The War with Grandpa (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) A light hearted family comedy about a grandson’s “war” with his grandpa. Veterans like Robert De Niro & Christopher Walken just having fun being themselves.

 

CONS –
1) A movie from the cold storage with a stale story done to death.
2) Such a waste of Uma Thurman.

 

QUOTE –
Peter: What kind of friend is that?
Ed: Friend? He is my driver. I don’t know the guy.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The cat and mouse game between an FBI agent and a young talented con-man in the 1960s.
2) Christopher Walken as Frank Abagnale Sr. gave an extremely touching performance of a heartbroken person who wasn’t able to recover from the shock of losing his home and family after encountering tax problems with the IRS.
3) There is Steven Spielberg charm all over the screenplay which makes even a con-man an adorable character.
4) One of the most memorable Leonardo DiCaprio roles.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Frank Abagnale Sr.: Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.

Balls of Fury (2007)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) A pleasant surprise to see Christopher Walken as Feng.

 

 

CONS –
1) A promising plot suffering from a weak screenplay and poor writing. Except for the dead/fake panda joke, there is not a single good joke.
2) Dan Fogler playing a role tailor-made for Jonah Hill, Jack Black or someone from Team Apatow.

 
QUOTE –
Feng: What part of “sudden death” didn’t you understand?

Wayne’s World 2 (1993)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) Christopher Walken dancing
2) Gay club scene
3) Poorly done Chinese dubbed voice scenes
4) Charlton Heston cameo
5) Waynestock

 
Cons –

n/a

 

 
Quote –

Wayne: You’re worthless! You’re less than nothing! What’s keeping you here? You don’t belong here! Why don’t you just quit?
Milton: Cause I’ve got no place else to go!

The Jungle Book (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Christopher Walken as King Louie
2) Visually good ( but not “Life Of Pi”)
3) “The Bare Necessities”

 
Cons –
1) Nice effort but still short of a “definitive Jungle Book movie”. All wait for the Andy Serkis version.

 
Quote –
“Mowgli: I am Mowgli of the Seoni, and this is my home!”

The Deer Hunter (1978)

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

VERDICT  – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Russian-Roulette death game in Viet Cong prison. One of the most intense and disturbing scenes in cinematic history.
2) Christopher Walken as Nick. A textbook example of PTSD.
3) The helicopter-river stunt.
4) Stanley Myers’s “Cavatina

 

CONS  –
1) One hour-long opening wedding scene. Overall boring.

 

QUOTE –
Nick: One-Shot

True Romance (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Tarantino created the character of the movie-buff Clarence on himself working in a video store. (Watching Sonny Chiba triple feature / Working in a comic store and discussing Spiderman 1 on his date / discussing Elvis’ rockability as pick-up lines).
2) Elvis appearing as a Jesus like metor.
3) Even minor characters are memorable. Gary Oldman as Drexl the pimp, Bum Brad Pitt.
4) Christopher Walken Sicilian scene with Dennis Hopper.
5) This movie is full of countless movie and pop-culture references. Even a fictional movie like “Coming Home in a Bodybag” sounds fascinating.
6) James Gandolfini Murder Scene

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Clarence : You wanna see what Spider-Man#1 looks like?
Alabama : You bet.