New Nightmare, Dream Warriors), the bad (part 5) and the ugly (the remake) but s a horror icon few beat Freddie.  

2 – Evil Dead
Four movies and an incredible TV show, The Evil Dead franchise continues to endure well past it’s original roots as a down and very dirty low budget calling card for Sam Rami.

 

1 – Friday The 13th
Yup they haven’t aged that well and the franchise has stalled of late but growing up few films or horror icons scared me as much as the Friday films.  From the iconic (Part 4) to the Crazy bad but fun (Jason takes Manhattan)  I still love everyone of them.  Including the rather good remake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Steven Spielberg Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Steven Spielberg Movies!

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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: Steven Spielberg movies!

 

Close but no cigar: Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, War of the World

 

 

5 – Jurassic Park
Proving that he does blockbuster better than anyone else, Jurassic Park is pure entertainment from start to finish.

 

4 – Schindler’s List
Schindler’s List is a brutal, personal film that finally secured Spielberg a well deserved academy award

 

3 – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Years later ET still packs a huge emotional punch and lives of generations after it’s original release.  

2 – Jaws
Jaws is one of the best horror films ever made and even now, years later, the iconic film lives on in references from everything from TV to film.

 

1 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Creating one of the most iconic characters in film history is not easy, putting them in a trilogy that’s nearly perfect is even harder.  And yes… trilogy. There is no crystal skull.

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Shark Movies (Updated Inc. The Meg!)

Phil’s Top 5… Shark Movies (Updated Inc. The Meg!)

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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: Shark Movies

 

Close but no cigar: Jaws 2, Sharknado 2, Megashark Vs Giant Octopus, The Reef, Deep Blue Sea

 

 

5 – Open Water
Open Water is a cracking low budget shark movie that’s full of tension and tight direction. Another simple idea with a finned menace at it’s heart

 

4 – Sharknado
It’s a Shark.  Tornado.  A Sharknado.  Yup it’s cheap, yup it’s silly but man it’s so much fun!

 

3 – The Meg
Its dumb, OTT and pretty much everything you’d expect from a Jason Statham vs A giant shark movie. Yup.


2 – The Shallows
With one lead, a shark and a very simple premise The Shallows makes you not want to go back in the water all over again.


1 – Jaws
Was there EVER going to be another one? Jaws is a near flawless Shark movie. Even if the plastic Shark Bruce didn’t want to play ball..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Video Nasties (Films banned by the BBFC)

Phil’s Top 5… Video Nasties (Films banned by the BBFC)

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Upcoming/Returning TV Shows

Phil’s Top 5… Upcoming/Returning TV Shows

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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: Upcoming/Returning TV Shows

 

Close but no cigar: Maniac, Better Call Saul, Stranger Things

 

5 – Ozark
The first season of Ozark was a pleasant surprise and will the second series of Ozark about to drop all eyes are on whether it can deliver another killer year. 

 

4 – Jack Ryan
A big budget Amazon TV show, this has the promise to finally realise the potential of this franchise.

 

3 – Fear The Walking Dead 
Returning for the second half of it’s fourth season, FTWD is on a roll. Taking the series in a new direction, it’s now a much better show that The Walking Dead and well out of it’s sister shows shadow.

 

2 – Myans MC
OMG! It’s a sequel to Sons Of Anarchy, one of the best TV shows of the last decade set in the time frame (which means cross overs!) and featuring Edward James Olmos.  I mean what more could you ask.

 

1 – Game Of Thrones
Officially announced for the beginning of 2019, the final series of Game Of Thrones promises everything,  Will it deliver? Who knows but man the excitement after a year off is almost unmeasurable.

 

 

 

 

 

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