In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5


PROS –
1) An insurance investigator is hired by a publishing house to investigate the disappearance of popular (and eccentric) horror novelist, Sutter Cane, and recover the manuscript for Cane’s final novel. The search led him to Hobb’s End, the fictional setting for many of Cane’s works.
2) A meta-horror movie where the book central character finally realizes that he was a character in the book all along.
3) Another John Carpenter homage to H. P. Lovecraft.


CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
“The thing I can’t remember is what came first. Us or the book.”

The Piano (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) An ordinary love triangle elevated by a good screenplay and unique 19th century New Zealand setting.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Ada: At night! I think of my piano in its ocean grave, and sometimes of myself floating above it. Down there everything is so still and silent that it lulls me to sleep. It is a weird lullaby and so it is; it is mine.

Peaky Blinders (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The post-World War I saga of Shelby crime family. A definitive role for Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the head honcho of the gangster family also fighting his PTSD.
2) Sam Neill as Major Campbell, a no-nonsense officer on a mission under the order of Winston Churchill.
3) The greatest asset of this show is its fantastic cinematography and the brave soundtrack especially featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, right from the opening theme song “Red Right Hand” to great tracks like “Brother, My Cup Is Empty.”
4) Great Costume Design.

 

CONS –
1) The primary run-of-the-mill theme of the rise of a gangster family is now done to death.

 

QUOTE –
Freddie Thorne: You think I can’t handle Tommy Shelby?
Aunt Polly: You can’t. I’m having trouble these days and I’m twice the man you are.

The Commuter (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Entertaining one-time watch as expected from the duo of Liam Neeson & Jaume Collet-Serra
2) Hand to hand combat scenes

 

Cons –
1) Unnecessary shaky camera
2) Mediocre primary motive
3) Too many loose ends in the screenplay including the epilogue.

 

Quote –
“You want proof you’re a good man, take a look at your family”

Daybreakers (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Willem Dafoe as “Elvis” – the only character with substance.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Forgettable half-hearted sci-fi horror.It’s better to watch a “Black Mirror” episode instead.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Edward Dalton: Is this place safe?

Elvis: Living in a world where vampires are the dominant species is about as safe as bare backing a 5 dollar whore.

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) One of the definitive Sean Connery role.
2) The set-up. Underwater cold-war political thriller

 

 

CONS –
1) Ordinary cheap-ass CGI climax.
2) It’s definitely not a Jack Ryan movie from any angle.
3) Not too much action.

 

 

QUOTE –
Captain Ramius: When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated.

Escape Plan (2013)

Escape Plan

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The 2 best action stars from the 80s in a prison escape plot.
2) The whole prison set-up makes it a worth watch.

 

 

CONS –
1) Waste of good actors in supporting cast.
2) Underwhelming climax.

 

 

QUOTE –
Breslin: This can go two ways. You let me go, and I’ll pretend this never happened. If you don’t, I’ll burn this fucking place to the ground on my way out.