The Rocketeer (1991)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A Disney’s family entertainer. A stunt pilot got in the middle of the FBI, Gangsters, Howard Hughes, and Nazis.
2) Timothy Dalton as the suave Hollywood movie star who is actually a Nazi agent.
3) Good supporting cast.
4) Incredible Art Deco-style poster.

 

CONS –
1) Billy Campbell as the title character. He got no screen presence. Some other 90s actors like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, etc would have done better justice to the role.

 

QUOTE –
Cliff Secord: Where’s your stuntman now, Sinclair?
Neville Sinclair: I do my own stunts!

Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Some great Rated-R cyborg battle sequences. Always exciting to watch some good cyberpunk actions.
2) The Hunter-Warriors: Zapan, McTeague, Master Clive Lee, etc.
3) A sequel looks promising with Edward Norton as Nova

 

CONS –
1) The romantic sub-plot with Hugo was slowing down the pace of the movie.

 
QUOTE –
Alita: I do not standby in the presence of evil!

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.