Star Wars Week:  Star Wars A New Hope – A Quick Capsule Review

Star Wars Week: Star Wars A New Hope – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

With Solo: A Star Wars Story out this week it felt a good time to revisit our previous reviews for the Star Wars films… next up A New Hope. 

 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Star Wars is a genre defining, once in a life time kinda film that not only changed a genre of films for good it showed that the true value in film laid beyond the movie itself openning up multiple untouched revenue streams that kept the franchise alive well beyond it’s original runs.  It’s a film that wears its influences on it’s sleeve, from pulp serials of the 30’s and 40’s like Flash Gordon to the World War two dog fights that influence it space combat action so heavily.  The script is hokey for sure but the effects have rarely been topped by CGI and the pace and editing are top notch.  Star Wars defined a generation and still continues to entertain and endure over 40 years later.

Best Bit: The death star assault

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star wars: Return Of The Jedi, Star Wars: Rogue One

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Films (Updated)

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Films (Updated)

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: Star Wars Films… Updated

 

Close but no cigar:  Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode 3: The Revenge Of The Sith 

 

5 – Star Wars: Rogue One
Almost on par with Jedi, Rogue One is brutal, dark and raw.  It adds mythology with action and some amazing crowd pleasing moments. It doesn’t feel a Star Wars right up until the ending but for sure it feels part of the Universe.

 

4 – Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi
A dark, brooding, unexpected Star Wars film that does ALMOST everything well.  Okay so it sags a bit in the middle but this is a real Star Wars film, with drama, characters and heart.

 

3 – Star Wars Episode 4: The Return Of The Jedi
Probably the Star Wars film I watched the most growing up with the best action, superb space action scenes and Ewoks.

 

2 – Star Wars Episode 2: A New Hope
It’s a New Hope. The Star Wars film that started it all. Ground breaking, genre defining and truly amazing,

 

1 – Star Wars Episode 4: The Empire Strikes Back
The best sequel ever made, Empire Strikes Back gave you an ending that just kicked you in the teeth.  It’s a flawless film.

 

 

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars Films

Phil’s Top 5… Star Wars 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: Star Wars Films

 

Close but no cigar: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode 3: The Revenge Of The Sith 

 

5 – Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens was an excellent tribute Star Wars movie that gave you enough new mixed in with plenty familiar.  It looses lots of return viewing for sure but it’s well directed and great fun.

 

4 – Star Wars: Rogue One
Almost on apr with Jedi, Rogue One is brutal, dark and raw.  It adds mythology with action and some amazing crowd pleasing moments.

 

3 – Star Wars Episode 4: The Return Of The Jedi
Probably the Star Wars film I watched the most growing up with the best action, superb space action scenes and Ewoks.

 

2 – Star Wars Episode 2: A New Hope
It’s a New Hope. The Star Wars film that started it all. Ground breaking, genre defining and truly amazing,

 

1 – Star Wars Episode 4: The Empire Strikes Back
The best sequel ever made, Empire Strikes Back gave you an ending that just kicked you in the teeth.  It’s a flawless film.

 

 

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Films Influenced by Blade Runner

Phil’s Top 5… Films Influenced by Blade Runner

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 Influenced by Blade Runner

 

Close but no cigar: Minority Report,Ghost in the Shell (2017), Blade Runner 2049, A.I

5 – Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Cyber punk animation Ghost In The Shell (and it’s much lesser remake) cribs heavily from the visual style of Blade Runner.

 

4 – Dark City
Alex Proyas dark, brooding dystopian Sci-Fi could dave come straight from the pages of Philip K Dick.

 

3 – Star Wars: Rogue One
Dystopian Sci-Fi and Star Wars go hand in hand by certainty there’s a heavy design influence that owes more than a passing debt to Bladed Runner in Rouge One

 

2 – Gattaca
Another 90’s film that owes a huge debt to Blade Runner, Gattaca is also another film mostly underappreciated on it’s initial run.

 

1 – Strange Days
Little seen classic from Kathryn Bigelow, took  massive chunk from the Blade Runner play book.  It’s a great film that deserves a major rewatch.

 

 

Phil’s 2016 Preview & Look Back At 2015 Predictions…

Phil’s 2016 Preview & Look Back At 2015 Predictions…

Quick Review Year In Review

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films… Yup 2016 is going to be a BIG year.

 

Most Excited:  Captain America: Civil War
Marvel have done pretty good overall.  And Captain america Winter Solider was one of their best.  With the Russo brothers returning, added Spiderman and the prospect of Capt and Iron Man beating 7 bells out of each other I have really high hopes that Marvel can bring it back after the slight disappointment of 2015.

 

2. Creed
Rocky. It’s Rocky. I say again.  It’s. Rocky. Okay but in all seriousness the trailer, the concept… this could be special and early reviews, coupled with Stallone’s Golden Globes nomination indicate that it is just that.  Technically a 2015 film for the US but we poor saps in the UK don’t get it until 2016.

 

3. Finding Dory 
Pixar have had a bit of truer to form this year with the rather excellent inside Out and the rather fun Good Dinosaur so a sequel to what is still considered to be one of the best films whilst they are flying this high could be something really quite special.

 

4. Deadpool
R rated comic book action film with blood, swearing and Ryan Reynolds – this could be the antidote to the PG rated Marvel films of the past few years.

 

5.  London Has Fallen 

Okay come on Olympus Has Fallen was the surprise gem of a few years ago, so if nothing else London has Fallen will be a slice of stupid fun.  Expect more OTT action, more OTT acting and more OTT bad guys.

 

Bubbling Under: Untitled Fifth Bourne Film (Jason Bourne is back) Suicide Squad (this could go either way to be honest but I’m hoping…), Star Wars Rogue One (Could this work?  The first real Star Wars spin off), Nice Guys (Shane Black back in non-Marvel territory) , Hail! Caesar! (Coen Brothers taking on the Old Hollywood studio system), Live By Night (Affleck back behind the directors chair for the first time since Argo), Green Room (Horror film coming HIGH off the festival circuit)

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Stinker Of The Year: Point Break
Fuck you Hollywood.  Point Break is about one of the most perfect action crimes films ever made. And you want to reboot it.  In the wold of ‘Extreme Sports’.  Yup Hollywood is creatively bankrupt and this is the proof. Worst still? You make me wait until another year to see it officially making this the first ever Stinker Of The Year to be nominated across TWO years!

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (Man Of Steel was crap.  The trailer is crap.  It’s going to be near three hours long ), The Hateful Eight  (Tarantino is done for me), Ghostbusters (a film NOBODY wants), Star Trek Beyond (terrible trailer) , Warcraft (Terrible trailer again) , Independence Day Resurgence (the sequel nobody wanted, twenty years after the original that lets be honest was pants ), Divergent Allegiant (the first two were pretty bad)

 

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So how did I do last year?

This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2015 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…

For the Best:  I tipped Age Of Ultron,  The Force Awakens, Pitch Perfect 2, Fury Road and Spectre as my Most Anticipated of 2015.  Well Ultron was a bit of a let down for me (although critically it was mostly well  received).  Mad Max was another one loved by most except me.  Pitch Perfect 2 was very good, just missing out of my top 10, but with only The Force Awakens ending up in my Top 10 films of the year. As for Spectre the less said about that the better…

As for the Stinkers?  Well Point Break ended up being added to the 2016 list and Terminator: Genisys was pretty much as bad as expected. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost DimensionHunger Games & Maze Runner Sequels I didn’t even get to.  Jupiter Ascending was much better than I expected but still pretty weak and Jurassic World was added to my list of mostly meh! blockbusters!  Thank god then for Fifty Shades Of Grey which lived up to my worst fears and then some.  Just horrid.

 

So here’s to 2015… see you again next year!