Ace in the Hole (1951)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) This Billy Wilder’s classic is almost 70 years old, still, neither the media nor the public is changed.
2) We have seen glimpses of a similar media circus in Peepli (Live) (2010).
3) The 2006 Prince-Borewell Case eerily shares the same premise which was a defining moment in Indian TV journalism and saw a renaissance of sensationalism in Indian Media.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Charles Tatum: Bad news sells best. Cause good news is no news.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) A realistic approach by Billy Wilder to the myth of Sherlock Holmes where his intelligence is also susceptible to failure.
2) Geneviève Page as Ilse von Hoffmanstal – Impeccable as the love interest Sherlock never had just like Irene Adler.
3) The writing style is very close to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
4) Loch Ness monster sub-plot and Queen cameo.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Holmes: Some of us are cursed with memories like flypaper. Stuck there is a staggering amount of miscellaneous data, most of it useless.

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) The ultimate hollywood story, a timeless classic from Billy Wilder.
2) Cameos from Cecil B. DeMille & Buster Keaton gives great authenticity to this movie.
3) Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond : An iconic character.
4) The Narration : A dead man telling his story.

 
Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Norma Desmond: All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) An Agatha Christie’s classic “plot twist” story
2) Charles Laughton & Marlene Dietrich
3) English humour

 

CONS –
N/A

 

Quote –
Brogan-Moore: Touching isn’t it? The way he counts on his wife.
Sir Wilfrid: Yes, like a drowning man clutching at a razor blade.