Friday the 13th (1980)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A vengeful mother taking revenge for her son’s death from a group of campers. An iconic movie in ‘cabin in the woods’ horror movie format.
2) The climactic scene at the lake where Jason’s decomposing corpse attacks Alice. The climax is left ambiguous where we don’t know whether it was a dream sequence or reality.
3) Betsy Palmer convincingly played the role of Mrs. Voorhees, the deranged mother of Jason.
4) Overlay of Evil / Main Title by Harry Manfredini, though it heavily inspired by Bernard Herrmann’s famous The Murder from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960).

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Mrs. Voorhees: Kill her, Mommy! Kill her! Don’t let her get away, Mommy! Don’t let her live!
Mrs. Voorhees: I won’t, Jason. I won’t!

Coming to America (1988)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) It’s a seriously made rom-com about a Prince coming to America to find true love.
2) Great production value creating the lifestyle of the Kingdom of Zamunda.
3) There is no way one can tell Eddie Murphy & Arsenio Hall played the barbers and several other characters in the movie. The make-up is top-notch.
4) The Rocky Marciano vs. Joe Louis argument.

 

 

CONS –
1) The director chose not to go for a full-blown comedy. The plot is predictable and by stressing more on the romantic aspect, the director wasted a good opportunity.

 

 

QUOTE –
Lisa: Do you think I overreacted?
Akeem: The first reaction is often correct.

48 Hrs. (1982)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The “Redneck bar scene” with Eddie Murphy. It’s a great debut for Eddie Murphy where he boosted the entire movie with his presence.
2) Neon enhanced cinematography of night-time San Francisco

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Reggie: Man, you loaded here. What the fuck’s this?
Redneck: Tax refund!
Reggie: Bullshit! You’re too fuckin’ stupid to have a job!

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik: Another feather in his hat.

 
CONS –
1) Ineffective supporting cast.
2) Slow Motion Bar Fight Scene. Now it’s getting annoyingly obligatory scene for any speedster superhero movie.
3) A predictable storyline similar to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Robotnik: Ever wonder where your tax dollars are going?

Office Christmas Party (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Good fun movie with a decent screenplay.
2) “Anywair” sounds very interesting.
3) Jillian Bell as Trina – this terribly under-rated actress needs a full-length movie in the lead role. I’d even love to watch a spin-off movie featuring Trina as the central character.
4) Fortune Feimster as Lonny, the Uber Driver.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Airline Concierge: I’m sorry, ma’am. All flights are grounded until the snow clears. There’s nothing more I can do.
Carol Vanstone: Well, refer me to someone who can do something!
Airline Concierge: That would be God, ma’am.
Carol Vanstone: Oh. Her.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An imposter on a murder spree to hide his misdeeds.
2) Mostly shot in scenic Italy.

 

 
CONS –
1) Tedious first half, boring screenplay overall. The movie is 30 minutes too long. It’s more drama and less thriller.

 

QUOTE –
Tom Ripley: I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.

World War Z (2013)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Some high adrenaline action sequences.
2) Zombie battle in aircraft.
3) Surreal climactic scenes of the human battle against zombies.

 
CONS –
1) Mediocre post-apocalyptic zombie movie.
2) Vaccination saved the world – that’s the primary plot.

 
QUOTE –
Jurgen Warmbrunn: Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature.

A Simple Plan (1998)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A Coen Bros. movie not directed by them. A companion piece to Fargo (1996)
2) Oscar-worthy performance of Billy Bob Thornton as Jacob stands out.

 
CONS –
1) 30 minutes too long.

 

QUOTE –
Neil Baxter: Looks like we’re both gonna have an awful lot of explaining to do.
Hank Mitchell: Just me.

Gemini Man (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) The bike chase sequence in scenic Colombia.
2) Some good hand-to-hand action in the Catacombs fight scene
3) The entire de-agification VFX is a big success.

 

CONS –
1) The USP of this movie is director Ang Lee. However, the story is super dated and predictable. It’s every 90s sci-fi super soldier movies ever.

 
QUOTE –
Henry: If they could clone a person, you’d think they’d clone more doctors or scientists, not me. They could’ve cloned Nelson Mandela.
Dani: Nelson Mandela couldn’t kill a man on a moving train from two kilometers away.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Presence of two stalwarts – Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas.
2) Cinematography and overall direction make this movie a good hang-out movie like Rio Bravo (1959).
3) “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral”, sung by Frankie Laine

 

CONS –
1) Slow-paced screenplay with mediocre climactic gun-fight.

 
QUOTE –
Dr. John ‘Doc’ Holliday: I’m a gambler. Money’s just a tool of my trade.
Wyatt Earp: Of course, you will guarantee you won’t lose.
Dr. John ‘Doc’ Holliday: I never lose. You see, poker’s played by desperate men who cherish money. I don’t lose because I have nothing to lose, including my life.