‘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: The Goonies is a nailed on classic. Richard Donner & Steven Spielberg come together to deliver an uplifting tale of adventure, pirates, criminals, murder and missing octopuses. An iconic cast, a film full of action and adventures… every kid wanted to be a member of the Goonies after watching this film. Hell I still do. A sequel is often muted but, thankfully, has yet to materialise because this really was a one off.
Best Bit: Hey You Guys!
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Gremlins, Stand By Me, Super 8
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 2010’s to Now!
The close but no cigar Films: Everybody Wants Some, The Final Girls, I Olga Hepnarova, No One Lives, The Jungle Book (2016), Hugo, The Guest, Zootopia, Black Swan, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Drive, Florentina Hubaldo CTE
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: So when is a sequel not a sequel? I guess when it’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, a sideways “in the same world maybe” as the 2008 JJ Abrahams produced Cloverfield but without being a direct story sequel. What stuns most about this tight, well directed, tense thriller is that it came out of nowhere. A trailer just weeks before it’s release and then Boom! It’s out. Anti marketing that, will hopefully, prove you don’t need 50 trailers showing almost every second of the film before it come out (yes BVS I’m looking at you!). This is a great film, better for the surprise and with three performances that knock it right out the park. A must see.
FILM OF THE YEAR:Hugo In Brief: Magical children’s fantasy film by a director who has never been anything less than brilliant. A top notch cast, a heart-warming message and the best use of 3D yet makes for one of the best children’s films for an age.
2. Senna In Brief: Powerful, well made documentary that gives you a glimpse into the world of motorsport at the highest end and the celebration and tragedy that goes alongside with it.
3. True Grit In Brief: Or how you remake a classic and pretty much make it better that the original in every way.
4. Girl With A Dragon Tattoo In Brief: Blockbuster remake of the year. Fincher doesn’t do bad films often and GWADT is no exception. A brilliant, brilliant film that has been criminally overlooked for the kudos it deserves.
5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol In Brief: Best MI film yet (well maybe tied with MI3), Cruise delivers a top notch performance wowing with his own stunt work in a well made, expertly directed action film.
Bubbling under: Captain America; Tucker & Dale Vs Evil; Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Super 8, The Inbetweeners Movie, Contagion, Xmen First Class, Drive