RSS feed for Philip

Favorite films

Recent activity

All films

Recent reviews

More
  • Shoot to Kill 1988

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jul, 2014

    A couple of grumbles - there's a couple of jarring comedy moments and the horribly dated score grates at times.

    However, niggles part, this is a little gem of a thriller. Poitier and Berenger make a good odd couple, the whodunit element is surprisingly effective and the action scenes are smartly directed.

    Well worth your time.

  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2014

    If you want to know about Ray Harryhausen the man, this isn't the film for you. There's only the briefest details of Ray's personal life and as a family man.

    However, as an illustrated guide to the man's tremendous legacy as a film-maker, this film would be hard to beat. There's a fantastic amount of rare behind-the-scenes footage, animation tests, storyboards and character designs. An impressive Who's Who of film directors - Spielberg, Cameron, Jackson, Landis - line up to…

Popular reviews

More
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2012 2

    Tense, harrowing story of a jewellery shop heist that goes badly, bloodily wrong.

    Terrific ensemble cast and expert direction by Lumet. The script does come undone a little before the end but works well nonetheless.

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Nov, 2012

    In hindsight, it's clear to see the Bond series' mid-life crisis was ten years ago with DIE ANOTHER DAY. Absurd gadgets, over-the-top cars, constant references to its past...the signs were all there.

    Fast-forward to today and on its 50th anniversary, there are definite signs of maturity. After the sub-par QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL is a welcome return to the form it showed with CASINO ROYALE. The top-flight talent in front and behind the camera make this the most handsomely mounted…