Charade (1963)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Four retired US soldiers are in search of the $250,000 from the widow of their fifth partner who double-crossed them during the 2nd World War.
2) Multiple plot twists towards the end of the movie. The Walter Matthau twist blow the lid off audiences’ heads.
3) The movie is an out and out Hitchcockian mystery movie. However, at the same time, it appears like a Billy Wilder’s rom-com set in Paris with the presence of Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn featuring Henry Mancini’s music.
4) “Charade (Main Title)” by Henry Mancini.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Alexander Dyle: There’s an old riddle about two tribes of Indians. The Whitefeet always tell the truth, and the Blackfeet always lie. So one day you meet an Indian. You say, “Hey, Indian, what are you, a truthful Whitefoot or a lying Blackfoot? He says, “I’m a truthful Whitefoot.” But which is he?

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Jeff Bridges as the playful mischievous Lightfoot.

 
CONS –
1) An average heist movie. Half of the time, the movie is showing characters on-road driving cars meeting weirdos.
2) What’s the point of Lightfoot’s death at the end of the movie when it’s supposed to be a comedy movie? I don’t get it.
3) Weirdly vulgar for no particular reason.

 

QUOTE –
John Doherty: The newest bank vaults have walls of reinforced concrete 5 feet thick, backed by 6 inches of steel. The vault door is stainless steel-faced. It’s 1.5 inches of cast steel, another 12 inches of burn-resisting steel, and another 1.5 inches of open-hearthed steel… A vault door has 20 bolts, each an inch in diameter. 8 on each side, 2 top, and 2 bottom. This holds the door into a 16-inch steel jamb set in 18 inches of concrete. It’s crosshatched by steel bars running both vertical and horizontal. This door is precision-made so you can’t pour nitro between the door and the vault. If that isn’t enough, there’s microphones, electric eyes, pressure-sensitive mats, vibration detectors, tear gas, and even thermostats that detect the slightest rise in temperature. Still interested in banks?

Lightfoot: I knew you weren’t a preacher!

Death on the Nile (1978)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) All the heavy-lifting is mainly done by Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. He’s truly an actor’s actor.
2) The movie came into life after the 3rd murder.
3) Another Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery with a pan-European ensemble.
4) The scene at Temple of Amun with all the possible future suspects got to be the best scene of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) Quite a generic whodunit plot very similar to Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

 

QUOTE –
Hercule Poirot: “The great ambition of women is to inspire love.”

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) All the generic elements of a John Wayne western are present in this movie including the unmissable John Wayne “walk”
2) Dean Martin’s eye trick.

 
CONS –
1) A plain western was made murkier with weird climactic events.
2) One time watch.

 
QUOTE –
Bud Elder: I’m going with you. I can draw pretty fast. We can be famous — like the Dalton Brothers!
John Elder: They’re famous — but they’re just a little bit dead. They were hung!

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A top-secret mission on the eve of the D-Day invasion. A must watch Robert Aldrich classic with all the elements of a great war adventure.
2) Definitive Lee Marvin movie as Maj. Reisman
3) Great production value.
4) A very influential film which inspired many future movies like Inglorious Basterds (2009), The Expendables (2010), and Suicide Squad (2016).

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
1. Down to the roadblock, we’ve just begun 2. The guards are through 3. The Major’s men are on a spree 4. Major and Wladislaw go through the door 5. Pinkley stays out in the drive 6. The Major gives the rope a fix 7. Wladislaw throws the hook to heaven 8. Jimenez has got a date 9. The other guys go up the line 10. Sawyer and Lever are in the pen 11. Posey guards points five and seven 12. Wladislaw and the Major go down to delve 13. Franko goes up without being seen 14. Zero-hour: Jimenez cuts the cable; Franko cuts the phone 15. Franko goes in where the others have been 16. We all come out like it’s Halloween