L.A. Confidential (1997)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A cop-drama about corruption-riddled LAPD in the 1950s. Three cops unearthing multiple layers of corruption whose foundation was laid by other three cops years ago.
2) Climactic shoot-out.
3) The two stars of this movie are Kevin Spacey as the morally corrupt detective Jack and Russell Crowe as hot-headed cop Bud.

 

CONS –
1) The entire Kim Basinger plot as Veronica Lake look-alike was pretentious and sluggish.

 
QUOTE –
Captain Dudley Smith: I wouldn’t trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whiskey in Ireland.

Get Shorty (1995)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Barry Sonnenfeld being a long time cinematographer of Coen Bros, the movie appears to be a Coen Bros movie.
2) John Travolta as Chili Palmer – The movie buff loan-shark
3) Outstanding cast
4) Smooth music & sleek fast paced screenplay

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Harry Zimm: I once asked this literary agent, uh, what kind of writing paid the best… he said, “Ransom notes.”

The Comedian (2016)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Treat of watching 3 stalwarts : De Niro, DeVito, Keitel.
2) Some great comic bits delivered by De Niro

 
Cons –

 

1) There is no story. The love-story sub-plot is not helping either.
2) Some great sequences but if you add them together the outcome is mediocre.

 
Quote –

 
Jackie Burke : Did I hear a “but”? I thought I heard a “but.”

Man on the Moon (1999)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Andy Kaufman is larger than life character and his real life is more interesting than the movie.
2) Jim Carrey did justice to the role. His Elvis impersonation and “Mighty Mouse Theme (Here I Come to Save the Day)” are top notch.
2) R.E.M. song

 

Cons –
1) More of a documentary than a character study

 

Quote –
“Look at you…you’re so proud…you look like some stupid kid walking home from school and saying, “Look Dad, I got an F!””