McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Leonard Cohen’s songs give a distinct touch to the movie.
2) Hugh Millais as Butler is excellent in that small role. The bargaining scene between Warren Beatty and him is one of the worth-watching scenes of the movie.

 
CONS –
1) Annoyingly dark cinematography, sloppy editing.
2) An over-rated and boring movie of little consequences. Julie Christie is hardly anywhere.

 
QUOTE –
Butler: That man never killed anyone in his life.

Deliverance (1972)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A canoeing adventure gone wrong for 4 friends.
2) The fascinating anti-establishmentarian character of Lewis played by Burt Reynolds primarily in the first half of the movie.
3) The male-rape scene was shocking and disturbing. There is some serious amount of body-horror in this thriller. Drew’s badly twisted corpse, Lewis’s broken femur sticking out was one unbearable sight to see.
4) Dueling Banjos

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Lewis: Machines are gonna fail. And the system’s gonna fail. Then…
Ed: And then what?
Lewis: Then survival. Who has the ability to survive. That’s the game: Survive.
Ed: And you can’t wait for it to happen, can you?

Joker (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Some actors like Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey are born to play the role of Joker. They could nail this role anytime with a good director. Heath Ledger gave an everlasting performance thanks to visionary Christopher Nolan. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance reflects his hard work and dedication. Seeing his body of work, it’s not surprising to get such performance from him
2) I’ve always considered Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver (1976) as the ultimate lonely man. Even Gotham City in this movie looks like a decaying NY. He was always one step away from being a super-villain like Joker and he kinda became one. The personality of Arthur Fleck has a stark resemblance to Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver (1976) and Rupert Pupkin from The King of Comedy (1982). The presence of Robert De Niro completes the circle.
3) Batman’s original universe is built around Thomas Wayne being a saintly figure who died trying to redeem Gotham. Here he appears as a negative character with the possibility of being Joker’s father.
4) Interestingly, Joaquin Phoenix was part of a weird controversy in David Letterman’s show. Now after this movie, any late-night show host would think twice before inviting him.
5) All in all, it’s a decent origin movie for both Joker and Batman.
6) Songs: “That’s Life” and “Rock and Roll Part 2”.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE
Arthur Fleck: Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?

A Walk to Remember (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Small town teenage love story of a tough guy and a simple girl with a tragic ending.
2) A decent soundtrack but for a particular audience.

 
CONS –
1) Run-of-the-mill cliched teenage romance from Nicholas Sparks. There is one available for every generation.

 

QUOTE –
Landon: I’m sorry she never got her miracle.
Reverend Sullivan: She did. It was you.

Unknown (2011)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A fast-paced and gripping thriller from the first to the last minute.
2) An assassin who mistakes his fake identity to be his reality because of a freak accident.
3) Great supporting cast with legends like Frank Langella and Bruno Ganz

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Ernst Jürgen: In the Stasi, we had a basic principle: ask enough questions and a man who is lying will eventually change his story. But the man who tells the truth cannot change his, however unlikely his story sounds.

The Pelican Brief (1993)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An investigative thriller that unfolds slowly like a Jason Bourne movie without the action sequences.

 
CONS –
1) Slow, boring and too long. From the very beginning, the President is revealed to be the real culprit and it became pointless to explore the movie for another 100 minutes.

 
QUOTE –
Prof. Callahan: I’ve decided my agenda for the future. I’ll stay in bed, drink, make love and forget the whole damn business.

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) It’s a Nora Ephron movie not directed by Nora Ephron. A rom-com with a great cast but without any soul.
2) Hugh Grant playing the rich man-child character for the zillionth time.

 
QUOTE –
Tony: All men are pawns when it comes to women.