The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A meta spy-thriller beyond the guessing capacity of viewers. The lead characters of the story are a merely expendable pawns in the great game.
2) MI6 plant their agent Leamas in HVA to implicate a German officer (Mundt). But in reality, Mundt is himself an MI6 informant, and the entire plan was to get rid of another German officer (Fiedler) as he was getting too suspicious of Mundt. Leamas and his lover Nancy were just small cogs in the grand spy machine.
3) Richard Burton’s final angry monologue on espionage to Nancy was just brilliant.
4) Leamas‘ final decision of not jumping the wall to safety signifies his exhaustion from dreadful spy-games.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
i)
Alec Leamas: I reserve the right to be ignorant. That’s the Western way of life.

ii)
Alec Leamas: What the hell do you think spies are? Moral philosophers measuring everything they do against the word of God or Karl Marx? They’re not! They’re just a bunch of seedy, squalid bastards like me: little men, drunkards, queers, henpecked husbands, civil servants playing cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten little lives. Do you think they sit like monks in a cell, balancing right against wrong? Yesterday I would have killed Mundt because I thought him evil and an enemy. But not today. Today he is evil and my friend. London needs him. They need him so that the great, moronic masses you admire so much can sleep soundly in their flea-bitten beds again. They need him for the safety of ordinary, crummy people like you and me…

Nan Perry: You killed Fiedler!

Alec Leamas: How big does a cause have to be before you kill your friends? What about your Party? There’s a few million bodies on that path!

The Sixth Sense (1999)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A guilt-ridden dead child psychologist returns to help one last patient.
2) It’s one of the best movie with a surprise ending. Although, the twist is widely known thanks to many pop-culture references.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
Cole: I see dead people.

The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Captain Sale is looking for his daughter’s killers in 1910 Hong Kong, ruled by secret Red Dragon Tong crime family.
2) It’s amusing to see many British actors playing Chinese characters.
3) Christopher Lee as Chung King is at his evil best. He’s not an ordinary villain but a man of strong principles who decided to sacrifice himself instead of abandoning his den. Milton Reid as his silent henchman is equally intimidating.
4) Yvonne Monlaur as Lee is almost unrecognisable in her mixed-race avatar playing the femme fatale.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
Chung King: He that loves pleasure shall by pleasure fall.

The War with Grandpa (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) A light hearted family comedy about a grandson’s “war” with his grandpa. Veterans like Robert De Niro & Christopher Walken just having fun being themselves.

 

CONS –
1) A movie from the cold storage with a stale story done to death.
2) Such a waste of Uma Thurman.

 

QUOTE –
Peter: What kind of friend is that?
Ed: Friend? He is my driver. I don’t know the guy.

Hombre (1967)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) A group of stagecoach passengers are counting on a man for survival when they got robbed by a gang led by fellow passenger. It’s a social commentary on civilization where the fellow passengers were initially despising the character but eventually turned to him for help.
2) Paul Newman played the title character of the white man raised by Apaches. A unique character however very similar to “The Man With No Name”.
3) I’ll regard this movie as Martin Ritt’s version of Stagecoach (1939). The primary plot is same however he concentrated more on the philosophical part of it rather than going for a generic Western shootout finale.

 

 

CONS –
1) Another film where Paul Newman’s character dies in the end.

 

 

QUOTE –
Audra Favor: I can’t imagine eating a dog and not thinking anything of it.
John Russell: You even been hungry, lady? Not just ready for supper. Hungry enough so that your belly swells?
Audra Favor: I wouldn’t care how hungry I got. I know I wouldn’t eat one of those camp dogs.
John Russell: You’d eat it. You’d fight for the bones, too.

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 


PROS –
1) Victor Fries aka Mr. Freeze kidnaps Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) to cure his wife with an organ transplant.
2) Classic animation with some 3D scenes involving Batmobile.
3) Action-packed story with a positive ending for Mr. Freeze.

 

 

CONS –
1) An over-simplistic storyline without any twist and turns.

 

 


QUOTE –
Jim Gordon: Come on, people! A guy in a weird suit with two polar bears can’t be too hard to spot!

All the President’s Men (1976)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Investigative journalism at its best. The story of how two young reporters from “The Washington Post” uncovered the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
2) A landmark movie in newspaper-movie genre documenting a significant event in US history.

 

 

CONS –
1) A boring movie for an average viewer. Alan J. Pakula could’ve just made a documentary.

 

 

QUOTE –
Deep Throat: Oh, I can’t tell you that.
Bob Woodward: But you could tell me that.
Deep Throat: No, I have to do this my way. You tell me what you know, and I’ll confirm. I’ll keep you in the right direction if I can, but that’s all. Just… follow the money.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) The epic saga comes to an end with the death of Lord Voldemort after the destruction of all the six Horcruxes. Harry himself being the 7th Horcrux was a major revelation.
2) Epic moments: The shyest character of this epic saga, Neville Longbottom, decapitating Nagini (the 6th Horcrux) with the Sword of Gryffindor; Minerva McGonagall‘s duel with Snape to save Hogwarts; Harry, Ron, and Hermione quest to the Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault at Gringotts bank to retrieve Helga Hufflepuff‘s cup (the 4th Horcrux).
3) The Tale of the Three Brothers – This story remains the crux of the saga. The 3 Deathly Hallows defined the destiny of Voldemort, Snape, and Harry.
4) Hedwig’s Theme – Not playing this theme in the end credits would’ve been a disappointment.

 

 

CONS –
1) The uneventful death of Severus Snape. This major character died without any major fight.
2) The epilogue was quite unnecessary and also depressing up to an extent.

 

 

QUOTE –
Dumbledore: After all this time?
Snape: Always.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The young trio is running from the Death Eaters without any mentor while Voldemort is busy securing the Elder Wand.
2) Dobby giving the ultimate sacrifice while saving Harry, Ron, and Hermione along with Luna, Ollivander, and Griphook.
3) “The Tale of the Three Brothers”
4) Ron, Harry, and Hermione quest to Ministry of Magic, disguising themselves as Ministry employees to steal the locket from Dolores Umbridge.

 

 


CONS –
1) The lighting is so dark that it’ll give audiences a headache to watch it. The colour themes are so dark even Tim Burton wouldn’t dare to watch it.
2) The screenplay is boring and half of the time we see a despaired Harry and Hermione in the wilderness.

 

 


QUOTE –
Bellatrix Lestrange: How dare you defy your master!
Dobby the House Elf: Dobby has no master. Dobby is a free elf, and Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends!

Bend of the River (1952)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Two men with a history of violence scouting homesteader’s wagon train. The primary theme is whether a person with an unlawful past can be given a second chance.
2) Full of adventurous wagon chase action where the limited food supplies are sought by new settlers as well as by gold miners.

 

 

CONS –
N/A


QUOTE –
Jeremy Baile: When an apple’s rotten, there’s nothing you can do except throw it away or it will spoil the whole barrel.
Glyn McLyntock: Well, there’s a difference between men and apples.