The Big Gundown (1966)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Tomas Milian as “Cuchillo” – a scapegoat in a political game.
2) The Verdict (Dopo La Condanna) – “Für Elise” (Ludwig van Beethoven) sampled by Ennio Morricone in the final duel.
3) Gérard Herter as Baron – Small but fascinating character; straight out a Sherlock Holmes story.
4) Nieves Navarro as the enigmatic “Widow”
5) Final plot-twist

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Cuchillo: I’ve got a family.I’ve got three children! No money to feed them. My wife is a saint.She works from morning to night as a maid to a priest. And if I was in your place, I bet,I would say,”This man should be free to go.”

Colorado: If I was in your place,I’d say the same thing.But, I wouldn’t be foolish enough to expect another man to believe me.

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The Death of Superman (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Almost 40 minutes long boss fight with Doomsday.Epic.
2) Diana-Clark sub-plot.

 

Cons –
1) Even with a 100 minute running time, the movie’s first half is terribly slow & boring
2) Lex Luthor voiced by Rainn Wilson – doesn’t fit the character.

 

Quote –
Lois: We need to call in the cavalry!
Superman: I am the cavalry.

102 Not Out (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) After 47 years, Amitabh got his version of Anand.A tear-jerker featuring 2 Bollywood stalwarts.
2) A story with 3 lead characters and no subplots.
3) Unlike generic Bollywood family-drama where the evil sons are generally forgiven, this movie took the Baghban way.
4) Only Amitabh can swing from one extreme of over-acting to the other end of brilliance.

 

Cons –
1) Forgettable music (except the “mere ghar aana..” scene)

 

Quote –
“aulaad nalayak nikle toh usse bhool jaana chahiye … sirf uska bachpan yaad rakhna chahiye”

Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Show exploring adventure of a small-town poser and his one-sided-love-affair
2) Supporting cast and cameos: Vineet Sharma as Singham, Abhimanyu Singh as Chachaji
3) Theme song by Vishal Dadlani

 

Cons –
1) Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain have set the bar too high for small town comedy
2) Shallow direction with hardly any memorable scenes; one-time watch.

 

Quote –
“shaashan prashaashan ki banti nahin, pata nahin tujhe”

The Purge (2013)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Intriguing dystopian plot. A near future where crime is legal for a day.
2) Decent background score

 

Cons –
1) The direction is awful. No proper character development. Neither horror nor slasher.
2) The right story was not picked to start the series. The national insanity was reduced to a house-break-in.

 

Quote –
Mary Sandin: We are gonna play the rest of this night out in motherfucking peace. Does anyone have a problem with that?

Sacred Games (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Team Phantom of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane & Varun Grover have outdone themselves with this mind-blowing Mumbai noir. This series explores Mumbai underworld beyond the RGV point of view. What a debut for Netflix India!
2) Bold casting – Apart from the main cast, the supporting cast stands-out.From Sunny Pawar to Luke Kenny, from Jitendra Joshi to Elnaaz Norouzi.
3) Soundtrack. Right from the opening credit theme to the background score. The promo songs from Divine are also fabulous. (Kaam 25 & Jungli Sher)
4) Kukoo jaw-dropping revelation.Kudos to Kubra Sait for this bold role.
5) Extremely well-written screenplay. Two timelines executed simultaneously smoothly. The socio-political commentary by Gaitonde gives more weight to the series. The show is unapologetically multi-lingual.
6) Hindu mythology is an essential backdrop of this series. Episode titles from Mahabharata, Mandala theme in every episode etc.
7) Constable Katekar subplot.

 

Cons –
1) I wasn’t expecting a cliffhanger finale with a possible Season 2.
2) Nawaz role looks like an extension of Faizal from Wasseypur. He is so good at playing such characters that he’s typecasted just like De Niro as a gangster.
3) The nuclear connection is predictable.
4) Radhika Apte – not suited for a RAW officer role.

 

Quote –
“dharmon ko roop yahi hai, raahgir go prem se ghar bulao, aadar samet bhojan grahan karao, fir uske aatma pe kabza kar lo”

Juno (2007)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) All credits to Jason Reitman for making a movie on a complicated topic as a feel-good funny fairy tale movie.
2) Great casting.Definitive Ellen Page role.
3) Well written screenplay with funny dialogues.
4) Refreshing soundtrack – “All I Want Is You” 
5) Opening credits with rotoscoped Juno.

 

Cons –
1) Teenage pregnancy is no fun topic. Unlike “Knocked Up”, here we have a teenage school kid getting pregnant in a utopian ideal environment and everyone is behaving as if it’s completely normal.
2) Primary plot is ordinary. Even the reaction of Juno is surprisingly calm. Any ordinary kid would freak out in such situation.

 

Quote –
Paulie Bleeker: I still have your underwear.
Juno MacGuff: I still have your virginity.