The Beguiled (1971)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An erotic civil war thriller exposing dark sides of the human character.The final scene where everyone is in a denial mode is bone-chilling.
2) The gory leg amputation scene – unwatchable!
3) Geraldine Page as Martha Farnsworth – almost Nurse Ratched

 

Cons –

N/A

 

Quote –

Cpl. John McBurney: You wanted to be so much the God damn lady. The virgin bitch. Get out of here. Get out of here!

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The Florida Project (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

 

Pros –

1) Brooklynn Prince as Moonee – the kid is a natural
2) An American Tale.
3) Smart screenplay – respects the intelligence of the audiences and gives no silly backstories of the characters

 

 

Cons –

1) Average storyline solely counting on the acting prowess of the young actors.
2) The best part of the film i.e. the kids mischievous and funny business is heavily inspired from “To Kill A Mockingbird

 

 

Quote –

Moonee: You know why this is my favorite tree?
Jancey: Why?
Moonee: ‘Cause it’s tipped over, and it’s still growing.

The Tick (2016 – Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) A world of Superheroes and Supervillains – however, the plot of AEGIS is not exploited too much.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Mediocre supporting cast.
2) If you’re making a comedy, go full-throttle like Future Man. Half-measures will give you sub-standard output.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Arthur: We’re taking Ramses to AEGIS.
Tick: Yeah.
Overkill: Those stapler-fondling bureaucrats? They’ll drown you in red tape.They’ll file your file under “where the fuck is that fucking file?”

Daybreakers (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Willem Dafoe as “Elvis” – the only character with substance.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Forgettable half-hearted sci-fi horror.It’s better to watch a “Black Mirror” episode instead.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Edward Dalton: Is this place safe?

Elvis: Living in a world where vampires are the dominant species is about as safe as bare backing a 5 dollar whore.

Falling Down (1993)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The ultimate meltdown of an everyday-man against society, consumerism, and political correctness.
2) Frederic Forrest as Nick
3) Redemption of both the lead character by the end of the movie.
4) The opening scene with Michael Douglas stuck in the traffic. Excellent sound-editing whenever we see Michael Douglas’ character on screen.
5) A precursor to “Fight Club“. Probably the best Joel Schumacher film.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Bill Foster: I am not economically viable.

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Surreal meta-drama full of analogies, motifs, and symbolism

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Incomprehensible, pretentious and boring like an abstract art.What’s the purpose of making a feature film if the main intention is to confuse average audience? It’s a movie only for film festivals.
2) Unexplained weird time-leaps. Halfway through, the movie stops making any sense at all.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Die”

 

Mukkabaaz (2017)

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

 

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

 

Pros –

 

 

1) The plight and love-story of a small-town struggling boxer trying to overcome unemployment, casteism & faulty sports infrastructure.
2) Jimmy Shergill & Ravi Kishan first encounter.
3) Shravan’s outburst on his superior officer.The most fulfilling scene of the movie.Evils of casteism are seamlessly added to the plot. While Sanjay Kumar is facing casteist jibe from Bhagwan Das Mishra, Shravan is facing a revengeful treatment from a lower caste officer.
4) Anurag Kashyap smoothly included beef-lynching and jingoism in this sports drama without any fuss – genius.
5) Juicy dialogues along with great music is always a USP of Kashyap’s movies.Brave soundtrack.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Less screen-time to Ravi Kishan.
2) Rocky inspired climax.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

“Humara pyaar itna pavitra hai na, ki agar hum kisi ko dil se chu lein, toh uska sab bimaari door ho jaye”