Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An epic Jewish gangster movie of epic length.
2) Sergio Leone crafting tension in the scene using sounds: that opening sequence with a telephone ring across different scenes – or that coffee stirring scene with De Niro.
2) That iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge before Dominic is killed.
3) Non-linear Rated-R screenplay and great cinematography.
4) Cockeye’s Song by Ennio Morricone
5) Secretary Bailey twist
6) The young actors playing the younger version of the main characters were equally brilliant.

 
CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Dominic: Noodles… I slipped.

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’! “