Skyfall – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Skyfall – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hold the phone.  007 is back and this time he’s bloody near perfect.  Yes that’s right Skyfall is exactly as good as the hype suggest, a film that returns Bond to the classic figure we know and love whilst throwing in enough action, heartache and shootouts to be a damn good action thriller in it’s own right.  From the Aston Martin, to the fight in a lizard pit (yes really!), this is Bond at the best he’s been for a long time. Highly re-watchable, massively fun.  A must watch. Just a shame about the song.

Best Bit: The final showdown
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
 
If you like this try: Casino Royale, License To KillQuantum Of Solace

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Blog: The Billion Dollar Movie Car Club (Highest Grossing Movie Cars!)

Blog: The Billion Dollar Movie Car Club (Highest Grossing Movie Cars!)

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They’ve starred in some of the highest grossing movies of all time, now Hollywood’s biggest four wheeled stars have been named for the very first time.  New research by motoring experts LeaseCar.uk has revealed a handful of motors who qualify for an exclusive Billion Dollar Movie Car Club – vehicles which played a significant role in a billion-dollar movie or movie franchise.

Surprisingly many of Hollywood’s most iconic car movies failed to qualify for the club as only those grossing a billion or more at the box office were deemed worthy of inclusion.  The nine cars which made the cut can be considered the highest earning movie motors of all time – and there are some surprises amongst them.  Researchers carefully calculated exactly how much screen time each car received and worked this out as a percentage of the movie’s run time.  This figure was then used to calculate the exact revenue the cars could have been considered to ‘earn’ at the box office – creating a definitive list of the highest grossing cars in Hollywood history.

 

Billion Dollar Movie Car Club: motors and box office takings for their time on screen

 

  1. Jurassic Park Jeep: $200,940,000
  2. Fast & Furious 7, Dodge Charger: $189,000,000
  3. Back to the Future (Pts 1,2,3) Delorean: $148,393,100
  4. Transformers: Age of Extinction, Chevrolet Camaro, $67,100,000
  5. Harry Potter, Ford Anglia: $44,829,000
  6. Skyfall, Aston Martin: $37,400,000
  7. Titanic, 1912 Renault Coupe: $27,300,000
  8. Star Wars, Luke’s Landspeeder: $26,363,600
  9. Batman v Superman, Batmobile: $24,416,000

 

The focus on box office takings meant some of the best-known car movies didn’t get a look in. The Italian Job, for example, took only $10m in 1969 and its remake managed $176m in 2003 – far below the threshold required for the Billion Dollar Movie Car Club.

 

Surprisingly the research revealed that the biggest car movie star of all time is the humble Jeep from the Jurassic Park movie franchise.  Perhaps most famous for the T-Rex attack scene in the very first Jurassic Park movie starring Jeff Goldblum, a combination of serious screen time and sky high box office takings took the Jeep to the top of the chart when it came to cash generated while on screen. It fought off stiff competition from more iconic car stars such as the Dodge Charger from The Fast and the Furious franchise, the Delorean from Back to the Future and James Bond’s Aston Martin.

 

The Jeep played an important role in many of the Jurassic Park movies and was on screen for a lengthy 24mins and 26 seconds, or 19.7%, of the film which kicked off the franchise. The franchise has grossed a massive $4.1 billion to date with the first movie alone generating $1.02billion. With the Jeep on screen for 19.7% of the movie researchers attributed a massive $200,940,000 to it making it the highest earning car movie star of all time.

 

The only other car to give the Jurassic Park Jeep a serious run for its money is the Dodge Charger from the Fast and the Furious franchise.  The Fast and Furious series has become perhaps the best-known car movie franchise in the world with global box office of $5.1billion. The Dodge, or rather a succession of them, is driven by character Dominic Toretto, played by actor Vin Diesel.  Researchers focused on Fast & Furious 7, a smash which took $1.5billion at the cinema. The Dodge was on screen for a lengthy 17min and 38 seconds, or 12.6% of the movie’s total run time, which meant the car alone ‘earned’ an impressive $189,000,000.

 

Harry Potter is the biggest movie franchise of all time with global box office takings of $8.5billion. The most famous car in the Harry Potter movies is the flying Ford Anglia which plays a key plot role in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which took an impressive $879m at the cinema.  The flying Ford Anglia was on screen for 8mins 55 seconds, or 5.1% of the movie, which was the second instalment of JK Rowling’s Potter series. Researchers calculated the car’s appearance was worth $44,829,000 dollars – 5.1% of the box office takings.

 

Star Wars, the second highest growing movie franchise of all time with takings of $7.5billion, is better known for spaceships than land vehicles but Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder from original movie A New Hope was included in the research. Luke’s main ride on his home planet Tatooine, the Landspeeder is on screen for a total of 4mins and 17 seconds or 3.4% of the movie, making it responsible for $26,363,600 of the film’s total box office figure of $775.4m.

 

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 is another contender for the most iconic movie car of all time but it is far behind the Jurassic Jeep and the Fast & Furious Dodge in terms of movie earnings. The Bond franchise has certainly done the business at cinemas with global box office of $7.07 making it the third highest grossing movie franchise behind Harry Potter and Star Wars. Researchers from motoring experts LeaseCar.uk focused on the car’s appearance in Skyfall – a stand-alone billion-dollar movie with takings of $1.1billion. The car shared the screen with Daniel Craig for 4mins 50 seconds or 3.4% of the movie run time, meaning it ‘earned’ $37,400,000 of the takings.

 

Another favourite movie car, the time travelling Delorean from the Back to the Future movies, managed to clinch third place on the list of highest grossing cars.  Researchers found that while the entire franchise took $1billion in total, the car really was the star with significant screen time – just under 15% across all three instalments – to earn a box office total of $148,393,000.

 

Other cars included in the billion-dollar club included the 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville from the movie Titanic. Despite not being part of a franchise the movie alone took a whopping $2.1billion at the box office. The car was on screen for 2mins 30 seconds, or 1.3% of the run time, earning a still impressive £27,300,000.  The Transformers movies have earned $4.3billion in total. The Age of Extinction instalment made $1.1billion alone. Researchers focused on ‘Bumblebee’ a Chevrolet Camaro, which was on screen for 10mins and 5 seconds or 6.1% of the film, meaning it was responsible for $67,100,000 of the take.   The Batman movies have taken a total of $4.6billion with Batman vs Superman taking $872m. The iconic Batmobile was on screen for 2.8% of the movie giving its appearance a value of $24,416,000.

 

A spokesman for motoring experts LeaseCar.uk, who completed the study, said: “Cars have played an important part in Hollywood since the days of silent movies. Some vehicles have become almost as famous as the characters and the actors who drive them.

 

“Everyone associates James Bond and Daniel Craig with the Aston Martin and you can’t think about Michael J Fox or Marty McFly without thinking about the Delorean.”  said LeaseCar “Other movies have put cars at the centre of the action and the Fast and the Furious franchise has become popular with petrolheads around the world.

 

“For our study though we wanted to find out once and for all which cars were the biggest stars of all time when it comes to Hollywood blockbusters. We decided to focus both on box office takings and on screen time and crunched the numbers to reach a definitive list. The results might surprise some people. Few would have predicted the Jeep from Jurassic Park was the biggest car movie star of all time but the numbers tell their own story. If there was an Oscar for Highest Grossing Car the Jurassic Jeep would win it hands down. Best Supporting Car would go to the Dodge from Fast and Furious. ”

They continue “Our personal favourite is the Delorean from Back to the Future but you have to add all three movies up to qualify for the Billion Dollar Movie Car Club. Maybe the time travelling car could get an Oscar in Lifetime Achievement category?”

 

Phil’s Top 5… 21st Century’s most re-watchable films

Phil’s Top 5… 21st Century’s most re-watchable films

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:  21st Century’s most re-watchable films

 

Close but no cigar: Ocean’s 11, The Avengers, The Bourne Ultimatum, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dredd

 

5 – The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
Okay a LITTLE cheat here but these films really do make one long film.  And man for near 12 hours of film that are incredibly re-watchable.

 

4 – Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone
The film that kicked it all off is still magical to this day.  From it’s charming cast to it’s often scary moments, this film set the tone for decades worth of films and merchandise that followed.

 

3 – Guardians of the Galaxy
By far Marvel’s most re-watchable film.  It’s funny, clever and charming whilst never forgetting what it is.

 

2 – Skyfall
Possible the best Bond film (at least on par with Goldfinger & License To Kill), Mendes does EVERYTHINg right here.

 

1 – The Dark Knight
Nolan’s second Batman film is quite simply the best film of the 20th century so far for me – a film that is so much more than just the excellent performance by Ledger.

 

 

 

 

 

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Skyfall: A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Skyfall: A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hold the phone.  o07 is back and this time he’s bloody near perfect.  Yes that’s right Skyfall is exactly as good as the hype suggest, a film that returns Bond to the classic figure we know and love whilst throwing in enough action, heartache and shootouts to be a damn good action thriller in it’s own right.  From the Aston to the fight in a lizard pit (yes really!), this is Bond at the best he’s been for a long time.  In fact hype aside this could well be the best Bond film ever.  Highly re-watchable, massively fun.  A must watch.

Best Bit: Cameras
Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy
 
If you like this try: Casino Royale; License To Kill;  Quantum Of Solace

Rating: 

Phil’s Top 5… Bond Films

Phil’s Top 5… Bond Films

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: Bond Films

 

Close but no cigar: Goldeneye, The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr No, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 

 

5 – Live And Let Die
Live And Let Die saw Bond go darker and more intimate for the first time and at times felt more like a horror film than a Bond film.  A great villain, a kick ass theme and Moore setting the tone of things to come.

 

4 – Goldfinger
The quintessential Bond film, Goldfinger set the template for every Bond film to follow.  The theme, the title sequence, the bad guy… it’s near perfect.

 

3 – Casino Royale
Daniel Craig knocked it out the park with Casino Royale, returning martin Campbell to the franchise and redefining Bond for a new generation.

 

2 – License To Kill  
Dalton was my favourite Bond growing up.  He brought a degree of real to a franchise that had gone very much off the rails. License To Kill showed what a rouge Bond out for revenge would look like.  The first 15 rated Bond, with blood and violence License To Kill  still holds up well.

 

1 – Skyfall
Controversial maybe but Skyfall set a new bar for Bond films.  It was self referential but without slipping to parody, but still original, exciting and dynamic enough to make you believe there was a place for this dinosaur in the 21st century. And then they made Spectre.

 

 

 

The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

The 25 Best… 2010’s to Now Movies!

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In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 2010’s to Now! 

 

The close but no cigar Films: Everybody Wants Some, The Final Girls, I Olga Hepnarova, No One Lives, The Jungle Book (2016), Hugo, The Guest, Zootopia, Black Swan, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Drive, Florentina Hubaldo CTE

 

 

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My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

My life In Movies… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

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A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. (Yes ’86 and ’84 was impossible to split!)

… And yes a few do differ from my Annual ‘Film of The Year’.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!!

The 70’s

1976 – The Outlaw Josey wales
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Dawn Of The Dead
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Ghostbusters/ Gremlins
1985 – The Goonies

1986 – Aliens/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/ Top Gun
1987 – The Lost Boys

1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Tango & Cash

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – Terminator 2 Judgement Day
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Heat
1996 – Trainspotting
1997 – Con Air
1998 – Lock Stock & Two Smoking barells
1999 – Fight Club

The 2000’s 

2000 – Snatch
2001 – Black Hawk Down
2002 – 28 days Later
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Serenity

2006 – Children of Men
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum

2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Slumdog Millonaire
2010 – The Social Network

The 10’s 

2011 – Hugo
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – Rush
2014 – Wolf Of Wall Street
2015 – Whiplash
2016 – The Nice Guys

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Phil’s Top 5… Bond Films

Phil’s Top 5… Bond Films

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: Bond Films!

 

Close but no cigar: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldeneye, Dr No

 

5 – Live & let Die
Far from the late camp of Roger Moore’s era, Live & Let Die is dark and mysterious in places and showed that the producers had finally found a Bond worthy of stepping in to Connery’s shoes.  Shame it all ended in Safari suits and Grace Jones…

 

4 – Casino Royale
Black & white, flash backs, an early pre 007 Bond? Casino Royale took the play book and threw it out.  And damn was it all the better for it.  Consigning the cheese of Brosnan’s later films to history, Casino Royale gave us a Bond film for the 2000’s with a more physical 007 and a more grounded story.

 

3 – License To Kill
Dalton’s two films are much maligned by many but Licence To Kill takes the concept of Bond gone rogue and runs with it.  Darker (it starts with Felix getting eaten by  shark), deadlier and relentless it was the first Bond film to feature Bond getting bloo-y. Awesome villain also.

 

2 – Goldfinger
Goldfinger is the prototypical Bond film.  It set the template for all those that followed and cemented Connery and Bond as icons.  It gave us Bassey, P-ssy Galore and Q’s OTT gadgets.  Bond would never be the same…

 

1 – Skyfall
Skyfall is the perfect Bond film that manages to grow the character of Bond whilst building on the elements we know and love.  So it has gadgets, some top notch action sequences and a camp bad guy.  But it also has heart, charm and reverence to what has gone before.

 

 

Blog: Spectre – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Spectre (2015) – Sigh. Where did it all go so wrong? Ah yes for the most part it was the moment where a collecting the cheque Christoph Waltz arrives and the film goes all “One Million Dollars” on us ( a moment I laughed out loud at). Yup Bond tries to do Austin Powers but without the fun, action or the jokes. Let’s be fair: for around an hour it’s pretty good stuff. Witty with classic Bond stylings but I can’t ever remember seeing a film fall so far so fast.

Part of the issue comes with the stunt casting of Fiennes, Whishaw and Harris. The film feels almost obliged to give them things to do, which sadly takes away from Bond himself. That said Craig doesn’t look comfortable or like he’s having fun for one moment, with ever Bondism seeming forced and stilted. He does gritty but cool and quippy…. not really. Even the action isn’t that great (other than the excellent train fight) with a boring vanilla car chase around the Vatican that seems to forget every touch point on how to do this right that Bullet set almost 40 years ago.

Overall the fault here lies firmly with Mendes who sadly remind me of Nolan on the third Batman film, sleepwalking through a film he’s contracted to make. Spectre is a film that doesn’t know whether it wants to be Skyfall or A View To A Kill and sadly fails at both. Oh and don’t even get me started on how rapey Bond is back in fall force, delivering two of Bond’s most uncomfortable seductions/near rapes. Craig should be banned from sex scenes and running (Yes he still can’t run). So it has a few good moments and the support cast are strong but an obvious and convoluted story, a boring twist predicted the moment the title was revealed and some of the worst action in a Bond film makes this sadly behind even Quantum Of Solace in the Craig list of Bond films.

Best Bit: Train Fight

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Skyfall, Casino Royale, License To Kill

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Author: Phil Hobden