Blow Out (1981)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A political assassination from the perspective of a suave sound recordist and a dumb hooker.
2) Downbeat and disheartening climax. Jack using Sally’s scream in the exploitation film instead of solving the case.
3) Visually stylish film as expected from Brian De Palma. There is obviously a major influence of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation (1974).

 

 

CONS –
1) John Lithgow as Burke: By the end of the movie this Anton Chigurh like character became too significant to be neglected.

 

 

QUOTE –
Sam: I didn’t hire her for her scream, Jack, I hired her for her tits!

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Get Shorty (1995)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Barry Sonnenfeld being a long time cinematographer of Coen Bros, the movie appears to be a Coen Bros movie.
2) John Travolta as Chili Palmer – The movie buff loan-shark
3) Outstanding cast
4) Smooth music & sleek fast paced screenplay

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Harry Zimm: I once asked this literary agent, uh, what kind of writing paid the best… he said, “Ransom notes.”

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.”