Going in Style (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) 3 stalwarts together having fun.

 

Cons –

 

1) Another one in the list of films with adventures of senior citizens.Similar to Last Vegas, Stand Up Guys, Grudge Match etc.
2) It’s upto the director if he wants to leave a mark or just make a comedy-caper.There are so may loop-holes in the heist plan that it’s best not to discuss it.

 

 

Quote –

 

“It’s a culture’s duty to take care of it’s elderly”.

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Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Nel Cimitero di Tucson – A timeless classic from Reverberi duo.
2) A perfect prequel to the original movie ; especially the hangman sub-plot.
3) Terence Hill perfectly played the part maybe better than Franco Nero
4) Cinematography – the wagon chase scene, the opening fist fight
5) The machine gun massacre climax – we all knew what Django was hiding in that coffin from the very first minute but the anticipation is insane.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

Django : Your debt to justice is too large.

In Bruges (2008)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It’s having all the elements of a Coen Bros. film. Gory with dark humor- very much like Fargo .
2) Principled goodfellas.
3) Little conversation like Jules and Vincent in Pulp Fiction. Lollipop man, purgatory, Uzi, midget, black vs white war etc.
4) Uncertain climax

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

Marie: Why don’t you both put your guns down, and go home?
Harry: Don’t be stupid. This is the shootout.

 

Surrogates (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Prophet plot-twist
2) The Dread Reservation chase
3) CGI
4) The primary concept – La Westworld

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Predictable story-line
2) Shallow character development
3) The child-killed-in-a-car-accident sub plot is now used for a zillionth time in hollywood.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Tom Greer: You want to kill everyone? That’s going to heal mankind?
Older Canter: They’re already dead. The died the minute they plugged into those machines.

Special 26 (2013)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Jimmy Shergill Plot-Twist
2) Fast paced direction
3) Outstanding supporting cast
4) Decent music
5) The actual incident (1987 Opera House heist) was forgotten long ago. Thanks to the director-writer Neeraj Pandey the story was made into a commercially successful film.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Akshay Kumar/Kajal Aggarwal romantic sub-plot – the never ending Bollywood obsession with romance

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Asli power dil mein hoti hai !”

The Wailing (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The open ended story with all sorts of interpretation.
2) Biblical references, Shamanism vs Christianity, Faith – a roller-coaster plot. All credits to the writer-director Na Hong-jin.
3) This movie is a melting-pot for several movie genres like fantasy, horror, zombie, super-natural, thriller and it keeps the audience confused.
4) The movie will get confusing for viewers after a second viewing.
5) The village backdrop with rain – brilliant cinematography.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Il-Gwang: If you go fishing, do you know what you’ll catch?
Jong-Goo: No.
Il-Gwang: He’s just fishing. Not even he knows what he’ll catch. He just threw out the bait, and your daughter took it.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

 

1) The trademark multi-layered fantasy story-line from Studio Ghibli.
2) Ashitaka – Atticus Finch of this story
3) Lady Eboshi – character who deserves her own film.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Misleading title – Mononoke is definitely not the central character here.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Jigo: So you say you’re under a curse? So what? So’s the whole damn world.