Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

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: Movie Trilogies

For most a sequel is an unwanted thing.  And rightly so, after all most can be let downs and for every Godfather 2 there is an Independence Day Resurrection.  However their are also some great sequels and in fact some great threequels out their. This week I take a look at the best movie trilogies (and no the Matrix is NOT included).



Close But No Cigar: Bourne Trilogy, The Indiana Jones Trilogy, Evil Dead, The Godfather Trilogy, Die Hard, Mad Max 


5. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring,The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

It’s no mean feat, adapting a multi-tome epic source novel over nearly 5 years with a cast and crew almostly permanently relocated to New Zealand by a director best known for low budget shlock films.  But man did Peter Jackson pull it off.  Epic does not even come CLOSE to describing the Rings trilogy (and the multiple endings of Return Of The King for that matter) but even now, over 10 years after it all finished, they still stand out as some of the best films of the last few decades.


4. Back To The Future Trilogy 

There may be technically better films out their for sure, but the story of Marty McFly which spans over a hundred years, is everything that is right with how blockbuster films should be.  It defined a career for Michael J Fox, allowed my fascination with Elisabeth Shue to continue and gave us the iconic Doc Brown.  “What the hell’s a gigawatt?”.  Indeed.


3. Aliens Trilogy (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3)

It’s a testament to just how good the first two films are that you almost ignore the fact that Part 3 is considered by most to be a disappointment. Thing is… it’s not. In fact Alien 3 is probably my second favourite of the whole trilogy (just under Aliens and just above Alien).    Okay yes I’m mad but still!  The key point here is just how good the first two films are, with both rating as best of their genre (Sci-fi and Sci-Fi Action).   And trust me… whilst it’s FX’s are dated, try alien 3 Directors cut again. You MAY be pleasantly surprised.


2. Toy Story

Toy Story not only defined a genre, it also redefined how animation was done for ever.  It’s groundbreaking and things would never be the same again.  Yet at it’s heart of every one of the films is a great story, expertly told and brilliantly voiced.  Pretty much perfect.


1. Star Wars (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi) 

The trilogy that defined my childhood, that ignited my love with film and that left me playing in my room with 3″ plastic toys for years to come.  Ageless (in it’s original form, not the horrid CGI remasters), this is epic storytelling, grandstanding action and odd plot twists at their best.  Iconic.





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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Mission:Impossible – Fallout (Mild Spoilers)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Mission:Impossible – Fallout (Mild Spoilers)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the latest Tom Cruise stunt fest Mission: Impossible – Fallout or how hell do I correctly punctuate this title??? Warning – MILD spoilers.

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

Films Discussed: Mission:Impossible – Fallout, Mission:Impossible, Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation, Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission:Impossible 2, Mission:Impossible 3, Police Academy 6, Justice league, The Way Of The Gun, Jack Reacher, Taken 2, The Bourne Ultimatum, The mummy, The Dark Knight

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Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What happens when you combine off the chart ego, pure talent and top of it’s game film craft?  Well you get this… Mission Impossible: Fallout or Mission Impossible: Tom Cruise Tries To Kill Himself. Story aside (it’s a functional and pretty linear story about the recovery of some plutonium) it’s the action and set pieces that you come to watch and man they are off the chart here.  With a serious lack of notable CGI and an incredible devotion to the ‘real’, Fallout takes things to the next level so whilst there may not be cities being blown up or Superhero’s smacking down you know that every fall, trip and crash have a real heft and weight to them. It’s that combined with spirited performances and some tight direction that makes this one of the films of the year.  In short it’s this summers first must see film. It’s also a living breathing reason WHY the Oscars should start recognising stunt performers.

Best Bit: The stunts.  Holy moly.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Mission Impossible 3, The Bourne Ultimatum 


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Phil’s Top 5… 21st Century’s most re-watchable films

Phil’s Top 5… 21st Century’s most re-watchable 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:  21st Century’s most re-watchable films


Close but no cigar: Ocean’s 11, The Avengers, The Bourne Ultimatum, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dredd


5 – The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
Okay a LITTLE cheat here but these films really do make one long film.  And man for near 12 hours of film that are incredibly re-watchable.


4 – Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone
The film that kicked it all off is still magical to this day.  From it’s charming cast to it’s often scary moments, this film set the tone for decades worth of films and merchandise that followed.


3 – Guardians of the Galaxy
By far Marvel’s most re-watchable film.  It’s funny, clever and charming whilst never forgetting what it is.


2 – Skyfall
Possible the best Bond film (at least on par with Goldfinger & License To Kill), Mendes does EVERYTHINg right here.


1 – The Dark Knight
Nolan’s second Batman film is quite simply the best film of the 20th century so far for me – a film that is so much more than just the excellent performance by Ledger.






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Jason Bourne – A Quick Capsule Review

Jason Bourne – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Jason Bourne is a slog.  It’s starts fine but it isn’t long until you realise that what you are seeing is basically a ‘best of compilation’ of Bourne’s greatest hits from films gone by.  A car chase.  A fight. A shoot out. Political intrigue. Another project. Locations. Things.  God I’m bored. Nothing lands here.  Nothing beats what’s gone before and mostly you are left thinking “Why”.  It’s just dull, over earnest and dull. Even the excellent Alicia Vikander looks bored in her first big budget action film.  Go back and watch the original trilogy instead.

Best Bit: Great seeing Tommy Lee Jones on the big screen once again

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum

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Author: Phil Hobden