El Camino : A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

El Camino : A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
El Camino : A Breaking Bad Movie picks up seconds after the end of the much loved TV series.  Yup the cast have aged somewhat but that’s suspicion of disbelief aside there’s a lot to enjoy here.  Was it an essential addition to the near perfect TV show? No. In fact if you never watched El Camino you’d not be missing that much BUT if you want some serious fan service and a bow tied around the end of the show once and for all then this is the film for you.  It’s got cameos, call backs as well as a few surprises along the way and all in all it’s great fun.  One for the fans.

Best Bit: THAT cameo.  Oh and Forster’s last movie role.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Sopranos

 


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The Shield (2002-8) – A Quick Capsule TV Review

The Shield (2002-8) – A Quick Capsule TV Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shield is arguably in my top two TV shows of all time.  From Michael Chiklis’ uncompromising central performance to Shawn Ryan’s on-point writing and show running to it’s gritty handheld photography… The Shield was unlike anything else on TV in the early 2000’s.  Even The Sopranos was far more polished & glossy in its execution.  Over 88 episodes the show took in subjects from abuse, racism, betrayal and child sex rings as it dug unto the underbelly of both crime and the law in downtown LA without compromise and without shying away.  Even 10 years on from when Vic walked away from his Strike Team the show has lost none of its power.  This is a show that starts with Vic killing a fellow cop and and ends with him turning on his friends.  Truly essential.

Best Bit: Lem & the grenade

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Sopranos, Battlestar Galactica, The Wire

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Actors No Longer With Us

Phil’s Top 5… Actors No Longer With Us

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: Actors we missed who have passed away.

 

Close but no cigar: Paul Walker, Heath Ledger, Pete Postlethwaite, Dennis Farina

 

5 – JT Walsh
A mainstay of early 90’s films and TV, Walsh was the very much the archetypal a character actor who could play both good and bad.  Standout role – Breakdown with Kurt Russell.

 

4 – John Candy
Candy starred in some of the funniest films of the 80’s.  He was a comedy mainstay and even in a bad film would stand out as one of the best things in it.  His films still hold up all these years later.  Stand out role – Planes, Trains & Automobiles

 

3 – James Gandolfini
From early Tony Scott films like True Romance to later roles in Crimson Tide, Gandolfini was a powerful and memorable screen presence.  And then came one of teh geratest TV shows ever – The Sopranos and he would forever be etched into pop culture. . Stand out role –  The Sopranos, obviously. 

 

2 – Robin Williams
From genius (Good Morning Vietnam) to grating (Patch Adams), Robin Williams had massive hits and bigger misses.  But as a comedian & actor he was near unmatched.  A true genre icon. Stand out role – Dead Poets Society

 

1 – Alan Rickman
Best remembered for Snape in Harry Potter, we all first saw him as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.  Rickman’s passing was sudden and unexpected but he left behind one hell of a legacy. Stand out role – Die Hard

 

 

 

My Favourite… Frank Vincent Film

My Favourite… Frank Vincent Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.

This time out: My Favourite…. Frank Vincent  (1937-2017) Film (Well actually this time out TV show!)

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THE SOPRANOS (1999-2007)

Tony Soprano juggles the problems of his fractious family with those of a “Family” of a different sort – the mob. He sees a therapist to deal with his professional and personal problems, which bring on panic attacks. He deals with personal and professional power struggles, affairs, violence, the threat of exposure and betrayal, and a whole bunch of people being whacked.

The Sopranos defined a TV generation.  And whilst the presence of James Gandolfini loomed large, the show still had a load of room for memorable support characters.   Mob Boss Phil Leotardo, played by Frank Vincent, was for sure one of those. Leotardo was one of the mafioso who were sent to prison during the “Mafia Crackdown of the 1980s” and, after serving 20 years, was released as part of the “Class of ’04” at the beginning of season 5.  Joining the show late was no barrier for impact.  He was a pretty much the reason why the show ended how it did and the hail of gunfire that took many a life.  An old school gangster, he was played with charm and menace and quickly become one of The Sopranos most iconic characters.

 

See also: Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull