Toy Story 4 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Toy Story 4 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Toy Story 4 was always going to be a major risk after the near perfect Toy Story trilogy.  So I’m happy to report that for the most part Toy Story 4 is a success – a charming, funny and sometimes surprising continuation (and probably end) to over 24 years of flawless storytelling.   As you’d expect the animation is superb, the script on point and the voice acting first class.  What’s less expected is that the film hits a level of emotion and pathos you’re not expecting and by the time the final credits roll around you heart strings have been firmly tugged on… especially for those who’ve been there since the start.   It has flaws but you almost don’t care. A great family film and one that adults will love as much as kids.

Best Bit: The Ending.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

 


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Toy Story 3 (2010) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Toy Story 3 (2010) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Toys Are Back In Town to round up what is probably the greatest movie trilogy of all time (Yes Star Wars and Godfather take note). Mixing the usual Pixar magic with a heartwarming, emotional (yes I cried at the heart string pulling finally 10 minutes), funny and action packed story, the top notch voice cast (Michael Keaton as Ken! genius!) and a Randy Newman song or two it begs the question… can these guys make a bad film? As it stands I’d say no. Another 5 star Pixar Classic.

Best Bit: The Ending.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Toy Story, Toy Story 2,Up

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Pixar Films

Phil’s Top 5… Pixar Films

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: Best Pixar Films

 

Close but no cigar: The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Inside Out, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2

 

5 – Toy Story
The first ever feature length CG animated film.  Groundbreaking in every way and whilst the technology ahs moved on it’s the focus on characters, people and story that won the day here.  Without Toy Story modern cinema would be VERY different.

 

4 – Monsters Inc
John Goodman as a big fluffy monster scaring children?  The fact we were all IN on that concept was a given but we just didn’t know how much of a joy Monsters Inc. would be.

 

3 – Toy Story 3
Heartbreaking, inspirational and uplifting, Toy Story 3 ended out what was one of cinemas best trilogies on a near perfect note

2 – Wall-E
What other studio could get away with making a film where the lead character hardly speaks and there’s next to no dialogue for the first part of the film?


1 – Up
It made you laugh. It made you cry. It even killed off a character in the first 10 minutes.  Man Up is brutal.  But it’s also the most amazing Pixar movie. It’s just beautiful.

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Pixar Films

Phil’s Top 5… Pixar Films

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: Best Pixar Films

 

Close but no cigar: The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Inside Out, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2

 

5 – Toy Story
The first ever feature length CG animated film.  Groundbreaking in every way and whilst the technology ahs moved on it’s the focus on characters, people and story that won the day here.  Without Toy Story modern cinema would be VERY different.

 

4 – Monsters Inc
John Goodman as a big fluffy monster scaring children?  The fact we were all IN on that concept was a given but we just didn’t know how much of a joy Monsters Inc. would be.

 

3 – Toy Story 3
Heartbreaking, inspirational and uplifting, Toy Story 3 ended out what was one of cinemas best trilogies on a near perfect note

2 – Wall-E
What other studio could get away with making a film where the lead character hardly speaks and there’s next to no dialogue for the first part of the film?


1 – Up
It made you laugh. It made you cry. It even killed off a character in the first 10 minutes.  Man Up is brutal.  But it’s also the most amazing Pixar movie. It’s just beautiful.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Years for 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: The Best 5 Years for Movies… Ever!

 

Close but no cigar: 1982 (Blade Runner, The Thing, E.T, Tron, Rambo, Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior ), 1989 (Batman, Back To The Future Part 2, Dead Poet’s Society, Parenthood), 1974 (The Godfather part 2, Chinatown, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blazing Saddles), 1979 (Alien, Rocky 2, Max Max, The warriors)

 

5 – 1999
The Matrix, Fight Club, American Beauty, Toy story 2, American Beauty, The Blair Witch project

 

4 – 1987
Robocop, Wall Street, The Princess Bride, Full metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, Predator, Raising Arizona

 

3 – 1994
Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Four Weddings & A Funeral, True Lies, Speed, Natural Born Killers, Clerks, The Crow, Leon

 

2 – 1995
Casino, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, Heat, Leaving as Vegas, The Usual Suspects, Die hard: With A Vengeance, Goldeneye, Empire Records, Toy Story. Twelve Monkeys

 

1 – 1984
Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Terminator, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Police Academy, Cannonball Run 2

 

 

My Favourite… Don Rickles Film

My Favourite… Don Rickles 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…. Don Rickles (1926-2017) Film

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CASINO (1995)

Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a former sports handicapper turned casino executive, for a trophy wife over a gambling empire.

Sometimes you don’t need the biggest role to make an impact. It’s the memorable support cast, the walk on part, the character with the memorable lines that you remember.  Well in that case, Casino was a true stand out for Don Rickles.  A man with a lot of experience of Vegas (he worked there as a comic and was a honorary Rat Pack member), Rickles played casino manager Billy Sherbert a savvy, smart veteran of the gambling industry who could easily pick out the untrustworthy.  Starring alongside Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci, Rickles earned rave reviews for this role which took up just minutes of screen time but was memorable enough to introduce a new generation to his work and comedy.

See also: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3