The Deer Hunter (1978)

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

VERDICT  – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Russian-Roulette death game in Viet Cong prison. One of the most intense and disturbing scenes in cinematic history.
2) Christopher Walken as Nick. A textbook example of PTSD.
3) The helicopter-river stunt.
4) Stanley Myers’s “Cavatina

 

CONS  –
1) One hour-long opening wedding scene. Overall boring.

 

QUOTE –
Nick: One-Shot

The Conversation (1974)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Guilt Ridden sleuth
2) The wrong interpretation of the conversation and the final Twist
3) Opening sequence
4) Supporting cast
5) Final failed house debugging scene and subsequent surrender.
6) Saxophone
7) Harry Caul’s distinctive plastic raincoat.

 
Cons –

 

1) Boring film with action only in last 10 minutes

 

Quote –

 

“We’ll be listening to you.”