The Irishman (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Martin Scorsese returns to his favorite genre with an epic cast and he started where he left us last time in Goodfellas (1990).
2) 209 minutes running time ensures an ample amount of screen-time to all legends. A tough fight between Joe Pesci and Al Pacino for the Best Supporting Actor category.
3) It’s not just another movie but a movie event for the cineaste.
4) “In the Still of the Night”
5) The entire de-aging effect is a grand success.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jimmy Hoffa: I heard you paint houses.
Frank Sheeran: Yes, I do.

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.

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) High-speed car chases, huge explosions, gun battles, an obligatory sex scene – the usual.
2) Riggs and Murtaugh are back with a new case with an apartheid angle
3) Good background score

 

 

Cons –
1) Joe Pesci as Leo Getz – annoying role
2) Generic buddy-cop pot-boiler

 

 

Quote –
Riggs: I’m not a cop tonight, Rog. This is personal.

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Watching Joe Pesci is always a delight. His chemistry with Marisa is too good.
2) One of the best Courtroom Drama Film.
3) Marisa Tomei’s climactic monologues.
4) It’s an American Classic – Very Coen-ish.

 

Cons –
1) Deserved a sequel.

Quote –
Vinny Gambini: You were serious about that?