Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Four friends trying to pay off their debt of £500,000 to a crime lord, led to a fiasco involving various parties fighting for weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
2) British-humour.
3) A good collection of songs in the soundtrack. “The Payback” by James Brown was played at just the right time.
4) Almost all characters are distinct with their own colorful antics.
5) Hilarious cliffhanger climax.

 

 

CONS –
1) Ruined for anyone who’s already watched Phir Hera Pheri (2006). The Bollywood version has the audacity to copy the story without giving any credit to Guy Ritchie.

 

 

QUOTE –
Barry the Baptist: When you dance with the devil, you wait for the song to stop.

Hellraiser (1987)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A mysterious puzzle-box which summons demonic creatures, and open doors to different dimensions to interested explorers.
2) The make-up of Cenobites & creatures from other dimensions is noteworthy. The highlight is the gradually restoring body of Frank after devouring every victim.
3) The movie focuses on the mishap of the Cotton Family rather than getting into the mythology of Cenobites or the puzzle-box.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Frank: Jesus wept.

Tales from the Crypt (1972)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Stories of 6 different people who “died without repentance”, and finally a warning to the audience in the end.
2) Wish You Were Here: The tale of a Chinese statuette granting 3 wishes to the owner but with severe consequences.
3) Blind Alleys: Blind residents took revenge from their tormentor using his own dog in the most brutal way.
4) Poetic Justice: Arthur Grimsdyke (brilliantly played Peter Cushing) comes back from the dead to avenge his enemy.
5) Opening Credits: Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Bach

 

 

CONS –
1) Out of 6, the first 2 stories were just passable.

 

 

QUOTE –
The Crypt Keeper: Who’s next? Perhaps… you?

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A jewel heist by a team of mistrustful people trying to outdo each other to get the bounty resulting in hilarious consequences.
2) This movie is notable for great performances by the entire cast. Jamie Lee Curtis steamy performance as Wanda deserves special mention.
3) John Cleese delivered as expected as the feeble lawyer embroiled in the entire fiasco.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Archie: I Wendy- I Wanda- I wonder…

The 39 Steps (1935)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) An unwilling man accused of murder, trying to stop foreign spies from taking British military secret. In his run from London to Scotland, he is entangled between assassins, the police, and a woman.
2) It’s a classic prototype Hitchcock plot which can later be seen in many of his future movies including North by Northwest (1959).
3) An extremely influential movie in the spy-movie genre.
4) The astonishing twist of Mr. Memory being the medium of smuggling. The secrets are not being smuggled from a document, letter, a CD, or a flash drive. It’s the brilliant mind of Mr. Memory.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Heckler in Audience: When did Chelsea win it?
Mr. Memory: 63BC in the presence of Emperor Nero!

In the Name of the Father (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A petty thief and vagrant is imprisoned for crimes he didn’t commit. It took him his father’s death to gather strength to fight for his own justice. An intense prison-drama cum court-room drama.
2) While Daniel Day-Lewis plays the lead character, the most praiseworthy performance is from Pete Postlethwaite as the helpless father and wrongfully accused man keeping his faith in justice until his last breath. His scenes with Daniel Day-Lewis in particular are well-written and performed.
3) The immense presence of Don Baker as Joe. A small role but equally profound screen presence.
4) Opening Credits: Bono and Gavin Friday – In the Name of the Father“.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Gerry Conlon: When can I go back to Belfast?
Detective: Next time you’ll see Belfast, they’ll be flying day trips to the moon.
Gerry Conlon: I always wanted to be an astronaut.

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!

Silver Blaze (1977)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Christopher Plummer’s debut as the legendary detective.

 

CONS –
1) A forgettable adaptation of “The Adventure of Silver Blaze”.
2) 30 minutes run time can by no means give proper justice to the story. There is neither any depth in writing nor there is any character development.

 

 
QUOTE –
Inspector Gregory: Is there any other point to which you wish to draw my attention?
Sherlock Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog when the horse was led out from the stable.
Inspector Gregory: But the dog did nothing when the horse was led out from the stable.
Sherlock Holmes: That was the curious incident.

The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A wronged disfigured music composer finally gets salvation by seeing his written opera performed.
2) Striking set-designs especially the Phantom’s lair.
3) A decent gothic adaptation of the Gaston Leroux‘s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Terence Fisher. He managed to complete the story in 84 minutes avoiding any tedious romantic angles.

 

 

CONS –
1) Heather Sears as Christine Charles was definitely not the best option to play the lead.

 

 
QUOTE –
Harry Hunter: You’re an artist. You’re not going to let a little thing like a ghost upset you.

A Study in Terror (1965)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The legend of Jack the Ripper fused into a new adventure of Sherlock Holmes. Instead of relying on the burden of an existing story, the new story made it an interesting watch.
2) There was a long list of the suspect and it made the movie riveting up to the last minute.
3) Mycroft Holmes’ monologue over Sherlock’s violin recital was amusing.

 

 
CONS –
1) John Neville played a very mild-mannered Sherlock Holmes. Donald Houston as Dr. Watson was caricaturish.

 

 
QUOTE –
Mycroft Holmes: For Heaven’s sake, stop sawing away on that infernal instrument! It was a sad day when Mother gave it to you, a sad day for her, a sad day for you, a sad day for us all… What I cannot understand is why, since you’ve had that violin with you so long, you never learned to play!