All the President’s Men (1976)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Investigative journalism at its best. The story of how two young reporters from “The Washington Post” uncovered the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
2) A landmark movie in newspaper-movie genre documenting a significant event in US history.

 

 

CONS –
1) A boring movie for an average viewer. Alan J. Pakula could’ve just made a documentary.

 

 

QUOTE –
Deep Throat: Oh, I can’t tell you that.
Bob Woodward: But you could tell me that.
Deep Throat: No, I have to do this my way. You tell me what you know, and I’ll confirm. I’ll keep you in the right direction if I can, but that’s all. Just… follow the money.

Papillon (1973)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A wrongly convicted man’s lifelong attempt to escape from the brutal French Guiana prison. An epic prison drama of epic length.
2) It’s not a fun thrilling adventure escape movie but one of the most horrific and saddest prison escape movies ever made. We see Papillon’s spirit being broken in solitary confinement where he’s reduced to eat insects and worms for survival. By the end of the movie, we see the lead characters gone weak & senile after multiple failed attempts. Although, it’s narrated in the epilogue that Papillon made it to freedom, the jump from the cliff was nothing less than suicide.
3) After the second escape attempt, we see some fascinating characters making appearance one after the other like the mysterious tattoo-faced hunter, the leper colony chief, the Columbian prisoner, the Indian chief, and the abbess. The screenplay is almost without dialogues during this period.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Toussaint: How did you know I have dry leprosy, that it isn’t contagious?
Papillon: I didn’t.

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A movie documenting a dismaying experience of a naive gigolo from Texas in New York, who befriends a crippled bum.
2) This is possibly one of the most compelling performance from Dustin Hoffman as the penniless limping con-man “Ratso“.
3) ‘Everybody’s Talkinby Harry Nilsson.

 

 
CONS –
1) It’s an art-house drama about the cold-hearted city of New York without any entertainment value.

 

 
QUOTE –
Ratso Rizzo: I’m walking here! I’m walking here!

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A father trying a make a work-life balance after his wife abandoned him and his child all of a sudden after 8-yrs of marriage.
2) Dustin Hoffman’s performance as the father stands out. Audiences will sympathize more with his character as he got more screen-time as compared to his estranged wife.
3) This movie will get divided opinions depending on the gender and perspective of the audience.

 

 

CONS –
1) The story and screenplay are little biased towards the husband and demonizes the wife.
2) This child-custody story is over-rated. The courtroom drama is hardly 10 minutes long.

 

 

QUOTE –
Margaret Phelps: Joanna is a very unhappy woman and it took a lot of courage to walk out this door.
Ted Kramer: How much courage does it take to walk out on your kid?

Hook (1991)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, & Bob Hoskins as Smee are the saving grace of this annoyingly childish movie. Captain Hook‘s entrance with Smee witty one-liners is the only well-written scene.
2) Pirate baseball match.

 

 
CONS –
1) Over-theatrical acting by most actors. Julia Roberts character as Tinker Bell is excessively irritating in particular. The scenes with Lost Boys are another headache.
2) Tediously formulaic Spielberg family movie.

 

 
QUOTE –
Peter Banning: Someone give me a hand.
Captain Hook: I already have.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller together

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s a Wes Anderson movie not directed by Wes Anderson
2) Pretentious movie – Wannabe Nebraska
3) Dustin Hoffman as Harold – one annoying character

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Harold: It’s called flirting when you’re young. I’m not sure what it’s called when you’re over 70.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Will Ferrell as Harold Crick
2) Great Supporting cast ( Maggie Gyllenhaal/Emma Thompson/Dustin Hoffman)
3) “I brought you flours” – One of the best cult romantic scene
4) Romance angle is the highlight of the film and sadly the least worked upon part.
5) “Whole Wide World” – Wreckless Eric

 
Cons –

1) What genre is this ? Sci-Fi ? Fantasy ?
2) Solid start but as the movie progresses the storyline goes on without any message and purpose.

 

 

Quote –
“Kay Eiffel: Little did he know that this simple, seemingly innocuous act would result in his imminent death.”

Marathon Man (1976)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Nazi Factor
2) Babe’s running escape sequence / Dental torture scene
3) Diamond District sequence with Holocaust survivors
4) Roy Scheider as Henry “Doc” Levy
5) Elsa twist
6) Laurence Olivier as Dr. Christian Szell

 

Cons –
1) Slow first half.

 

Quote –
“Christian Szell: Is it safe?”