After Hours (1985)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A series of unexpected weird events in one unending exhausting night.
2) Howard Shore’s score in addition to Martin Scorsese’s mandatory mix-tape.
3) From the very beginning, the entire thing looks like some sort of coordinated set-up to trap Paul however it all turns up unrelated series of events which makes it more amusing.
4) Full of unforgettable colorful characters [including an essential Cheech & Chong cameo].

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Street Pickup: Why don’t you just go home?
Paul Hackett: Pal, I’ve been asking myself that all night.

The Fly (1986)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) An eccentric scientist’s experiment went wrong. The consequence is a body-horror nightmare.
2) Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle. His transformation or disintegration from a one version of “Brundlefly” to another grotesque version is incredible. Credits to the make-up team.
3) Howard Shore’s score.
4) Not a single subplot. The direction is top-notch and to the point.
5) The work-out scene, the arm-wrestling scene, the parturition nightmare are not for the faint-hearted.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Ronnie: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Gangs of New York (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher – Probably his definitive role. It’s a shame he didn’t win the Oscar for this role.
2) Music: “Shimmy She Wobble” – Dead Rabbits riot

 

CONS –
1) To make the movie an “epic”, the length is unnecessarily increased. For the first 2 hrs, the story is stuck in the same place. The movie kick-starts once Amsterdam’s identity is revealed.
2) Epic start but not an epic climax.
3) Son returns to avenge his father’s death – secretly working for his father’s killer eventually killing him – every 80’s Bollywood movie ever.

 

 

QUOTE –
Bill: That, my friends, is the minority vote.

The Game (1997)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Multiple plot-twist towards the climax will keep the viewers on the edge of their seats.
2) Michael Douglas as Nicholas van Orton – One man show
3) It’s like a “Twilight Zone” episode

 

 

CONS –
1) The final twist somewhat brought the whole movie down. With Nicholas dying by suicide he actually beats the game but he surviving means the game won, as planned.

 

 

QUOTE –
Feingold: This is fucking dangerous.
Nicholas: You don’t seem to understand. Right now — I’m dangerous.

Analyze This (1999)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) It’s a comedy of an odd-couple. A petrified psychiatrist whose patient is a mob boss.
2) Joe Viterelli as Jelly
3) Watching Robert De Niro as a gangster is always a treat. This role is tailor-made for him.

 

 

CONS –
1) Half-baked climax

 

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Ben Sobel: Call the Vatican. See if something is missing.

Hugo (2011)

Hugo

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

 

VERDICT –3/5

 

PROS –
1) Visually the movie is a treat. The colors, the location, cinematography, and characters are amazing. It’s a story of a boy living secretly alone in a Paris railway station trying to decypher his late father’s automaton.
2) Christopher Lee’s presence in any movie makes it special.
3) Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave is the most well written and lovable character in this movie.
4) Georges Méliès’s movie A Trip to the Moon (1902) is a significant element of the plot.

 

 

CONS –
1) It’s a type of movie one would expect from Steven Spielberg not Martin Scorsese.

 

 

QUOTE –
Hugo Cabret: Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do… Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose… it’s like you’re broken.