Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A maverick Detroit cop travels to Beverly Hills to find the killers of his friend. A run-of-the-mill buddy-cop movie but done correctly.
2) Supporting cast including Judge Reinhold & John Ashton [as Det. Rosewood & Sgt. Taggart] provided the right balance.
3) An era-defining soundtrack including tracks like “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer, “Stir It Up” by Patti LaBelle.
4) Steven Berkoff as Victor Maitland, the obligatory European boss villain.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Axel Foley: Is this your car?
Jenny Summers: Oh, no. In Beverly Hills, we just take whichever car is closest.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An epic Jewish gangster movie of epic length.
2) Sergio Leone crafting tension in the scene using sounds: that opening sequence with a telephone ring across different scenes – or that coffee stirring scene with De Niro.
2) That iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge before Dominic is killed.
3) Non-linear Rated-R screenplay and great cinematography.
4) Cockeye’s Song by Ennio Morricone
5) Secretary Bailey twist
6) The young actors playing the younger version of the main characters were equally brilliant.

 
CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Dominic: Noodles… I slipped.