Siren (2016)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A bachelor party took the wrong turn of events resulting in a succubus getting released from the captivity of the mysterious club owner, Mr. Nyx.
2) An almost unknown cast but still decent performance.
3) Hannah Fierman’s character of Lily single-handedly elevates this movie.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Mr. Nyx: My, my… Hell is emptying and the devils are all here.

Charade (1963)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Four retired US soldiers are in search of the $250,000 from the widow of their fifth partner who double-crossed them during the 2nd World War.
2) Multiple plot twists towards the end of the movie. The Walter Matthau twist blow the lid off audiences’ heads.
3) The movie is an out and out Hitchcockian mystery movie. However, at the same time, it appears like a Billy Wilder’s rom-com set in Paris with the presence of Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn featuring Henry Mancini’s music.
4) “Charade (Main Title)” by Henry Mancini.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Alexander Dyle: There’s an old riddle about two tribes of Indians. The Whitefeet always tell the truth, and the Blackfeet always lie. So one day you meet an Indian. You say, “Hey, Indian, what are you, a truthful Whitefoot or a lying Blackfoot? He says, “I’m a truthful Whitefoot.” But which is he?

The King of Staten Island (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) The story of a 24-yrs old unemployed pothead and wannabe tattoo artist. This semi-biographical Pete Davidson movie is as hopeless and unfunny as it can be. A movie without Team Apatow is not a Judd Apatow movie.
2) The last good movie directed by Judd Apatow was Funny People (2009). He should concentrate more on producing movies rather than directing them.
3) Pete Davidson is not a good actor. Him being the central character doesn’t make any sense. It appears Apatow made this movie for him out of pity to prevent him from committing suicide.

 

 
QUOTE –
Margie: Kids don’t do stuff like this. He did the second-worst thing you could do to a kid in the woods.

The Boxer (1997)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An ex-IRA volunteer trying to rebuild his life after spending 14-years in prison amid a turbulent Northern Ireland. Gerard McSorley’s performance as the primary antagonist Harry is the only noteworthy character from the movie.

 
CONS –
1) It’s neither a full-fledged sports-drama nor a conventional romantic movie. IRA skirmishes remain the core of the movie.
2) For a movie named The Boxer, the boxing choreography is quite mediocre.

 
QUOTE –
Danny: I’ve lived with your face in silence for fourteen years. It’s hard to talk to the real you.

In the Name of the Father (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A petty thief and vagrant is imprisoned for crimes he didn’t commit. It took him his father’s death to gather strength to fight for his own justice. An intense prison-drama cum court-room drama.
2) While Daniel Day-Lewis plays the lead character, the most praiseworthy performance is from Pete Postlethwaite as the helpless father and wrongfully accused man keeping his faith in justice until his last breath. His scenes with Daniel Day-Lewis in particular are well-written and performed.
3) The immense presence of Don Baker as Joe. A small role but equally profound screen presence.
4) Opening Credits: Bono and Gavin Friday – In the Name of the Father“.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Gerry Conlon: When can I go back to Belfast?
Detective: Next time you’ll see Belfast, they’ll be flying day trips to the moon.
Gerry Conlon: I always wanted to be an astronaut.

Undercover Brother 2 (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The Woke skit is the only joke that works.

 

 

CONS –
1) Someone thought to make a sequel to the cult Undercover Brother (2002) and put Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite (2009) without putting any effort into writing.
2) Michael Jai White as the title character is nowhere in the movie. He’s just there for an extended cameo.

 

 
QUOTE –
Those on Woke started out bighearted and caring. They soon turn petty,hyper-sensitive, and ultra-judgmental. Spending their time arguing about insignificant bullshit.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A landmark movie in the horror-comedy genre.
2) Undead Jack‘s make-up is overwhelmingly impressive.
3) The iconic Werewolf transformation scene. It’s the best Werewolf transformation I’ve seen in any movie.
4) Cannot find a better use of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” song.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jack: Have you tried talking to a corpse? It’s boring.

Duel (1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) It’s one nail-biting thriller that will keep the audiences on the edge of their seats.
2) That rusted gigantic truck is an intimidating walking piece of horror. It’ll give chills to audiences every time it reappears on the screen.
3) The unseen truck driver makes it scarier. It appears as if some supernatural force is behind the wheels.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
David Mann: You can’t beat me on the grade. You can’t beat me on the grade!

Darkman (1990)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An homage movie to The Phantom of the Opera, The Elephant Man, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Frankenstein. A tribute to all freaks and monsters.
2) It’s a fun-filled 90s super-hero movie.
3) Sam Raimi doesn’t forget to be funny. Adding Bruce Campbell as Darkman in the final shot opened the way for any other actor to reprising the role of Peyton Westlake / Darkman in the future.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Strack: You let me die, and you become as bad as me. Worse. You can’t. I know you too well. Dropping me is not really an option for you. It’s not something you could live with.
Darkman: I’m learning to live with a lot of things.

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 
PROS –
1) High production value and set-designs.

 

 
CONS –
1) It’s a 2-hrs long science documentary with very little action. Half of the time is spent on the team of scientists undergoing extreme decontamination procedures.
2) A disappointment for an average moviegoer going for some alien sci-fi action.
3) Forgettable cast.

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Jeremy Stone: The defense system is perfect, Mark. It’ll even bury our mistakes!