‘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: Well that was a surprise… a musical based on the works of The Proclaimers (whose music I detest as a general rule) not only managed to be charming and funny but also made me actually want to buy their music. More over Sunshine On Leith, full of great choreography, charing performances and a heart missing from modern day filming, ended up as probably one of the top ten films of 2013. Who saw that coming? Highly recommended.
Best Bit: 500 Miles.
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
If you liked this try: Little Shop Of Horrors, Blues Brothers, Rocky Horror Picture Show
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Musicals!
Close but no cigar:Mary Poppins, Everyone Says I love You, Grease 2, La La Land, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Oliver! , Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
5 – Little Shop of Horrors Suddenly Seymour! The remake of a little seen Roger Corman film, Little Shop of Horrors is full of great songs and even better cameos. You’ll never go to the dentist again!
4 – The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers delivers iconic moments in bucket loads – from the cats to the car chases, to the songs to the cameos… it’s one of the best soundtracks ever. Films damn fine as well.
3 – Rocky Horror Picture Show Rocky Horror Picture Show lives on over 40 years from it’s release and is probably better recognised now thanks to it’s ensuring sing alongs and packed out stage shows.
2 – The Nightmare Before Christmas The newsiest entry on my list, The Nightmare Before Christmas is charming, heart warming, clever and beautiful. It’s also a work of art with some of the most stunning stop motion that holds up even today.
1 – Grease It’s Grease – one of the most successful and singable musicals ever. It’s launched careers, sold a gazillions of sound tracks and still packs out sing alongs.
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Well this one is interesting. It you look online, you’d think that this remake was mostly Fox shooting the cast of the original against a brick wall live on TV. It’s not. Actually as a fan of both the film and the stage show, I welcome new versions of what is a much adapted classic. And for the most part this film is pretty good. The Time Warp is fantastic and most of the new cast aquit themselves well. There’s even a welcome return for the usherette, cruelly let out of try original film! HOWEVER the films biggest weakness is Frank herself, Laverne Cox, who sadly just lacks the charisma of Tim Curry delivering Sweet Transvestite as a strangely muted, lifeless number. So far from terrible and worth a watch but COULD be better.
Best Bit: Time Warp!
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment, Grease Live!