Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An epic Jewish gangster movie of epic length.
2) Sergio Leone crafting tension in the scene using sounds: that opening sequence with a telephone ring across different scenes – or that coffee stirring scene with De Niro.
2) That iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge before Dominic is killed.
3) Non-linear Rated-R screenplay and great cinematography.
4) Cockeye’s Song by Ennio Morricone
5) Secretary Bailey twist
6) The young actors playing the younger version of the main characters were equally brilliant.

 
CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Dominic: Noodles… I slipped.

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 (1999). Probably the best Joel Schumacher film.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Bill Foster: I am not economically viable.