The Irishman (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Martin Scorsese returns to his favorite genre with an epic cast and he started where he left us last time in Goodfellas (1990).
2) 209 minutes running time ensures an ample amount of screen-time to all legends. A tough fight between Joe Pesci and Al Pacino for the Best Supporting Actor category.
3) It’s not just another movie but a movie event for the cineaste.
4) “In the Still of the Night”
5) The entire de-aging effect is a grand success.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jimmy Hoffa: I heard you paint houses.
Frank Sheeran: Yes, I do.

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) One can keep guessing how Tate murders will be shown in the movie only to realize that it’s a Tarantino movie and we are watching a piece of alternate history from his point of view. In Inglourious Basterds (2009), he gave his personalized treatment to Hitler, this time it was Manson Family‘s turn.
2) Leonardo DiCaprio – the last movie star of Hollywood – gave one of his best comedy performance.
3) A great homage to 1960s Italian-Westerns with fake movie posters and plot details.

 
CONS –
1) Too much archival footage, too much narration, too much radio commercials.
2) QT movies are revered for their soundtrack but this movie disappoints.
3) All in all, this is not Tarantino’s best work where he poured his soul. This is a second rung QT movie in the league of Jackie Brown (1997). QT loves pop-culture/movie references. This movie is so much laden with such references that it’s more about references than the actual movie.
4) There are a few scenes which are not leading anywhere. Although the same formula worked out great in Pulp Fiction (1994), but it didn’t work this time. One cannot make a cult film intentionally.
5) The missing Tarantinoesque scene. The Bruce Dern scene was very close to that but it fizzled out in the end.
6) The entire scene where Sharon Tate is in a movie theater watching The Wrecking Crew (1968) was completely futile. Al Pacino scene was poorly written.

 
QUOTE –
When you come to the end of the line, with a buddy who is more than a brother and a little less than a wife, getting blind drunk together is really the only way to say farewell.

The Insider (1999)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Some intense monologues from Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer
2) The opening prologue with Hezbollah
3) Bruce McGill: Deposition in Mississippi scene – best scene of the entire movie!

 

CONS –
1) 157-minute long boring movie with very few good moments.
2) Russell Crowe is performance is annoying and pretentious.
3) Too much time wasted in building up and make this entire project an Oscar bait.

 

QUOTE –
Ron Motley: Boy, you got rights… and lefts. Ups and downs and middles. So what? You don’t get to instruct anything around here! This is not North Carolina, not South Carolina, nor Kentucky! This is the sovereign State of Mississippi’s proceeding. WIPE THAT SMIRK OFF YOUR FACE! Dr. Wigand’s deposition will be part of this record! And I’m gonna take my witness’ testimony whether the hell you like it or not!

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) “Reservoir Dogs” without the violence
2) The twists & the monologues
3) Great ensemble cast
4) Cinematography – Rain factor
5) Jack Lemmon – outstanding performance

 

CONS –
1) The Title – could be much better.

 
QUOTE –
“Blake: As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired.”