2: Top Gun (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

2: Top Gun (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Top Gun is everything you want in a film.  It’s quotable, it’s funny, it has the best aerial action sequences ever shot in a film and has a soundtrack that still get’s played almost weekly in my house.  It’s also, in it’s own way, pretty ground breaking.  Yes it’s become a film of much discussion over the years (think Tarantino Top Gun Gay rant)  but none of this matters when you have a film that’s so full of iconic moments. Top Gun is of it’s day for sure but this is the film that launched careers (director Tony Scott, Cruise, Kilmer), helped Bruckheimer establish himself as an action producer de jour and made a bucket load of money to boot.  I adore this movie and wont hear a bad thing about it… so walk away now.  Go on.  You’ve obviously lost that love and feeling…

Best Bit: The final battle

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Rock, Man On fire, Iron Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: All four members are back as on this episode for reviews of The Incredibles 2 and Skyscraper. Plus an extensive conversation on the James Gunn news and Comic Con trailers! Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD!

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Skyscraper – Review Round Up

Skyscraper – Review Round Up

Other Cr*p

Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.  This time out: Skyscraper

 


“it’s a gigantic and silly blockbuster matinee of a movie, with likable performances, absurd action sequences, and a heck of a lot of duct tape.”- 8.1

 

 

“Part Towering Inferno, part Die Hard, and part test to see how much Hollywood baloney a physics-literate viewer can take before his or her head explodes” 

 

 

“The building may be taller than The Towering Inferno and the stakes may be higher than those faced by John McClane in Die Hard, but in comparison to both, Skyscraper is little more than a cinematic bungalow ” – 2/5

 

 

“his is escapism, pure and simple, and though the structure is rickety, by enlisting Johnson, Thurber ensures that his “Skyscraper” is built on solid Rock. ”

 


” Like its hero, Skyscraper’s big, brawny, earnest – and strapped together with generous helpings of duct tape.” -3/5

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #098 – Rampage

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #098 – Rampage

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: While Mike is away, Josh and Ricky will Rampage (see what we did there) across the Podcast. The devastation continues as they also go over there Top 5 Designed Movie Monsters!

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Dwayne Johnson & Rampage

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Dwayne Johnson & Rampage

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the films of the one and only Dwayne Johnson & his latest release – Rampage

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

Films Discussed: Rampage, Vengeance, You Were Never Really Here, Miss Congeniality, Adore, The Hurricane Heist, Blockers, Ghost Stories, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Moana, Walking Tall, Baywatch, The Other Guys, Big Trouble In Little China

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Rampage – A Quick Capsule Review

Rampage – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Rampage is about as dumb as a summer movie gets.  That said it also delvers bucket loads of fun, Dwayne Johnson in top form and a script that recognises just how silly the film actually is.  Yes it’s far from perfect – the plot is pretty stupid (lets be honest they are trying to make a film out of a ZX Spectrum game), the dialogue lacking at times, the CGI stretched by the films budget and the support characters about as one dimensional as you can get.  Yet I was never bored, the action is clean and watchable and once again Dwayne Johnson sells every second of it.   Just don’t expect TOO much and the film will leave you will be a big smile on your face.

Best Bit: George is dead.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Ready Player One, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Wreck-It Ralph

Rampage – Review Round Up

Rampage – Review Round Up

All Things Film Blog The Blogs

Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.

This time out: Rampage


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“Rampage is utterly ridiculous, campy, yet also self-aware enough to be kinda sorta dumb fun.”- 5.5

 

” There’s spectacle to spare in a bananas B-movie that’s dumber than, well, a rock. It may not be high art, but there’s ample fun to be had.” – 3/5

 

 

” Ridiculous, of course, but not as ridiculous as it might have been. As much fun as it has with the idea of animals stomping cities to rubble, it seems shy of going completely over the top, and it’s the poorer for it.” – 3/5

 

“Though far better than ‘Doom,’ this Dwayne Johnson-starring video-game adaptation falls back on the monster-movie clichés its source overtly lampooned.”


“I struggle to call Rampage a missed opportunity, as I’m not convinced there was too much in the source material to inspire a three act story. The disappointment remains that all concerned didn’t just have a lot more fun with it. ” -2/5

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5…  Die Hard On A (Insert Place Here) Movies

Phil’s Top 5… Die Hard On A (Insert Place Here) Movies

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: Die Hard like movies. aka “It’s Die Hard On A (Insert Place/Location/Item Here)

 

Close but no cigar: Cliffhanger (On A Mountain), Sudden Death (In A Stadium), The Rock (On Alcatraz), Air Force One (On Air Force One)

 

5 – Toy Soldiers
Die hard… In A School.  Much ignored 90’s action film aimed at kids.  Really good fun.

 

4 – Under Siege
Die hard… On a  Boat.  One of the better Seagal movies.  Which isn’t saying much these days.

 

3 –  Passenger 57
Die hard… On A Plane. Always bet on Black.  Actual line form the film.

 

2 – Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Die Hard… In a Airport. Darker, meaner but man it’s great.

 

1 – Speed
Die hard On A… Bus. The best Die Hard clone and a great film in it’s own right.

 

 

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #056 – Wonder Woman, Baywatch

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #056 – Wonder Woman, Baywatch

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Summer movie season is in full swing and we have a packed show for you this week!!! We review two highly anticipated movies, Wonder Woman and Baywatch. Plus, our Top 5 this week is Top 5 Foreshadowing Used in Movies. Could this be foreshadowing of our own? Probs not. But who knows!

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Con Air (1997) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Con Air (1997) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:

Con Air is 20 today.  So I decided it would be a good idea to take a look at one of my favourite 90’s films. 

The first thing you notice re-watching Con Air is that for an action film it features very little action.  Seriously other than a shoot out, the “Put The Bunny Back in the box” fight and the excellent bone yard scene it’s not the most action packed of action films. That said… it’s still a cracking film that’s aged (and continues to age) very well indeed…

Simon West, a former assistant editor with the BBC and commercials director made his directorial debut under the guidance of producer super star Jerry Bruckheimer (in the days when he made more than terrible Pirate films) working alone after the death of his partner Don Simpson the previous year.  Side note: Simpson apparently hated the idea and relinquished all ties to the film when he and Bruckheimer split prior to his death.  To put this in context the summer tent pole movies of the Simpson/ Bruckheimer partnership had been on a role after The Rock, Bad Boys & Crimson Tide launching along the way directors like Michael Bay and cementing the late Tony Scott as one of the best action movie directors in the business. But things had soured between the producing pair and Bruckheimer was going it alone.  In short: Con Air and West had a LOT to live up to.
And for me at least, It did. With an all star ensemble cast include Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Danny Trejo , Colm Meaney, Ving Rhames and Steve Buscemi, the film was released on June 6th 1997 in the USA.  With a on fire Cage (in his new guise as action man) in the lead as Cameron Poe, a newly paroled ex Ranger who is caught on a prisoner transport plane as its taken over by some of the worst criminals in America (who would have thought that plan would have gone wrong) the film delivers killer one liners, a top notch musical score and some very assured direction to make this one of the best action films of the decade.

It’s just great unpretentious fun where every action beat isn’t edited to an inch of it’s life and the film is allowed to breathe between set pieces. It’s measured and even it’s OTT ending (which admitably does jump the shark a bit in Vegas) isn’t totally unbelievable.  But like a lot of the films around this era (See Armageddon the follow year) it’s the cast that make it shine.  Malkovich especially is great in the villain role and every member of the cast delivers a memorable performance.  It just works.  It even received awards kudos for the accompanying LeAnn Rimes warbling country track “Who Do I Live”.

Its not all good.  Whilst reviews were generally okay some were savage.  Cusack apparently hates the film refusing to be interviewed about it and Ving Rhames confesses to having never seen it.  On top on that Malkovich hated the fact the script was being rewritten on a daily basis and the film saw FX specialist Phil Swatz killed on set.

Problems aside, the film took $223million USD worldwide (on a $75million USD Budget) so was a hit and has been a cult favourite with it’s stature growing as the years have gone on.  I personally prefer it to The Rock and Armageddon and it gets played at least once a year in my house.

Shortly after Con Air the hyper quick editing and explosion driven direction that now make most big budget blockbusters almost unwatchable started to set in.  The ensemble action movie (after the following years Armageddon)  would take a hiatus until The Expendables franchise launched years later (which ironically West would end up directing the 2nd film) and whilst Bruckheimer would go on to have commercial success with Disney and the Pirates films, director West would never manage to out do his work here, with disappointments like Lara Croft Tomb Raider, The Generals Daughter and Stolen.

In short: If you fancy a slice of unpretentious 90’s action fun full of silly one liners, OTT charecters and Steve Buscemi’s most insane character yet you can do FAR worse than Con Air.

 

Best Bit: Is that my car…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Rock, The Expendables 3, Armageddon

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Author: Phil Hobden