TRON (1982)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Master Control Program (MCP), the faceless digital antagonist like HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), SkyNet from The Terminator (1984).
2) A sci-fi concept way ahead of its time.
3) Light Cycles and Recognizers.

 

CONS –
1) A super-concept like this deserves better CGI and better synth music.
2) The movie title should’ve been FLYNN instead of TRON.

 
QUOTE –
Dumont: All that is visible must grow beyond itself, and extend into the realm of the invisible.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Jeff Bridges as the playful mischievous Lightfoot.

 
CONS –
1) An average heist movie. Half of the time, the movie is showing characters on-road driving cars meeting weirdos.
2) What’s the point of Lightfoot’s death at the end of the movie when it’s supposed to be a comedy movie? I don’t get it.
3) Weirdly vulgar for no particular reason.

 

QUOTE –
John Doherty: The newest bank vaults have walls of reinforced concrete 5 feet thick, backed by 6 inches of steel. The vault door is stainless steel-faced. It’s 1.5 inches of cast steel, another 12 inches of burn-resisting steel, and another 1.5 inches of open-hearthed steel… A vault door has 20 bolts, each an inch in diameter. 8 on each side, 2 top, and 2 bottom. This holds the door into a 16-inch steel jamb set in 18 inches of concrete. It’s crosshatched by steel bars running both vertical and horizontal. This door is precision-made so you can’t pour nitro between the door and the vault. If that isn’t enough, there’s microphones, electric eyes, pressure-sensitive mats, vibration detectors, tear gas, and even thermostats that detect the slightest rise in temperature. Still interested in banks?

Lightfoot: I knew you weren’t a preacher!

The Way Back (2020)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An alcoholic & grief-stricken high-school basketball legend seeking redemption by returning back to his school to coach the basketball team. Ben Affleck perfectly fitted the bill.

 

CONS –
1) There is one such high school coach-centered sports drama every few years. This ain’t Lean on Me (1989) or Remember the Titans (2000).
2) Tediously formulaic.

 
QUOTE –
I want every one of you to reach in your shorts right now and tell me if you find a pair. ‘Cause right now, you’re playing like a bunch of fucking pussies.

Vivarium (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The surreal premise with great production value. It’s like a darker version of The Truman Show (1998).

 
CONS –
1) The story explains nothing but will leave the audiences with unanswered questions. Is it even sci-fi or plain super-natural horror?
2) For me, it was one of the most anticipated sci-fi movies of the year. Disappointed.

 

QUOTE –
Gemma: All we wanted…was a home.
Boy: Silly Mother. You are home.

The Invisible Man (2020)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Slow first-half however ominous.
2) It’s not a horror movie but the jumpscares worked.

 

CONS –
1) Weak supporting cast including that of Adrian Griffin, the mad-scientist.
2) Elisabeth Moss is getting seriously type-casted in her perennial victim roles.

 

QUOTE –
Cecilia: I used to feel sorry for you. The blood relative of a narcissist sociopath. Permanent punching bag. Handcuffed to his wallet. But now…I can see you for what you really are. You’re just the jellyfish version of him. Everything but the spine.

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.

After Hours (1985)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A series of unexpected weird events in one unending exhausting night.
2) Howard Shore’s score in addition to Martin Scorsese’s mandatory mix-tape.
3) From the very beginning, the entire thing looks like some sort of coordinated set-up to trap Paul however it all turns up unrelated series of events which makes it more amusing.
4) Full of unforgettable colorful characters [including an essential Cheech & Chong cameo].

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Street Pickup: Why don’t you just go home?
Paul Hackett: Pal, I’ve been asking myself that all night.