Blood Simple (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A story driven by decisions made by characters. Every next move depends on the characters involved.
2) M. Emmet Walsh as Private Detective Visser – cold-blooded rat.
3) Great editing and score.
4) The climactic scene where Abby drives the knife through Visser’s hand.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Ray: Never point a gun at anyone, unless you mean to shoot him And if you shoot him, you better make sure he’s dead. Because if he ain’t dead, he’s gonna get up and try to kill you. That’s the only thing they taught us in the service that’s worth a god damn.

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Le Samouraï (1967)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Alain Delon as Jef Costello: The sociopathic hitman with stylish fedora, pale trench coat, and his iconic car keychain.
2) The police line-up scene – almost 20 minutes long.
3) Jef’s analogy to the caged bird.
4) The Samurai killed his Master and he must honor his profession by either completing the contract or by committing the ritual suicide.
5) A highly influential movie for modern directors and glimpses of this character is seen in many future movies.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Valérie: Why Jeff?
Jeff Costello: I’ve been paid to.

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) In the universe of Ethan Hunt, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, James Bond etc. the aura of John Wick prevails thanks to blade-sharp quotes and long shot action sequences without cut.
2) The movie in the second half gave enough easter-eggs for conspiracy theorists to consider John Wick to be a secret sequel to The Matrix. And why not – Sleek organisation like The Continental, Winston stopping everyone in the park as it was a simulation, and of course Morpheus.
3) 3 super gun-action sequences – Catacombs, Subway and Mirror-Room
4) Presence of Franco Nero

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

John Wick: Do you want a war or do you want to just give me a gun?
The Bowery King: Somebody please get this man a gun!

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Definitive cold-war thriller.
2) A neo-noir sci-fi thriller way ahead of it’s time.
3) Janet Leigh as Eugenie Rose Chaney : short however captivating screen-presence
4) Mrs. Iselin’s monologue.
5) The solitaire trigger.

 
Cons –

 
N/A

 

Quote –

 

Mrs. Iselin: Why don’t you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) The ultimate hollywood story, a timeless classic from Billy Wilder.
2) Cameos from Cecil B. DeMille & Buster Keaton gives great authenticity to this movie.
3) Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond : An iconic character.
4) The Narration : A dead man telling his story.

 
Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Norma Desmond: All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Small town thriller
2) Morgan Freeman & Ed Harris
3) Edi Gathegi as Cheese – Powerful character
4) Story questioning morality & righteousness. A crime solved but only future will decide whether it was for good.

 

Cons –
1) Too much like Mystic River

 

Quote –
Patrick Kenzie: Cheese, if you ever disrespect her again like that, I’m gonna pull your fuckin’ card, okay? So you’re saying you didn’t do it, fine. We’ll take your money, and we’ll be on our way. When it turns out you’re lying, I’m gonna spend every nickel of that money to fuck you up. I’m gonna bribe cops to go after you, I’m gonna pay guys to go after your weak fuckin’ crew, and I’m gonna tell all the guys I know that you’re a C.I. and a rat, and I know a lot of people. And after that, you’re gonna wish you listened to me, ’cause your shitty pool hall crime syndicate headquarters is gonna get raided, and your doped-up bitches are gonna get sent back to Laos, and this fuckin’ retard right here is gonna be testifying against you for a reduced sentence, while you’re gettin’ cornholed in your cell by a gang of crackers. ‘Cause from what I’ve heard, the guys that get sent up Concord for killing kids, life’s a motherfucker.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Naomi Watts as Betty / Diane Selwyn
2) Sunset Blvd with a twist
3) The audition scene

 

Cons –
1) The film is labeled as neo-noir/thriller/mystery but it’s a psychological thriller.I’m feeling cheated.
2) Non-linear story-line is OK but this is a plot full of unanswered questions and unexplained sub-plots (e.g. horrible figure behind the diner, the old couple, cowboy, blue box etc)

 

Quote –
Cowboy: Now… you will see me one more time, if you do good. You will see me… two more times, if you do bad. Good night.”