Get Shorty (1995)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Barry Sonnenfeld being a long time cinematographer of Coen Bros, the movie appears to be a Coen Bros movie.
2) John Travolta as Chili Palmer – The movie buff loan-shark
3) Outstanding cast
4) Smooth music & sleek fast-paced screenplay

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Harry Zimm: I once asked this literary agent, uh, what kind of writing paid the best… he said, “Ransom notes.”

True Romance (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Tarantino created the character of the movie-buff Clarence on himself working in a video store. (Watching Sonny Chiba triple feature / Working in a comic store and discussing Spiderman 1 on his date / discussing Elvis’ rockability as pick-up lines).
2) Elvis appearing as a Jesus like metor.
3) Even minor characters are memorable. Gary Oldman as Drexl the pimp, Bum Brad Pitt.
4) Christopher Walken Sicilian scene with Dennis Hopper.
5) This movie is full of countless movie and pop-culture references. Even a fictional movie like “Coming Home in a Bodybag” sounds fascinating.
6) James Gandolfini Murder Scene

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Clarence : You wanna see what Spider-Man#1 looks like?
Alabama : You bet.

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

The Man Who Wasn't There

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

Verdict –1 /5

 

Pros –
1) Husky voice narration
2) Great ensemble cast
3) Subtle UFO humor (La Easy Rider)

 

Cons –
1) Unnecessary Scarlett Johansson angle.
2) Fake neo-noir
3) Boring overall

 

Quote –
Reidenschneider: No talking out of school. What’s out of school? Everything’s out of school. I do the talking. You keep your trap shut. I’m an attorney. You’re a barber. You don’t know anything.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Alan Arkin as Rance Holloway

 

Cons –
1) Predictable plot
2) Waste of good actors in this half-hearted effort

 

Quote –
Jane: [after Gray burned his skin for a trick] That is a terrible trick to do for children. What if they try and copy you?
Steve Gray: I sue them. It’s my trick.