Arlington Road (1999) – A Quick Capsule Review

Arlington Road (1999) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Arlington Road is a more than competent, well directed and acted thriller with a game changing ending that you just don’t see coming and elevated the film from being just pretty good to being great. The film IS more than its twist however and to be fair Robbins, snarling his way through the film, is great value whilst Bridges is excellent at being ‘on edge’.  The films preposterous for sure but if you buy into it (and I really did) it’s superb, cleverly laid out fun.  It’s aged pretty and Arlington Road remains a memorable 90’s thriller that’s well worth revisiting.

Best Bit: THAT ending

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Primal Fear, The Sixth Sense, Blown Away

 


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Come To Daddy (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Come To Daddy (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Come To Daddy isn’t the film I expected. Starting as a family drama that sees a privileged man-child arrives at the remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, reuniting after 30 years,  it isn’t long before it descends into something quite different.  And much, much more fun.  In fact Come To Daddy, with a great cast including Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie & Michael Smiley, was a pleasant surprise.  Obviously shot for a smaller budget, this independent film throws in surprises and shocks all over the place.  Really enjoyed this one.  Most entertaining.  

Best Bit: Oh. THAT.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Color Out of Space, Guns Akimbo, Kill List 

 


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The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The third Pelham film, and Tony Scott’s fourth paring with Denzel, will probably be a turn off for any fans of the original Pelham classic.  That said as a film in its own right , 123 version 2009 is brilliantly entertaining, never boring me for a second with great central performances and Scott back on top form with his super kinetic style suiting the time bound narrative.  It’s sad to think that since this film we have lost Scott himself, Gandolfini and, for the third time, Travolta’s career resurgence.     Well worth a rewatch.

Best Bit:Denzel/Travolta banter

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Deja Vu, Crimson Tide, Man On fire

 


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Burn (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Burn (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Burn is an odd little independent thriller set in and around a service station in rural America.   And for sure whilst it’s pretty conventional (robber turns up at a nightshift), it does manage to throw in a few twists and turns… all held together by an excellent central performance by Tilda Cobham-Hervey.  Okay so it’s little new and if you grew up watching 90’s films you’ve for sure seen this before.  But it zipped by, never outstaying it’s welcome and has some nice tight direction from relative newcomer Mile Gan.

Best Bit:Tilda Cobham-Hervey is super convincing

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Sweetheart, Slither, From Dusk ‘Till Dawn

 


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The Fugitive (1993) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Fugitive (1993) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Fugitive and I have a long history.  For no fault of what is obviously a good film I’ve thrice failed to actually watch the film from start to finish.  Long journey’s, late night screenings… whatever the reason I’ve never managed to get to the end credits. Until now.  And I can finally say, without exception, that The Fugitive is a bloody good thriller. Even when you know all about the one armed man.  And the escape. And pretty much all of it. So 25 years after it’s release I can finally cross off The Fugitive from my list of films I should have seen… next up Citizen Kane.  Maybe!

Best Bit: Escape

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: US Marshalls, Air Force One, Patriot Games

 


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The Fanatic (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Fanatic (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Let’s get this out the way first – The Fanatic is pretty bad.  From a baffling but committed central performance from Travolta (who at least is acting for once) to a story that says and does nothing new, The Fanatic is both a terrible look at fan culture and obsession whilst being an even worse dissection of mental health.  It covers similar themes to Joker but without anything that made that film good.  It’s not even THAT nasty, something that could have been it’s saving grace.  Quite frankly The Fanatic is just predictable, low rent and dull tosh.

Best Bit: The bedroom

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Joker, The Fan, Fatal Attraction 

 


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A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A Good Woman Is Hard To Find almost doesn’t work. It’s very much a film of two performances: Sarah Bolger is excellent in the career making lead role and the film is tense as hell with a suitably satisfying final act.  In fact it’s fair to say that Bolger makes this film, giving a credible and impressive central performance.  On the other hand you have Edward Hogg who delivers a frankly bizarre performance as the lead antagonist and, at times feels like he’s in a different film.  It just doesn’t work.  Add to this a few characters choices which seem totally left field and you have a film that often walks a very fine line.  This all said director Abner Pastoll does a good job with the more bloody moments however and the film remains suitably shocking and captivating.

Best Bit: The ending

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Widows, Revenge, Harry Brown

 


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Into The Ashes (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Into The Ashes (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Into The Ashes does the near impossible feat of making a film starring Frank Grillo boring. Honestly so little happens in what is ultimately just a threadbare revenge film that you kinda wonder how they even managed to get it to just over 90 minutes. There are just so many better films of this type out there that I just can’t recommend you spend your time on it.  Massively disappointing.

Best Bit: Grillo, obviously

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Wheelman, The Purge: Election Year, Captain America: Civil War

 


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Wild Things (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Wild Things (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I may take a lot of slack for this one but I honestly believe Wild Things is somewhat of a forgotten classic of the 90’s.  Okay ‘classic’ may be a little keen but hear me out because Wild Things is a genuinely fun, entertaining and surprising thriller that is much more than it’s often cited sex scenes (which today seem very tame). Yes its cheesy, yes is tacky and yes it’s silly but that’s all kinda part of the charm isn’t it?  The cast know it, the director knows it and the audience sure as hell know it.  The biggest surprise rewatching this years later was that Bill Murray features in a pretty key role.  Who remembered that? Look Wild Things won’t appeal to everyone but it’s a damn fun, unpretentious film.

Best Bit: Bill Murray

Worth Rewatching: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Basic Instinct, Cruel Intentions, Showgirls

 


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Killer Joe (2011) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Killer Joe (2011) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay this one will split audiences down the middle. Edgy, tough and at times hugely uncomfortable, Killer Joe is now for the weak at heart.  Or of stomach.  In fact it’s fair to say this former stage play is about as claustrophobic and uncomfortable as a film can be.  Move past the obvious shock value, this is a superbly acted, boundary pushing film of the highest order.  A pleasant surprise.  Be warned however when the chicken is introduced most will want to look away.

Best Bit: Fried Chicken

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Bad Lieutenant, Shallow Grave, Silence Of The Lambs

 


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