Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A brilliant black-comedy giving great insight on how easily the British took over the Nawabs engaged in leisure and petty quarrels.
2) Impeccable cast.
3) The English characters portrayed by proper English actors (Richard Attenborough & Tom Alter) unlike any Manoj Kumar movie.
4) Kanha Mein Tose Hari (Choreographed by Birju Maharaj)
5) Opening Credits
6) The analogy of Chess, and the bloodless annexation of Awadh.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
“chal mere pyaade, bismillah”

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) The concept and story
2) Angel Of Verdun and Her Sword
3) Mimics; A new look for aliens (best since District 9)
4) The boss battle in the Louvre Pyramid.
5) After “Oblivion”, another defining Sci-Fi for Tom Cruise
6) Europe as the battleground ; The Beach Invasion (a nod to Normandy Landings)

 

Cons –
1) Bad choice for the movie title. (Just like Oblivion)

 

Quote –
“Master Sergeant Farell: Battle is the Great Redeemer. It is the fiery crucible in which true heroes are forged. The one place where all men truly share the same rank, regardless of what kind of parasitic scum they were going in.”

They Live (1988)

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

VERDICT  – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) 1984 with Aliens – Possibly  one of the greatest sci-fi dystopian movie
2) Music – Background score is awesome
3) The concept of “Man With No Name”
4) Almost 6 minutes long street fight – Roddy Piper Vs Keith David
5) B-Grade special effects/flying saucers.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum.”

Veep (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) Good Concept (but awful execution)
2) Season Finale (ENDORSE-Scene)
3) Nicknames
4) Dan’s Monologue (The Last Selina)

 

CONS –
1) Neither “Yes Minister” nor “House Of Cards”.
2) Boring
3) Jonah is the only recognizable character although annoying but enough to pull the show from disaster.
4) No reason to watch Season 2
5) Too much cursing does not make it cool.

 

Quote –
Dan: Remember that name. No one will want to call their child by that name. There are no more Adolfs. Soon there will be no more Selinas. You are looking at the last Selina. The Selina who killed America.

Super Troopers (2001)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A side-splitting comedy movie.
2) Bidibodi Bidibu – The Bubbles (the frisking scene).
3) Gigantic cotton candy.
4) While still a reefer comedy, it doesn’t compromise with the crime plot.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
I’ll believe ya when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.

Office Space (1999)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Cult written all over it.
2) Office Caricatures
3) Nerd factor (Superman III reference)
4) Printer Smashing Scene
5) Stephen Root as Milton Waddams / Diedrich Bader as Lawrence

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Peter Gibbons: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Lawrence: I’ll tell you what I’d do, man: two chicks at the same time, man.
Peter Gibbons: That’s it? If you had a million dollars, you’d do two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that, man. And I think if I were a millionaire I could hook that up, too; ’cause chicks dig dudes with money.
Peter Gibbons: Well, not all chicks.
Lawrence: Well, the type of chicks that’d double up on a dude like me do.
Peter Gibbons: Good point.
Lawrence: Well, what about you now? What would you do?
Peter Gibbons: Besides two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Well, yeah.
Peter Gibbons: Nothing.
Lawrence: Nothing, huh?
Peter Gibbons: I would relax… I would sit on my ass all day… I would do nothing.
Lawrence: Well, you don’t need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin: he’s broke, don’t do shit.

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Sarah Silverman Sub-plot.
2) Cameos (Doc Brown & Django Freeman)

 

Cons –
1) Wannabe “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.
2) The inconsistency in the overall tone; not a comedy, not a western; not a romance. Utter Confusion.
3) Liam Neeson wasted.

 

Quote –
“Hate can move mountains.”

Queen (2014)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Kangna Ranaut Performance – One Woman Show – One of the best in past decade by any Bollywood actress. Her screen dominance reminds me of Rekha.
2) Rarely any movie is getting word-of-mouth promotion nowadays.This is one of them. Continuing the legacy of Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky, A Wednesday etc.
3) Music – Amit Trivedi’s best since Dev-D.(Including the remix “Hungama Ho Gaya”.)
4) The Delhi Factor
5) End Credits

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Mera Sense Of Humor bohot achha hai..aapko dheeray dheeray pata chalega”