Without a Clue (1988)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A comedic take on Sherlock Holmes universe where Dr. Watson is the real detective and Holmes is merely an actor playing the fictional creation of Dr. John Watson.
2) The comedy is slightly slapstick in nature but still hilarious. Michael Caine’s performance as the bumbling Sherlock Holmes is extremely amusing.
3) The witty dialogues keep the movie entertaining throughout.
4) While the movie is an out-and-out comedy, the case is not. It’s an equally gripping case of stolen printing plates for £5 banknotes.
5) Jeffrey Jones perfectly fits the bill to play Inspector Lestrade.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Watson: Holmes believes your father has been abducted.
Leslie: Abducted? By who?
Sherlock Holmes: Abductors

The 39 Steps (1935)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) An unwilling man accused of murder, trying to stop foreign spies from taking British military secret. In his run from London to Scotland, he is entangled between assassins, the police, and a woman.
2) It’s a classic prototype Hitchcock plot which can later be seen in many of his future movies including North by Northwest (1959).
3) An extremely influential movie in the spy-movie genre.
4) The astonishing twist of Mr. Memory being the medium of smuggling. The secrets are not being smuggled from a document, letter, a CD, or a flash drive. It’s the brilliant mind of Mr. Memory.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Heckler in Audience: When did Chelsea win it?
Mr. Memory: 63BC in the presence of Emperor Nero!

Charade (1963)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Four retired US soldiers are in search of the $250,000 from the widow of their fifth partner who double-crossed them during the 2nd World War.
2) Multiple plot twists towards the end of the movie. The Walter Matthau twist blow the lid off audiences’ heads.
3) The movie is an out and out Hitchcockian mystery movie. However, at the same time, it appears like a Billy Wilder’s rom-com set in Paris with the presence of Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn featuring Henry Mancini’s music.
4) “Charade (Main Title)” by Henry Mancini.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Alexander Dyle: There’s an old riddle about two tribes of Indians. The Whitefeet always tell the truth, and the Blackfeet always lie. So one day you meet an Indian. You say, “Hey, Indian, what are you, a truthful Whitefoot or a lying Blackfoot? He says, “I’m a truthful Whitefoot.” But which is he?

Silver Blaze (1977)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Christopher Plummer’s debut as the legendary detective.

 

CONS –
1) A forgettable adaptation of “The Adventure of Silver Blaze”.
2) 30 minutes run time can by no means give proper justice to the story. There is neither any depth in writing nor there is any character development.

 

 
QUOTE –
Inspector Gregory: Is there any other point to which you wish to draw my attention?
Sherlock Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog when the horse was led out from the stable.
Inspector Gregory: But the dog did nothing when the horse was led out from the stable.
Sherlock Holmes: That was the curious incident.

The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A wronged disfigured music composer finally gets salvation by seeing his written opera performed.
2) Striking set-designs especially the Phantom’s lair.
3) A decent gothic adaptation of the Gaston Leroux‘s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Terence Fisher. He managed to complete the story in 84 minutes avoiding any tedious romantic angles.

 

 

CONS –
1) Heather Sears as Christine Charles was definitely not the best option to play the lead.

 

 
QUOTE –
Harry Hunter: You’re an artist. You’re not going to let a little thing like a ghost upset you.

The Body (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) A revenge story with a tinge of Oldboy (2003)  and The Invisible Guest (2017) 

 

CONS –
1) A mediocre level thriller that the CID team can solve without even ACP Pradyuman.
2) B-grade screenplay with zero chemistry between the lead actors.
3) Garbage soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“waqt har zakhm bhar deta hai, lekin badle ka zakhm waqt ke saath nasoor ban jata hai”

Murder Mystery (2019)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) An Agatha Christie kind of pan-European whodunit murder-mystery with a diverse list of suspects. Instead of Hercule Poirot, it’s the bumbling couple of Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.

 
CONS –
1) One time watch.
2) A better supporting cast would’ve been nice.

 

QUOTE –
Charles Cavendish: That is the Quince dagger. Chinese steel, jewels from across the Orient. A gift to the family from Marco Polo. Or so the legend says.
Audrey Spitz: God. Nick’s grandmother gave us a toaster from Sears. Or so the legend says.

Primal Fear (1996)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A grand debut for Edward Norton. The split personalities he played in his debut film works as a great precursor for his future projects with a similar theme like Fight Club (1999) and The Incredible Hulk (2008)
2) The great climactic plot-twist. Without this twist, the entire plot is stale.
3) Good supporting cast.

 

 
CONS –
1) Slow screenplay which is 20 minutes too long

 

 
QUOTE –
Martin Vail: So there never… there never was a Roy?
Roy: Jesus Christ, Marty. If that’s what you think, I am disappointed in you, I don’t mind telling you. There never was an Aaron… counselor!

The Game (1997)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Multiple plot-twist towards the climax will keep the viewers on the edge of their seats.
2) Michael Douglas as Nicholas van Orton – One man show
3) It’s like a “Twilight Zone” episode

 

 

CONS –
1) The final twist somewhat brought the whole movie down. With Nicholas dying by suicide he actually beats the game but he surviving means the game won, as planned.

 

 

QUOTE –
Feingold: This is fucking dangerous.
Nicholas: You don’t seem to understand. Right now — I’m dangerous.

The Birds (1963)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A perfect example of a mediocre story and superior execution.
2) CGI – way ahead of its time.
3) Eerie climactic scene – will never be able to envisage birds the same way again!
4) The build-up.The first half pretend to be a Rock Hudson rom-com but in the second-half, the movie turns upside down.The events in the first half actually jostle the viewer toward a cozy setting and when everyone is in their comfort zone – the ferity begins.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Cathy Brenner: Can I bring the lovebirds, Mitch? they haven’t harmed anyone.