Arlington Road (1999) – A Quick Capsule Review

Arlington Road (1999) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Arlington Road is a more than competent, well directed and acted thriller with a game changing ending that you just don’t see coming and elevated the film from being just pretty good to being great. The film IS more than its twist however and to be fair Robbins, snarling his way through the film, is great value whilst Bridges is excellent at being ‘on edge’.  The films preposterous for sure but if you buy into it (and I really did) it’s superb, cleverly laid out fun.  It’s aged pretty and Arlington Road remains a memorable 90’s thriller that’s well worth revisiting.

Best Bit: THAT ending

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Primal Fear, The Sixth Sense, Blown Away

 


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The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween ‘ Quick Capsule Review

The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween ‘ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Devil’s Advocate is about as subtle as being hit by a brick, in the face, in the middle of a global sporting event whilst its broadcast live on TV with a brass band playing naked in the background.  From Al Pacino dialling up to 11 (and then further) to Taylor Hackford’s direction which leaves nothing unsaid it’s not the kind of film you look for nuance in.  This all said I bloody love it.  Reeves is good, Theron excellent but this is Pacino’s film and he relishes being unleashed as the film get’s crazier and crazier. Pacino really is having a bundle of fun and it shows.  It hold’s up well some 22 years later and despite clocking in at just under two and a half hours the film flies by.  Well worth a rewatch.

Best Bit: Pacino’s 20 minute end monologue

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Constantine, Primal Fear, Dick Tracy

 


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Spoiler Alert: Primal Fear (1996)

Spoiler Alert: Primal Fear (1996)

Other Cr*p

In this regular feature we go places few others dare… by spoiling the twist from some great (and not so great) films. So if you haven’t seen the film in question… don’t look!

No really.  Don’t.

 


 

Aaron was faking all the time. He never had split personality, and he acted as a mentally Ill person in order to avoid execution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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: 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.