Lean on Me (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) From time to time, it falls to one man to lead his people out of the valley of shadows. This time, it landed on Morgan Freeman as Joe Louis Clark to resurrect a dying school. Way before Denzel got Remember the Titans (2000), Samuel L. Jackson got Coach Carter (2005), it was Morgan Freeman who did Lean on Me (1989).
2) This 30 years old movie is still relevant in today’s time of over political correctness.
3) Lynne Thigpen as Mrs. Barrett – the personification of loudmouthed wench.
4) Great one-liners and refreshing soundtrack
5) Two good dialogues scenes: “HEAD NIGGER IN CHARGE” scene between Dr. Napier and Joe, and the “They are sick of it, and so am I!” scene between Ms. Levias and Joe.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Joe Clark: You’ll be dead in a year, son. Hear what I’m saying? You’ll be dead in a year!

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Rocky III (1982)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Mr. T as Clubber Lang and his quotes
2) Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips
3) Training regime (Balboa-Creed toe-to-toe)
4) Eye Of The Tiger

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Interviewer: Do you hate Rocky?
Clubber Lang: No, I don’t hate Balboa. I pity the fool.”

Rocky II (1979)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Last minutes of Rocky-I used as the opening sequence
2) Story continued from the same spot
3) Music
4) Training montage
5) Rocky reading The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County by Edgar Rice Burroughs to Adrian

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Rocky Balboa: I just got one thing to say… to my wife at home: Yo, Adrian! I DID IT!”

Rocky (1976)

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

Verdict – 5 /5

Pros –
1) A romance of a dumb struggling boxer and a shy pet-shop girl in the backdrop of a sports drama where the result of the match is irrelevant.
2) Music: Bill Conti
3) Rocky’s monologue against Mickey. (almost “I coulda’ been a contender”)
4) Training sequences and the Rocky Steps.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Rocky: I didn’t have no favors from you! Don’t slum around me. Talkin’ about your prime. What about my prime, Mick? At least you had a prime! I didn’t have no prime. I didn’t have nothing’! “