The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Secret Life of Pet’s is basically Toy Story without Pixar.   That’s not a bad thing of course but it does feel like somewhat of a retread of the much better Pixar classic.  It’s charming, funny and (occasionally) smart.  It’s also not as funny as it should have been, not as clever as you want it to be and not as charming as it thinks it is… which is a shame as the film has bucket loads of potential. Ultimately the kids will love it, adults with find it witty and it will make money.  Hopefully of the sequel they can develop the bits that worked best into a what could be a comedy gem.

Best Bit: When the owners leave…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

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

 


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Frozen (2013) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Frozen (2013) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s been a while since I properly enjoyed a Disney movie, even a Pixar film.  So I was more than pleasantly surprised just how good Frozen was.  Catchy songs, great characters, amazing animation and best of all a heart and soul that even brought a tear to this old grump!  Oh and it managed to entertain my 3 year old daughter from start to finish and not a lot of films can say THAT.

Best Bit: Olaf’s song!

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy

If you liked this try: Toy Story 3,  Toy Story,  Up

 


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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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The Secret Life Of Pets 2  (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Secret Life Of Pets was a great concept in need of a better film.  Thankfully The Secret Life Of Pets 2, whilst far from perfect, at least does a far more even job of delivering the film we all wanted first time out. Okay so it’s still VERY Toy Story in its execution but even a lesser version of Toy Story can still make for a fun,  sometimes funny, often witty film.  It’s hardly essential viewing but, if like me, you need a way to distract a kid across a Sunday afternoon you can do far worse.

Best Bit: Vets

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Secret Life Of Pets, Toy Story, Despicable Me 2 

 


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The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Secret Life of Pets is basically Toy Story without Pixar.   That’s not a bad thing of course but it does feel like somewhat of a retread of the much better Pixar classic.  It’s charming, funny and (occasionally) smart.  It’s also not as funny as it should have been, not as clever as you want it to be and not as charming as it thinks it is… which is a shame as the film has bucket loads of potential. Ultimately the kids will love it, adults with find it witty and it will make money.  Hopefully of the sequel they can develop the bits that worked best into a what could be a comedy gem.

Best Bit: When the owners leave…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

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

 


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Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #75-51

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Part two of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.

So here’s numbers 75-51…

 

 

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Trilogies

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: Movie Trilogies

For most a sequel is an unwanted thing.  And rightly so, after all most can be let downs and for every Godfather 2 there is an Independence Day Resurrection.  However their are also some great sequels and in fact some great threequels out their. This week I take a look at the best movie trilogies (and no the Matrix is NOT included).

 

 

Close But No Cigar: Bourne Trilogy, The Indiana Jones Trilogy, Evil Dead, The Godfather Trilogy, Die Hard, Mad Max 

 


5. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring,The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

It’s no mean feat, adapting a multi-tome epic source novel over nearly 5 years with a cast and crew almostly permanently relocated to New Zealand by a director best known for low budget shlock films.  But man did Peter Jackson pull it off.  Epic does not even come CLOSE to describing the Rings trilogy (and the multiple endings of Return Of The King for that matter) but even now, over 10 years after it all finished, they still stand out as some of the best films of the last few decades.

 


4. Back To The Future Trilogy 

There may be technically better films out their for sure, but the story of Marty McFly which spans over a hundred years, is everything that is right with how blockbuster films should be.  It defined a career for Michael J Fox, allowed my fascination with Elisabeth Shue to continue and gave us the iconic Doc Brown.  “What the hell’s a gigawatt?”.  Indeed.

 


3. Aliens Trilogy (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3)

It’s a testament to just how good the first two films are that you almost ignore the fact that Part 3 is considered by most to be a disappointment. Thing is… it’s not. In fact Alien 3 is probably my second favourite of the whole trilogy (just under Aliens and just above Alien).    Okay yes I’m mad but still!  The key point here is just how good the first two films are, with both rating as best of their genre (Sci-fi and Sci-Fi Action).   And trust me… whilst it’s FX’s are dated, try alien 3 Directors cut again. You MAY be pleasantly surprised.

 


2. Toy Story

Toy Story not only defined a genre, it also redefined how animation was done for ever.  It’s groundbreaking and things would never be the same again.  Yet at it’s heart of every one of the films is a great story, expertly told and brilliantly voiced.  Pretty much perfect.

 


1. Star Wars (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi) 

The trilogy that defined my childhood, that ignited my love with film and that left me playing in my room with 3″ plastic toys for years to come.  Ageless (in it’s original form, not the horrid CGI remasters), this is epic storytelling, grandstanding action and odd plot twists at their best.  Iconic.

 

 

 

 

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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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My Favourite… R Lee Ermey Film

My Favourite… R Lee Ermey 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…. R Lee Ermey (1944-2018) Film

 

FULL METAL JACKET (1987)

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Stanly Kubrick’s brutal 1987 war film Full Metal Jacket showed the horrors of war both at home and away. But for all the great performances it was that of the sadistic drill sergeant that was the most memorable.  R Lee Ermey was a consultant on the film, himself a former drill sergeant.  But after failing to find someone who could deliver as well as Ermey in the role, Kubrick instead cast him and we had the start of a career that would span decades, often playing a take on the character seen here.  But Ermey was FAR better than just rehashing this role and would go on to add some serious films to his resume and work with some of Hollywoods best directors.

 

See also: The Frighteners, Se7en, Toy Story 

 

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