Phil’s Top 5… Sleeper Hits

Phil’s Top 5… Sleeper Hits

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: My Top 5 Sleeper Hits

 

Close but no cigar: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Jackass: The Movie, Easy Rider, Clerks

 

5 – District 9
US Box office: $210 million/ Budget: $30 million
Sadly teh director has never topped his early work.

 

4 – Saw
US Box office: $55.2 million Budget: $1.2 million
Clever, franchise spawning hit

 

3 – Paranormal Activity
US Box office: $107.6 million Budget: $15,000k
Not everyone’s bag but was a massive hit

 

2 – Slumdog Millionaire
US Box office: $141.3 million/ Budget: $15 million
A charming, heart warming film by one of teh UK’s best directors.

 

1 –  The Blair Witch Project
US Box office: $248.6 million Budget: $60,000k
I loved Blair Witch and still even now it unsettles me.  Avoid the sequels.

 

 

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)

Best... Other Cr*p

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

Phil Hobden
Editor – Phil’s Quick Capsule Review

Trainspotting – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Trainspotting – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Trainspotting defined a generation.  It’s THAT important as a film. It set the culture for 90’s Britain and showed how to adapt the unadaptable.  It launched careers, cemented Boyle as one of  THE up and coming directors in the UK and sold millions in soundtrack albums.  But more than that is was an adrenaline shot in the arm of the British film industry.  Years later it still stands up as a great film and re-watching it just cemented it further as the classic it is.

Best Bit: Lust for Life! 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Shallow Grave, T2 Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Danny Boyle Films

Phil’s Top 5… Danny Boyle 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: To celebrate the upcoming release of T2: Trainspotting here are my top 5 Danny Boyle Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Sunshine, 127 Hours, The Beach

 

 
5 – Steve Jobs
Based on Walter Isaacson biography and taking a rather unconventional approach, Steve Jobs was an awesome look at one of technology’s greatest characters, delivered in a way only Danny Boyle would dare.  Oh and an award nominated script by the maestro Aaron Sorkin… what more could you ask.

4 – Shallow Grave
Years on, Danny Boyle’s low budget debut Shallow Grave is still a damn good film and one that launched us the careers of two of the UK’s most known actors. Tense, tightly directed and thrilling. 

 

3 – Slumdog Millionaire
Showing the Boyle can turn his style to almost any narrative, Slumdog tells a colourful love story set against a bizarre story of a street kid and a TV game show. Excellent performances and well a deserved Oscar win for Boyle. 

2 – 28 Days Later
Simply put one of the best Zombie/Horror films ever made, one of the best low budget films ever made, one of the best British films ever made.  

 

1 – Trainspotting
Iconic. Groundbreaking. Masterpiece.  Trainspotting is all this and more. It’s also damn harrowing and gave us a soundtrack that defined a generation.  A must see.  

 

 

Blog: Trash – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Trash – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Trash, directed by Billy Elliott’s Stephen Daldry and written by Richard Curtis, shows that with a great writer, a competent director and some good source material even the most unlikely tale can be an engaging, though provoking ride.  What strikes you most is that this is a very un-Richard Curtis script.  This isn’t over sentimental as his later films have somewhat become, this is a Brazilian Slumdog with a more thriller bent, zipping along never to worry too much about making complete sense until it’s predictable but welcome uplifting final scenes.  Loved Slumdog then for sure give Trash a try.

Best Bit: The favela

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Slumdog Millionaire, Billy Elliot, Mud

 

Author: Phil Hobden