Beetlejuice (1988)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A dead couple trying to drive away the new owners of their home, take help from a mischievous spirit called Betelgeuse.
2) Though the title character got very brief screen-time, the character is quite fascinating.
3) Notable set-design and special effect.
4) “The Banana Boat Song” and “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)” – Harry Belafonte

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Beetlejuice: Go ahead, make my millennium.

Without a Clue (1988)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A comedic take on Sherlock Holmes universe where Dr. Watson is the real detective and Holmes is merely an actor playing the fictional creation of Dr. John Watson.
2) The comedy is slightly slapstick in nature but still hilarious. Michael Caine’s performance as the bumbling Sherlock Holmes is extremely amusing.
3) The witty dialogues keep the movie entertaining throughout.
4) While the movie is an out-and-out comedy, the case is not. It’s an equally gripping case of stolen printing plates for £5 banknotes.
5) Jeffrey Jones perfectly fits the bill to play Inspector Lestrade.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Watson: Holmes believes your father has been abducted.
Leslie: Abducted? By who?
Sherlock Holmes: Abductors

Amadeus (1984)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A highly fictionalized biography of Mozart showcasing the eternal conflict of talent vs taste.
2) F. Murray Abraham gave an enduring performance as Antonio Salieri. He carried the movie on his shoulders. A jealous and scheming rival, but also the sole true connoisseur of Mozart’s musical genius.
3) Not just the movie got the superb screenplay, even technically the movie is a triumph. The cinematography on Panavision Cameras gives it such a fresh look to the movie that even after three decades the movie doesn’t look dated.
4) The costume, make-up, art direction, and music is first-rate.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Antonio Salieri: From now on, we are enemies – You and I. Because You choose for Your instrument a boastful, lustful, smutty, infantile boy and give me for reward only the ability to recognize the incarnation. Because You are unjust, unfair, unkind, I will block You, I swear it. I will hinder and harm Your creature as far as I am able. I will ruin Your incarnation.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Another John Hughes’ heart-warming classic chronicling a single day’s adventures of a high school senior.
2) Ferris Bueller on a parade float lip-syncing “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout”
3) Charlie Sheen’s cameo.
4) Jeffrey Jones as Edward R. Rooney – a man of expressions and eye-rolls.
5) Climactic run – March Of The Swivel Heads by The English Beat. In fact, the entire soundtrack is awesome

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Ferris: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.