The Driver (1978)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A definitive cult movie by Walter Hill.  The godfather of all modern car-racing games and numerous Hollywood heist movies like Driver (2011), Baby Driver (2017), etc.
2) All the characters are nameless. That’s how brave the director is.
3) High octane car chase scenes
4) Every major and minor character seems the central character of the movie including the Exchange Man.

 
CONS –
1) A kickass soundtrack is missing. What a shame!

 

 

QUOTE –
The Detective: I respect a man that’s good at what he does. I’ll tell you something, I’m very good at what I do.

Un Flic (1972)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Catherine Deneuve as Cathy impersonating as a nurse killing Marc with an air embolism.
2) Valérie Wilson as Gaby the blonde transvestite police informer – a fascinating character. There was clearly a romantic angle between Coleman and Gaby which is intentionally left up to the audiences to decide.

 
CONS –
1) It’s hilarious how the principal heist scene is done with a toy train and an RC helicopter.
2) An over-rated Jean-Pierre Melville movie. Neither the story is special nor the movie got any memorable scene.

 
QUOTE –
Coleman: The only feelings mankind has ever inspired in policemen are those of indifference and derision.

Logan Lucky (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Soderbergh returns to his favorite genre with Hillbilly characters.
2) Prison riot scene with “Game Of Thrones” reference.
3) Dwight Yoakam as Warden Burns
4) Movie is fast paced and genuinely funny even with a well-known plot
5) Daniel Craig as Joe Bang explaining the chemical equation to the Logans about his plastic bag explosive

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

Joe Bang: Is it 20 or is it 30 ?… We are dealing with science here!

Going in Style (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) 3 stalwarts together having fun.

 

Cons –

1) Another one in the list of films with adventures of senior citizens.Similar to Last Vegas, Stand Up Guys, Grudge Match etc.
2) It’s up to the director if he wants to leave a mark or just make a comedy-caper.There are so many loop-holes in the heist plan that it’s best not to discuss it.

 

 

Quote –

“It’s a culture’s duty to take care of it’s elderly”.

Special 26 (2013)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The Jimmy Shergill Plot-Twist
2) Fast paced direction
3) Outstanding supporting cast
4) Decent music
5) The actual incident (1987 Opera House heist) was forgotten long ago. Thanks to the director-writer Neeraj Pandey the story was made into a commercially successful film.

 

Cons –
1) Akshay Kumar/Kajal Aggarwal romantic sub-plot – the never ending Bollywood obsession with romance

 

Quote –
“Asli power dil mein hoti hai !”

The Killing (1956)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Cult heist movie – non-linear story-line – Huge influence on Reservoir Dogs.
2) 85 minutes running time – A definitive pulp fiction.
3) Marie Windsor as Sherry – The epitome of a deceitful wife.
4) Kola Kwariani as Maurice – the chess loving wrestler – short but unforgettable role.

 
Cons –

 
n/a

 
Quote –

 

Fay: Johnny, you’ve got to run!
Johnny Clay: Eh, what’s the difference?

Hell or High Water (2016)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Walk-in-a-park role for Jeff Bridges
2) Locals chasing bank robbers: Quintessential Texan

 

Cons –
1) A soon-to-retire county sheriff chasing down criminals in Texas:
‘No Country For Old Man” revisited

 

Quote –
Bear: I am a Comanche. Do you know what it means? It means ‘Enemy to everyone’.
Tanner Howard: Do you know what that makes me? A Comanche.