Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The fictional story with possibilities beyond a 2 hrs film.
2) Tom Wilkinson as Hugh Fennyman
3) Colin Firth as Lord Wessex

 
Cons –

 

1) Passionate love story but it’s the most boring sub-plot of the film.
2) Interesting element of the film which could’ve made it funnier are not much explored.

 

Quote –

 
William Shakespeare: You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.

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Castle in the Sky (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Another gem from Studio Ghibli with it’s trademark elements of fantasy, music ,female protagonist and cyberpunk machines.
2) Fast paced
3) Mythical Laputa
4) Rich characters like Dola, Muska and Uncle Pomme.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Dola: There’s nothing worse than having your pigtails shot off!

Boogie Nights (1997)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Heather Graham as “Rollergirl” – An Iconic Character
2) The Raging Bull type final monologue scene with “big” revelation.
3) Goodfellas without the gangsters and narration.

 

Cons –

 

1) Poor man’s Pulp Fiction
2) Too long for a mediocre story-line
3) Too many unwanted characters with no significance in the plot

 

Quote –

 

Floyd Gondolli: I like simple pleasures, like butter in my ass, lollipops in my mouth. That’s just me. That’s just something that I enjoy.

Love Actually (2003)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A feel good romantic montage – narrated in the epilogue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the prologue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

Cons –

 

N/A
Quote –

 

Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Story of one of the greatest king-maker in modern day USA.A must watch for a political science student.
2) The step by step timeline run up the the 2016 campaign.
3) Stone’s rules

 

Cons –

 

1) Plane narrative. No juicy event-montage with a classic number in the background.

 

Quote –

 

“Politics is show business for ugly people.”

Dangal (2016)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Better first half : A father fighting social dogma & prejudices
2) Aamir’s transform is no less than Raging Bull. Probably one of the best sports movie in Bollywood along with Chak De India.
3) Excellent supporting cast
4) Opening credit with the title song

 
Cons –

 

1) Second half is predictable with a made-up villain for the sake of story-telling.

 

Quote –

 
Mhari choriyaan choro se kam he ke ?

Logan (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) James Mangold teams up with Hugh Jackman & 20th Century Fox to make the best X-Men movie and perhaps one of the best superhero movie ever made.This joins the ranks of The Dark Knight, Spiderman 2 and Ironman.
2) The emotional factor is too high. Old and feeble Prof. Xavier counting his last days in a dilapidated water tank with an old rotting Wolverine in a dystopian X-Men universe.The final scene will leave true fans teary eyed.
3) Johnny Cash factor : From the trailer to the end credit, his influence is huge.
4) The Rated-R fast paced fight sequences (especially with X-24) are lesson for all movie film-makers.

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 
Quote –

 
Prof. Xavier : This is what life looks like.A home, people who love each other.Safe place.You should take a moment and feel it.