The Others (2001)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A perfect horror-mystery. The horror movie from “the other” perspective.
2) Nicole Kidman as Grace Stewart
3) Fionnula Flanagan as Bertha Mills
4) 100 minutes of sheer thrill & suspense with excellent background score to keep the audience at the edge of their seats.The final plot-twist is remarkable.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Grace: Where are we?

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold – the unapologetic,bumbling,over-confident,family man.An early version of Home Improvement‘s Tim Allen character.
2) “Holiday Road” – Lindsey Buckingham
3) An iconic and influential road-movie.
4) That unmissable iconic surreal Sci-Fi POSTER – all credits to Boris Vallejo.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 
Clark: Everything isn’t like home. If everything were like home, there would be no reason for leaving home.

Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Birth of the stock-character. Copy book womanizer macho man.
2) 60’s counter-culture backdrop.
3) Tisha Sterling as Linny

 
Cons –

 

1) No action sequence worth remembering.
2) Petty antagonist

 
Quote –

 
Taxi driver: That’s $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan: Tell me, how may stores are there named Bloomingdales in this town?
Taxi driver: One, why?
Coogan: We passed it twice.
Taxi driver: It’s still $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan: Yeah, well there’s $3.00, including the tip.

Groundhog Day (1993)

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

Verdict – 5 /5

 

Pros –

 

1) A great spiritual experience – like a Chekhov’s short story.
2) One of the best fantasy film after It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
3) The circle of love, life, desires, destiny, and death – all summed up in 101 minutes.

 
Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –

 
Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?
Ralph: That about sums it up for me.

Louis C.K. 2017 (2017)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Playing devil’s advocate throughout – Abortion, Religion, Pets, Greek Mythology, Old Couple, Magic Mike & Homosexuality

 

Cons –

 

1) Closing act was mediocre

 
Quote –

 
If you get a dog, get a rescue dog. Don’t get a puppy from those horrible people who professionally raise dogs carefully

La La Land (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –

 

1) Climactic epilogue with possible alt-ending.
2) John Legend’s monologue on Jazz
3) Cinematography
4) The only romantic scene where the movie clicks was when Mia leaves the restaurant and runs to the theater to watch Rebel Without a Cause with Seb.

 

Cons –

 

1) Mediocre songs with mediocre dance moves.
2) Too much hyped by 14 Oscar nominations

 

Quote –

 

Keith: How are you gonna be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist?