The Protector (1985)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Boat and dock area stunts are few mentionable scenes.

 
CONS –
1) This is one disappointing Jackie Chan movie devoid of any fun. The main problem is the stale story of two NYPD cops traveling to Hong-Kong to rescue a kidnapped girl from some drug-lord.
2) The wimpy boss Harold Ko made the climax ridiculous. His henchman Benny Garucci, the “ex karate champ” was equally feeble.

 
QUOTE –
Billy Wong: Beware of Hong Kong mosquito with high heels.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A modern reinterpretation of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce. A dying man clinging to his last breath imagining an entire lifetime in his last minutes.
2) Gripping direction and tight screenplay.
3) The movie got few surreal scenes which are the stuff nightmares are made of. Jacob stuck in a locked subway station; Jacob in a gurney cruising through human body parts in a ramshackle mental hospital.

 

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
“The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won’t let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they’re not punishing you. They’re freeing your soul. So the way he sees it, if you’re frightened of dying and… and you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away. But if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth. It’s just a matter of how you look at it, that’s all.”

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.

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) One of the most unexpected heartbreaking climax.
2) Mia Farrow as the naive wide-eyed movie lover and timid wife.This movie can be called “The Tragedy Of Cecilia”.
3) Woody Allen’s avoided being over-melodramatic with an 82-minutes running time.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Cecilia: I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional but you can’t have everything.

Léon: The Professional (1994)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One of the boldest love story on silver-screen
2) Definitive performance by Jean Reno & Natalie Portman
3) Gary Oldman as Norman Stansfield – A cult character
4) Cinematography
5) Gun Action
6) The movie was summarized in the Gene Kelly scene from “I Like Myself” from “It’s Always Fair Weather

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 
Quote –

 
Léon: You’ve given me a taste for life. I wanna be happy. Sleep in a bed, have roots.