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 with the result of the match being 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 nithin’! “

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) The Starcast
4) The labyrinthine library
5) The conflict of religion and logic
6) Ron Perlman as the hunchback Salvatore

Cons –

1) The love angle
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 – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 2 /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 film 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 ; colourful adventure film with caricature characters
2) A typical “WA” Grand ensemble beautifully executed
3) Story within a story
4) Fast paced comic-thriller story-line with subtle horrors of war.
5) A landmark movie – A Wes Anderson Classic Genre
6) 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) 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.”