All the President’s Men (1976)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Investigative journalism at its best. The story of how two young reporters from “The Washington Post” uncovered the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
2) A landmark movie in newspaper-movie genre documenting a significant event in US history.

 

 

CONS –
1) A boring movie for an average viewer. Alan J. Pakula could’ve just made a documentary.

 

 

QUOTE –
Deep Throat: Oh, I can’t tell you that.
Bob Woodward: But you could tell me that.
Deep Throat: No, I have to do this my way. You tell me what you know, and I’ll confirm. I’ll keep you in the right direction if I can, but that’s all. Just… follow the money.

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.”

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

1) One time watch light-hearted comedy.

 

 

Cons –

1) Production value – $15 million budget but still not attractive.
2) The bollywood adaptation of Harry Segall’s play is surprisingly more entertaining and fulfilling.

 

 

 

Quote –

Mr. Jordan: The likelihood of one individual being right increases in direct proportion to the intensity with which others are trying to prove him wrong.

The Verdict (1982)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A Sidney Lumet classic
2) Birth of a stock character : washed-up alcoholic lawyer returning for “the” case.
3) James Mason as Ed Concannon

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Final monologue : mediocre

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Galvin: “There are no other cases. This is the case. There are no other cases. This is the case”.