McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Leonard Cohen’s songs give a distinct touch to the movie.
2) Hugh Millais as Butler is excellent in that small role. The bargaining scene between Warren Beatty and him is one of the worth-watching scenes of the movie.

 
CONS –
1) Annoyingly dark cinematography, sloppy editing.
2) An over-rated and boring movie of little consequences. Julie Christie is hardly anywhere.

 
QUOTE –
Butler: That man never killed anyone in his life.

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Nora Ephron magnum opus uplifted with the direction of Rob Reiner.
2) Great editing, great cinematography, effortless performances – a definitive rom-com.
3) Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby will remind anyone of Jerry & George from Seinfeld. The whole conversational screenplay gives a very Woody Allen touch to the movie.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Harry Burns: I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Good Newwz (2019)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Kareena Kapoor’s monologue. There is a reason why she’s the uncrowned queen of Bollywood.
2) Straight forward screenplay without any annoying sub-plots.

 

 
CONS –
1) 90% of the plot already revealed in the trailer.
2) Another lazy soundtrack full of recycled songs. However, it was good to see Sukhbir in “Sauda Khara Khara”.

 

 
QUOTE –
“agar ek drink se sperm count kam ho jaye toh laanat hai aise sperm par”

Dracula (2020 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ep 1: Gripping screenplay; the first episode was somewhat faithful to the original book and also the best in the series.
2) Agatha Van Helsing vs Count Dracula grand dual at the gate of the convent.
3) Ep 2: Climactic 123 years time-leap was surely surprising.
4) Witty one-liners by Count Dracula in all 3 episodes.

 

CONS –
1) Lucy Westenra sub-plot in Ep 3 was utterly useless. The entire modern-day England twist was disappointing.
2) The quality of the show goes down with every passing episode.
3) Climactic revelations establish Dracula as an ashamed warrior with survival guilt.

 

QUOTE –
She: What’s the state of him?
Dracula: He’s downstairs.
She: Drunk?
Dracula: Well, that’s certainly one way of putting it.

Zeroville (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie is watchable only when Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson are on the screen.

 
CONS –
1) Overblown story of “cineautistic” film editor obsessed with A Place in the Sun (1951).
2) Such a waste of talents like Jacki Weaver and Will Ferrell.

 
QUOTE –
Fuck continuity.

The Lighthouse (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Another psychological thriller studying paranoia in isolation.
2) Both actors justifed their role of two lighthouse keepers with questionable past and dubious personalities.
3) Shot in Black&White in the Movietone ratio gives a certain weight to the entire movie.
4) After The Witch (2015), its Robert Eggers second project and we are sure to expect better from him in this genre.

 

CONS –
1) A pretentious plot with an ambiguous climax.

 

QUOTE –
Should pale death, with treble dread, make the ocean caves our bed, God who hears the surges roll deign to save our suppliant soul.

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A well made spoof movie
2) Marlon Wayans as Loc Dog

 
CONS –
1) A one time watch affair with cliched and caricaturish characters

 
QUOTE –
Loc Dog: Name: Loc Dog, baby. Height: Six-deuce! Age: 19. Father’s name: mmm… I dunno. Sex: hell yeah, nigga! Salary desired: 3 million dollars! Cash!