Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

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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.

And the winner is…

So here’s numbers 25-1…

 

 

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated! 

Phil’s Top 5… Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated! 

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: Films that Audiences loved but Film Critics hated!

 

Close but no cigar: Empire Records, Vertigo, War of the Worlds, Rise Of The Footsoldier, A FistFul Of Dollars

 

5 -The Greatest Showman
Critical favourite Mark Kermode said of this film: “Not One memorable song”.  Well it now has a multi-selling album, hude box office takings and legs to run and run.

 

4 – Man On Fire
Critics didn’t take to this intense Denzel revenge film.  But Tony Scott delivered a film loved by fans and that still holds up well today.

 

3 – Night of the Living Dead 
Written off on it’s original run, Night changed teh face of horror forever and was one of the most influential films of it’s era.

 

2 – Fight Club
Yup Fight Club was murdered by critics but it’s legacy still endures all these years later.  One of Fincher’s best. 

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption
Critics didn’t get Darabont’s epic prison film but the audience did and soon the critics reevaluated the film that many consider to be one of the greatest ever made.

  

 

 

 

 

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The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

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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 1990’s

The close but no cigar Films: Apollo 13, Fight Club, Schindler’s List, Speed, The Usual Suspects, Dumb and Dumber, The Silence Of The Lambs, Waynes World, Empire Records, In the Line Of Fire, JKF

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations (Updated)

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations (Updated)

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out:

 

Close but no cigar: The Running Man, The Stand, IT, Christine, Apt Pupil, Carrie

 

5 (Tied) – IT (2017)

It may not be a popular choice, joining Carrie for the Number 5 spot but IT (2017) was a damn affective adaptation and a scary film to boot.  A great cast, expert pacing and with enough scary moments to satisfy everyone.

5 (Tied) – Carrie
Carrie in an affective horror film, expertly directed by DePlama and well acted.  It’s also aged well also.

 

4 – Misery

Oscar wining for Kathy Bates, Misery showed that King’s lower key novels tended to be the ones that worked best on screen.  Couple those factors with THAT performance and you had a winner

 

3 – The Shining

One of the scariest horror films ever made, Nicolson and Kubrick made a film that King hated so much he (badly) remade it.  It may not be King’s idea of a good adaptation but it stands as one of the best. Still scary!

 

2 – Stand By Me

A short story adaptation of a novella called The Body, Stand By Me ended up being one of the best coming of age movies in the decade that defined coming of age movies.  It also launched numerous careers and holds up well today.

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption

The best film of the 90’s?  Pretty much. Epic.

 

 

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shawshank Redemption is hands down one of the best films of the modern film era and for sure one of the top 10 films ever made.  From it’s expert performances, sublime direction and a tight character led script, this is the benchmark in novella adaptations and without doubt the strongest adaptation of a Stephen King films to date.  Tim Robbins delivers one of the most sublime performances of his career and Morgan Freeman cements himself as having the best voice in Hollywood. It’s just simply amazing.  What’s even better is the story behind it: a commercial flop, the film become the ultimate cult hit.  This is what a 10/10 looks like.  A worthy addition to the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Hall of Fame.

Best Bit: The record playing

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me,  The Green Mile, The Shining

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

Guest Podcasting – Phil Features On Smoking Lamb #61!

Guest Podcasting – Phil Features On Smoking Lamb #61!

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This week Phil from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review and former host of Filmsploitation & The All Things Film Podcast returns to Movie podcasts to guest star on episode #61 of The Smoking Lamb podcast, to review Spider-Man: Homecoming, talk about The 5 best Underdog Movies, discuss the latest film news and debate superhero films…

Featuring regular hosts Mike Parkin, Josh Morris & Steven Lockeridge.

Download the podcast here

For more check out www.thesmokinglamb.com

Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

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: Best Movie Flops.

Yup those films that despite the fact nobody went to the cinema to support them were actually really damn good.   And remember a film needs to make at least 2-3 times it’s budget to be considered a hit these days…

Close but no cigar: Hugo, Children OF Men, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Ed Wood, The Wizard Of Oz, Edge Of Tomorrow 

 

5 – Dredd (2012)
Worldwide takings of just $36 million USD on a production budget of $45 million made Dredd a huge bomb.  Yet the critics loved it, everyone that saw it loved it. It’s a bloody great film.

 

4 – Blade Runner (1982)
With initial takings of under $10 million, studio edits and footage from The Shinning inserted, Blade Runner was poorly handled on it’s initial release.  But it grew and a cult of fans with it which saw more definitive versions and a much belated upcoming sequel.

 

3 – Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
One of my favourite films ever (and one of the best of the 80’s) this barking made comedy action mish-mash made just $11.1m in the US on its $25m budget. Yet it’s brilliant.  Shame on you all.

 

2 – Serenity (2005)
The Fans demanded it. Everyone demanded it.  Everyone wants dates movie sequel to the cult hit Firefly.  Then no one turned up.  The series was officially dead.  $39 Million USD budget with takings of just $38 million USD.

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Took just $16 million USD of a $35million USD budget on it’s initial run. Now heralded as one of the heartiest modern films ever made.  Sometimes even the best films are growers…

 

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations

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:

 

Close but no cigar: The Running Man, The Stand, IT, Christine, Apt Pupil

 

5 – Carrie

DePalma’s Carrie was a strong early King adaptation, based on an equally strong book.  A great cast and THAT ending cemented it as a horror classic.

 

4 – Misery

Oscar wining for Kathy Bates, Misery showed that King’s lower key novels tended to be the ones that worked best on screen.  Couple those factors with THAT performance and you had a winner

 

3 – The Shining

One of the scariest horror films ever made, Nicolson and Kubrick made a film that King hated so much he (badly) remade it.  It may not be King’s idea of a good adaptation but it stands as one of the best. Still scary!

 

2 – Stand By Me

A short story adaptation of a novella called The Body, Stand By Me ended up being one of the best coming of age movies in the decade that defined coming of age movies.  It also launched numerous careers and holds up well today.

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption

The best film of the 90’s?  Pretty much. Epic.

 

 

Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

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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!

So here’s numbers 25-1…

 

 

 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Top 15 Rules For Being A Film Geek

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Top 15 Rules For Being A Film Geek

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Every person I have ever met has an interest in something – be it football, cars, music etc. All worthy, normal pastimes that are generally tolerated  by most people.

However if there’s one type of individual within the human race that receives an enormously unjust amount of ridicule – it is the dedicated film geek.

I am proud to say that I have been a member of this select group since approximately 1977 – the year Star Wars came out – coincidence? You be the judge.

This means that for the past 37 years I spent far too many hours ensconced in a cinema or in front of the telly and amassed a vast knowledge of useless information that, I have found to my cost, doesn’t really impress the fairer sex or put money in my pocket. Nevertheless  – it is my firm belief that out in the world today there are many closeted film geeks just wishing to break free from their clandestine existence and declare themselves upon society.

So if you are reading this article and have an inkling that you may well be film geek, then here are 15 simple rules that must be strictly obeyed  – read on:

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Rule Number 1

Without question, critique, pause or doubt you must have seen, be a massive fan of and own on dvd/blu ray the following 30 films:

The original Star Wars trilogy, Rocky,  The Matrix, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (Extended Versions),  Alien, Aliens, Blade Runner, The Terminator, Terminator 2, The Big Lebowski, Xmen2, Die Hard, The Raid, The Shawshank Redemption, Commando, Raiders Of the Lost Ark, Mad Max 2, Jaws, Pulp Fiction, Highlander, Star Trek 2, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Evil Dead 2 and Predator.

 

Rule Number 2

Your dvd/blu ray collection must be extensive, deeply personal to you, proudly on show in your place of residence and in strict alphabetical order.

 

Rule Number 3

A true geek does not arrive late at the cinema, nor does he talk during the film. In addition he does not leave said establishment if he has come to the end of watching a Marvel Studios production and knows full well that there is a post credits sequence to be enjoyed.

 

Rule Number  4

You must own at least one decent movie T Shirt and one piece of  film memorabilia.

 

Rule Number 5

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a fan of Star Trek – but not a pathologically obsessive one. This is an affliction commonly referred to as “Trekiitis”. Symptoms include: pale skin, speaking in tongues, an aversion to exercise, zero social life, a stalled career, perpetual forced celibacy and hairy palms. Unfortunately there is no cure –so be warned.

 

Rule Number 6

You must buy one film magazine per month and read at least one film website per day to keep yourself up to date.

 

Rule Number 7

The following films must be universally dismissed by you as utter crap and must not have been enjoyed in anyway shape or form: Batman and Robin, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull, Highlander 2, Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, and Superman 4:The Quest for Peace. Any opinion voiced  to the contrary will result in immediate exclusion from the world of geek and eternal damnation to a life of watching reruns of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

 

Rule Number 8

You must, on demand, be able to quote verbatim “The Path of The Righteous Man” from Pulp Fiction and the “Tears in Rain” speech from Blade Runner.

 

Rule Number 9

Shedding a happy tear whilst watching a film is perfectly acceptable and nothing to be ashamed of – examples include:  the end of Rocky 1, and the Death Star trench sequence from Star Wars.

 

Rule Number 10

It is always accepted that the creation of Jar Jar Binks, writing a biblically awful script and casting Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker was an unforgivable act of wanton neglect and  thoughtlessness by George Lucas on all true Star Wars fans the world over.

 

Rule Number 11

Complete avoidance of any film directed by Uwe Boll is a must.

 

Rule Number 12

Anything written, produced or directed by the following  has to be seen straight away: JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon, Sam Raimi, The Coen Brothers, Gareth Edwards, Gareth Evans, Christopher Nolan.

 

Rule Number 13

Most critics are not to be trusted  – especially those that write for certain UK Newspapers.

(However those who write for ALLTHINGSFILM are perfectly acceptable and always right in their opinion)

 

Rule Number 14

The dedicated geek does not just restrict his viewing to the big screen. An unhealthy and moronic interest in various TV programmes must also  be wholly embraced. It is therefore recommended that the following series be got into with immediate effect: Game Of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Spartacus, The Sopranos, Sons Of Anarchy, Firefly, The X Files, The Walking Dead and (using caution) Star Trek.

 

Rule Number 15

Han shot first – end of.

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There you go – 15 simple rules to follow – and if you can successfully do that, keep your head whilst all others are losing theirs – you’ll be a film geek my son.

 
Author: Will Strong