Alien 3 (1992)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley – badass bald look
2) Lance Henriksen as damaged Bishop – The only worth-watching CGI scene.

 

Cons –

1) 3 Alien movies and still no Weyland-Yutani sub-plot.
2) Wrong set-up.Deserted prison with no sci-fi.Also too long for such a story-line
3) Unlike Aliens, it’s about just 1 alien. The climax of bait-and-chase plan with closing door is disaster.
3) Ripley’s death. Bad CGI & Anti-Climax.

 

 
Quote –

 

 
Ripley: You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.

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Aliens (1986)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Solid excution by James Cameron – especially the boss fight with exosuit cargo-loader.
2) PTSD, lone wolf, badass – Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley is the John Rambo of Sci-Fi
3) Bishop’s slaughter scene
4) Mad gun battle sequences

 
Cons –

 

1) Newt – Slowing down the pace though being the only sub-plot
2) Predicatable story-line
Quote –

 

Ripley: Get away from her, you bitch!

Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An Agatha Christie thriller especially The Unexpected Guest – multiple plot twist – till the last minute.
2) Tight screenplay – devil is in the details.
3) No songs – brave move as per desi standards.

 
Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“At least now I can die without any guilt”

Barton Fink (1991)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) Michael Lerner as Jack Lipnick – The ruthless hollywood honcho
2) John Goodman as Charlie Meadows – A mythical character
3) A phychological-thriller which is not phychological. The Coen version of “The Tenant“.
4) The hotel being a “character” in the movie
5) Jon Polito as Lou – excellent screen presence.

 
Cons –

n/a

 

Quote –

 

Barton: I’m a writer, you monsters! I create! I create for a living! I’m a creator! I am a creator! This is my uniform! This is how I serve the common man!

Dear Zindagi (2016)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Shah Rukh Khan as Dr. Jehangir “Jug” Khan : The only reason I watched this film.
2) Nice ensemble

 

Cons –

 

1) First world people with first world problems repeated on-screen for a zillionth time.
2) Pretentious plot with tasteless quotes which can only impress a teenager. Gauri Shinde trying to be Mira Nair.
3) Too long.

 
Quote –
n/a

Oppam (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Mohanlal as the blind protagonist.One of the finest actor of our time.
2) Intermission scene
3) Priyadarshan with a pinch of “Oldboy”

 
Cons –

1) Too long
2) Suspense revealed too early
3) Samuthirakani as Vasu is a miscast.

 

Quote –

“I brought up within me this dark serpent Takshaka”

Doctor Strange (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Visual delight
2) Honestly speaking, I was waiting for the post-credit scene the whole time and it wasn’t disappointing.
3) Cloak of Levitation

 
Cons –

 

1) Generic origin story – nominal villain, token boss-fight.
2) They should have brought Thor much before post-credit scene.

 
Quote –

 

The Ancient One: We never lose our demons, we only learn to live above them.