Death on the Nile (1978)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) All the heavy-lifting is mainly done by Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. He’s truly an actor’s actor.
2) The movie came into life after the 3rd murder.
3) Another Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery with a pan-European ensemble.
4) The scene at Temple of Amun with all the possible future suspects got to be the best scene of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) Quite a generic whodunit plot very similar to Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

 

QUOTE –
Hercule Poirot: “The great ambition of women is to inspire love.”

Husbands and Wives (1992)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A mockumentary on relationships with familiar elements of a Woody Allen film.
2) Judy Davis as Sally Simmons. Her meltdown scene before going to the opera was one of the best scenes.
3) Juliette Lewis as Rain. A young student who attracted to older men.

 

CONS –
1) A one-time watch relationship drama for the uninitiated. Nothing strong comes out from this done-to-death plot.

 

QUOTE –
Sally: It’s the Second Law of Thermodynamics: sooner or later everything turns to shit. That’s my phrasing, not the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Dianne Wiest as Holly: The runt of the litter with a happy ending.
2) Woody Allen as Mickey: An infertile divorced man with possible brain tumor going through an existential crisis. This plot was extremely amusing and better than the main plot of three sisters and their vexatious lives.
3) Max von Sydow as Frederick: An eccentric old artist living with his protege in a prototypical studio apartment. His ascetic monologue on TV was fascinating.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Mickey: Why all of a sudden is the sketch dirty?
Ed Smythe: Child molestation is a touchy subject and the affiliates…
Mickey: Read the papers, half the country’s doing it!
Ed Smythe: Yes, but you name names.
Mickey: We never-we don’t name names, we say “The Pope”!

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A movie following 2 major sub-plots. An accomplished ophthalmologist’s extra-marital affair and a two-bit film-maker trying to start one.
2) Prof. Louis Levy sermons.
3) Woody Allen in his usual self with funny one-liners. Lester’s documentary rough-cut was hilarious.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Clifford Stern: Listen, I don’t know from suicides. Y’know, where I grew up, in Brooklyn, nobody committed suicide. Y’know, everyone was too unhappy.

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) One of the most unexpected heartbreaking climax.
2) Mia Farrow as the naive wide-eyed movie lover and timid wife.This movie can be called “The Tragedy Of Cecilia”.
3) Woody Allen’s avoided being over-melodramatic with an 82-minutes running time.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Cecilia: I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional but you can’t have everything.