Marty (1955)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Two good-natured, plain-looking introverts falling in love with each other. The climactic call by Marty to Clara includes the central theme of the plot of listening to your own heart irrespective of others views.
2) 90 minutes running time with only one other subplot.
3) A role tailor-made for Ernest Borgnine.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
1.
Marty: All my brothers and brothers-in-laws tell me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don’t get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you become a professor of pain.

2.
Ms. Piletti: Two women in the same kitchen, the house burns up.

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!”