The Hunt for Red October (1990)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) One of the definitive Sean Connery role.
2) The setup.Underwater cold-war political thriller

 

Cons –
1) Ordinary cheap-ass CGI climax.
2) It’s definitely not a Jack Ryan movie from any angle.
3) Not too much action

Quote –
Captain Ramius: When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated.

Last Action Hero (1993)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 
Pros –

1) A John McTiernan all-time classic
2) Star-Cast: Anthony Quinn, Art Carney, Charles Dance and many more.
3) Meaningful cameos especially Ian McKellen as Death & Humphrey Bogart.

 
Cons –

1) A satire on itself.

 

 
Quote –
Jack Slater: Big mistake!

Die Hard (1988)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) An era-defining action movie from John McTiernan; one of the most under-appreciated director of our time.
2) One man against all odds theme.Possibly the greatest Christmas action movie.
3) Nakatomi Plaza
4) Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber: an Iconic villain.
5) Iconic explosions sequences

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?
John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.

Basic (2003)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Samuel L. Jackson as Master Sgt. Nathan West – a larger than life character
2) Sgt. West training monologues
3) Final plot twist.
4) Possibly the last John McTiernan movie. It’s last but definitely not the least.

 

Cons –
1) Weak presentation and marketing. This movie is terribly under-rated.

 

Quote –
A Ranger never relinquishes his weapon! If George S. Motherfucking Patton rises from his holy grave and asks you for your weapon, you will not surrender your weapon. Everybody better give me a “Hoo-ha, sergeant.”