Vice (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Vice (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Having really enjoyed Adam Mackay’s previous satire/drama/comedy The Big Short, I was really looking forward to his latest film Vice. Lucky then that it’s more of the same for this award nominated, razor sharp look at former Vice president, warmonger and corporate CEO Dick Cheney.  As you’d expect from all the nominations (BAFTA, Globes and Oscar to name but three) there’s a superb and layered central performance by Christian Bale as Cheney with a top notch support cast (especially Sam Rockwell as Dubya).  Mackay brings out his usual bag of tricks here (cameos, fourth wall breaking) and it works but this could get old quick if it turns up in another few films.  So overall a lot to unpack but it’s an interesting, funny and scary film.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: Rising through the ranks

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: The Big Short, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Three Kings


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Phil’s Top 5… War Movies

Phil’s Top 5… War 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: War Films! (And these are proper war films rather than films set in War time…)

Close but no cigar: The Deer Hunter, The Hurt Locker, Three Kings, Escape To Victory, Hamburger Hill

5 – Saving Private Ryan
Spielberg delivers a brutal, grown up and visually stunning look into the horrors of World War 2.  With cracking central performances and THAT opening sequences, Saving private Ryan stays with you long after.

4 – Apocalypse Now
Coppola’s classic and personal heart of darkness, Apocalypse Now almost broke him as a filmmaker and almost killed it’s lead actor.  Brando phoned it in, the film was massively over budget and yet… it’s a work of near genius

3 – Platoon
Oliver Stone’s Vietnam story of a young man’s first tour of duty in the hell of the war torn jungle has held up well.  Brutal, harrowing and expertly directed it’s one of Stone’s best works.

2 – Black Hawk Down
Ridley Scott chucks subtlety out the window in his everything but the kitchen sink modern day war film. A great cast, some amazing particle effects and a relentless pace makes this a true stand out.

1 – Full Metal Jacket
Kubrick’s film may not be for everyone (and his London Dockland’s shot finale a poor stand in) but Full Metal Jacket breaks down the horrors of war unlike any other film. Intense if the word here and this stands out as one of the few Kubrick films I can watch time and time again.


Sand Castle – A Quick Capsule Review

Sand Castle – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Boredom and horrors of war sub genre is well trodden.  Some films have done it well, others not so much.  Sand Castle (a very odd name never really referenced in the film) from Netflix sits in the middle.  It has some strong performances and stand out moments but overall seems a little melodramatic and televisual. Holt convinces in the lead role but ultimately whilst it passed a few hours it’s something I probably wouldn’t ever revisit.

Best Bit: Getting my lunch

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jarhead, Three Kings, Full Metal Jacket

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Author: Phil Hobden