Those We Lost… 2018 In Memoriam

Those We Lost… 2018 In Memoriam

Year In Review

In memoriam.  2018 continued deaths relentless march through the great and good of Hollywood.  Here’s a selection of those who passed in 2018 whose deaths will be felt within them film library of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…

(Apologies for any one we have missed out)


Nicolas Roeg

William Goldman

Stan Lee

John Mahoney

Burt Reynolds

Fenella Fielding

David Ogden Stiers

Emma Chambers

Frank Doubleday

James Karen

R Lee Ermey

Margot Kidder

Aretha Franklin

Connie Sawyer

Reg E. Cathey

Mickey Jones

Steven Bochco

Verne Troyer

Milos Forman

Leslie Grantham

Scott Wilson


Rest In Peace and may your considerable legacy’s live on.


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My Favourite… R Lee Ermey Film

My Favourite… R Lee Ermey Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.

This time out: My Favourite…. R Lee Ermey (1944-2018) Film



A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Stanly Kubrick’s brutal 1987 war film Full Metal Jacket showed the horrors of war both at home and away. But for all the great performances it was that of the sadistic drill sergeant that was the most memorable.  R Lee Ermey was a consultant on the film, himself a former drill sergeant.  But after failing to find someone who could deliver as well as Ermey in the role, Kubrick instead cast him and we had the start of a career that would span decades, often playing a take on the character seen here.  But Ermey was FAR better than just rehashing this role and would go on to add some serious films to his resume and work with some of Hollywoods best directors.


See also: The Frighteners, Se7en, Toy Story 



Must See Movie: Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Must See Movie: Full Metal Jacket (1987)


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Why Should I watch this?
Love him or loathe him, Kubrick knew how to make film that grabbed you by the balls and never let go.  From what I consider to be on elf THE best opening fifteen minutes of a film ever through to a challenging second half that many considered didn’t deliver on it’s early promise, Full Metal Jacket is probably the best Vietnam film ever shot (and ever shit in England!).  Vincent D’Onofrio gives a career best performance and R. Lee Ermey manages to set the tone of every drill sergeant ever committed to film. It’s brutal, bloody and, like it’s director, uncompromising.