Demolition Man (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Demolition Man (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Demolition Man was one of the more memorable of the early 90’s action films, grabbing Snipes and Stallone at the height of their box office powers whilst delivering some top notch carnage and a smart satirical edge all the way. Add in Sandra Bullock at her most adorable, a strong support cast and Stuart Baird’s tried and tested action editing and you were always onto a winner.  But does it hold up all these years later? Well actually yes.  The action is still solid (devoid the the over editing that would plague the genre) , the performances knowing and the pace pretty relentless.

Best Bit: “You have been fined”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Streaming

If You Liked this Try: The Running Man, Tango & Cash, Total Recall, Robocop 

 


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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 9th film (don’t get me started!) by Quentin Tarantino was also the one that I was looking forward to the least.  Great cast… check.  Old Hollywood theme… check.  But another rambling near 3 hour Tarantino film after the disappointments of Hateful Eight, Django and almost all his films since Jackie Brown… Check. But Once Upon a Time In Hollywood won me over.  It’s not perfect for sure (it’s far too long and has a middle section that adds nothing to the film) BUT the central cast are quite simply phenomenal and this is Tarantino both at his most and least Tarantino… a balance that oddly works.  Okay so the last act feels oddly tacked on and his once again history meddling feels strange but on balance this was a well directed, expertly acted romp that has more positives than negatives.

Best Bit: The old ranch

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, True Romance 

 


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Avengers Assemble (2012) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Avengers Assemble (2012) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So Disney Plus launched and I went back to where it all started.  Yes Avengers Assemble changed the landscape of modern cinema.  Yup Iron Man was more significant in terms of launching the MCU but The Avengers/ Avengers Assemble showed that a multi-layered set up across multiple films and characters could be brought together in a film that gave (almost) everyone their moment in the sun whilst being coherent, fun and full of memorable moments (and quibble lines). It also nailed the Hulk after multiple miss steps.  Avengers Assemble is still the best of all the Avengers movies AND one of the best MCU films.  It also wipes the floor with Justice League but you already knew that.  Essential.

Best Bit: Attack on New York

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Iron Man, Thor , Captain America

 


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The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The third Pelham film, and Tony Scott’s fourth paring with Denzel, will probably be a turn off for any fans of the original Pelham classic.  That said as a film in its own right , 123 version 2009 is brilliantly entertaining, never boring me for a second with great central performances and Scott back on top form with his super kinetic style suiting the time bound narrative.  It’s sad to think that since this film we have lost Scott himself, Gandolfini and, for the third time, Travolta’s career resurgence.     Well worth a rewatch.

Best Bit:Denzel/Travolta banter

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Deja Vu, Crimson Tide, Man On fire

 


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Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) – A Skywalker Saga Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) – A Skywalker Saga Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So three things stand out rewatching Attack of The Clones.  1. It’s actually paced pretty good.  For a two hour plus film I really didn’t want to rewatch it moves quite fast.  That’s where the positives end.  2.  It has one of the worst scripts I have ever seen on screen.  And I’ve seen (and worked on) some utter Bobbins.  3. Hayden Christensen is by far the worst actor in this film.  He truly stinks up every scene he goes near and has ZERO chemistry with Portman or McGregor.

Look Attack of the Clones was always the weakest of a bad bunch (the prequel trilogy).  But rewatching it I’m reminded just how bad the film is.  The CGI effects, acting, script, dire-logue, direction… all so amateur.  Also in the wider context of the Star Wars films it just makes no sense.  Example (of MANY): Skywalker/Vader met and in fact was related to the family Kenobi would later HIDE Skywalker’s son with.  Right next door to his old home. On his old planet.  Ugh.  Thankfully the film throws enough action at the screen that you don’t notice but man this is not a joy to watch again and has aged badly.

Best Bit: The Clones finally attack.

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 


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Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Beverly Hills Cop 2 has always been far less regarded than the original Beverly Hills Cop.  Yet oddly I’ve always enjoyed it far more.  Yes it’s silly, over the top and obvious (they cant Brigitte Nielsen as a bank robber for god sake) but it’s a whole lot of fun and even now, 32 years later, it mostly holds up well as both a sequel and an action film in it’s own right.  For me that’s partly that’s down to the solid direction of the much missed Tony Scott but also this is Murphy on top form.  Yup attitudes have changed and the fashions dated but this is everything I loved about 80’s films.

Best Bit: Heff!

Worth a Rewatch: Yup. Aged quite well.

If You Liked this Try: Beverly Hills Cop, The Last Boy Scout, 48 Hours

 


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Jurassic Park (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Jurassic Park (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Jurassic Park was made almost 25 years ago and it still, for the most park, feels as fresh as if it was released yesterday.   Even the CGI, which was at the forefront all those years ago, still mostly holds up and the combination of practical and digital work means that the dinosaurs still feel real.  Its odd that Jurassic Park has never been topped by any of its sequels – in quality or FX – and Spielberg’s less is more approach (see Jaws) means that the money shots are really something to savour.  It’s also that for all the magic on screen Spielberg puts relatable humans at the film core.  It’s a stunning film and demands a rewatch.

Best Bit: T-Rex Attacks

Worth a Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Jurassic World, Jaws

 


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Cube (1997) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Cube (1997) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Cube was a break out 90’s hit that did a superb job at making the most of a very small budget, one location and a small cast.  Think Clerk’s with deadly traps.  It predated and influenced Saw and came around the time of break out low budget films like Blair Witch.  The 90’s was a really fun decade. However nostalgia aside, Cube has also aged less well than either of those films.  The effects and central concept still hold up but some of the acting can be pretty ropey at times and a slew of less regarded sequels and imitators has somewhat dampened its impact.  This all said it’s still a solid watch and shows what innovation can be done at a lower budget level.

Best Bit: Oh bugger.

Worth a Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: The Blair Witch Project, Saw, Clerks

 


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Wild Things (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Wild Things (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I may take a lot of slack for this one but I honestly believe Wild Things is somewhat of a forgotten classic of the 90’s.  Okay ‘classic’ may be a little keen but hear me out because Wild Things is a genuinely fun, entertaining and surprising thriller that is much more than it’s often cited sex scenes (which today seem very tame). Yes its cheesy, yes is tacky and yes it’s silly but that’s all kinda part of the charm isn’t it?  The cast know it, the director knows it and the audience sure as hell know it.  The biggest surprise rewatching this years later was that Bill Murray features in a pretty key role.  Who remembered that? Look Wild Things won’t appeal to everyone but it’s a damn fun, unpretentious film.

Best Bit: Bill Murray

Worth Rewatching: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Basic Instinct, Cruel Intentions, Showgirls

 


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Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So three things stand out rewatching Attack of The Clones.  1. It’s actually paced pretty good.  For a two hour plus film I really didn’t want to rewatch it moves quite fast.  That’s where the positives end.  2.  It has one of the worst scripts I have ever seen on screen.  And I’ve seen (and worked on) some utter Bobbins.  3. Hayden Christensen is by far the worst actor in this film.  He truly stinks up every scene he goes near and has ZERO chemistry with Portman or McGregor.

Look Attack of the Clones was always the weakest of a bad bunch (the prequel trilogy).  But rewatching it I’m reminded just how bad the film is.  The CGI effects, acting, script, dire-logue, direction… all so amateur.  Also in the wider context of the Star Wars films it just makes no sense.  Example (of MANY): Skywalker/Vader met and in fact was related to the family Kenobi would later HIDE Skywalker’s son with.  Right next door to his old home. On his old planet.  Ugh.  Thankfully the film throws enough action at the screen that you don’t notice but man this is not a joy to watch again and has aged badly.

Best Bit: The Clones finally attack.

Worth A Rewatch: God no.

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 


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