The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A gripping heist-thriller with superb writing. This shows no matter how tense the primary plot is, witty writing should never be compromised.
2) The codenames used by the perpetrators clearly a big influence on future directors in heist movies. e.g. Reservoir Dogs (1992) and most recently Money Heist (2017).
3) Peter Stone’s tight screenplay.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Garber: 26 minutes? Your instructions were complicated. The money has to be counted, stacked, tied, transported. It isn’t physically possible.
Mr. Blue: You’d be surprised what’s physically possible.

The Princess Diaries (2001)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Larry Miller as Paolo – the only character making an effort.
2) Annoying Anne Hathaway overshadows the graceful performance of Julie Andrews.

 

Cons –
1) Run of the mill Disney teen comedy full of annoying stock characters and a predictable storyline
2) 30 minutes too long.

 

Quote –
Mia: I can’t be a princess! I’m still waiting for normal body parts to arrive!