Killer Klowns From Outta Space (1988) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Killer Klowns From Outta Space (1988) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Killer Klowns may sound like a cheap 80’s low budget horror film (which to be fair it is) BUT it offers far more invention and creativity than you would expect from a film made for peanuts and directed by a trio of brothers who have done little of note since.   The basic premise of Alien clowns killing people in a small town is silly enough but the charm in which is does it and the creative use of clown tropes makes this far more enable that it has any right to have and oddly stands up well over 30 years later.  One to stream for sure (now on Netflix UK).

Best Bit: Shadow Puppets

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Ticks, The Blob, Critters

 


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RoboCop (1987) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

RoboCop (1987) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Entering the SciFi wing of the Hall Of fame comes RoboCop – the 1987 Paul Verhoeven directed part action part satire that tackles crime, media and violence with a sardonic tone and a dark sense of humour.  Over 30 years later it’s surprising just how well RoboCop holds up (and conversely just how forgettable the recent remake is).  And even scarier… it feels very much like this could be modern day Trump America.  Weller does a great job with the obvious and considerable restrictions that the RoboCop role put upon him but he nails it.  However it’s the film villains that shine the most – from Ronny Cox as corporate bully Dick Jones to Kurtwood Smith as the psychotic Clarence Boddicker they chew up the scenery and give the film some really hateful villains.  But beyond that it’s a film full of iconic moments – Ed-209, the suit itself, the uber-violence and the infinitely quotable one liners.   In short – A must watch.

Best Bit: ED 209 goes rogue.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: RoboCop 2, The Terminator, Total Recall 

Hall of Fame

 


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Alita: Battle Angel (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Alita: Battle Angel (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Alita: Battle Angel is a total mess.  Yup it’s 15 years plus in development for filmmaker James Cameron, who turns over directorial duties to the unreliable Robert Rodriguez but sadly still carried writing the script.  Seriously if after 15 years you can’t get a better script that this, then Avatar 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9  stand no hope. Mahershala Ali does that thing actors do now where they get nominated for an Oscar just months away from starring in a totally bollocks film (see: John C Riley, Eddie Redmayne) in a cast that features both box office repellants Ed Skrein and Jai Courtney.  From its non-ending ending, to its ‘did they REALLY just write that’ script, across to its piss poor CGI and clunky directing this film does almost everything wrong.  Please avoid.

Best Bit: My 2 minutes toilet break which gave me a nice break from the film

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Avatar, Ghost In The Shell, Ready Player One

 


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IO (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

IO (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
IO isn’t exactly a ground breaking science fiction film.  Think a reverse ‘The Martian’ and you get a vague idea of the story. That said considering Netflix’ recent journeys into the genre IO is a freakin’ masterpiece!  Anthony Mackie and Margaret Qualley do a good job but the film is almost so low key that you’ve forgotten it moments after it finishes.  So far from essential but it passes the time well…

Best Bit: The ending I guess

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: The Martian, Sunshine, Twelve Monkeys 

 


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