Hombre (1967)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) A group of stagecoach passengers are counting on a man for survival when they got robbed by a gang led by fellow passenger. It’s a social commentary on civilization where the fellow passengers were initially despising the character but eventually turned to him for help.
2) Paul Newman played the title character of the white man raised by Apaches. A unique character however very similar to “The Man With No Name”.
3) I’ll regard this movie as Martin Ritt’s version of Stagecoach (1939). The primary plot is same however he concentrated more on the philosophical part of it rather than going for a generic Western shootout finale.

 

 

CONS –
1) Another film where Paul Newman’s character dies in the end.

 

 

QUOTE –
Audra Favor: I can’t imagine eating a dog and not thinking anything of it.
John Russell: You even been hungry, lady? Not just ready for supper. Hungry enough so that your belly swells?
Audra Favor: I wouldn’t care how hungry I got. I know I wouldn’t eat one of those camp dogs.
John Russell: You’d eat it. You’d fight for the bones, too.

All the President’s Men (1976)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Investigative journalism at its best. The story of how two young reporters from “The Washington Post” uncovered the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
2) A landmark movie in newspaper-movie genre documenting a significant event in US history.

 

 

CONS –
1) A boring movie for an average viewer. Alan J. Pakula could’ve just made a documentary.

 

 

QUOTE –
Deep Throat: Oh, I can’t tell you that.
Bob Woodward: But you could tell me that.
Deep Throat: No, I have to do this my way. You tell me what you know, and I’ll confirm. I’ll keep you in the right direction if I can, but that’s all. Just… follow the money.

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A gripping heist-thriller with superb writing. This shows no matter how tense the primary plot is, witty writing should never be compromised.
2) The codenames used by the perpetrators clearly a big influence on future directors in heist movies. e.g. Reservoir Dogs (1992) and most recently Money Heist (2017).
3) Peter Stone’s tight screenplay.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Garber: 26 minutes? Your instructions were complicated. The money has to be counted, stacked, tied, transported. It isn’t physically possible.
Mr. Blue: You’d be surprised what’s physically possible.

Catch-22 (1970)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The huge production value for an almost unadaptable novel from Joseph Heller. It’s the Apocalypse Now (1979) of black-comedy.
2) Great ensemble of actors including Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, and a cameo from the legend Orson Welles.
3) The wise old man in whorehouse.
4) Exceptional cinematography and editing.
5) Milo Minderbinder: the embodiment of capitalism mashed with Nazi ideology.
6) Bob Newhart as the reluctant bumbling Major Major 

 

CONS –
1) Needed a better screenplay to keep the audiences hooked.

 

QUOTE –
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: What’s good for M & M Enterprises will be good for the country.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Agatha Christie’s story remains the backbone of this movie.
2) Huge ensemble cast.
3) Ingrid Bergman as Greta Ohlsson – her broken English and timid character is first-rate.

 

Cons –

 

1) Hercule Poirot will remain the most annoying character ever created in English literature and Albert Finney can’t do anything to fix it.

 

 

Quote –

 

Foscarelli: Hey, what are you reading, Mister Beddoes?
Beddoes: I am reading “Love’s Captive,” by Mrs. Arabella Richardson.
Foscarelli: Is it about sex?
Beddoes: No, it’s about 10:30, Mister Foscarelli.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

 

Pros –

 

1) Story of mentally disturbed, over-extrovert blatant gold-digger discovering true love.
2) It’s landmark movie for the character of Holly Golightly played by Audrey Hepburn, perhaps her best.
3) It’s a dark tragedy under the facade of a beautiful damsel, her social life and Henry Mancini’s music.
4) Analogy of the central character with the nameless cat.
5) Everything related Holly’s character is iconic for pop-culture.Her wild parties, her over-sized cigarette holder, her hats, her hair-styles, careless attitude, her sunglasses, all her dresses.

 
Cons –

 

 

1) Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi – not funny at all rather annoying.

 

 

Quote –

 

Holly Golightly: I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.