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.

Deliverance (1972)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A canoeing adventure gone wrong for 4 friends.
2) The fascinating anti-establishmentarian character of Lewis played by Burt Reynolds primarily in the first half of the movie.
3) The male-rape scene was shocking and disturbing. There is some serious amount of body-horror in this thriller. Drew’s badly twisted corpse, Lewis’s broken femur sticking out was one unbearable sight to see.
4) Dueling Banjos

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Lewis: Machines are gonna fail. And the system’s gonna fail. Then…
Ed: And then what?
Lewis: Then survival. Who has the ability to survive. That’s the game: Survive.
Ed: And you can’t wait for it to happen, can you?

Network (1976)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) A true prequel to Fight Club, a strong satire with timeless characters way-way ahead of its time
2) Monologues. 3 monologues from Mad Prophet, 1 from Jensen, 2 from Schumacher, 2 from Diana. Apart from the mad prophetic rant from Beale, Jensen’s blunt acceptance was top notch – “We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale.”
3) Must give credit to Paddy Chayefsky for the Original Screenplay.
4) Faye Dunaway as Diana Christensen – A ruthless corporate mad about ratings.
5) Strong supporting cast.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gust Avrakotos: Superb character
2) Explained Birth Of The Mujaheddin
3) Om Puri as Zia-ul-Haq
4) Another great war black-comedy from Mike Nichols after Catch-22 (1970)

 

Cons –
1) Emily Blunt: What was she doing there?
2) Trivializing the history

 

Quote –
Charlie Wilson: What is the U.S. strategy?
Gust Avrakotos: Well, strictly speaking, we don’t have one. But we’re working hard on that.
Charlie Wilson: Who’s ‘we’?
Gust Avrakotos: Me and three other guys.