‘Phil’s Quick Capsule Review’ (a nod to legendary comedian Bill Hicks who coined the phrase when he reviewed ‘Piece Of Shit’ movie Basic Instinct)… where a perfect 10 is rarer than a rain free British summer!
Written by Phil Hobden – UK based podcaster, writer and former filmmaker. Part of the All Things Film network…
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Brewster’s Millions will sit on few people’s lists of best films of the 80’s. But actually over 30 years on, it holds up well and the message is probably even more relevant today than ever. To be honest it’s just great to see Richard Pryor back when almost everything he touches turned to gold. Add to that a cast that includes the late, great John Candy and you have a real gem of mid-80’s cinema. It’s silly, brash and on the nose for sure but it’s full of charm, wit and heart as well.
Best Bit: None Of The Above!
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Major League, Stir Crazy, See No Evil Hear No Evil
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five… this time out: Gene Wilder films (As rated by the IMDB)
Sadly the comic genius that was Gene Wilder passed away this week. To celebrate his rather specular career, I take a look at his best rated Starring roles as voted on by the IMDB. Ratings (out of ten) in parenthesis. My own personal favourite (and one of my top 20 films ) was Willy Wonka – an enduring film with a corking central performance.
Close but no cigar:See No Evil Hear No Evil, Stir Crazy, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex
5 – Silver Streak (6.9) On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.
4 – The Producers (7.7) Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.
3 – Blazing Saddles (7.8) To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
2 – Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (7.8) Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there’s an adventure in everything.
1 – Young Frankenstein (8) An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Gene Wilder (1933-2016) Film
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers which will admit him to the eccentric and reclusive Willy Wonka’s magical factory. One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children – but will the lad find the last remaining one and have all his dreams come true?
It may not be his best but Willy Wonka is for sure the film most people will remember him for. An iconic story and an iconic role, Wilder gave the oddball Wonka a depth and darkness that sat in a different world to the kids film he was in and left a haunting, memorable impression. But beyond the darkness, this was a film I watched so many times growing up. Be it wish fulfilment or fantasy, the film lives on for generations and will continue to do so – all anchored around a legendary performer delivering a legendary performance.
See also: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Stir Crazy