Full Metal Jacket (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Full Metal Jacket is one of the best of the raft of late 80’s/ early 90’s Vietnam films, a brutal look at the journey of the recruit to solider, from dehumanisation and initiation to deployment and ultimately, for many, death.  It’s as uncompromising as you’d expect from the controlling, detailed and obsessive Kubrick, with a legendarily career defining performance by R Lee Ermey dominating your memory of the film, even if it’s Matthew Modine whose the true lead. Not easy to watch but it’s an essential film.

Best Bit:R Lee Ermey

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Platoon,  Good Morning Vietnam, Apocalypse Now 

 


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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
They Shall Not Grow Old is an often brutal yet strangely hopeful documentary about the soldiers and life in the then ‘Great War’.  Produced and directed by Peter Jackson, it’s an intimate look at life in the trenches – from the casual nature of death, to the day to day routine of trench foot and toilet duties.  It’s also a technical marvel – re-colourised and reconstructed footage (including frame rate adjustments) matched with recreated sound takes the film to the next level and goes even further to highlight just what life was like in one of the most brutal wars ever fought.  An essential watch both as a film and as a historical document.

Best Bit: Colour

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The African Queen, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Great Escape 

 


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Kajaki (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Kajaki (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Powerful, tense and more of of the seat that ANY horror film I’ve seen in a long time, Kajaki is one of the best films I’ve seen in 2015 and certainly one of the best British films I’ve seen in a long time.  Showing what can be done with a good story, great performances and taught direction Kajaki had my pulse racing.  This is simply a must see film, made even more important as a retelling of actual, life changing events that took place at Kajaki Dam in 2006.  Stunning.

Best Bit: So tense.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Animals, Black Hawk Down, 71

 


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Platoon (1986) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Platoon (1986) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oliver Stone’s Platoon still has a lot to say about the horrors of war and the ripping away of innocence.  That power still remains at the core of this thirty year old film.  But overall it hasn’t aged as well as you’d hope.  The performances are still great (Berenger is nuts and this is still a career high for Sheen) but the budget strains, especially at the end as the Vietcong assault the compound.  In a world of Saving Private Ryan it just feels a bit tame.  So overall – still worth a watch.

Best Bit: the cast

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Saving Private Ryan, Good Morning Vietnam, Full metal jacket 

 


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12 Strong – A Quick Capsule Review

12 Strong – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
12 Strong is actually far better than I expected.  Set against the back drop of 9/11 and based on a true story, 12 Strong is a solid action war film charting the heroics of a mostly unacknowledged (at least at the time) team of special forces soldiers who were the first into Taliban controlled Afghanistan.  It’s action packed, full of over acting and the script could do with a refinement but it’s entertaining and never dull.  Recommended.

Best Bit: Charge!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker, Lone Survivor

Blog: Threads – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Threads – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Holy shit.  Threads is purely and simply one of the most realistic and terrifying films I have ever seen in my life. Hands down.  After 30 years, this film is still a deeply disturbing picture of life after the bomb drops – endlessly gruesome, relentlessly depressing and lacking the cheap emotional  tricks of Hollywood, Threads is probably unlike any film I’ve ever seen.  A must see.  But be in a good mood first…

Best Bit: After 30 ye`are it’s still massively impactful.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Dr Strangelove, The Road, When The Wind Blows

 

Author: Phil Hobden