‘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: Gotti is amazing, living up the the low expectations I set for it. With a ‘0’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you’d expect this film to be pretty dire. And it is. Boring, overlong, repetitive and derivative Gotti is exactly the movie you’ve heard it is. It’s Badfellas, The BadFather, DullFace… you get the point. That all said what stops it being a complete disaster is that the story of John Gotti is actually pretty interesting and even a bad interpretation of it has (some) merit. Honestly just stick to Goodfellas instead. Or watch The Honest Trailer which is FAR better!
Best Bit: I mean Travolta is amazing… for all the wrong reasons
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid (or stream if you are up for a laugh)
If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco, The Godfather
Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…
On this episode of the podcast we talk about the recent passing of Marvel legend Stan Lee & famed screenwriter William Goldman. And Coming To America… oddly.
Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.
Films Discussed: Coming To America, Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends, Mallrats, Deadpool, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Princess Bride, Marathon Man, All the President’s Men, The Godfather, Superman, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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.
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: It was never going to be anything thing else. Scorsese’s best film and the best mob film ever made (yes even above The Godfather part 2) is a masterclass in filmmaking. From it’s “As Far Back As I can remember…” opening to it’s drug fuelled Rolling Stone powered finale this is a cast and crew firing on all cylinders. Memorable scene after memorable scene flows so effortless together as Scorsese weaves a thrilling tale with a truly great anti-hero. The fact that it’s based on a real story makes it even more shocking. Truly amazing – one of cinemas most essential films.
Best Bit: Funny guy.
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Casino, The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Godfather
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 70’s.
The close but no cigar Films: Rollerball, The Omen, Deliverance, Halloween, Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, Bednobs And Broomsticks, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Wicker Man, All The Presidents Men, Blazing Saddles, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Slapshot
Ah the 70’s, such an odd decade, one we’re looking back on today for its contribution to cinema and the films it gave us, pretending for a moment that the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions the 70’s isn’t “oh yes, the time taken for the LSD induced insanity of the 60’s to transform into the cocaine fuelled haze of the 80’s; but I digress, here are the 10 best films of all the 70’s according to my stupid opinion; I really wanted to make it a top 20 if only to include all the well known classics and avoid sparking hatred but what can you do? Here’s hoping counting them as honourable mentions is good enough.
10. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
I tried picking a quote for this one, it couldn’t be done.
My skin still crawls when I think of the chestburster scene.
8. The Godfather
One of the greatest Gangster epics of all time, how can you top it…?
7. The Godfather Part 2
… Oh, that’s how.
6. Watership Down
The bloodiest U rated film of all time – that’s saying something.
5. Days Of Heaven
One of the most well shot films I have ever seen, and hey, Richard Gere can act.
My favourite Woody Allen film, just perfect in every way.
Terrence Malick’s first, and I love his recent works so screw you.
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Vile, sadistic and ugly – what’s not to love?
1. Star Wars
What can I say except what the hell else was it going to be?
Honourable Mentions: Aguirre: The Wrath Of God, Jaws, Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, The Life Of Brian, Duel, Dawn Of The Dead, Apocalypse Now, Saturday Night Fever, Rocky, A Clockwork Orange, Assault On Precinct 13, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Annie Hall, Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom
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.
In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Mafia Films!
Ah mafia films… the opportunity to route for the usually charismatic, misunderstood bad guy usually backed up by a cool soundtrack and some brutal violence. I’ve ONLY included films that directly involve the Mafia: and yes it’s no coincidence that most are directed or feature the same people…
Close but no cigar: The Godfather, A Bronx Tale, Mean Streets, Casino, The Untouchables, Road to Perdition
5 – Donnie Brasco
Pacino. Depp and, er, Four Weddings director Mike Newell? Yup who knew. Based on a true story Pacino plays Lefty Ruggiero, an aged gangster struggling to stay relevant. It’s a brutal film that actually not only allows but almost demands you to sympathise with Ruggiero…
4 – The Departed
Some may argue that Infernal Affairs is a better film, others that Scorsese was given a ‘Consolation’ Oscar for this after years of missing out for better films. They are all wrong, naturally. The Departed is a great film, expertly told. There may be better films for some, but Scorsese knocks it out the park here.
3 – Carlitos Way It’s no surprise that most of this top 5 seems to feature the same two actors. Here it’s Pacino again who shines as aged Gangster Carlito whose drawn back into a life style he’s trying to escape. Probably Brian De Palma’s last good film.
2 – Godfather Part 2
Heat may have united them on screen at the same time, but many years before DeNiro and Pacino were representing different generations of the same family in what is one of the best structured films ever made. Epic, brutal and compelling The Godfather Part 2 is a must watch.
1 – Goodfellas
My favourite film of all time, still Scorsese’s masterpiece and undoubtedly the best film to be mostly ignored at the Oscars. Yes people this lost out to Dances With Wolves! Goodfellas is just simply genius, with a soundtrack that defined a genre.
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!