Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

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The final part 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.

And the winner is…

So here’s numbers 25-1…

 

 

 


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

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

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
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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Phil’s Top 5… Underrated Film Directors

Phil’s Top 5… Underrated Film Directors

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: My top 5 Underrated Directors!

 

Close but no cigar: Isaac Florentine, Richard Donner, Neveldine/Taylor

 

5 – Don Siegel
Without Siegel modern cinema would look very different.  From the reboot of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers to an Elvis musical through to a John Wayne western and of course Dirty Harry.  

 

4 -George Miller
Mad Max director Miller doesn’t get much love for his non Mad Max films, but he’s a talented director who has could flip from hardcore action to kids fantasy with ease.  

 

3 – Martin Campbell
The man who twice reinvented the Bond franchise with Casino Royale & Goldeneye, Campbell is adept at high qulaity action on a relatively modest budget.  

 

2 – Joel Schumacher
Yes he made Batman & Robin but aside from his Batman franchise killing, he’s also made some excellent films.   From The Lost Boys to Phone Booth and A Time To Kill, Schumacher when focused can deliver top notch thriller.

 

1 – Tony Scott
From Top Gun to True Romance, from Enemy of The State to Unstoppable Scott was and remains one of my favourite directors.  Sadly no longer with us, Scott delivered top quality blockbusters like no other.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Actors No Longer With Us

Phil’s Top 5… Actors No Longer With Us

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: Actors we missed who have passed away.

 

Close but no cigar: Paul Walker, Heath Ledger, Pete Postlethwaite, Dennis Farina

 

5 – JT Walsh
A mainstay of early 90’s films and TV, Walsh was the very much the archetypal a character actor who could play both good and bad.  Standout role – Breakdown with Kurt Russell.

 

4 – John Candy
Candy starred in some of the funniest films of the 80’s.  He was a comedy mainstay and even in a bad film would stand out as one of the best things in it.  His films still hold up all these years later.  Stand out role – Planes, Trains & Automobiles

 

3 – James Gandolfini
From early Tony Scott films like True Romance to later roles in Crimson Tide, Gandolfini was a powerful and memorable screen presence.  And then came one of teh geratest TV shows ever – The Sopranos and he would forever be etched into pop culture. . Stand out role –  The Sopranos, obviously. 

 

2 – Robin Williams
From genius (Good Morning Vietnam) to grating (Patch Adams), Robin Williams had massive hits and bigger misses.  But as a comedian & actor he was near unmatched.  A true genre icon. Stand out role – Dead Poets Society

 

1 – Alan Rickman
Best remembered for Snape in Harry Potter, we all first saw him as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.  Rickman’s passing was sudden and unexpected but he left behind one hell of a legacy. Stand out role – Die Hard

 

 

 

Best Film of 2017: Baby Driver

Best Film of 2017: Baby Driver

Best & Worst Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wow.  Having been often luke warm of some of Wrights films (Scott Pilgrim and Worlds End to name but two), Baby Driver arrived with the danger of a great trailer, loads of hype and Wright fans proclaiming it as up there with his best work.  And you know what… they are right.  One of the best films so far of 2017, Baby Driver delivers.  Performances, soundtrack, direction, script… the films a knock out.  In short what you have here is a True Romance for the 21st century and that’s about the highest compliment I can pay this film.  Total dynamite.

Best Bit: James & Elgort’s chemistry is electric

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: True Romance, Badlands, Hot Fuzz

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

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In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 1990’s

The close but no cigar Films: Apollo 13, Fight Club, Schindler’s List, Speed, The Usual Suspects, Dumb and Dumber, The Silence Of The Lambs, Waynes World, Empire Records, In the Line Of Fire, JKF

 

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Baby Driver – A Quick Capsule Review

Baby Driver – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wow.  Having been often luke warm of some of Wrights films (Scott Pilgrim and Worlds End to name but two), Baby Driver arrived with the danger of a great trailer, loads of hype and Wright fans proclaiming it as up there with his best work.  And you know what… they are right.  One of the best films so far of 2017, Baby Driver delivers.  Performances, soundtrack, direction, script… the films a knock out.  In short what you have here is a True Romance for the 21st century and that’s about the highest compliment I can pay this film.  Total dynamite.

Best Bit: James & Elgort’s chemistry is electric

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: True Romance, Badlands, Hot Fuzz

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Tony Scott Films

Phil’s Top 5… Tony Scott 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: Tony Scott films.

Close but no cigar: The Hunger, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Unstoppable, Enemy of The State

 

5 – Crimson Tide
When Tony Scott did a Ridley Scott film.  Crimson Tide, with a script polished by Tarantino and a tour de-force showdown between Washington and Hackman, is a much underrated film.  Add in Scott regular Gandolfini and you have one of the best action thrillers of the decade.

4 – Man On Fire
From a career best performance by newcomer Dakota Fanning to a new hard edge action man Denzel Washington, Man Of fire is Commando for grown ups.  Super violent, a great script and pin sharp direction.

3 – The Last Boy Scout
A sharp Shane Black script, Bruce Willis on top form and the trademark moody visuals and uber violence, The Last Boy Scout gets better every time I watch it.

2 – Top Gun
Okay not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but Top Gun defined my youth.  It still has one of the definitive film soundtracks, the aerial combat scenes are unmatched years on and it’s an adrenaline ride of style over substance.  

1 – True Romance
Simply put THE best Tarantino script and possibly one of best films Tarantino has been involved in (yes I probably do rate this above almost all his films).  Tony Scott brings style, a grade A cast and a great soundtrack to the uber violent love film.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Tarantino Films

Phil’s Top 5… Tarantino Films

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In a new semi-regular feature, each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Tarantino Films!

Bursting onto the scene in the 90’s, QT was a breath of fresh air. He fundamentally changed the way movies were written and marketed.  Then, sadly, years later he became a mass of hot air with bloated and over long critic baiting movies that you watch once but probably never again.  BUT there was a time when the former video store clerk ruled the movies.  Here are my favourite 5 Tarantino films…

 

Close but no cigar: Natural Born Killers, Deathproof

5 – Pulp Fiction
A classic for sure, but a film that (years on) I find hard to re-watch. Still it made a sub-genre all of it’s own (Tarantino-esk) , relaunched the career of John Travolta, made Bruce Willis less of a dick for a while and sold a gazillion sound track albums.  Not bad…


4 – From Dusk ‘Till Dawn
Come on… imagine if you had no idea what happens in three quarters of the way through this expertly plotted  film.  Imagine how blown away you’d be expecting another Tarantino crime film and then, from out of nowhere, there are freakin’ vampires! It’s the film that made Clooney popular, that Tarantino didn’t suck in and that Rodriguez never bettered.


3 – Reservoir Dogs
One of the best film debuts ever, Dogs is raw, violent and tense.  It’s also short, underplayed and fun.  Everything Tarantino’s films aren’t anymore. Sadly


2 – True Romance
Written by QT, directed by the late Tony Scott, starring an on the rise Christian Slater and with one of the greatest casts ever (Walken! Oldman! Hopper! Pitt! Gandolfini! and more! ) this is for me Tarantino’s single greatest script. Sharp, with crushing monologues and believable characters this is the pinnacle of his pop culture loving style.  Even years on this film is dynamite.


1 – Jackie Brown
That surprised you didn’t it!  Huh!  Admit it!  But why THSI film, probably one of Tarantino’s least loved movies.  Well whilst Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs are held aloft as QT’s masterpieces, it’s his measured and restrained take on an Elmore Leonard novel that holds the No1 spot for me.  Subtle, classy and cool this is Tarantino at his least, well, Tarantino.  And man does the film benefit from it.  It oozes a level of awesome that for me QT has never topped.  Go on give it another try… you’ll love it!

 

Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films… #25-1

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Part Three of our run down of Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from All Things Film, Filmsploitation and the Filmsploitation Facebook group.

As revealed on Episode 136 of Filmsploitation: The All Things Film Podcast here are our Top 25 Films!

So here’s numbers 25-1…