Blood Simple (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A story driven by decisions made by characters. Every next move depends on the characters involved.
2) M. Emmet Walsh as Private Detective Visser – cold-blooded rat.
3) Great editing and score.
4) The climactic scene where Abby drives the knife through Visser’s hand.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Ray: Never point a gun at anyone, unless you mean to shoot him And if you shoot him, you better make sure he’s dead. Because if he ain’t dead, he’s gonna get up and try to kill you. That’s the only thing they taught us in the service that’s worth a god damn.

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Mary Poppins (1964)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)” – a haunting melody
2) Dick Van Dyke as Bert, the jack-of-all-trades.
3) “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” – What a song for an upbeat climax!
4) The bank fiasco.

 

Cons –
1) The entire fantasy sequence inside the drawing.
2) Parenting guide – The movie.

 
Quote –
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Basic Instinct (1992)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) This erotic thriller is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) – a detective with mental issues, blonde femme fatale, San Francisco, very similar musical score, driving scenes.
2) The interrogation scene.
3) Final scene leaving the audiences to decide who the real killer is.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Catherine: Killing isn’t like smoking. You can quit.

Girls Trip (2017)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Tiffany Haddish as Dina – the only actor who made this shitty movie watchable.

 

Cons –
1) A female version of Wild Hogs (2007) – only less funny.
2) A missed opportunity for director Malcolm D. Lee.

 

Quote –
Don’t worry, boo.I’m gonna put hands on them.I’m talking hot grits, extension cords, timberland boots. I’m gonna fuck up that bitch’s Instagram account.I’m gonna put two q-tips in his pee-pee hole, and I’m gonna walk him around. I’m gonna just wipe, just swipe in that thing and yank them out! And then I’m gonna stick my fingers up in his ass and tell him I’m checking his prostate, but really I’m gonna yank his balls out of the back of that motherfucker! And then I’m gonna put my fist so far up his ass, I’m gonna pull his heart out through that motherfucker, and I’m gonna “Kali ma shakti” that shit, just…Then I’m gonna stick my fingers back up in his ass, and then I’m gonna twirl them around and see if that make him giggle a little bit. Because I like to make a motherfucker laugh while I hurt him, you know what I’m saying?

The African Queen (1951)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) An African Safari with 2 greatest Hollywood stars at the beginning of World War I.

 

Cons –
1) An ordinary romantic movie with very few memorable moments and an abrupt ending.

 

Quote –
Charlie Allnut: “A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature.”
Rose Sayer: “‘Nature,’ Mr. Allnut, is what we are put into this world to rise above.”

Upgrade (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) The movie initially appeared to be an ordinary revenge movie with a sci-fi element but the story kept unfolding with new twist and turns.
2) STEM – The AI antagonist.
3) Some good STEM enhanced action sequences.
4) The climactic scene where STEM send Grey’s consciousness to a Utopian fantasy.

 

Cons –
1) Black Mirror has ruined this genre. It has now set the bar too high for any Cyberpunk movie.

 

Quote –
Stem: I need your permission to operate independently.
Grey Trace: Permission granted.

Rooster Cogburn (1975)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 
Pros –
1) Katharine Hepburn as Sister Goodnight handling a Gatling gun. Pure badass!
2) The “lustrum” running gag.
3) Final “Nitro” showdown at downriver.
4) Entire movie shot at scenic locations.

 

 

Cons –
1) Hawk and his gang – poor villains

 
Quote –
I don’t know what you’re talkin’ about half the time, but that don’t matter.Bein’ around you pleases me.