Sadgati (1981)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A classic from the master story-teller : Premchand
2) The travesty of caste system can’t be described in a more better way.
3) Om Puri as Dukhi – Effortless excecution

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

N/A

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Black Dynamite (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The “Code Kansas” decoding scene – the best part of the movie
2) Funny names – Cream Corn, Tasty Freeze, Gunsmoke, Bullhorn etc.
3) Kung-Fu treachery !

 

Cons –

 

1) Not just a spoof of the blaxploitation films, it was a lot like the grind-house experiments done by Tarantino and Rodriguez but still a half-hearted effort.

 

Quote –

 

Black Dynamite: Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Feel good movie
2) An ABBA musical
3) Fictional Greek island of Kalokairi

 

Cons –

1) Could be lot funnier with such an ensemble

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Sophie: I want the perfect wedding, and I want my father to give me away.
Ali: Better be a wide aisle!

Haq Se Single by Zakir Khan (2017)

STORY – N/A
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Stand-Up comedy like a TED-Talk

 

Cons –

 

1) Now it’s not spontaneous – it’s made up. Zakir trying to act like Zakir.
2) 30 minutes too long for a stand-up act

 

Quote –

 

“Mere hisab se duniya mein do tarah ke log hote hain – Ek jinko Gangs of Wasseypur pasand hai aur dusre sab saale Ramadhir ke aadmi !”

Touch of Evil (1958)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Orson Welles as Captain Quinlan – unrecognizable with heavy make-up as the obese limping police captain
2) Opening scene – one continuous crane shot from the Mexican border to the bomb explosion

 

Cons –

 

1) The screenplay is incoherent with multiple sub-plots with ordinary outcomes
2) Marlene Dietrich – half-baked character

 

Quote –

 

Quinlan: That’s the second bullet I stopped for you.

Rick and Morty (season 3)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Pickle rick
2) Return of evil Morty
3) Morty’s Mind Blowers

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Mediocre finale
2) No birdperson ?
3) Interdimensional Cable – sorely missed this season

 

 

Quote –

 

Evil Morty: Seems like a good time for a drink and a cold calculated speech with sinister overtones. Speech about politics, about order, brotherhood, power but speeches are for campaigning. Now is the time for action.

 

The Third Man (1949)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A perfect film-noir. The editing and cinematography is out of the world. However,a pinch of Casablanca can’t be denied.
2) The climactic sewer chase. Pure cult.
3) Final scene – the tragic theme – the open ended finish – the longest walk – the cold heartedness of Anna analogous to the falling leaves of autumn.
4) The first appearance of Orson Welles as Harry Lime – The character was well developed before he even appeared.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Harry Lime: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.