Chisum (1970)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A prototype John Wayne movie of good vs evil with all it’s essential elements. The Cattle Baron (John Chisum), The Drifter (Pat Garrett), Young Gun and The Gunslinger (Billy The Kid), The Outlaw (Dan Nodeen), Corrupt Businessman (Lawrence Murphy), etc.
2) The final gunfight with cattle stampede.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
James Pepper: You know, there’s an old saying, Miss Sally. There’s no law west of Dodge and no God west of the Pecos. Right, Mr. Chisum?
John Simpson Chisum: Wrong, Mr. Pepper. Because no matter where people go, sooner or later there’s the law. And sooner or later they find God’s already been there.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Another great story of greed. A paranoid man with disoriented conscience led to the disaster of a perfect gold-rush adventure.
2) John Huston’s tight screenplay and direction. While Bogart is the leading man, the highlight will be Walter Huston natural acting as the wise old man leading the pack.
3) Humphrey Bogart played the central character of an insecure tramp. His character of Fred C. Dobbs is a classic example of an over-suspicious man going nuts in isolation.
4) A somewhat fulfilling climax for Howard & Curtin.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Howard: I know what gold does to men’s souls.

The Goonies (1985)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Pirate treasure, a secret map, a lost ship of a one-eyed dead pirate, booby traps, a “Ma Barker” kind of criminal gang and a group of mischievous kids hell-bent for an adventure. An ultimate adventure movie written by Steven Spielberg.
2) The delightful & memorable cast of young actors.

 
CONS –
1) No doubt the movie is influential but it targets a certain age group. This movie is supposed to be watched at a certain age.

 

 
QUOTE –
Andy: I can’t tell… if it’s an “A sharp” or if it’s a “B flat”!
Mikey: Heh, if you hit the wrong note, we’ll all “B flat!”

Mr. Nice Guy (1997)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 

PROS –
N/A

 

 
CONS –
1) A series of action sequences stitched around a weak plot. The production team wasn’t able to make even a decent poster for the film.
2) The terrible supporting cast makes it unbearable to watch. The huge mining truck played a better role than the actors.

 

 

 
QUOTE –
Traveling so far, I just don’t want to be disappointed.

Amadeus (1984)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A highly fictionalized biography of Mozart showcasing the eternal conflict of talent vs taste.
2) F. Murray Abraham gave an enduring performance as Antonio Salieri. He carried the movie on his shoulders. A jealous and scheming rival, but also the sole true connoisseur of Mozart’s musical genius.
3) Not just the movie got the superb screenplay, even technically the movie is a triumph. The cinematography on Panavision Cameras gives it such a fresh look to the movie that even after three decades the movie doesn’t look dated.
4) The costume, make-up, art direction, and music is first-rate.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Antonio Salieri: From now on, we are enemies – You and I. Because You choose for Your instrument a boastful, lustful, smutty, infantile boy and give me for reward only the ability to recognize the incarnation. Because You are unjust, unfair, unkind, I will block You, I swear it. I will hinder and harm Your creature as far as I am able. I will ruin Your incarnation.

The Way Back (2020)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An alcoholic & grief-stricken high-school basketball legend seeking redemption by returning back to his school to coach the basketball team. Ben Affleck perfectly fitted the bill.

 

CONS –
1) There is one such high school coach-centered sports drama every few years. This ain’t Lean on Me (1989) or Remember the Titans (2000).
2) Tediously formulaic.

 
QUOTE –
I want every one of you to reach in your shorts right now and tell me if you find a pair. ‘Cause right now, you’re playing like a bunch of fucking pussies.

After Hours (1985)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A series of unexpected weird events in one unending exhausting night.
2) Howard Shore’s score in addition to Martin Scorsese’s mandatory mix-tape.
3) From the very beginning, the entire thing looks like some sort of coordinated set-up to trap Paul however it all turns up unrelated series of events which makes it more amusing.
4) Full of unforgettable colorful characters [including an essential Cheech & Chong cameo].

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Street Pickup: Why don’t you just go home?
Paul Hackett: Pal, I’ve been asking myself that all night.