‘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…
The final part of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: War Films! (And these are proper war films rather than films set in War time…)
Close but no cigar:The Deer Hunter, The Hurt Locker, Three Kings, Escape To Victory, Hamburger Hill
5 – Saving Private Ryan Spielberg delivers a brutal, grown up and visually stunning look into the horrors of World War 2. With cracking central performances and THAT opening sequences, Saving private Ryan stays with you long after.
4 – Apocalypse Now Coppola’s classic and personal heart of darkness, Apocalypse Now almost broke him as a filmmaker and almost killed it’s lead actor. Brando phoned it in, the film was massively over budget and yet… it’s a work of near genius
3 – Platoon Oliver Stone’s Vietnam story of a young man’s first tour of duty in the hell of the war torn jungle has held up well. Brutal, harrowing and expertly directed it’s one of Stone’s best works.
2 – Black Hawk Down Ridley Scott chucks subtlety out the window in his everything but the kitchen sink modern day war film. A great cast, some amazing particle effects and a relentless pace makes this a true stand out.
1 – Full Metal Jacket Kubrick’s film may not be for everyone (and his London Dockland’s shot finale a poor stand in) but Full Metal Jacket breaks down the horrors of war unlike any other film. Intense if the word here and this stands out as one of the few Kubrick films I can watch time and time again.
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: to celebrate this years Academy Awards, I take a look at my favourite 5 Best Picture Winners. No Crash is NOT included.
Close but no cigar:Braveheart, The Godfather, Platoon, The Deer Hunter, The French Connection, The Unforgiven
5 – The Silence Of The Lambs It’s an amazing accomplishment which finishes on a high with some of the best fantasy action ever captured on film. It’s infinitely rewatchable and even the multiple drawn out endings cant take away it’s enjoyment.
4 – The Silence Of The Lambs One of the best horror thrillers, it features a memorable protagonist and an excellent central performer by Foster. So good is The Silence Of The Lambs that numerous sub-par sequels have failed to take away from it’s lustre. (See also Hannibal on TV for Lecter done well)
3 – Rocky The definitive boxing movie and probably the definitive sports film, most people forget Rocky was a Best Picture Winner. So iconic it’s still referenced all these years later.
2 – Schindlers List Spielberg finally recognised after years of snubs, Schindlers List is a heart wrenching true story directed with brutality and flair. It packs and emotional punch and hasn’t been dulled by age or familiarity.
1 – The Godfather Part 2 The second best Gangster film and one of a few films where the sequel out shines the original, The Godfather Part 2 is epic filmmaking at it’s height. Who needs Brando.
Part Three of our run down of Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from All Things Film, Filmsploitation and the Filmsploitation Facebook group.
As revealed on Episode 136 of Filmsploitation: The All Things Film Podcast here are our Top 25 Films!