Enemy of The State (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Enemy of The State (1998) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Enemy of The State is an 90’s action thriller movie at its best.  Yup the tech may not hold up but the films pace, bold in your face approach and Scott’s usual eye for action make this film a wild and highly enjoyable ride.  Smith showed his leading man credentials once again and the support cast are top draw, not least Gene Hackman who is sadly missed on screen these days. Enemy of The State may not be everyone’s tase but once again it reminded me why I just adore Scott as a director.

Best Bit: The non stop pace

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Conversation, Live Free Or Die Hard, Sneakers

 


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True Romance (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

True Romance (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
True Romance is arguably Quentin Tarantino’s most enjoyable film , one of the late Tony Scott’s best and features some of the most memorable dialogue and scenes of any 90’s movies.  From the famous Hopper/Walken, to the car/cocaine scene to the deadly finale shoot out… almost every second of this film contains something special. But at it’s core it is, simply, a love story with two adorable (if slightly unhinged) lead characters played with charm and charisma by Arquette and Slater.  I adore this film and it remains a highlight of so many actors and crews careers.

What the fuck is a Drexel.  Indeed.

Best Bit: Hopper/Walken

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown

Hall-of-Fame

 


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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

Quick Review

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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Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Beverly Hills Cop 2 has always been far less regarded than the original Beverly Hills Cop.  Yet oddly I’ve always enjoyed it far more.  Yes it’s silly, over the top and obvious (they cant Brigitte Nielsen as a bank robber for god sake) but it’s a whole lot of fun and even now, 32 years later, it mostly holds up well as both a sequel and an action film in it’s own right.  For me that’s partly that’s down to the solid direction of the much missed Tony Scott but also this is Murphy on top form.  Yup attitudes have changed and the fashions dated but this is everything I loved about 80’s films.

Best Bit: Heff!

Worth a Rewatch: Yup. Aged quite well.

If You Liked this Try: Beverly Hills Cop, The Last Boy Scout, 48 Hours

 


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