Rocky (1976)

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

Verdict – 5 /5

Pros –
1) A romance of a dumb struggling boxer and a shy pet-shop girl in the backdrop of a sports drama where the result of the match is irrelevant.
2) Music: Bill Conti
3) Rocky’s monologue against Mickey. (almost “I coulda’ been a contender”)
4) Training sequences and the Rocky Steps.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Rocky: I didn’t have no favors from you! Don’t slum around me. Talkin’ about your prime. What about my prime, Mick? At least you had a prime! I didn’t have no prime. I didn’t have nothing’! “

Son of Batman (2014)

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

VERDICT – 2/4

 

PROS –
1) Nightwing / Killer Croc Cameo
2) Lazarus Pit
3) Deathstroke
4) Overall entertaining

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
“Damian Wayne: I’m my father’s son, too. I’m Robin.”

The Name of the Rose (1986)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The Premise: 14th Century Abbey murder-mystery
2) The Rivalry: William of Baskerville vs Bernardo Gui
3) A good ensemble of actors.
4) The labyrinthine library.
5) The conflict between religion and logic.
6) Ron Perlman as the hunchback Salvatore.

 

 

CONS –
1) The unnecessary romantic sub-plot.
2) Rushed climax.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Jorge de Burgos: Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith because without fear of the Devil, there is no more need of God.”

John Wick (2014)

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

Verdict – 3 /5

 

Pros –
1) Keanu Reeves in a revenge plot.
2) Russian Mafia background.
3) Action-packed ; cinematography
4) Hammer Scene

 

Cons –
1) Shallow character development (makers of this movie need to stop comparing this to Leone’s “Blondie” or Akira’s “Ronin” as an excuse )
2) No comparison to revenge films like Death Wish, Harry Brown or Taken or with any film with an anti-hero with a violent past.

 

Quote –
“Viggo Tarasov: John wasn’t exactly the boogeyman. He’s the one you sent to kill the fucking boogeyman.”

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –

1) Mera
2) Post-Credit : Lex Luthor
3) Black Manta

Cons –

1) Cliched origin storyline.
2) no extra effort from director
3) Lacks the gravitas of “Justice League : War” and simply acts a Aquaman origin movie.
Quote –

“Queen Atlanna : This coup is over.I’m queen and war is not in my plans”

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Visual extravaganza; colorful adventure film with caricaturish characters. A standard “WA” grand ensemble movie with a fast-paced screenplay. A comic-thriller story-line with subtle horrors of war.
2) A story within a story
3) The Society of the Crossed Keys

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“M. Gustave: Keep your hands off my lobby boy!”

Birdman (2014)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) This movie is a milestone in world cinema
2) The similarity between Reel-Life and Real-Life Of Keaton
3) The Music (Drumrolls)
4) Cinematography (long shots); Visually stunning
5) Great supporting cast.
6) Trailer and Poster
7) Ambiguous Climax
8) His alter-ego as his inner conflict (and the Batman gruff voice)
9) The Times-Square Scene

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Riggan: [as Birdman] The Clown doesn’t have half your talent and he’s making a fortune in that tin-man getup.We’re the real thing Riggan.We had it all.We gave it away.We handed these posers the keys to the kingdom.”

A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) The Laundry Scene – very Quentinesqe.
2) Initial 15 minutes.

 

CONS –
1) Lack of good supporting cast except for Clare Higgins
2) Disappointing Climax, in fact, it’s nothing.
3) Half-baked concept.
4) After the arrival of “Hanoi Handshake”, the movie is lost.

 

QUOTE –
“Jack: Well, actually, writers and serial killers are very similar. They’re practically brothers.”

Katiyabaaz (2013)

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

VERDICT – 4/4

 

PROS –
1) Unveiling one of the numerous untold urban stories of India.
2) Brilliant music by Indian Ocean
3) Not shying away from a political debate.
4) The analogy of Cawnpore & Loha Singh

 

CONS –
1) Lesser Content than expected.

 

QUOTE –
“Transformer Band…Loha Singh Chalu.”

The Fifth Element (1997)

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

 

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Gary Oldman and Ian Holm: Great supporting cast.
2) The opening sequence in Egypt.
3) The comedy (ruined by Chris Tucker).
4) Fast-paced and entertaining.

 

Cons –
1) Cliched story a stereotyped hero (with unknown “Mondoshawans ” and “evil”)
2) Diva Plavalaguna

 

Quote –
“Mondoshawan: Time not important. Only life important.”