Batman vs. Robin (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 

 

PROS –
1) Damian Wayne / Robin – conflicting unstable force
2) Dick Grayson / Nightwing – the son Bruce never had
3) Talon & Court of Owls
4) Anybody who watched this movie can’t get Damian out of his head – a character well developed.

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
Batman: Now where the hell were you?
Robin: Out!
Batman: Where?
Robin: Just out!
Batman: Out has suddenly become a far more dangerous place.

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Masaan (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Richa Chadda as Devi Pathak
2) Shweta Tripathi as Shaalu Gupta
3) “Tu Kisi Rail Si” – A perfect tribute to Dushyant Kumar
4) Varun Grover story fills the void in Bollywood
5) The coin divers

 

CONS –
1) Not an incredible story – but with mindless Bollywood movies coming every week – this movie serves as an oasis.
2) Desi “Babel

 
QUOTE –
“Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai. Main kisi pull sa.. thartharata hoon. “

Top Gun (1986)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Tom Cruise as LT Pete “Maverick” Mitchell
2) Excellent supporting cast
3) Bare chest volleyball match
4) Cinematography
5) Textbook romantic angle

 

Cons –
1) Style over substance
2) Cliched characters and predictable storyline
3) Terrible editing of flight sequences
4) 1 time watch

 

Quote –
Charlie: I love that song! How long have you two been doing this act?
Maverick: Oh, since uh…
Charlie: Puberty?
Maverick: Right, puberty.

Akira (1988)

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

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) Multilayered story
2) Music
3) Way ahead of its time
4) “2001: ASO” of animated movies
5) Concept of Neo-Tokyo

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Kiyoko: The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves.

Blade Runner (1982)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Music: Blade runner blues. A feast for retrowave lovers.
2) Sci-Fi Noir
3) Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty
4) “Tears in Rain” soliloquy
5) Edward James Olmos as Gaff
6) Zhora’s death sequence
7) Ambiguity on Deckard: human or replicant?

 

Cons –
1) A slow and boring screenplay for an average movie-goer.

 

Quote –
Batty: I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.

When We Were Kings (1996)

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

VERDICT – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) One of the best sporting documentaries ever made.
2) Ali monologues
3) Black pride
4) Mobutu’s instrumental role for making “Rumble in the Jungle” a reality.

 

Cons –
n/a

Quote –
Ali: I want the man. When I get to Africa we gonna get it on because we don’t get along.I don’t like him, he talks too much.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

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

 

Verdict – 2/4

 

PROS –
1) Fascinating characters like Calcifer and Turnip
2) A must watch for steampunk fans. A surreal world with a blend of medieval times wizards with portal doors and hi-tech aircraft.

 

CONS –
1) Too many plot-holes
2) Sophie-Howl’s first encounter remains unexplained
3) How Sophie returned to her young form?

 
QUOTE –
Old Sophie: A battleship?
Howl: On its way to burn cities and people
Old Sophie: The enemy’s? Ours?
Howl: What difference does it make?