‘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…
In our continuing regular feature, 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 a particular genre…
This time out: The Best Horror Films of All Time
The close but no cigar Films: Dawn of The Dead, You’re Next, The Blair Witch Project, The Pact, Grave Encounters, Let The Right One In, The Evil Dead
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 70’s.
The close but no cigar Films: Rollerball, The Omen, Deliverance, Halloween, Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, Bednobs And Broomsticks, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Wicker Man, All The Presidents Men, Blazing Saddles, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Slapshot
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…. Tobe Hooper (1943-2017) Film
A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.
Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist may have has a few issues around who the true director was (Spielberg was rumoured to have had a hand in production) but, these few issues aside, it’s still a damn scary film. Yes he’ll be known always more for Texas Chainsaw, but Poltergeist was the film that scared me witless as a kid and had me freaked out every time I saw static on the TV. Sadly Hooper wouldn’t ever top his top most famous early works and in fact made some right ross latter on BUT Poltergeist still stands today as a scary as hell thriller. Avoid the remake.
See also: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot
Ah the 70’s, such an odd decade, one we’re looking back on today for its contribution to cinema and the films it gave us, pretending for a moment that the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions the 70’s isn’t “oh yes, the time taken for the LSD induced insanity of the 60’s to transform into the cocaine fuelled haze of the 80’s; but I digress, here are the 10 best films of all the 70’s according to my stupid opinion; I really wanted to make it a top 20 if only to include all the well known classics and avoid sparking hatred but what can you do? Here’s hoping counting them as honourable mentions is good enough.
10. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
I tried picking a quote for this one, it couldn’t be done.
My skin still crawls when I think of the chestburster scene.
8. The Godfather
One of the greatest Gangster epics of all time, how can you top it…?
7. The Godfather Part 2
… Oh, that’s how.
6. Watership Down
The bloodiest U rated film of all time – that’s saying something.
5. Days Of Heaven
One of the most well shot films I have ever seen, and hey, Richard Gere can act.
My favourite Woody Allen film, just perfect in every way.
Terrence Malick’s first, and I love his recent works so screw you.
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Vile, sadistic and ugly – what’s not to love?
1. Star Wars
What can I say except what the hell else was it going to be?
Honourable Mentions: Aguirre: The Wrath Of God, Jaws, Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, The Life Of Brian, Duel, Dawn Of The Dead, Apocalypse Now, Saturday Night Fever, Rocky, A Clockwork Orange, Assault On Precinct 13, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Annie Hall, Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: The Best 5 Years for Movies… Ever!
Close but no cigar: 1982 (Blade Runner, The Thing, E.T, Tron, Rambo, Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior ), 1989 (Batman, Back To The Future Part 2, Dead Poet’s Society, Parenthood), 1974 (The Godfather part 2, Chinatown, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blazing Saddles), 1979 (Alien, Rocky 2, Max Max, The warriors)
5 – 1999 The Matrix, Fight Club, American Beauty, Toy story 2, American Beauty, The Blair Witch project
4 – 1987 Robocop, Wall Street, The Princess Bride, Full metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, Predator, Raising Arizona
3 – 1994 Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Four Weddings & A Funeral, True Lies, Speed, Natural Born Killers, Clerks, The Crow, Leon
2 – 1995 Casino, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, Heat, Leaving as Vegas, The Usual Suspects, Die hard: With A Vengeance, Goldeneye, Empire Records, Toy Story. Twelve Monkeys
1 – 1984 Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Terminator, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Police Academy, Cannonball Run 2
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Slasher Film Villains!
So a few rules: They have to have been in more than one film. They have to be masked/somehow hide their identity. And they must have killed. A lot.
Close but no cigar: Chucky, Norman Bates, Ghostface
5 – Pinhead From Hell itself comes Doug Bradley’s chilling coenobite, a relentless pin faced monster that’s as unstoppable as any other on this list with his own unique calling card. The infamous Lament Configuration.
4 – Leatherface His face caked in the skin of his victims, loves meat hooks, freezers and will chase you down relentlessly with his chainsaw. Also very much a family man. In short: a 6 and a half foot brainless killing machine.
Watch: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Avoid: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
3 – Jason Voorhees Not the original villain from Friday The 13th (That was his loving mother), but from it’s first sequel onwards Jason proved to be as relentless and unstoppable as any slasher movie icon. Adopting his machete and hockey mask in Part 3 it was all over by Part 4’s final chapter. Until lightning brought him back. And telekinesis. And space. And a reboot. His rein of terror continues to this day.
Watch: Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) Avoid:Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988)
2 – Michael Myers Michael Myers in truth is why this list exists. Without the William Shatner faced stalker of Jamie Lee Curtis NONE of these (with the exception of Leatherface) would exist. A true icon of the genre, in what is by far the best slasher movie ever made.
Watch: Halloween (1978) Avoid: Halloween 2 (2009)
1 – Freddy Krueger Whilst most copied the relentless silent Killer model set up by Michael Myers, Freddy was something a little different. A wise cracking burnt to a crisp child killer, Kruger haunted your dreams until brutally killing you with his razor fingers. Wes Craven created what is the true Slasher film icon in Krueger, who would shine no matter how bad the film he was in.
Watch: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) Avoid: A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)