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”!

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Miss Congeniality (2000)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Fun and entertaining one-time watch buddy-cop movie.
2) Michael Caine as Victor delivered best lines.

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre antagonist with an ordinary primary motive
2) Predictable plot.No reasons to hate this movie and also no reasons to like.

 

Quote –
Victor Melling: They had their Southern belles, their Midwestern farmers’ daughters, spunky western cowgirls, and I have… Dirty Harriet!

Educating Rita (1983)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) The first meeting between Frank and Rita is filled with funny & witty dialogues.
2) Julie Walters as Rita: Her Irish accent is top-notch
3) A great watch for bibliophiles.

 

Cons –
1) My Fair Lady: Redux
2) Poor editing
3) Smartly written first-act but slow second-half with a meaningless climax.

 

Quote –
Dr. Frank Bryant: Found a culture, have you, Rita? Found a better song to sing? No, you found a different song to sing, and on your lips, it’s shrill and hollow and tuneless.

Get Carter (1971)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Michael Caine as Jack Carter: The cold-blooded remorseless sadomasochistic anti-hero.
2) Quintessential Michael Caine film completed with his iconic black-trenchcoat and 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
3) Music: “Carter Takes a Train” – Carter’s journey from London to Newcastle.
4) Final “J” plot twist. This elevates the movie reputation to a confirmed cult.
5) Definitive British gangster film.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Jack Carter: I’m the villain in the family, remember?

The Cider House Rules (1999)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An emotional roller-coaster ride at the orphanage
2) Strong screen-play – a companion movie to What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
3) Alluring shooting locations

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

“Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England!”

Going in Style (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) 3 stalwarts together having fun.

 

Cons –

1) Another one in the list of films with adventures of senior citizens.Similar to Last Vegas, Stand Up Guys, Grudge Match etc.
2) It’s up to the director if he wants to leave a mark or just make a comedy-caper.There are so many loop-holes in the heist plan that it’s best not to discuss it.

 

 

Quote –

“It’s a culture’s duty to take care of it’s elderly”.

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Good old moral story by Rudyard Kipling exploring greed and its repercussions.
2) Sean Connery & Michael Caine: 2 British stalwarts in a comedic adventure with a tragic climax
3) Saeed Jaffrey as Billy Fish – stole the show

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Daniel Dravot: Now listen to me you benighted muckers. We’re going to teach you soldiering. The world’s noblest profession. When we’re done with you, you’ll be able to slaughter your enemies like civilized men.