Murder by Death (1976)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A spoof of the whodunit murder-mystery films with characters resembling famous fictional detectives.
2) A huge ensemble of Hollywood A-listers including Alec Guinness, David Niven, & an unrecognizable Peter Sellers as Sidney Wang.
3) The climax is nonsensical but at the same time apt for a movie meant for spoofing this genre.
4) Peter Falk as Sam Diamond was spot-on parodying Sam Spade (or Humphrey Bogart in general), accompanying his sexy & mistreated secretary who is ending her every spoken sentence with “Sam”.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sam Diamond: The last time that I trusted a dame was in Paris in 1940. She said she was going out to get a bottle of wine. Two hours later, the Germans marched into France.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine
2) Unmasking Darth Vader
3) Luke’s twin sister: Leia
4) Alec Guinness’s screen presence

 

Cons –
1) Hutt & Ewoks : “The Muppets Show” in Space

 

Quote –
Luke: The Force runs strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. And… my sister has it.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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

 

VERDICT  – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi
2) Tatooine binary sunset with Force Theme by John Williams
3) Landspeeder
4) Darth Vader
5) Stormtrooper costume
6) That iconic poster

 

CONS –
1) Annoying Droids (R2-D2 and C-3PO) as comic-relief

 

 

QUOTE –
“Obi-Wan Kenobi: Remember…the Force will be with you, always.”

Great Expectations (1946)

Great Expectations (1946)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Jean Simmons as young Estella
2) Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham
3) Finlay Currie as Abel

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
I realized that in becoming a gentleman, I had only succeeded in becoming a snob.