Phil’s Top 5… Films About Hacking

Phil’s Top 5… Films About Hacking

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: Films About hacking!


Close but no cigar: Blackhat, Snowden, Live Free or Die Hard, Ghost in the Shell, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tron


5 – Hackers
Yup it’s one of the silliest films about hacking ever made BUT it’s great fun, spectacularly stupid and features a cast of about to be great actors.



4 – The Social Network
So the film itself isn’t solely about hacking BUT some of the best sequences revolve around Zuckerberg, Saverin and co sat around hacking into university databases to make hot-or-not style sites.

3 – War Games
80’s films at it’s best.  Thermo-nucelar war, early computer graphics and the one and only Ferris Bueller.

2 – The Matrix
The Matrix is all about hacking the titular Matrix, which in itself is just an excuse for lots of action, fights and Keanu in leather.

1 – Sneakers
Sneakers is one of my favourite films from the 90’s.  It’s clever, smart and brilliantly directed, with a cracking cast and lots of surprise twists and turns along the way.




Snowden – A Quick Capsule Review

Snowden – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Snowden tells an interesting story that the documentary Citizen Four did better.  In fact I’d argue that whilst Snowden is fine overall if you’ve seen Citizen Four there is no real need to watch this.  And if you haven’t? Well watch Citizen Four instead.  In short: Oliver Stone coasting. 

Best Bit: Gordon-Levitt is very good as the titular Snowden

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Citizen Four, Sully, Deepwater Horizon 

IMDB Rating: 


Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends FILMS TO WATCH For 2016 Part 2: Room, Sing Street, Snowden, Trumbo

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends FILMS TO WATCH For 2016 Part 2: Room, Sing Street, Snowden, Trumbo

Other Cr*p Quick Review Year In Review
The votes are in.  The long list reduced to just 9… and here they are, the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests list of the FILMS TO WATCH for 2016.  In no particular order:


#6: Room
A young boy is raised within the confines of a small shed.




#7: Sing Street
A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.



#8: Snowden
The NSA’s illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency’s employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.





#9: Trumbo
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.







Next Time: Turd Of The Year for 2016! 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 23 Must See Films Of 2016

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Friends: The 23 Must See Films Of 2016

Other Cr*p Year In Review

So this is it… Phil’s Quick Capsule Review & Guests (including podcasters Andrew Mackay & Josh Morris, Filmmakers Drew Cullingham & Ross Boyask and writer/film fan Matt Duddy) LONG list of the 23 must see films of 2016.

This list will also form the basis of our vote for the Essential Films of 2016.

So how many have YOU seen?

Hunt For The Wilderpeople
The Shallows
Doctor Strange
Eddie The Eagle
Everybody Wants Some !!
Green Room
Hail, Caesar
I, Daniel Blake
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Sing Street
The Invitation
The Jungle Book
The Little Prince
The Nice Guys
Triple 9

Check back in the next few days for our final list or take the QUIZ HERE To see how many you have seen!