Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The ultra-violent third act inside Rambo’s tunnel.
2) The end-credit is a treat for fans.

 
CONS –
1) The Rambo franchise died with Rambo (2008). The entire movie is based on a done-to-death revenge plot with mediocre acting and second-rate screenplay.

 
QUOTE –
Rambo: I’ve lived in a world of death. I tried to come home, but I never really arrived.

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A soon-to-be-closed precinct became the target of a massive gun-battle by an army of street-gang members hell-bent for revenge.
2) An unusual partnership between a cop and a prisoner. A cop releasing 2 prisoners to save the precinct is very similar to Sholay (1975) train-scene.
3) A definitive John Carpenter’s cult-action movie with 91 minutes running time.
4) Darwin Joston’s intriguing character [Napoleon Wilson] with an unusually calm demeanor.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Leigh: The very least of our problems is that we’re out of time.
Wilson: It’s an old story with me. I was born out of time.

Death Warrant (1990)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The entire movie was built-up for that boss-fight with The Sandman
2) A prison with illegal organ harvesting. The plot is promising with colorful characters like Sandman, Priest, Hawkins, etc.

 
CONS –
1) Mediocre screenplay ruining a good plot.

 
QUOTE –
Priest: You Make A Deal With The Priest… It’s for keeps!

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Great action scenes – continuing the legacy in the 3rd installment of John Wick.
2) Tuco gun trick by John Wick: a subtle homage to an iconic movie.
3) There is a strong element of cassette futurism throughout the high table: typewriters, rotary landline phones, switchboard operator, etc.
4) The movie series will be remembered for its exquisite lingo in the crime world: High table, Deconsecrated, Excommunicado, etc.
5) The return of the Bowery King in the climax.

 

CONS –
1) Unnecessary Morocco subplot
2) John Wick is a lone wolf. The presence of Halle Berry as his side-kick in Morocco is annoying.

 
QUOTE –
Winston: Si vis pacem, para bellum.

Kite (1998)

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

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) High-powered gun action with the bullets that explode inside the victim’s body.
2) Sawa got shades of Gogo Yubari Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Mathilda from Léon: The Professional (1994)

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Even tomorrow may never come for us. All l can do for now is live life to the fullest.

Mr. Majestyk (1974)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) It’s a modern day Charles Bronson western with high-speed car chases and high-powered gun action. The simplicity of the story is the biggest strength of the movie.
2) The Hitman vs The Melon Picker. The movie is a treat for Bronson fanboys.
3) Soundtrack by Charles Bernstein. Unexpectedly awesome.
4) Al Lettieri as Frank Renda, the hulking hot-headed hitman.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Frank Renda: You know, we could be in LA tonight. Get in a couple of broads. Go to Mexico city in a few days. Cruise around, get a boat, anything you want!
Vince Majestyk: I’ve been to LA, and I’ve been to Mexico. And I’ve been laid.
Frank Renda: Well, what do you want?
Vince Majestyk: I want to get a melon crop in!

Cold Pursuit (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Cold snowy weather, tombstones, revenge plot – all the essential elements of a Liam Neeson film. He is now the Charles Bronson of our time.
2) The character development of the bad guys is the most fascinating aspect of this movie. Apart from the usual vengeance drama, there is a plot involving Indians with a great sense of humor, a gay enforcer, a black hitman known as The Eskimo, a drug lord who is also an over-protective father.

 

CONS –
1) Nothing extraordinary for Liam Neeson fanboys. A recycled storyline with zero memorable action sequences.

 
QUOTE –
I say make them all legal. Meth, ex, opium. An opium den in every mall, that’s my platform. Give the people what they want. Tax the shit out of it, then double our pay.