Cinema Paradiso (1988)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand tear-jerker. A movie tapping the element of nostalgia. A simple story but everyone can relate to it. There is no tragedy, no villains but still, it’s deeply touching.
2) A man coming back to his small town for his mentor’s funeral. The good screenplay did great character development for even minor characters with negligible screentime.
3) The full-filling “kissing scene” montage. A moment for movie aficionados.
4) The enchanting character of the projectionist Alfredo played by Philippe Noiret; a man quoting John Wayne, Clark Gable, etc. as life lessons.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Alfredo: Living here day by day, you think it’s the center of the world. You believe nothing will ever change. Then you leave: a year, two years. When you come back, everything’s changed. The thread’s broken. What you came to find isn’t there. What was yours is gone. You have to go away for a long time… many years… before you can come back and find your people. The land where you were born. But now, no. It’s not possible. Right now you’re blinder than I am.
Salvatore: Who said that? Gary Cooper? James Stewart? Henry Fonda? Eh?
Alfredo: No, Toto. Nobody said it. This time it’s all me. Life isn’t like in the movies. Life… is much harder.

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Parasitical creatures of a dying planet luring species from other planets to possess their bodies and spaceships.
2) This Mario Bava’s classic clearly influenced Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) and Prometheus (2012).
3) One can find a resemblance to this movie with Twilight Zone‘s episode Third From the Sun.

 

CONS –
1) Boring screenplay with hardly any action.

 
QUOTE –
Sanya: How will they accept us?
Mark: I hope, well. For them.

Double Face (1969)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An erotic murder-mystery with some strange cinematography.
2) Klaus Kinski is known for his sociopathic roles. This time he plays a subdued husband trying to solve the case.

 
CONS –
1) It’s an average movie with terrible acting and incoherent screenplay but still got some weird elements which keep the audiences hooked.

 
QUOTE –
John: I’m looking for a blonde named Christine.
Concierge: Second floor, number five. You can’t go up. There’s already a man up there.
John: It will be more interesting.

Black Sabbath (1963)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) 2 classic tales of horror. The kind of stories we hear as kids around a campfire.
2) “The Wurdalak” offers a gothic folk-tale of a vampire without any plot-twists. However, the Technicolor cinematography, makeup, and music will give audiences enough jump scares. The scene where the dead child appears outside in the cold and begs to be invited in, is a textbook folktale sequence.
3) “The Drop of Water” is a Twilight Zone kind of story where the jinxed ring transfers the curse to the bearer.
4) Boris Karloff’s prologue and epilogue are funny and frightful at the same time. The final scene where his character breaks the 4th wall and unveils the tricks behind the camera is equally bizarre.

 

CONS –
1) “The Telephone” is neither supernatural nor horror. It doesn’t fit with the other two tales of horror.

 
QUOTE –
“Ivan: Mama, I’m cold. Let me in.”

The Big Gundown (1966)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Tomas Milian as “Cuchillo” – a scapegoat in a political game.
2) The Verdict (Dopo La Condanna) – “Für Elise” (Ludwig van Beethoven) sampled by Ennio Morricone in the final duel.
3) Gérard Herter as Baron – Small but fascinating character; straight out a Sherlock Holmes story.
4) Nieves Navarro as the enigmatic “Widow”
5) Final plot-twist

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Cuchillo: I’ve got a family.I’ve got three children! No money to feed them. My wife is a saint.She works from morning to night as a maid to a priest. And if I was in your place, I bet,I would say,”This man should be free to go.”

Colorado: If I was in your place,I’d say the same thing.But, I wouldn’t be foolish enough to expect another man to believe me.