The Wild Bunch (1969)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A wild bunch led by Pike Bishop on a task given by Mexican Federales to steal US Army weapons shipment, while the US railroad is hunting Pike’s gang with the help of his former ally, Deke Thornton.
2) A groundbreaking Sam Peckinpah’s western for its technical aspect. Fascinating cinematography with quick-cut editing and slow-motion action scenes.
3) The movie features 3 massive action sequences. The first one is the opening shootout at the railroad station; the second is the train-heist, and the third (also the climactic) sequence is the mother of all violent shootout with a staggering body count.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Pike: What would you do in his place? He gave his word.
Dutch: He gave his word to a railroad.
Pike: It’s his word.
Dutch: That ain’t what counts! It’s who you give it *to*!

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!”

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) The ultimate hollywood story, a timeless classic from Billy Wilder.
2) Cameos from Cecil B. DeMille & Buster Keaton gives great authenticity to this movie.
3) Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond : An iconic character.
4) The Narration : A dead man telling his story.

 
Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Norma Desmond: All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”