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!

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.

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Powerful acting, great monologues, and brilliant writing. This 3-hrs long black & white courtroom-drama is the epitome of good cinema.
2) The colossal presence of Burt Lancaster in the courthouse as the guilt-ridden Nazi judge. He was silent most of the time but the monologue he delivered in the 3rd act of the movie was impending from the very first minute.
3) The movie depicts post-war German people trying to exonerate their guilty conscience by gaslighting themselves about not knowing what was happening in the concentration camps during the Nazi regime.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Ernst Janning: My counsel says we were not aware of the extermination of the millions. He would give you the excuse: We were only aware of the extermination of the hundreds. Does that make us any less guilty? Maybe we didn’t know the details. But if we didn’t know, it was because we didn’t want to know.

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A gripping heist-thriller with superb writing. This shows no matter how tense the primary plot is, witty writing should never be compromised.
2) The codenames used by the perpetrators clearly a big influence on future directors in heist movies. e.g. Reservoir Dogs (1992) and most recently Money Heist (2017).
3) Peter Stone’s tight screenplay.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Garber: 26 minutes? Your instructions were complicated. The money has to be counted, stacked, tied, transported. It isn’t physically possible.
Mr. Blue: You’d be surprised what’s physically possible.

The Great Train Robbery (1978)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The breathtaking stunt by Sean Connery on top of the moving train dodging bridges after bridges. The last 20 minutes of the movie are unmissable.

 
CONS –
1) The first hour of the heist is engaged in extracting the 4 keys. The third and final act saves this movie.
2) Ridiculous climactic escape.

 

 
QUOTE –
Judge: Now, on the matter of motive, we ask you: Why did you conceive, plan, and execute this dastardly and scandalous crime?
Edward Pierce: I wanted the money.

Rollerball (1975)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) A game of death designed by corporate to belittle individualism.
2) The iconic movie poster by Bob Peak.
3) Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Bach.

 

CONS –
1) Kick-ass concept but equally lame and dull screenplay. If we forget the futuristic setup, it’s an ordinary sports story.

 
QUOTE –
Bartholomew: The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort. And the game must do its work. The Energy Corporation has done all it can, and if a champion defeats the meaning for which the game was designed, then he must lose.

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!

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

PROS –
1) A supernatural creature which awakens every 23rd spring for twenty-three days to feast on human body parts, which then form parts of its own body, chasing two teenagers.
2) Promising start but a disappointing end.

 

CONS –
1) A story full of unanswered questions.
2) The entire connection of psychic Jezelle and the association of “Jeepers Creepers” song with the creature is silly and impetuous.

 
QUOTE –
Trish: You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it? This is it.

The Killer Elite (1975)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) The slow-motion gun action sequences with Bo Hopkins.

 
CONS –
1) The martial-arts/Ninja sub-plot is poorly written and hilariously executed.
2) The entire James Caan’s recuperating sequence is long and boring.
3) The primary theme of the movie was betrayal, but it appears the director forgot that midway.

 

QUOTE –
Hansen: You just retired, Mike.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A well made 87 minutes long adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel.
2) Peter Cushing’s performance as Sherlock Holmes was very close to the one portrayed by Jeremy Brett years later.
3) The right amount of thrill and suspense with decent production value.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sherlock Holmes: This, I think, is a two-pipe problem.