Under Siege (1992) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Under Siege (1992) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Under Siege was yet another Die Hard clone – this time it’s Die Hard… On A Boat.  With added Gary Busey.  At the height of his success Steven Seagal made what was then his biggest film and, to be fair to him, he’s never looked leaner or more sharp.  The central concept  is barking mad – former & current soldiers lead a hostile take over of a military ship for some reason that mostly you don’t care about.  Ultimately this is about Seagal being Seagal and beating the snot out of a LOT of bad guys. Which is something he does very well indeed.  There’s nothing new here, even for 1992, but years later the film still works well and is never dull.  So not groundbreaking but for sure it’s a whole lot of fun and well worth a rewatch.

Best Bit: Busey is obviously having the time of his life.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Die Hard, Speed, Toy Soldiers 

 


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Die Hard (1988) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Die Hard (1988) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Die Hard is for sure the best action film of the 80’s.  Hell is probably the best action film ever made.  Directed by John McTiernan at the top of his game and starring Bruce Willis when he gave a fuck, Die Hard is a super tense, super creative genre defining (and creating) film that changed cinema forever.  But beyond the incredibly staged action, the tense script and the career making performances by Rickman & Willis, you forget just how beautifully shot Die Hard is. Dutch cinematographer (and now director) Jan de Bont creates a gorgeous film that breaks all the rules around lens fair as it makes the most of it’s confined spaces  Films genuinely don’t get any better than Die Hard and 31 years on it still holds up like it was made yesterday.  And yes… Die Hard IS a Christmas movie so there.

Best Bit: Lift shaft + C4 = Boom!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard: With A Vengeance, Speed

 

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Spoilers) 

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Spoilers) 

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as Ross has finally seen it.  And shocker… he liked it. A Lot.  Could this be Tarantino back on form? Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie, Bruce Lee, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Serenity, Ma, Angel Has Fallen, Speed, He Who Dares Wins, White House Down, Dragons Forever, Joker, IT, Silence, The Irishman, The Last Movie Star

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… James Gunn, Movies News and Venom

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… James Gunn, Movies News and Venom

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we return from our Summer hiatus to look at the recent news about the firing of James Gunn rom Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, take in some general movies news and talk about the new Venom trailer. Well someone has too…

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Venom, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3, Demolition 2, Speed, Tango & Cash, Dawn Of The Dead, War Of The Worlds, Roadhouse, Showdown In Little Tokyo, The First Purge, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Spiderman: Homecoming, Powder, Assault On Precinct 13, The Meg, Star Wars

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For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)
For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

   

 

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Speed (1994) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Speed (1994) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Speed is one of the 90’s best action films.  And that’s saying something in a decade that gave us Point Break, Con Air and many more.  Director DeBont never topped his work here, a tight, tense, high concept premise that Reeves, Bullock and Hopper sold the shit out of.  What’s best about Speed is that years later (and this film was out in 1994) the film holds up so well.  Like Die Hard it’s a genre defining film that cemented Reeves and Bullock as stars.  Brilliant.

Best Bit: Pop Quiz Hot Shot…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: But

If You Liked this Try: Die Hard, Under Siege, Point Break 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Trailers that Ruined The Film

Phil’s Top 5… Trailers that Ruined The Film

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Top 5 Movie Trailers That Ruined the actual film

 

Close but no cigar: Terminator Genisys, Speed,The Island, Terminator 2 ,  Children of Men

 

5 – The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
Gandolf died in the previous film.  Well he didn’t and we know this thanks to the Two Towers trailers.  

 

4 -The Amazing Spiderman 2
A double epic fail here as the the trailer throws in shots of a falling Stacy (thus confirmed her fate) and the final shot of the film with Rhino.

3 – Terminator Salvation
Sam Worthington is a Terminator.  Great twist. If we hadn’t already seen it in the trailer

 

2 – GoldenEye
Sean Bean is dead.  Oh no he isn’t he’s the films big bad.

 

1 – Jurassic Park Fallen Kingdom
EVERY. KEY. MOMENT. Yup between two trailers the film’s narrative is basically laid out for you to see end to end. Including one of the last few shots of the film. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Summer Blockbusters Of All Time

Phil’s Top 5… Summer Blockbusters Of All Time

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five… this time out: The Top 5 Summer Blockbusters Of All Time

 

Close but no cigar: Speed, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Aliens, ET, Top Gun

 

5 – Die Hard (1988)
Possibly the best action film ever made, Die Hard is iconic from start to finish.

 

4 – Back To The Future (1985)
Innovate for it’s day, Back To The Future is still fantastic all this years later.

 

3 – Jaws (1975)
The original blockbuster.

 

2 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
One of the best sequels ever made, James Cameron’s second Terminator film is an action epic from start to finish full of iconic moments and groundbreaking FX.

 

1 – Star Wars (1977)
One of the best sci-fi action films of all time, Star Wars does everything right, cemented a legacy and still holds up all thee years later.

 

 

The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

The 25 Best… Action Films of All Time

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In our continuing regular feature, 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 a particular genre… 

This time out: The Best Action Films of All Time

 

The close but no cigar Films: The Bourne Supremacy, Men of War, Speed, Captain America: Winter Solider, Fast Five, Hardboiled, Inception, Battle Royale, Speed, The Book Of Eli

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Great Films By Bad Directors

Phil’s Top 5… Great Films By Bad Directors

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Great Films By Bad Directors

 

Close but no cigar: Event Horizon (Paul W S Anderson), Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly), Independence Day (Roland Emmerich), Red Dragon (Brett Ratner) 

 

5 – The Rock (Michael Bay)
The Rock was great.  Bad Boys Was pretty good also to be fair.  But now, four Transformers films down there is no hope we will ever see a return to that earlier, raw and REAL action that was his trademark for so long.

 

4 – Death Wish (Michael Winner)
Death Wish was raw, dangerous and brutal. He ended up his career with Parting Shots.  

 

3 – Die Hard 2: Die Harder (Renny Harlin)
Die Hard 2 is ALMOST on par with the original.  Expanding the idea but still keeping in “real”, Harlin delivered a tight, tense and action packed sequel.   Cutthroat Island shortly followed.

 

2 – Sixth Sense (M Night Shyamalan)
A career making film that was never topped, Shyamalan tried to turn the twist ending into a hallmark and ended up making The Happening.

 

1 – Speed (Jan De Bont)
Jan De Bont blew the roof off with Speed, one of the BEST action films of the 90’s.  He then went on to make increasingly bad films, from Twister to, ugh, Speed 2.

 

 

 

The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 90’s 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 1990’s

The close but no cigar Films: Apollo 13, Fight Club, Schindler’s List, Speed, The Usual Suspects, Dumb and Dumber, The Silence Of The Lambs, Waynes World, Empire Records, In the Line Of Fire, JKF

 

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