Murder by Death (1976)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A spoof of the whodunit murder-mystery films with characters resembling famous fictional detectives.
2) A huge ensemble of Hollywood A-listers including Alec Guinness, David Niven, & an unrecognizable Peter Sellers as Sidney Wang.
3) The climax is nonsensical but at the same time apt for a movie meant for spoofing this genre.
4) Peter Falk as Sam Diamond was spot-on parodying Sam Spade (or Humphrey Bogart in general), accompanying his sexy & mistreated secretary who is ending her every spoken sentence with “Sam”.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sam Diamond: The last time that I trusted a dame was in Paris in 1940. She said she was going out to get a bottle of wine. Two hours later, the Germans marched into France.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

 

Pros –

 

1) Story of mentally disturbed, over-extrovert blatant gold-digger discovering true love.
2) It’s landmark movie for the character of Holly Golightly played by Audrey Hepburn, perhaps her best.
3) It’s a dark tragedy under the facade of a beautiful damsel, her social life and Henry Mancini’s music.
4) Analogy of the central character with the nameless cat.
5) Everything related Holly’s character is iconic for pop-culture.Her wild parties, her over-sized cigarette holder, her hats, her hair-styles, careless attitude, her sunglasses, all her dresses.

 
Cons –

 

 

1) Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi – not funny at all rather annoying.

 

 

Quote –

 

Holly Golightly: I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.