The Rental (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 
PROS –
N/A

 

 

CONS –
1) Return of the done-to-death “cabin-in-the-woods” storyline for the zillionth time as seen previously in Evil Dead and Friday the 13th movies with a masked murderer who looks very similar to Jason Voorhees.
2) A forgettable directorial debut for Dave Franco with the most cliched horror movie plot. The identity of the murderer is not revealed but the audiences won’t give a damn.
3) The casting is equally bad.

 

 

QUOTE –
It’s a beautiful home, hah, bro, bro? Crack a bruskey or twosky, gaze up at brorians belt. Sip a little Pinot gris, pop in a bromantic comedy. Oh, Broseph Gordon-Levittall day, all night. Smoke a J, take a long walk along the brocean. Yeah, get that sand between your broes.Perfect brome away from brome

Rebecca (1940)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The story of a timid working-class young woman struggling to adjust to her new elite life as the wife of a rich widower, whose first wife (Rebecca) died under mysterious circumstances.
2) Judith Anderson’s intimidating presence as the despicable bitch of a housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers stands out. Audiences will loathe this character of an overly attached housekeeper to her dead employer.
3) While the first half appears as a generic family drama, multiple plot revelations in the third act of the movie will keep audiences at the edge of their seats.
4) Interestingly we never came to know the first or the maiden name of the 2nd Mrs. de Winter played by Joan Fontaine

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Maxim: Either you go to America with Mrs. Van Hopper, or you come home to Manderley with me.
Woman: You mean you want a secretary or something?
Maxim: I’m asking you to marry me, you little fool.

Hard Target (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A criminal organization that arranges human hunting as a sport for wealthy individuals messed up this time with the wrong person. Huge explosions, stylish gunfights, slow-motion action scenes, doves, round-house kicks, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Its John Woo in all it’s glory.
2) The entire action sequence with the bike chase is probably one of the best action scene in John Woo library.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Chance Boudreaux: Hunting season… is over.

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) An ex-preacher & psychopathic serial killer marries a gullible widow to extract $10,000 of stolen money by her executed husband. The plot follows him trying to find the money’s location known only to her two young children.
2) Robert Mitchum as Rev. Harry Powell gave an unforgettable performance as the relentless murdering psychopath.
3) Walter Schumann’s hauntingly melodious songs : “Lullaby” sung by Kitty White. The preacher’s chilling signature theme Leaning on the Everlasting Armsis beautifully terrifying.
4) Excepional cinemaotgraphy using shadows, anthropomorphic and christian symbolisms. The scene where the audience see the dead body of Willa Harper underwater is another achievement.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Rachel Cooper: You know, when you’re little, you have more endurance than God is ever to grant you again. Children are man at his strongest. They abide.

Angel Has Fallen (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) This time it’s a war-monger Vice President who got Agent Banning framed for the attempted assassination of the President. Its the routine high-octane action where Banning got to prove his innocence and meanwhile save the President too.
2) Nick Nolte joining the cast as Mike’s father. This John Rambo type Vietnam-vet Clay Banning is one interesting character. Him blowing the entire cavalcade of bad guys around his cabin was the best action sequence. His chemistry with Mike in the post-credit scene was equally funny.
3) The franchise is tediously formulaic but surely entertaining. The action is so engrossing that Piper Perabo replaced Radha Mitchell as Mike’s wife and we didn’t even notice.

 

 

CONS –
1) Jada Pinkett Smith as FBI Agent Thompson was extremely annoying. A meaty role was given to a bad actor.

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Wade Jennings: War is about deception.

London Has Fallen (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Agent Banning again on the President’s rescue, this time in London, fighting Pakistani terrorists. A better story and better action sequences than the prequel.
2) The single-take shootout scene was straight out of an RPG game.

 

 
CONS –
1) The last movie wasted talents like Morgan Freeman, Robert Forster, and Melissa Leo in meaningless roles. This time they added Jackie Earle Haley to the list.

 

 
QUOTE –
Mike Banning: Why don’t you boys pack up your shit and head back to Fuckheadistan or wherever it is you’re from.

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A secret service agent on a lone mission to evacuate US President held hostage in the White House bunker by North Korean terrorist.
2) A full-blown action pot-boiler.
3) Rick Yune as Kang was an apt choice for the role. No action movie is noteworthy without a memorable villain.

 

 

CONS –
1) Gerard Butler as the main protagonist is the biggest flaw of the movie. This level of movie in the 90s featured the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis or Jean-Claude Van Damme. Any contemporary action star like Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg or even Liam Neeson would have fitted the bill.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Lynn : Banning is ex-special forces. Ranger battalion. He will move mountains or die trying!”

The Great Buster (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) Peter Bogdanovich gave a fitting tribute to a genius actor of physical comedy and a forgotten pioneer of cinema. The first part of the documentary provide his complete personal biography while the later half highlights some his best works in the 1920s.
2) Watching this documentary makes us realise how influential Buster Keaton’s work is not just in the history of cinema but cartoon too.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Johnny Knoxville: It’s amazing how timeless he is and that type of physical comedy will never be unfunny. It was funny then, it’s funny now, and it’ll be funny in a 100 years. And how many film-makers can you say that about.”

A Shot in the Dark (1964)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A bumbling, clumsy, and nincompoop French police officer investigating a murder case leading to hilarious situations.
2) Peter Sellers as Jacques Clouseau gave an excellent performance as expected.

 

 

CONS –
1) The comedy is often slapstick in nature.

 

 
QUOTE –
Clouseau: The murderer was after me. Fortunately, he missed.
Dreyfus: ‘Fortunately’ is not the word!

Palm Springs (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Andy Samberg’s trademark idiosyncrasies make it watchable.

 

 
CONS –
1) A time-loop fantasy rom-com with a plot extremely similar to Groundhog Day (1993), for the post-millennial audience who missed the 90s classic.
2) The whole “true-love” theme is now done to death.

 

 
QUOTE –
Roy: You gotta find your Irvine.
Nyles: I don’t have an Irvine.
Roy: We all have an Irvine.