Breakheart Pass (1975)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A train is transporting a secret shipment of weapons stolen from U.S. arms manufacturers for sale to the Indians, in return of smuggling gold. The entire operation is concealed as a medical supply cargo for a diphtheria epidemic at the frontier outpost. What they don’t know is among the passenger is an undercover U.S. Secret Service agent.
2) The scenic snowy location with most of the action on the train makes it a unique western adventure. The fight scene on top of the train, while it’s on the high wooden bridge, is breathtaking.
3) For the first one hour, the mysterious death/disappearance of passengers one by one makes is a whodunit mystery.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Driver: I don’t know who you are, but the law says…
Deakin: The law’s who I am.

Papillon (1973)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A wrongly convicted man’s lifelong attempt to escape from the brutal French Guiana prison. An epic prison drama of epic length.
2) It’s not a fun thrilling adventure escape movie but one of the most horrific and saddest prison escape movies ever made. We see Papillon’s spirit being broken in solitary confinement where he’s reduced to eat insects and worms for survival. By the end of the movie, we see the lead characters gone weak & senile after multiple failed attempts. Although, it’s narrated in the epilogue that Papillon made it to freedom, the jump from the cliff was nothing less than suicide.
3) After the second escape attempt, we see some fascinating characters making appearance one after the other like the mysterious tattoo-faced hunter, the leper colony chief, the Columbian prisoner, the Indian chief, and the abbess. The screenplay is almost without dialogues during this period.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Toussaint: How did you know I have dry leprosy, that it isn’t contagious?
Papillon: I didn’t.

Rio Lobo (1970)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A colonel in search of a traitor post-Civil War. The story is better than many of John Wayne’s prototype western movies as it gives a strong revenge motive to the main protagonist.

 
CONS –
1) Barring Jennifer O’Neill as Shasta, the rest of the supporting cast is disappointing.
2) The first-half builts up the movie as an epic revenge Civil War drama but the second half is just formulaic western. Even the final boss fight is mediocre.

 

 
QUOTE –
Shasta: Hey, what are you so happy about, Colonel?
Colonel: Well, I’ve had about the right number of drinks, and I am warm, and I’m relaxed.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A cop-drama about corruption-riddled LAPD in the 1950s. Three cops unearthing multiple layers of corruption whose foundation was laid by other three cops years ago.
2) Climactic shoot-out.
3) The two stars of this movie are Kevin Spacey as the morally corrupt detective Jack and Russell Crowe as hot-headed cop Bud.

 

CONS –
1) The entire Kim Basinger plot as Veronica Lake look-alike was pretentious and sluggish.

 
QUOTE –
Captain Dudley Smith: I wouldn’t trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whiskey in Ireland.

Logan’s Run (1976)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) High production value and grand set designs.
2) The intriguing primary concept of a post-apocalyptic dystopian colony run by computers.
3) Michael Bay’s The Island (2005) borrowed heavily from this film.
4) Box, the robot. This fusion of C-3PO & R2-D2 is no cute android.
5) Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6 – one breathtaking femme fatale.

 

CONS –
1) Disappointingly trashy CGI for a 1976 movie.
2) For what purpose the computers were breeding humans in 2274 AD? What caused the apocalypse? Some questions are never answered.

 
QUOTE –
Box: Fish, plankton, sea greens… protein from the sea!

Basic Instinct (1992)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) This erotic thriller is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) – a detective with mental issues, blonde femme fatale, San Francisco, very similar musical score, driving scenes.
2) The interrogation scene.
3) Final scene leaving the audiences to decide who the real killer is.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Catherine: Killing isn’t like smoking. You can quit.