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.

Modern Times (1936)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) The tragi-comedy tale of 2 tramps in the time of the Great Depression.
2) “The Nonsense Song”
3) The movie extensively used huge props of machines. The scene where the Tramp got swallowed through the cogs of the giant machine, and the roller-skating scene are remarkable achievements in cinematography.
4) There are prominent signs of dystopian science-fiction. The factory boss using CCTV to monitor the factory’s work. The “feeding machine” introduced by a mad scientist to save meal breaks is satirical but equally dystopian.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Big Bill: We ain’t burglars – we’re hungry.