Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

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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



Phil’s Top 5… Bill Paxton Films

Phil’s Top 5… Bill Paxton Films

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: to celebrate the career of Bill Paxton, who sadly passed away just over a week ago, i’m taking a look at my favourite five of his movies.


Close but no cigar:  True Lies, Titanic, The Last Supper, The Terminator, Tombstone

5 – Twister
Yup it’s a pretty terrible film. But is was the first big budget blockbuster to put Paxton front and centre as the leading man and, years on, it’s  still remembered as a fun summer blockbuster.  


4 –  A Simple Plan
A film few have seen, A Simple Plan is the Sam Raimi film that plays it straight with none of the tricks or gore of his more know efforts.  But that allows performances to stand out and Paxton once again delivers as the blue collar worker whose life is turned upside down after finding $4million.


3 – Apollo 13
Like it or not, Apollo 13 is a well told film that finds tension in a story where the outcome is already known.  Standing out alongside Hanks and Bacon is no easy task but Paxton gives the film heart.


2 – Near Dark
Before it’s time, Katherine Bigelow’s Near Dark remains a great film.  As Severn, Paxton delivers a memorable performance as the psychotic white trash vampire in a film of stand out performances.


1 – Aliens
“Game over Man, Game Over”. Hudson remains one of cinema’s most quotable characters in what is one of the best films of all time.  Aliens is that good and Paxton stands out for all the right reasons.  Just epic.


Phil’s Top 5… Arnie Films!

Phil’s Top 5… Arnie Films!

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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.