The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Definitive cold-war thriller.
2) A neo-noir sci-fi thriller way ahead of it’s time.
3) Janet Leigh as Eugenie Rose Chaney : short however captivating screen-presence
4) Mrs. Iselin’s monologue.
5) The solitaire trigger.

 
Cons –

 
N/A

 

Quote –

 

Mrs. Iselin: Why don’t you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) One of the definitive Sean Connery role.
2) The setup.Underwater cold-war political thriller

 

Cons –
1) Ordinary cheap-ass CGI climax.
2) It’s definitely not a Jack Ryan movie from any angle.
3) Not too much action

Quote –
Captain Ramius: When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated.