‘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…
Part three 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: My top 5 Underrated Directors!
Close but no cigar: Isaac Florentine, Richard Donner, Neveldine/Taylor
5 – Don Siegel Without Siegel modern cinema would look very different. From the reboot of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers to an Elvis musical through to a John Wayne western and of course Dirty Harry.
4 -George Miller Mad Max director Miller doesn’t get much love for his non Mad Max films, but he’s a talented director who has could flip from hardcore action to kids fantasy with ease.
3 – Martin Campbell The man who twice reinvented the Bond franchise with Casino Royale & Goldeneye, Campbell is adept at high qulaity action on a relatively modest budget.
2 – Joel Schumacher Yes he made Batman & Robin but aside from his Batman franchise killing, he’s also made some excellent films. From The Lost Boys to Phone Booth and A Time To Kill, Schumacher when focused can deliver top notch thriller.
1 – Tony Scott From Top Gun to True Romance, from Enemy of The State to Unstoppable Scott was and remains one of my favourite directors. Sadly no longer with us, Scott delivered top quality blockbusters like no other.
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Vampire Movies!
Close but no cigar: Fright Night (1985), Vampires, Blade, Martin, Nosferatu (1922)
5 – Let The Right One In Whilst the remake had it’s moments , it didn’t touch the scary as hell original. It’s a well made, taut horror and feeling of constant dread stays with you for days afterward.
4 – Near Dark Kathryn Bigelow’s Vampire thriller features a great cast (including the late Bill Paxton), lots of blood and a dark tone that suits the material well.
3 – Blade 2 Blade 2 stands out from Del Toro’s original due to an increase in blood, guts and fun. A better central concept and a now comfortable Wesley Snipes makes for one fun ride.
2 – From Dusk Till Dawn Come on! Rodriguez and Tarantino’s first (and best) collaboration, From Dusk ‘Till Dawn leads you down the road of a typical QT gangster film until THAT twist. It’s then when things go crazy the film really shines. It’s a great film.
1 – The Lost Boys The 80’s didn’t get much better than this. Mullets, saxophones and the Corey’s – Lost Boys is a stand out film in a decade of stand out movies. It’s dated for sure but it’s still as fun years later…
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.
Check out Episode 136 of Filmsploitation: The All Things Film Podcast for the final reveal of our Top 25 films (and back here in a week!)