Demolition Man (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Demolition Man (1993) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Demolition Man was one of the more memorable of the early 90’s action films, grabbing Snipes and Stallone at the height of their box office powers whilst delivering some top notch carnage and a smart satirical edge all the way. Add in Sandra Bullock at her most adorable, a strong support cast and Stuart Baird’s tried and tested action editing and you were always onto a winner.  But does it hold up all these years later? Well actually yes.  The action is still solid (devoid the the over editing that would plague the genre) , the performances knowing and the pace pretty relentless.

Best Bit: “You have been fined”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Streaming

If You Liked this Try: The Running Man, Tango & Cash, Total Recall, Robocop 


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RoboCop (1987) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

RoboCop (1987) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Entering the SciFi wing of the Hall Of fame comes RoboCop – the 1987 Paul Verhoeven directed part action part satire that tackles crime, media and violence with a sardonic tone and a dark sense of humour.  Over 30 years later it’s surprising just how well RoboCop holds up (and conversely just how forgettable the recent remake is).  And even scarier… it feels very much like this could be modern day Trump America.  Weller does a great job with the obvious and considerable restrictions that the RoboCop role put upon him but he nails it.  However it’s the film villains that shine the most – from Ronny Cox as corporate bully Dick Jones to Kurtwood Smith as the psychotic Clarence Boddicker they chew up the scenery and give the film some really hateful villains.  But beyond that it’s a film full of iconic moments – Ed-209, the suit itself, the uber-violence and the infinitely quotable one liners.   In short – A must watch.

Best Bit: ED 209 goes rogue.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: RoboCop 2, The Terminator, Total Recall 

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My Favourite… Mickey Jones Film

My Favourite… Mickey Jones Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

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…. Mickey Jones (1941-2018) TV show!


V: The Final Battle (1994)

A small group of human resistance fighters fight a desperate guerilla war against the genocidal extra-terrestrials who dominate Earth.

V: The Final Battle was essential viewing for me growing up.  The sequel to the more political in tone V Mini Series, The Final Battle was action packed and introduced two iconic characters – Michael Ironside as Ham Tyler and Mickey Jones as Chris Farber two former CIA operatives drawn into their own war against the Visitors.  Farber served as the explosives and munitions expert for the group and was Tyler’s right hand man when trouble kicked off.  Farber was loyal, deadly and essential and Jones gave this burley character heart and purpose.


See also: Justified, Total Recall 



Phil’s Top 5… Arnie Films!

Phil’s Top 5… Arnie Films!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time: Top 5 Arnie Films

The Austrian Oak. The Govenator. Arnie. He was THE lynch pin of 80’s and early 90’s action films and constantly defied his critics but becoming one of the biggest box office stars ever.  He is, and remains, an institution.  Yup here are MY five favourite Arnie films.

Close But No Cigar: Terminator, The Running Man, Raw Deal

5. Predator

One of Arnie’s best 18 rated action films, Predator beings a touch of horror, a great support cast and probably one of cinemas great bad guys.

4. Commando

On every conceivable level Commando is terrible.  Yet Commando is also one of the best 80’s action films, with Arnie wiping out near nations of faceless bad guys to get back his Jenny.  Og and some of the best bullshit one liners ever…

3. True Lies

James Camerons last great film, True Lies took a French comedy film, added Arnie, some amazing action sequences and, er, Tom Arnold. Okay so it’s not ALL great but you’ve not watched a film until you see Arnie in a Harrier.

2. Total Recall

Get yourself to Mars indeed.  Based on a Philip K Kick story, this Paul Verhoeven (pre Showgirls) directed action sci-fi is a joy from start to finish with excellent performances (including the ledge that is Michael Ironside!)

1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

James Cameron’s epic sequel defines what a sequel can be as it successfully built on the narrative of the classic original whilst adding a compelling story, ground breaking FX and a good Edward Furlong performance.  No really.  Terminator 2: Judgement Day is essential.