Primal Fear (1996)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A grand debut for Edward Norton. The split personalities he played in his debut film works as a great precursor for his future projects with a similar theme like Fight Club (1999) and The Incredible Hulk (2008)
2) The great climactic plot-twist. Without this twist, the entire plot is stale.
3) Good supporting cast.

 

 
CONS –
1) Slow screenplay which is 20 minutes too long

 

 
QUOTE –
Martin Vail: So there never… there never was a Roy?
Roy: Jesus Christ, Marty. If that’s what you think, I am disappointed in you, I don’t mind telling you. There never was an Aaron… counselor!

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Blood Simple (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A story driven by decisions made by characters. Every next move depends on the characters involved.
2) M. Emmet Walsh as Private Detective Visser – cold-blooded rat.
3) Great editing and score.
4) The climactic scene where Abby drives the knife through Visser’s hand.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Ray: Never point a gun at anyone, unless you mean to shoot him And if you shoot him, you better make sure he’s dead. Because if he ain’t dead, he’s gonna get up and try to kill you. That’s the only thing they taught us in the service that’s worth a god damn.

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) A textbook romantic movie from Nancy Meyers – An odd couple, initial hiccups, a rough patch and final happy ending in Paris
2) A cakewalk for Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton

 

Cons –
1) Keanu Reeves & Frances McDormand – shallow roles
2) No reason for a re-watch.

 

Quote –
Harry Sanborn: Some people consider rap poetry.
Erica Barry: C’mon, how many words can you rhyme with bitch?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS  –
1) “Crips & Bloods” monologue with Father Montgomery
2) Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes – An unapologetic character
3) One shot scene – Red Welby threw off the window.
4) Woody Harrelson’s suicide note
5) Exemplary soundtrack by Carter Burwell – the highlight will be Mildred burning the police station with Molotov Cocktails with The Last Rose of Summer playing in the background.
6) Screenplay – new unpredictable events keep coming in this movie every 10 minutes.
7) Sam Rockwell as Officer Jason Dixon and his chemistry with his mother.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE  –
Mildred Hayes: So how’s it all going in the nigger-torturing business, Dixon?
Dixon: It’s ‘Persons of color’-torturing business, these days , if you want to know. 

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Alden Ehrenreich as Hobie Doyle : he’s a revelation
2) Jonah Hill as Joseph Silverman : Best character from the movie

 

Cons –

1) Generic Coen Bros film , missing the cutting edge. One step away from being next lebowski.Good to see Coen Bros returning to their roots after the disaster called “Inside Llewyn Davis”.
2) Small characters were better than lead characters.

 
Quote –
Hobie Doyle: It’s complicated.

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

The Man Who Wasn't There

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

Verdict –1 /5

 

Pros –
1) Husky voice narration
2) Great ensemble cast
3) Subtle UFO humor (La Easy Rider)

 

Cons –
1) Unnecessary Scarlett Johansson angle.
2) Fake neo-noir
3) Boring overall

 

Quote –
Reidenschneider: No talking out of school. What’s out of school? Everything’s out of school. I do the talking. You keep your trap shut. I’m an attorney. You’re a barber. You don’t know anything.