Commando (1985)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Colonel Matrix has 11 hrs. to rescue his daughter from the wannabe President of Val Verde.
2) An era-defining 80s action film with uber violence and one hell of a body count. This movie is solely running on Arnold’s toned muscle power.
3) A quintessential Arnold movie in all its glory. Every Gen X kid would’ve found a character like Colonel Matrix in some comic books, video games, or in a pulp magazine story.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Cooke: This Green Beret is going to kick your big ass!
John Matrix: I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I’m very hungry!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Grand set designs and props.

 

 
CONS –
1) A filthy, vulgar, and pukeworthy movie with an inconsequential sci-fi story.
2) I can’t even take this bizarre movie seriously as a musical as the songs are also terrible.
3) For a niche LGBT enthusiast audience, this movie can be appealing but for the rest of the audience, it a 100 minutes long headache.

 

 
QUOTE –
Dr. Frank-N-Furter: It’s not easy having a good time! Even smiling makes my face ache!

The Hustler (1961)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Watch it for Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats, a player with talent and character.

 

CONS –
1) The entire subplot with Sarah was a drag, making the movie tediously slow.

 
QUOTE –
Fast Eddie: Maybe I’m not such a high-class piece of property right now. And a 25% slice of something big is better than a 100% slice of nothing.

Underwater (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) This is an Alien (1979) rip-off with an underwater creature.
2) Most of the underwater cinematography is hardly visible with shaky camera tricks. What is the point of making a movie when the audience can’t see anything?

 
QUOTE –
Paul: What’s the scariest part of a roller coaster? Waiting in line.

Broadcast News (1987)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The trio of lead actors gave a fantastic performance.
2) Holly Hunter’s character Jane looks like an inspiration for Leslie Knope from Parks And Recreation.

 

CONS –
1) This is not Network (1976). It’s an ordinary love-triangle in a news network office.
2) A boring movie with hardly any funny moments.

 
QUOTE –
Aaron Altman: Ok, I’ll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

PROS –
1) A unique movie combining elements of various genres into one story.
2) Great synth soundtrack by John Carpenter.
3) A fun watch action comedy with superior CGI and memorable characters. A sure shot crowd favorite.
4) Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, an over-confident loud-mouthed truck driver.

 

CONS –
1) Weak primary plot.

 

QUOTE –
Jack Burton: Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn… call the president.

Ford v Ferrari (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Story of Le Mans ’66 chronicling the heroics of Ford Motor Company led by Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles.
2) Tragic to know how corporate narrow mindedness cost Ken Miles the racing triple crown.

 
CONS –
1) It’s a one-time watch generic sports drama with predictable twists and turns.
2) After Logan (2017), we’re expecting something bigger from James Mangold.

 
QUOTE –
Carroll Shelby: There’s a point at 7,000 RPM… where everything fades. The machine becomes weightless. Just disappears. And all that’s left is a body moving through space and time. 7,000 RPM. That’s where you meet it. You feel it coming. It creeps up on you, close in your ear. Asks you a question. The only question that matters. Who are you?

Southern Comfort (1981)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An extraordinary paranoia thriller with 9 National Guards running for their lives when the tables are turned.
2) The bayou; the swamps; the entire background of this in-house-Vietnam movie is exasperating.
3) The unsettling dialogue-less climax with the last 2 remaining soldiers trying to escape the Cajuns.
4) Parlez Nous à Boire

 
CONS –
1) A weak cast but still a strong movie.

 
QUOTE –
Sgt. Casper: There’s supposed to be a river here.
Spencer: Them ecology boys must’ve moved it.

Young Frankenstein (1974)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A Mel Brooks classic horror-comedy in all its glory.
2) The blind man skit with Gene Hackman.
3) Marty Feldman as Igor deserves an Oscar for his role.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You know, I’m a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump.
Igor: What hump?

Ad Astra (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The nothingness and emptiness of the space observed by a mad astronaut and his son; both fighting their solitude.
2) The breathtaking LRV chase sequence got to be one of the highlights of this movie.
3) Colonies on Moon and Mars, space baboons, etc. This sci-fi universe has some promising sub-plots.

 

CONS –
1) It appears like a wannabe Interstellar (2014) with a gloomy vibe throughout the movie.

 
QUOTE –
I am looking forward to the day my solitude ends. And I’m home.