Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Agatha Christie’s story remains the backbone of this movie.
2) Huge ensemble cast.
3) Ingrid Bergman as Greta Ohlsson – her broken English and timid character is first-rate.

 

Cons –

 

1) Hercule Poirot will remain the most annoying character ever created in English literature and Albert Finney can’t do anything to fix it.

 

 

Quote –

 

Foscarelli: Hey, what are you reading, Mister Beddoes?
Beddoes: I am reading “Love’s Captive,” by Mrs. Arabella Richardson.
Foscarelli: Is it about sex?
Beddoes: No, it’s about 10:30, Mister Foscarelli.

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!”

The Verdict (1982)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A Sidney Lumet classic
2) Birth of a stock character : washed-up alcoholic lawyer returning for “the” case.
3) James Mason as Ed Concannon

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Final monologue : mediocre

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Galvin: “There are no other cases. This is the case. There are no other cases. This is the case”.