Cool Hand Luke (1967)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT  – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Paul Newman egg-eating scene
2) Strother Martin – “man with no eyes”
3) George Kennedy

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

Drive (2011)

Drive

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Travis Bickle neo-noir.
2) Retrowave soundtrack – “Nightcall“, “Tick of the Clock
3) That satin jacket with the logo of a golden scorpion on the back
4) Beneath the ultra-violent action, it’s also a great love story.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“You know the story about the scorpion and the frog? Your friend Nino didn’t make it across the river.”

Hugo (2011)

Hugo

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT –3/5

 

PROS –
1) Visually the movie is a treat. The colors, the location, cinematography, and characters are amazing. It’s a story of a boy living secretly alone in a Paris railway station trying to decypher his late father’s automaton.
2) Christopher Lee’s presence in any movie makes it special.
3) Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave is the most well written and lovable character in this movie.
4) Georges Méliès’s movie A Trip to the Moon (1902) is a significant element of the plot.

 

 

CONS –
1) It’s a type of movie one would expect from Steven Spielberg not Martin Scorsese.

 

 

QUOTE –
Hugo Cabret: Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do… Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose… it’s like you’re broken.

Midnight Run (1988)

Midnight Run

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR –1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Robert de Niro in his original shape.
2) Entertaining and funny buddy-cop movie.
3) Great supporting cast

 

Cons –
1) Charles Grodin as “The Duke” –  Joe Pesci would have taken it to another level.

 

Quote –
Mosely: You’re gonna spend ten years just for impersonating a federal agent!
Jack: Ten years for impersonating a federal agent?
Mosely: Ten years.
Jack: Ten years? How comes no one’s after you?

Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR –1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict –3 /5

 

Pros – Charlie Day; Ron Perlman; Summarising the story in first 2 minutes;”The Sword”
Cons – Idris Alba

 

Quote –
Dr. Newton Geiszler: You’re Hannibal Chau?
Hannibal Chau: I got the name from my favorite historical figure and my second-favorite Szechuan restaurant in Brooklyn.

Room 237 (2012)

Room 237

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR –0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 0/4

 

PROS –
1) Can agree with Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Indian Agenda and Kubrick’s obsession with number 42.

 

CONS –
1) The documentary ignores all continuity errors assuming that Kubrick is doing that “on purpose”.
2) The entire theory of movie running backward is ridiculous.
3) As per this documentary, every time there is blood on the screen, it means Nazi.

 

QUOTE –
I think Stanley retreated after Barry Lyndon. And he began working on
a new kind of film, a film that had never been made before, a film that was made by a bored genius who had thoroughly emptied the jug of everything that could be done in filmmaking.