6:  Point Break (1991) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

6: Point Break (1991) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Point Break was the first major blockbuster action film directed by a woman (now Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow).  It’s a heist movie, a cops and robbers movie, a warped buddy cop movie, an even more warped love story, an action movie, a study on friendship and an extreme sports movie all in one.  Reeves established himself as a star in waiting and Swayze cemented himself as one of the biggest leading men of the early 90’s.  But Point Break is much more than this.  It’s almost arthouse in it’s stylings and challenges audiences perceptions from the start. Another reason why the start of the 90’s was a true golden age for cinema.

Best Bit: The sky dive

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Set It Off, Baby Driver, The Hurt Locker 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7:  True Romance (1993) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

7: True Romance (1993) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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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

 

 

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8: Aliens (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

8: Aliens (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Aliens is the template for how to make a sequel.  Whilst Alien was a sci-fi horror, Aliens is pure action wrapped in a sci-fi narrative.  And it works.  Up the Aliens, add in more cannon fodder and take Ripley from a victim to killer.  A quotable script, memorable characters and some of the most tense set pieces film has ever delivered.  Yup Aliens is that good.  Pretty much perfect.

Best Bit: Special Edition sentry guns!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Alien, Terminator 2 Judgement Day, Alien 3

 

 

 

 

 

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9:  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

9: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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The 80’s did coming of age better than any other decade.  From Stand By Me to The Breakfast Club, it was wall to wall classics.  And none were better than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , a film filled with wall to wall memorable scenes, quotable lines and iconic characters.  Oh and THAT Ferrari!  Yup if you are looking for a film that typifies the spirit of 80’s filmmaking this is it… and you know what whether it’s being referenced in Spiderman or Deadpool or just in almost every cool TV show (Goldergs, Simpsons, Family Guy… the list goes on) it’s legacy endures from generation to generation.

Best Bit: Twist & Shout, The Beatles and that float

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me, The Breakfast Club, The Goonies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10: The Thing (1982) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

10: The Thing (1982) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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The Thing is the template for how to make a (relatively) low budget tense, character driven sci-fi horror.  The remake is the template for how NOT to and that’s why it should be avoided at all costs.  Carpenter’s The Thing is lightning in a bottle, it could never be bettered. In fact it cemented Russell as a leading man for generations to come and Carpenter as a true icon of horror.   Critics hated it but even today it holds up as a true cult classic. Nearly perfect.

Best Bit: The ending.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Escape From New York, Halloween, Alien 

 

 

 

 

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10: The Goonies (1985) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

10: The Goonies (1985) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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The Goonies is a nailed on classic.  Richard Donner & Steven Spielberg come together to deliver an uplifting tale of adventure, pirates, criminals, murder and missing octopuses.  An iconic cast, a film full of action and adventures… every kid wanted to be a member of the Goonies after watching this film. Hell I still do.  A sequel is often muted but, thankfully, has yet to materialise because this really was a one off.

Best Bit: Hey You Guys!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Gremlins, Stand By Me, Super 8

 

 

 

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10: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

10: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Simply put I consider Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels to be one of the best British films of all time and for sure one of the best films by a debut director.  The script sparkles, the music so perfectly placed and the performances are committed, genuine and believable.  Beyond all that the editing & direction scream out at you in the best way possible.  It’s exciting, funny, endlessly quotable and stands up to multiple repeat viewings.

Best Bit: The poker game

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Snatch, Reservoir Dogs, Layer Cake

 

 

 

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10: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

10: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day is a near flawless action film and one of the greatest sequels of all time.  It takes the formula set out in Cameron’s original Terminator film and flips it on it’s head.  It was the second time Cameron would make a sequel better than the original and in the process would revolutionise cinema forever.  CGI was here to stay.  Cameron has never topped Alien’s & Terminator 2 and it’s not hard to see why.  T2 is pulse pounding sci-fi action from start to finish. In short: it’s bloody superb.

Best Bit: The viaduct chase

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Terminator, Aliens, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back



 

 

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