Toilet – Ek Prem Katha (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A movie 70 years late. This should’ve been made 70 years ago with mandatory viewing all across India.
2) Akshay Kumar – his jugaads and his fake-branded clothes
3) Divyendu Sharma – one of the most underutilized actor

 

 

Cons –

 

1) At times, the movie appears to avoid criticizing the govt and blame open defecation problem entirely to the people which makes it look like a govt sponsored ad.

 

Quote –

“Kabir Bedi ne char-char shaadi karli…aur tumse ek Khoon Bhari Maang hi na bhari ja rahi”

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

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

 

VERDICT– 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Definitive Aubrey Plaza film. A must watch for millennials.
2) A young psychotic woman goes to Los Angeles to befriend a social media influencer only to discover how shallow her idol really is.
3) A modern-day horror tale of social media obsessed people chasing pseudo-celebrities and seeking validation from strangers in the form of likes and emojis.
4) The climactic #iamingrid is even more horrifying as a sociopath like Ingrid who tried committing suicide is venerated as a role-model and inspirations by millions. The irony is frightening.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
#iamingrid

Mindhunter (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Similar to The Night Of (2016) – it’s a show without destination, just enjoy the journey
2) Somewhere between Seinfeld & True Detective – A Show About Nothing.
3) Rhoda Griffis as DA Esther Mayweather – Small but impactful role.
4) Cameron Britton as Edmund Kemper – menacingly huge.
5) Feet-tickler subplot.

 

CONS –
1) Nothing worth nail-biting. David Fincher remains the primary reason to watch the show.

 

QUOTE –
DA Mayweather: “I’m an elected official. Here in Georgia, death is the will of the people.”

Talvar (2015)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) The real-life incidence itself is so intriguing that a 133 minutes cinematic adaptation without any songs is extraordinarily gripping.
2) Brilliant casting
3) Rashomon effect amalgamated with the most notorious unsolved murder mystery in India.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“Saboot aur saza jaise jachcha aur bachcha … tandurust jachcha toh mazboot bachcha”

Ghostbusters (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It’s a landmark movie for nerds community
2) Rick Moranis as Louis Tully – The freindzoned next door
3) Sigourney Weaver – Posing for some iconic and striking poses

 

Cons –

 

1) Low quality CGI

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Ray: Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve WORKED in the private sector. They expect *results*.

Sadgati (1981)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A classic from the master story-teller : Premchand
2) The travesty of caste system can’t be described in a more better way.
3) Om Puri as Dukhi – Effortless excecution

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

N/A

Black Dynamite (2009)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The “Code Kansas” decoding scene – the best part of the movie.
2) Funny names – Cream Corn, Tasty Freeze, Gunsmoke, Bullhorn, etc.
3) Kung-Fu Treachery!
4) Not just a spoof of the blaxploitation films, it was a lot like the grind-house experiments done by Tarantino and Rodriguez.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Black Dynamite: Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Feel good movie
2) An ABBA musical
3) Fictional Greek island of Kalokairi

 

Cons –
1) Could be a lot funnier with such an ensemble

 

Quote –
Sophie: I want the perfect wedding, and I want my father to give me away.
Ali: Better be a wide aisle!

Haq Se Single by Zakir Khan (2017)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/3

 

Pros –
1) Stand-Up comedy like a TED-Talk

 

Cons –
1) Now it’s not spontaneous – it’s made up. Zakir trying to act like Zakir.
2) 30 minutes too long for a stand-up act

 

Quote –
“Mere hisab se duniya mein do tarah ke log hote hain – Ek jinko Gangs of Wasseypur pasand hai aur dusre sab saale Ramadhir ke aadmi !”

Touch of Evil (1958)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Orson Welles as Captain Quinlan – unrecognizable with heavy make-up as the obese limping police captain
2) Opening scene – one continuous crane shot from the Mexican border to the bomb explosion

 

Cons –

 

1) The screenplay is incoherent with multiple sub-plots with ordinary outcomes
2) Marlene Dietrich – half-baked character

 

Quote –

 

Quinlan: That’s the second bullet I stopped for you.