Silver Blaze (1977)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Christopher Plummer’s debut as the legendary detective.

 

CONS –
1) A forgettable adaptation of “The Adventure of Silver Blaze”.
2) 30 minutes run time can by no means give proper justice to the story. There is neither any depth in writing nor there is any character development.

 

 
QUOTE –
Inspector Gregory: Is there any other point to which you wish to draw my attention?
Sherlock Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog when the horse was led out from the stable.
Inspector Gregory: But the dog did nothing when the horse was led out from the stable.
Sherlock Holmes: That was the curious incident.

Knives Out (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Return of the gentleman-sleuth in the line of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, solving a whodunit murder mystery.
2) A great ensemble.

 
CONS –
1) A one-time watch movie with switcheroo being the ultimate twist.
2) The entire suspense was already revealed during the first half of the movie.

 
QUOTE –
Benoit Blanc: Physical evidence can tell a clear story with a forked tongue.

Beginners (2010)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) A character-driven movie full of curious characters
2) Ewan McGregor voice-overs monologues
3) Christopher Plummer as Hal – A dying man living his last days to the fullest extent.

 
CONS –
1) A boring film with zero entertainment value for the average moviegoer.

 
QUOTE –
Hal: I don’t want to be just theoretically gay. I want to do something about it.

The Insider (1999)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Some intense monologues from Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer
2) The opening prologue with Hezbollah
3) Bruce McGill: Deposition in Mississippi scene – best scene of the entire movie!

 

CONS –
1) 157-minute long boring movie with very few good moments.
2) Russell Crowe is performance is annoying and pretentious.
3) Too much time wasted in building up and make this entire project an Oscar bait.

 

QUOTE –
Ron Motley: Boy, you got rights… and lefts. Ups and downs and middles. So what? You don’t get to instruct anything around here! This is not North Carolina, not South Carolina, nor Kentucky! This is the sovereign State of Mississippi’s proceeding. WIPE THAT SMIRK OFF YOUR FACE! Dr. Wigand’s deposition will be part of this record! And I’m gonna take my witness’ testimony whether the hell you like it or not!

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The movie negates “Ripple Effect” – Past cannot be altered
2) A similar theme to Blade Runner
3) Movie references and homages : Vertigo, Woody Woodpecker, Monkey Business

 

Cons –

 

1) Brad Pitt as Jeffrey – too much overacting
2) Madeleine Stowe as Kathryn Railly – miscast

 

 

Quote –

 

Jeffrey Goines: There’s no right, there’s no wrong, there’s only popular opinion.

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Good old moral story by Rudyard Kipling exploring greed and its repercussions.
2) Sean Connery & Michael Caine: 2 British stalwarts in a comedic adventure with a tragic climax
3) Saeed Jaffrey as Billy Fish – stole the show

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Daniel Dravot: Now listen to me you benighted muckers. We’re going to teach you soldiering. The world’s noblest profession. When we’re done with you, you’ll be able to slaughter your enemies like civilized men.

The Night of the Generals (1967)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) The star-cast
2) Peter O’Toole as General Wilhelm Tanz
3) The backdrop : World War II / Holocaust / Operation Valkyrie / Rommel / French Resistance
4) 3 Murders 3 Cities: Warsaw-Paris-Hamburg

 

CONS –
1) Too long
2) Bad editing
3) Great historical drama but a poor thriller

 

QUOTE –
Inspector Morand: But, murder is the occupation of Generals.
Major Grau: Then let us say what is admirable on the large scale is monstrous on the small. Since we must give medals to mass murderers, why not give justice to the small… entrepreneur.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Opening Credit from the Columbia Logo through “Immigrant Song”
2) Rooney Mara attire and appearance.
3) Thriller set in a cold weather (reminds of Polanski’s Ghost Writer)
4) The rape-revenge scene
5) Chris Plummer’s screen presence
6) 2.30 hrs long but still gripping. David Fincher had set the bar too high for any sequel.
7) Daniel Craig’s first role where his acting beat his Bond persona.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Lisbeth Salander: Do you doubt anything I’ve said? Do you doubt what’s in the reports that have followed me around all my life? What do they say, if you had to sum it up? They say I’m insane.