48 Hrs. (1982)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The “Redneck bar scene” with Eddie Murphy. It’s a great debut for Eddie Murphy where he boosted the entire movie with his presence.
2) Neon enhanced cinematography of night-time San Francisco

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Reggie: Man, you loaded here. What the fuck’s this?
Redneck: Tax refund!
Reggie: Bullshit! You’re too fuckin’ stupid to have a job!

Southern Comfort (1981)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An extraordinary paranoia thriller with 9 National Guards running for their lives when the tables are turned.
2) The bayou; the swamps; the entire background of this in-house-Vietnam movie is exasperating.
3) The unsettling dialogue-less climax with the last 2 remaining soldiers trying to escape the Cajuns.
4) Parlez Nous à Boire

 
CONS –
1) A weak cast but still a strong movie.

 
QUOTE –
Sgt. Casper: There’s supposed to be a river here.
Spencer: Them ecology boys must’ve moved it.

The Driver (1978)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A definitive cult movie by Walter Hill.  The godfather of all modern car-racing games and numerous Hollywood heist movies like Driver (2011), Baby Driver (2017), etc.
2) All the characters are nameless. That’s how brave the director is.
3) High octane car chase scenes
4) Every major and minor character seems the central character of the movie including the Exchange Man.

 
CONS –
1) A kickass soundtrack is missing. What a shame!

 

 

QUOTE –
The Detective: I respect a man that’s good at what he does. I’ll tell you something, I’m very good at what I do.

Hard Times (1975)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) The quintessential street-fighter movie
2) Delight of watching 52 year old bare chested Charles Bronson sparring street fighters in the streets of New Orleans.
3) Supporting cast : James Coburn & Strother Martin

 
Cons –

1) A film without anyone having any purpose. No villains, no back-story.

 

Quote –

 

“Speed: Well, you know Chick, like old momma said, next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing.”