Breakout (1975)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Flamboyant, funny, and talkative Charles Bronson – How often do we see that!
2) $500 check running gag.

 
CONS –
1) Plain and simple prison-escape plot without any thrills
2) Apart from Bronson, all other actors are acting like B-Grade actors including Robert Duvall and John Huston

 
QUOTE –
Jay Wagner: The day I’m reduced to making love in here is the day I give up.

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True Grit (1969)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) John Wayne as Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn – the one-eyed U.S. Marshal.
2) The Coen Bros. remake was quite unnecessary as it added nothing new to this version. The original is perfect.
3) A movie full of colorful characters which include “Lucky” Ned Pepper played by Robert Duvall.

 

Cons –
1) La Boeuf‘s death was unexpected.

 

Quote –
Rooster Cogburn: You can’t serve papers on a rat, baby sister. You gotta kill him or let him be.

Thank You for Smoking (2005)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) A beauty of this satire is that the audiences are also rooting for the bad guys.
2) Few good monologues and quotes.
3) Sam Elliot as the Marlboro Man – perfect choice.

 

Cons –
1) This movie is a good watch for aspiring people in the sales industry but this is no Glengarry Glen Ross

 

Quote –
Nick Naylor: That’s the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Laurence Olivier as Professor Moriarty – straight out of Sidney Paget illustration.
2) Putting Sigmund Freud in a Sherlock Holmes adventure

 

Cons –
1) Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson: Great actor in a wrong role
2) Mediocre story with a mediocre villain. Professor Moriarty was only a side-show.

 

Quote –
Sherlock Holmes : Eliminate the impossible,my dear Doctor,
and whatever remains,however improbable,must be the truth.

 

Falling Down (1993)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The ultimate meltdown of an everyday-man against society, consumerism, and political correctness.
2) Frederic Forrest as Nick
3) Redemption of both the lead character by the end of the movie.
4) The opening scene with Michael Douglas stuck in the traffic. Excellent sound-editing whenever we see Michael Douglas’ character on screen.
5) A precursor to “Fight Club“. Probably the best Joel Schumacher film.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Bill Foster: I am not economically viable.

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!”

Open Range (2003)

Open Range

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Robert Duvall as Boss
2) A simple story like a classic western
3) The final gun-battle scene with some great sound-mixing

 

Cons –
1) Over Stretched climax.

 

Quote –
Boss Spearman: We come for justice, not vengeance. Now them is two different things.