The Wild Bunch (1969)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A wild bunch led by Pike Bishop on a task given by Mexican Federales to steal US Army weapons shipment, while the US railroad is hunting Pike’s gang with the help of his former ally, Deke Thornton.
2) A groundbreaking Sam Peckinpah’s western for its technical aspect. Fascinating cinematography with quick-cut editing and slow-motion action scenes.
3) The movie features 3 massive action sequences. The first one is the opening shootout at the railroad station; the second is the train-heist, and the third (also the climactic) sequence is the mother of all violent shootout with a staggering body count.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Pike: What would you do in his place? He gave his word.
Dutch: He gave his word to a railroad.
Pike: It’s his word.
Dutch: That ain’t what counts! It’s who you give it *to*!

Come and See (1985)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The horrors of war seen from the eyes of a teenage Belarusian boy initially curious to join the Soviet resistance forces.
2) The most prominent acpect of the epic war drama is it’s brilliant cinematography. The camera is focussed on character’s faces capturing emotions and expressions. The entire movie contains minimal dialogues.
3) Never before seen Nazi atrocities on Russian villages.
4) The final reverse life montage of Adolf Hitler where Flyora stops shooting when Hitler is shown as a baby recapitulates the anti-war theme of the movie. Even someone like Flyora whose life got devastated due to Hitler’s Nazi regime wasn’t able to shoot an imaginary innocent baby while Nazis were pillaging villages after villages, targeting mainly the babies for the sake of the inferior race theory.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
“Didn’t I tell you not to dig?”

Toy Story (1995)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 

 
PROS –
1) Adventure of toys who pretend to be lifeless in the presence of humans. Disney struck the gold-mine with this story.
2) Great characters and great voice-actors.
3) Final rescue adventure with the rocket.

 

 

CONS –
1) Computer-animated movies cannot match traditionally animated movies. Even by 1995 standard, the 3-D animation is poor.

 

 

QUOTE –
Buzz: To infinity, and beyond!

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A movie documenting a dismaying experience of a naive gigolo from Texas in New York, who befriends a crippled bum.
2) This is possibly one of the most compelling performance from Dustin Hoffman as the penniless limping con-man “Ratso“.
3) ‘Everybody’s Talkinby Harry Nilsson.

 

 
CONS –
1) It’s an art-house drama about the cold-hearted city of New York without any entertainment value.

 

 
QUOTE –
Ratso Rizzo: I’m walking here! I’m walking here!

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 

 
PROS –
1) A poor boy named Arthur who will the future king of England. The movie is mainly highlighting his adventure with Merlin, the wizard.
2) Merlin vs Madam Mim.
3) The entire bit with squirrels.

 

 

CONS –
1) Walt Disney’s presentation for a specific audience.

 

 
QUOTE –
Arthur: Merlin, look! I’m a squire!
Merlin: Yes, indeed. A fine monkey suit for polishing boots.

Siren (2016)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A bachelor party took the wrong turn of events resulting in a succubus getting released from the captivity of the mysterious club owner, Mr. Nyx.
2) An almost unknown cast but still decent performance.
3) Hannah Fierman’s character of Lily single-handedly elevates this movie.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Mr. Nyx: My, my… Hell is emptying and the devils are all here.

Trinity Is Still My Name (1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The action-comedic brother duo return of another laugh-riot. This time the audiences got a glimpse of their equally idiosyncratic parents as well.
2) Trinity’s card game with Wild Card Hendricks.
3) Bambino’s confession scene with the monk. His scene in the French restaurant is another treat.
4) The final brawl with the arms-traffickers at the mission.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Older monk: It is Lucifer. Lucifer in person!
Trinità: You know him?
Bambino: No, I’ve never heard of him. He sounds like a professional from back East.
Trinità: Hmm. Well, this Lucifer or whatever shows up, tell him to go to hell.

Carrie (1976)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A prank goes too far for a shy telekinetic teenage girl on prom night.
2) The pig-blood prank on clueless Carrie rejoicing her win is one of the most disturbing scenes in a horror movie. The prank itself is more shocking than the prom massacre.
3) Piper Laurie’s performance as Carrie’s abusive Bible-basher mother gives us a better perspective on the mental state of Carrie.
4) Contest Winners – Pino Donaggio.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Carrie: It was bad, Mama. They laughed at me. Hold me, Mama. Please hold me.

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.