Tombstone (1993)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) Retired lawman Wyatt Earp arrives in Tombstone, Arizona with his two brothers and their wives to settle down. But he’s reluctantly pulled into the same violent business when the town is wrecked by an outlaw gang called “The Cowboys” which led to the death of one of his brothers.
2) Made in 1993, the movie follows the classic western theme of good vs evil. The second-half of the movie is full of duels, and great gunfights.

 

 


CONS –
1) Val Kilmer’s performance as alcoholic Doc Holliday is quite annoying.
2) It’s highly overrated as one of the best western movies released in the 1990s. There is no way it can be compared to Unforgiven (1992), and Dances with Wolves (1990).

 

 


QUOTE –
Doc Holliday: Make no mistake, it’s not revenge he’s after. It’s a reckonin’.

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Kurt Russell and John Malkovich face to face having an argument over “negative pressure test”.

 
CONS –
1) If we forget that it’s based on an actual incident, it’s a formulaic disaster film.

 
QUOTE –
Vidrine: I would love to hear exactly what piece of mission-critical equipment are down.
Mike Williams: Shit, where do I start? “A” drilling chair. Process Station 18. BOP control pods. Telephone system. Pipe-racking system. GPS antenna. DirecTV system. Wireless Internet. Iron roughneck. Top drive rack back system. Auxiliary-draw works control. Salt water service pumps. Smoke alarms in the galley. And the reason why you’re sweatin’ so hard is ’cause the compressor for the AC on this deck are down, too.
Kaluza: Everything but the toilets, huh?
Mike Williams: No, no, you got problems there, too, but I don’t do shitters. That’s Engineering.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

PROS –
1) A unique movie combining elements of various genres into one story.
2) Great synth soundtrack by John Carpenter.
3) A fun watch action comedy with superior CGI and memorable characters. A sure shot crowd favorite.
4) Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, an over-confident loud-mouthed truck driver.

 

CONS –
1) Weak primary plot.

 

QUOTE –
Jack Burton: Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn… call the president.

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) One can keep guessing how Tate murders will be shown in the movie only to realize that it’s a Tarantino movie and we are watching a piece of alternate history from his point of view. In Inglourious Basterds (2009), he gave his personalized treatment to Hitler, this time it was Manson Family‘s turn.
2) Leonardo DiCaprio – the last movie star of Hollywood – gave one of his best comedy performance.
3) A great homage to 1960s Italian-Westerns with fake movie posters and plot details.

 
CONS –
1) Too much archival footage, too much narration, too much radio commercials.
2) QT movies are revered for their soundtrack but this movie disappoints.
3) All in all, this is not Tarantino’s best work where he poured his soul. This is a second rung QT movie in the league of Jackie Brown (1997). QT loves pop-culture/movie references. This movie is so much laden with such references that it’s more about references than the actual movie.
4) There are a few scenes which are not leading anywhere. Although the same formula worked out great in Pulp Fiction (1994), but it didn’t work this time. One cannot make a cult film intentionally.
5) The missing Tarantinoesque scene. The Bruce Dern scene was very close to that but it fizzled out in the end.
6) The entire scene where Sharon Tate is in a movie theater watching The Wrecking Crew (1968) was completely futile. Al Pacino scene was poorly written.

 
QUOTE –
When you come to the end of the line, with a buddy who is more than a brother and a little less than a wife, getting blind drunk together is really the only way to say farewell.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Yondu’s sacrifice will go down as one of the most emotional moments in Marvel’s history.
2) A perfect balance among all characters
3) Fresh humor
4) Cameos – especially David Hasselhoff
5) Establishing Stan Lee as an important character completing the MCU cameo-arc.
6) Sylvester Stallone & Michelle Yeoh – Now part of MCU!

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Drax: When you’re ugly and someone loves you, it means they love you for who you are. Beautiful people never know who to trust.

The Hateful Eight (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) 70MM SUPER CINEMASCOPE using Ultra Panavision 70
2) Every character is more corrupt than the other
3) Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren; the central figure and also the most hateful character.
4) Kurt Russell as John Ruth; One of his best role.
5) Plot twists with Ennio Morricone’s epic score.
6) Civil War references

 

Cons –
1) Tim Roth & Michael Madsen: wasted

 

Quote –
John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth: No one said this job was supposed to be easy.
Major Marquis Warren: Nobody said it’s supposed to be that hard, either!

Escape from L.A. (1996)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Return of Snake (for the fans of the first movie)
2) Steve Buscemi as Map to the Stars Eddie
3) Mentioning The Cleveland Escape
4) Pam Grier as Hershe Las Palmas
5) Bruce Campbell’s Cameo

 

Cons –
1) C-Grade Cheap CGI
2) Same Story – Different City
3) Wasting Peter Fonda as Pipeline – What was he even doing in this movie?

 

Quote –
Malloy: The United States is a no-smoking nation. No smoking, no drinking, no drugs. No women – unless of course, you’re married. No guns, no foul language… no red meat.
Snake : [sarcastic] Land of the free.

Escape from New York (1981)

Escape from New York

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The movie is a post-apocalyptic western with an eye-patched hero called Snake Plissken.
2) Lee Van Cleef as Bob Hauk – the sheer aura of this iconic western legend in this post-apocalyptic science-fiction.
3) The iconic poster with the severed head of Statue Of Liberty
4) The opening scene with Snake in handcuffs walking from the helicopter through the hallway is dripping with swag.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“Call Me Snake”