Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 
PROS –
N/A

 

 

CONS –
1) Even the presence of comedy duo Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal can’t save this film. It’s a laughless disaster taking its primary plot from Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951).

 

 
QUOTE –
Owen: Where are you going?
Larry: I’m gonna kill the bitch. You want something?
Owen: Could you get me a Chunky?

Stand by Me (1986)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A classic coming-of-age movie influencing a generation of directors and artists.
2) An adventure of self-discovery by four friends on a hike to find a dead body of a missing boy.
3) End credits: Stand By Me – Ben E King
4) Among the four young actors, River Phoenix’s performance as “Chris” stands out.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”

The Bucket List (2007)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Two Hollywood stalwarts in a light-hearted but heart touching adventure movie, on a journey of self-discovery.

 
CONS –
1) Not the best Rob Reiner movie. The writing is plain and predictable from beginning to end. We all know where it’s going.

 
QUOTE –
Edward Cole: 3 things to remember when you get older: never pass up a bathroom, never waste a hard-on, and never trust a fart.

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Nora Ephron magnum opus uplifted with the direction of Rob Reiner.
2) Great editing, great cinematography, effortless performances – a definitive rom-com.
3) Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby will remind anyone of Jerry & George from Seinfeld. The whole conversational screenplay gives a very Woody Allen touch to the movie.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Harry Burns: I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The 18 inch Stonehenge megalith with dwarves dancing around – side-splittingly funny!
2) Smell the Glove black cover
3) Death of drummers under bizarre circumstances.
4) The scene where the band members are lost backstage.
5) Rob Reiner as Marty Di Bergi – stone face comedy

 

Cons –
1) 82 minutes long SNL skit

 

Quote –
“Money talks, and bullshit walks.”

The Princess Bride (1987)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The essence of this movie is its simplicity. Plain narrative, like a classic predictable fairy tale adventure with colorful characters.
2) Memorable characters: Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, André the Giant as Fezzik

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE – 
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father; prepare to die!”

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Goodfellas in White Collar
2) “Popeye-Spinach-Cocaine-Shot” rivals “Pulp-Fiction-Injection-Shot” Scene
3) LEMMON 714
4) Jean Dujardin

 

Cons –
1) Matthew McConaughey & Jon Favreau: Talent wasted.
2) Same old rise-and-fall themed story as seen earlier in Goodfellas /American Gangster / Casino / Scarface etc.
3) 3 Hours Long duration

 

Quote –
My Killers..My Killers..who will not take a “NO” for an answer…My fucking warriors ..who will not hang up the phone until their clients either buys or fuckin’ dies.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Sleepless in Seattle

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) The climax being a tribute to An Affair to Remember (1957)
2) The perfect lead actors for a heart-warming story. Meg Ryan is indeed the definitive leading lady of 90s rom-coms.
3) The entire soundtrack is a perfect romantic mix-tape with artist like Jimmy Durante, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion etc.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sam Baldwin: I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.