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.

Videodrome (1983)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) A surreal adventure. A semi-prophetic story from Cronenberg exploring the advent of TV as a tool to control the mind of the viewer.
2) CGI: belly-slit sequences, the gun’s fusion with Max’s hand
3) The scary subplot of Cathode Ray Mission – where homeless people are made to binge TV.
4) Body-horror – not palatable for weak-hearted

 

 

 

Cons –

1) The climax is not ambiguous but confusing.

 

 

 

 

Quote –

 

Brian O’Blivion: The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena: the Videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye. Therefore, the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore, whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore, television is reality, and reality is less than television.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)

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

VERDICT – 3/4

 

PROS –
1) The concept of Infinite Earth and Earth Prime
2) The Crime Syndicate (Superwoman vs Batman fight)
3) Batman tricking Johnny Quick
4) Cameos (Aquaman, Black Canary, Black Lightning, Firestorm, and Red Tornado)
5) Owlman
6) Flash one-liners

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
“Batman: [to Owlman] There is a difference between you and me. We both looked into the abyss, but when it looked back at us, you blinked.”