Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A father trying a make a work-life balance after his wife abandoned him and his child all of a sudden after 8-yrs of marriage.
2) Dustin Hoffman’s performance as the father stands out. Audiences will sympathize more with his character as he got more screen-time as compared to his estranged wife.
3) This movie will get divided opinions depending on the gender and perspective of the audience.

 

 

CONS –
1) The story and screenplay are little biased towards the husband and demonizes the wife.
2) This child-custody story is over-rated. The courtroom drama is hardly 10 minutes long.

 

 

QUOTE –
Margaret Phelps: Joanna is a very unhappy woman and it took a lot of courage to walk out this door.
Ted Kramer: How much courage does it take to walk out on your kid?

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) The cultural icon of masculinity – Clint Eastwood – ended up directing one of the best romantic movie of all time.
2) Meryl Streep as Francesca Johnson – with a bumbling Italian accent.
3) The rain sequence – very touching final goodbye.
4) I See Your Face Before Me

 

 

CONS–
1) Could’ve been 20 minutes shorter

 

QUOTE –
Robert Kincaid: This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime.

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Feel good movie
2) An ABBA musical
3) Fictional Greek island of Kalokairi

 

Cons –
1) Could be a lot funnier with such an ensemble

 

Quote –
Sophie: I want the perfect wedding, and I want my father to give me away.
Ali: Better be a wide aisle!

Manhattan (1979)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Generic Woody Allen film. Woody and his profound love with New York City.
2) Woody Allen monologues
3) There is this uncanny resemblance in Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld universe. In both universe, New York always plays a central character. In this movie, the character of Isaac played by Woody is a perfect amalgamation of Jerry and George. The story is filled with sarcastic dialogues and quick & casual love relationship.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Isaac Davis: Why do you think this is funny? You’re going by audience reaction? This is an audience that’s raised on television, their standards have been systematically lowered over the years. These guys sit in front of their sets and the gamma rays eat the white cells of their brains out!

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