Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A maverick Detroit cop travels to Beverly Hills to find the killers of his friend. A run-of-the-mill buddy-cop movie but done correctly.
2) Supporting cast including Judge Reinhold & John Ashton [as Det. Rosewood & Sgt. Taggart] provided the right balance.
3) An era-defining soundtrack including tracks like “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer, “Stir It Up” by Patti LaBelle.
4) Steven Berkoff as Victor Maitland, the obligatory European boss villain.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Axel Foley: Is this your car?
Jenny Summers: Oh, no. In Beverly Hills, we just take whichever car is closest.

48 Hrs. (1982)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The “Redneck bar scene” with Eddie Murphy. It’s a great debut for Eddie Murphy where he boosted the entire movie with his presence.
2) Neon enhanced cinematography of night-time San Francisco

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Reggie: Man, you loaded here. What the fuck’s this?
Redneck: Tax refund!
Reggie: Bullshit! You’re too fuckin’ stupid to have a job!

Bad Boys for Life (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Average one time watch with Martin Lawrence doing most of the heavy lifting.

 
CONS –
1) The entire primary plot of Mike’s long lost evil son is lame.
2) This is what happens when you make a sequel too late of a fan-favorite movie. Bad Boys could’ve been a bigger franchise than Fast & Furious.

 
QUOTE –
Marcus: You realize you will go to hell?
Mike: I don’t believe in hell, Marcus.
Marcus: Well, it believes in you.

Miss Congeniality (2000)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Fun and entertaining one-time watch buddy-cop movie.
2) Michael Caine as Victor delivered best lines.

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre antagonist with an ordinary primary motive
2) Predictable plot.No reasons to hate this movie and also no reasons to like.

 

Quote –
Victor Melling: They had their Southern belles, their Midwestern farmers’ daughters, spunky western cowgirls, and I have… Dirty Harriet!

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) High-speed car chases, huge explosions, gun battles, an obligatory sex scene – the usual.
2) Riggs and Murtaugh are back with a new case with an apartheid angle
3) Good background score

 

 

Cons –
1) Joe Pesci as Leo Getz – annoying role
2) Generic buddy-cop pot-boiler

 

 

Quote –
Riggs: I’m not a cop tonight, Rog. This is personal.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 4)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Better writing and fast-paced storylines (as always)
2) Cliffhanger finale.
3) #BlackLivesMatters in Ep – 16
4) Andre Braugher – gotta give it to him – 4 seasons and never out of character.A deadpan character in a sit-com.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Jake : I hope you like sharing my one grey towel.
Amy : Was it grey when you bought it?
Jake : I didn’t buy it. It was in the apartment when I moved in.

Ride Along 2 (2016)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
N/A

 

Cons –
1) After a long haul of mind-fuck movies, if you wanna switch-off your mind watch this brainless cliched disaster.

 

Quote –
Ben Barber: The brothers-in-law just got to town!
James Payton: If you say that more time, I’m gonna shoot you in the face.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Music – not great but at least they tried
2) The Surprise odd couple – Samuel L. Jackson & Salma Hayek
3) Gary Oldman as Dukhovich – unrecognizable !

 

Cons –

 

1) A similar comic theme like last years’ under-rated The Nice Guys – but this movie is burdened with a cliched plot.
2) Generic potboiler – One-time watch only.

 

 

Quote –

 

Michael Bryce: This guy single-handedly ruined the word motherfucker.

Central Intelligence (2016)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Cameos: Aaron Paul & Melissa McCarthy
2) Kumail Nanjiani & Kevin Hart Airport scene.

 

Cons –
1) Generic Kevin Hart. Seems like a Ride Along spin-off
2) Predictable
3) CGI fat Rock will be funny? No thank you.
4) I guess they are planning a sequel.

 

Quote –
Bob Stone: Phil, when this thing is over, I’m going to rip your throat out like Patrick Swayze in “Road House”.
Phil: Oh, my God, you and “Road House”. Get over that movie. It sucked then, it sucks now. The only movie that sucks more is “Sixteen Candles”.
Bob Stone: How dare you.

Lethal Weapon (1987)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A typical buddy-cop film with a dark-tone and very few funny moments
2) Badass Mel Gibson
3) Establishment Shots; Cinematography
4) The “Jump”
5) The final Ju-Jitsu boss fight

 

Cons –
1) Will not call it a thriller as the cops never investigate the case but case keeps coming back to them.
2) The movie was well built from the first scene but final 20 minutes were going in no direction.

 

Quote –
“Roger Murtaugh: You’re not trying to draw a psycho pension! You really are crazy!”