Without a Clue (1988)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A comedic take on Sherlock Holmes universe where Dr. Watson is the real detective and Holmes is merely an actor playing the fictional creation of Dr. John Watson.
2) The comedy is slightly slapstick in nature but still hilarious. Michael Caine’s performance as the bumbling Sherlock Holmes is extremely amusing.
3) The witty dialogues keep the movie entertaining throughout.
4) While the movie is an out-and-out comedy, the case is not. It’s an equally gripping case of stolen printing plates for £5 banknotes.
5) Jeffrey Jones perfectly fits the bill to play Inspector Lestrade.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Watson: Holmes believes your father has been abducted.
Leslie: Abducted? By who?
Sherlock Holmes: Abductors

Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 
PROS –
N/A

 

 

CONS –
1) Even the presence of comedy duo Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal can’t save this film. It’s a laughless disaster taking its primary plot from Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951).

 

 
QUOTE –
Owen: Where are you going?
Larry: I’m gonna kill the bitch. You want something?
Owen: Could you get me a Chunky?

RoboCop (1987)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A dystopian Detroit city where a big corporation called OCP is running the police department.
2) Great CGI and ultra-violent action (thanks to bullet squibs).
3) Future tech gun: Cobra Assault Cannon
4) The fake news broadcasts throughout the movie reporting crimes, unemployment, space tech, and commercials selling weird products make the entire set-up more fascinating.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Reporter: Robo, excuse me, Robo. Any special message for all the kids watching at home?
RoboCop: Stay out of trouble.

Amadeus (1984)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A highly fictionalized biography of Mozart showcasing the eternal conflict of talent vs taste.
2) F. Murray Abraham gave an enduring performance as Antonio Salieri. He carried the movie on his shoulders. A jealous and scheming rival, but also the sole true connoisseur of Mozart’s musical genius.
3) Not just the movie got the superb screenplay, even technically the movie is a triumph. The cinematography on Panavision Cameras gives it such a fresh look to the movie that even after three decades the movie doesn’t look dated.
4) The costume, make-up, art direction, and music is first-rate.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Antonio Salieri: From now on, we are enemies – You and I. Because You choose for Your instrument a boastful, lustful, smutty, infantile boy and give me for reward only the ability to recognize the incarnation. Because You are unjust, unfair, unkind, I will block You, I swear it. I will hinder and harm Your creature as far as I am able. I will ruin Your incarnation.

Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) A modern-day western dripped in testosterone with a beer-powered “Man With No Name”. Not to forget that he got a token family and a job.
2) Falcon, the wheelchair-bound crippled dwarf boss villain.
3) David Carradine kung-fu kicks are a treat to watch.
4) McQuade asking for a beer after his supercharged Dodge Ramcharger brought him back from being buried alive. God level badassery.

 

 

CONS –
1) Run-of-the-mill action potboiler.

 
QUOTE –
Rawley Wilkes: The boys are just having a little fun.
J.J. McQuade: You wanna join the fun?