The Stand (1994) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Stand (1994) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stephen King’s The Stand is a long book and the 90’s mini series is an equally long show, clocking in at over 6 hours.  And much like a lot of King’s work it’s not immune to filler, feeling at least an hour too long.  That said considering its age and budget, The Stand is still pretty effective even if it has dated poorly at times.  The first 2 parts are the strongest and the ending still feels out of place but overall I really enjoyed revisiting The Stand especially considering the world we are now in!

Best Bit: The initial plague

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Contagion, 28 Days later, The Walking Dead

 


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Doctor Sleep (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Doctor Sleep (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Doctor Sleep does a solid job in delivering a belated and, let’s be honestly, mostly unwanted sequel to Kubrick’s superior movie The Shining.  The main issue here is length.  Yup it has the job of adapting another lengthy King tome whilst also weaving in elements from the Shining but I’m just not sure it needed over two and a half hours to do it.  Leads Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan McGregor and newcomer Kyliegh Curran are excellent and the Mike Flanagan does a decent job directing but I just wanted a tighter film with a bit more pace.  That said the conclusion is excellent and you get the feeling there could be other stories to tell in this universe.

Best Bit: The Shining revisited

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Shining, IT: Chapter 1, Carrie

 


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Stand By Me (1986) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Stand By Me (1986) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s been a while but rewatching Stand By Me there was one thing that struck me now more than ever – River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell , Will Wheaton and Corey Feldman genuinely couldn’t not have given better performances.   They ARE their roles and it’s not surprising that arguable at least three of the cast have never really bettered their work here.  The film is still fantastic and remains one of King’s best adaptions, showing once again that his short stories are often ‘easier’ to adapt than his weightier tomes.   In 2019 Stand By Me still remains and essential watch.

Best Bit: The Junk yard

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Shawshank Redemption, IT (2017), Mystery 

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The Running Man (1987) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Running Man (1987) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Running Man is actually a really fun film.  And oddly prescient all things considered.    Yup it’s aged and the budget isn’t as big as the ideas but there’s a heck of a lot to like here and it holds up really well.  Years before bIg Brother and Gladiators, Running Man did them both.  Violent, silly, action packed and full of one liners it’s 80’s sci-fi and action films are it’s purest.  It’s also a pretty decent Stephen King adaptation!

Best Bit: Arnie in full on Arnie mode.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Raw Deal, Commando, Predator 

 


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