‘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: Based on a real story, TAG is a pretty fun knock around comedy that has a winning turn from Jeremy Renner and serves as an impressive calling card for its debutant director Jeff Tomsic. Okay so it’s totally forgettable and won’t stick with you for longer than you are in the cinema but not every film has to be Goodfellas right? So TAG will pass an evening with a curry and a few beers when you can’t be bothered to do anything else…
Best Bit: Renner enters the game
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: The Wedding Crashers, The Hangover, Game Night
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 Cameos!
Close but no cigar: Hulk Hogan (Gremlins 2), Mike Tyson (The Hangover), Bruce Campbell (Spiderman 1,2,3), Stan Lee (All Marvel Films), Hugh Jackman (X-Men First Class)
5 – Leonard Nimoy- Star Trek (2009) It was a perfect link back to the classic movies. A lynch pin that could tie the narratives together. An affectionate nod. And it worked superbly.
4 – Mark Hamill – Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back It’s about as obvious as most of Kevin Smith’s other writing but his affection for Star Wars and Mark Hamill as an performer shines through and makes this more than just the usual walk on.
3 – Cruise, Paltrow, Spacey & DeVito – Goldmember Opening up the film with a bundle of A-list cameos proved to be a highlight that the otherwise disappointing Goldmember would never recover from. But WHAT an opening. A franchise highlight for sure.
2 – Christopher Walken – Pulp Fiction He stuck the watch where? A long scene with one hell of a punch line it reminds you why Christopher Walken is such a great actor and that when Tarantino gets it right he’s one of the best “scene” writers in the movies.
1 – Bill Murray – Zombieland Totally out of leftfield, Bill Murray in Zombieland is hands down one of the best “Holy F–k”comedy moments in film history. It just comes out of nowhere and one of those moments thankfully unspoilt at the time. Genius.