‘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: Point Break was the first major blockbuster action film directed by a woman (now Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow). It’s a heist movie, a cops and robbers movie, a warped buddy cop movie, an even more warped love story, an action movie, a study on friendship and an extreme sports movie all in one. Reeves established himself as a star in waiting and Swayze cemented himself as one of the biggest leading men of the early 90’s. But Point Break is much more than this. It’s almost arthouse in it’s stylings and challenges audiences perceptions from the start. Another reason why the start of the 90’s was a true golden age for cinema.
Best Bit: The sky dive
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Set It Off, Baby Driver, The Hurt Locker
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Speed is one of the 90’s best action films. And that’s saying something in a decade that gave us Point Break, Con Air and many more. Director DeBont never topped his work here, a tight, tense, high concept premise that Reeves, Bullock and Hopper sold the shit out of. What’s best about Speed is that years later (and this film was out in 1994) the film holds up so well. Like Die Hard it’s a genre defining film that cemented Reeves and Bullock as stars. Brilliant.
Best Bit: Pop Quiz Hot Shot…
Buy, Stream, Avoid: But
If You Liked this Try: Die Hard, Under Siege, Point Break
On this episode of the podcast we talk about Liam Neeson’s action films including his most recent release The Commuter. We wax lyrical about how the film makes no sense, how he’s 60 years old (and often tells us) and how Die Hard has a lot to be sorry for. Light spoilers included.
Hosted by Award winning Filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.
Films Discussed: The Commuter, Krull, Taken, Taken 2, He Who Dares 2, Point Break, Non Stop, Die Hard
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
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Kathryn Bigelow reunites with Mark Boal once again to tell the story of the Algiers Motel killings from the Detroit riots back in the 1960’s. The issue here is most of the facts are unknown, cobbled together from different opinions, thoughts and rumours. And that give step film a somewhat disjointed feel, not helped but it outstaying it’s welcome by at least 30 minutes with an unsatisfying court room finale. Which is a shame as for a while this had the potential to be one of the best films of the year. So – far from bad and often touches on genius but sadly overall it falls short
Best Bit: The hotel tension ramps up
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, Point Break
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 1990’s
The close but no cigar Films: Apollo 13, Fight Club, Schindler’s List, Speed, The Usual Suspects, Dumb and Dumber, The Silence Of The Lambs, Waynes World, Empire Records, In the Line Of Fire, JKF
It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.
On this episode: Welcome to episode Sixty Niiiine, Duuuuuude! While Josh indulges in all his Disney fantasies, its left to Mike, Steve and Ricky B to take the helm this week. This week, we look at DETROIT and LOGAN LUCKY, our Top 5 Movie Cameos, there is a special Educating Mike section and Ricky and Steve debate in Address The Lamb!
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out:My 5 Favourite Films of ALL Time!
Close but no cigar: Star Wars, Goonies, Die Hard, Cannonball Run, Godfather part 2, Double Indemnity, The Great Escape, Pulp Fiction
5 – Point Break Simply put one of the best pure action films of all time, Point Break does EVERYTHING right from it’s tight direction, superb central performances and groundbreaking action sequences. Today it holds up as though it was released yesterday and how can you argue with a film that has half the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in it?
4 – Aliens The sentry guns. Hicks. Hudson. The loader. The proximity alerts. Aliens. LOTs of Aliens. Aliens is just as near perfect as a movie can be and still today is a thrill ride few have topped.
3 – Empire Strikes Back Star Wars at it’s best. No scrub that science fiction at it’s best. Simples.
2 – Top Gun Everyone has one. A film they put in their top ten few others would dare. Yes for me that’s Top Gun. Look I know right? Everything you are going to say against it. BUT for me, growing up, this film was perfect and the soundtrack still plays in my car today. Perfect through imperfections.
1 – Goodfellas Scorsese delivers what is THE best Gangster/Mob film ever made with an Oscar winning performance from Joe Pesci, a career best from Ray Liotta and a film that was so good the Oscars ignored it and gave the direction statue to Kevin Costner (a sign of true greatness). Steadycams, Stones and drugs. Goodfellas is perfect.
Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…
Well 2016 was a bit… odd. With most of the big films not quite hitting the mark, especially comic books films. 2017 looks like more of the same – big budget super heroes, franchises, remakes and sequels. Here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2017.
Most Excited: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Marvel continues to do solid work, with Doctor Strange being a highlight of 2016. Also Guardians was, simply put, bloody terrific. Oh and have you seen THAT trailer. Baby Groot? Atomic Bomb? Yup. Sold.
2. Star Wars Episode 8 Lucasfilm in the hands of Disney have given us two very good Star Wars films in the shape of The Force Awakens and Rogue One. With the original cast (mostly) returning, more promised on the origins of Kylo Ren and Rey as well as a full return to the movies of Luke Skywalker… Episode 8 should be pretty special.
3. War For The Planet Of The Apes
Rise was great. Dawn even better. And now War. Based on THAT trailer and a synopsis which promises the final showdown between ape and man (which should lead to the end of the world/Charlton Heston) this could be one of the best films of the year.
4. John Wick Chapter 2
John Wick was old school, martial arts awesomeness. John Wick 2 promises a LOT more of the same. I have my seat booked.
5. T2: Trainspotting Trainspotting remains one of the best films of the 90’s and one of the best British films ever. Whether T2 follows the source material of Porno or not is still to be seen but either way with the cast returning and Boyle back behind the camera this should deliver a great film.
Bubbling Under: Baywatch (Excellent Trailer),Lego Batman (It’s Lego. Batman. Done), Spiderman: Homecoming (this could go either way to be honest but I’m hoping…), Silence (Scorsese. I’m in), Alien: Covenant (come on it HAS to be better than Prometheus!), The Dark Tower (could be the King adaptation we’ve always waited for), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Original was amazing, same team).
Stinker Of The Year: Transformers: The Last Knight The previous 3 Transformers films have each rated in AT LEAST the bottom 3 of year they were released (some even rock bottom). Looking at the trailer for the fifth (yes FIFTH!) Michael Bay Transformers film does little to convince me that this will be anything but an utter mess. It’s a bit like shooting fish in a barrel sure but come on there has to be ZERO chance of this being any good.
Also Dreading: Wonder Woman (The trailer is lacking, the film just doesn’t grab me), Blade Runner 2049 (Silly title, a sequel we just don’t need), Power Rangers (Urm not needed, not wanted), Logan (Want tone wrong but so far these films have just not worked), XXX: Return Of Xander Cage (Diesel is back. Nobody cares), Cars 3 (1 & 2 weren’t great) , The Mummy (Tom Cruise. A Mummy. I’ll pass).
So how did I do last year?
This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2016 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…
For the best: I tipped Captain America Civil War, Creed, Finding Dory, Deadpool & London Has Fallen as my most anticipated of 2016. Somewhat of a mixed bag with Creed & Deadpool sitting close to my top 10 with Creed my film of the year for a few months near the start of 2016. Finding Dory was good but not good enough. London Has Fallen, well that ended up being one of the worst films of the year for me. As for Captain America Civil War? It promised a lot but fell short of the far superior Winter Solider from a few years back and Marvel’s very own Doctor Strange which was the best superhero film of the year.
As for the Stinkers? Point Break was terrible as expected and landed firmly in my bottom 5 for 2016. Batman Vs Superman was actually pretty fun (if flawed), The Hateful Eight overrated as I expected but there were worse films in 2016, Ghostbusters was forgettable, Warcraft was everything that’s wrong with game movie adaptations and the combination of sequels Divergent Allegiant & Independence Day Resurgence showed that both franchises have zero fun left in them and even less commercial appeal. Only Star Trek Beyond rose above the dross as a truly fun film (until the silly somewhat overblown ending).
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The original Point Break is a top 5 film for me. So this remake was always going to struggle. But after 5 mins I thought “Actually this isn’t bad” Its a shame then that the film didn’t end there because quickly this film descends into a hollow, pointless mess. It lacks the heart and charm of the original as the Utah falls from one plot contrivance to another without ever actually having to do any police work. It’s lazy, piss poorly directed and when it does “homage” the original it just plain gets it wrong as it never once give you a moment to care. And man the Cgi on the last wave sequences are just monumentally horrid.
All in all if you want to watch a good Fast & Furious type film watch Fast & Furious. If you want to watch a good point break watch the original. If you want to watch a terrible and dull action film pick one of the hundreds made like this. Just don’t pick this as, apart from maybe two nice stunt sequences, this film has NOTHING to offer ANYONE.
Oh and casting note: When trying to replace an action known for his monotone delivery at least TRY to find someone who has even seen the word charisma written down, let alone manages to display a bit ever now and then. Right I’m off to watch the actual Point Break and remember why I gave a fuck so much.
Best Bit: The stunts
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid
If You Liked this Try: Point Break, Fast & Furious 5, XXX