Citizen Kane (1941)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Biography of Charles Foster Kane – a selfish and arrogant millionaire maverick media mogul from the perspective of 5 different people.
2) The story, non-linear screenplay, cinematography, sound-editing is way ahead of its time.
3) Some iconic shots – the election campaign speech sequence is astonishing.The sequence showing Kane & Emily at the breakfast table as their love fades away with time is amazing.
4) Citizen Kane – The Wolf Of Yellow-Journalism – correctly predicts the influence of mass media conglomerates in future
5) Make-up & set-design: some ground-breaking achievement in these departments

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Charles Foster Kane: I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life.

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Coherence (2013)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Decent work with an unknown cast.

 

 

Cons –
1) A handheld-camera and mild version of the same concept already explored in Primer (2004), Timecrimes (2007) & Triangle (2009) under the new mumbo-jumbo of a comet and Schrödinger’s cat.

 

 

Quote –
Mike: This whole night we’ve been worrying… there’s some dark version of us out there somewhere. What if we’re the dark version?

My Fair Lady (1964)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Grand production value – beautiful sets and great costumes. That Royal Ascot scene is the highlight of this majestic movie.
2) That iconic poster by Bob Peak.
3) Great music and excellent performances. Some great one-liners.
4) Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle – she got the Midas touch.
5) Climax – love can be expressed in the most subtle way.

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Professor Henry Higgins: Eliza? Where the devil are my slippers?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Despite being a Harry Potter Spin-off, it doesn’t carry the burden of being a prequel.It’s somewhat enchanting for younger audiences like watching Steven Spielberg’s Hook.
2) CGI – great action sequences especially towards the climax with Obscurus
3) Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski & Alison Sudol as Queenie: This charming couple keeps the film alive with their positive presence.
4) Johnny Depp appearance in the climax as Gellert Grindelwald – his star presence can never be undermined.

 

 

Cons –
1) Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander: Was he acting to be a weird introvert or was he playing himself? Anyways not the best actor for this colorful role.Also, Ezra Miller is miscast.
2) The plot is predictable after watching 30 minutes of the movie.
3) 133 minutes for a fantasy film targetting young audiences?

 

 

Quote –
Newt Scamander: I think you’ll find the best wizarding school in the world is Hogwarts.
Queenie: *Hogwash*.

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) One of the most unexpected heartbreaking climax.
2) Mia Farrow as the naive wide-eyed movie lover and timid wife.This movie can be called “The Tragedy Of Cecilia”.
3) Woody Allen’s avoided being over-melodramatic with an 82-minutes running time.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Cecilia: I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional but you can’t have everything.

Love Per Square Foot (2018)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Opening credit rap-song: “Yatri Kripaya Dhyaan De”
2) Anand Tiwari managed a huge ensemble with great efficiency.Most of the cast from the Indian-web-series-circuit marked their presence even with minor roles.
3) Angira Dhar as Karina, Kunaal Roy Kapur, and Raghubir Yadav‘s performance stands-out.
4) That Ranbir Kapoor cameo.

 

 

Cons –
1) Rom-Com with predictable story with a cliched climax where the bride came to her sense in the wedding aisle

 

 

Quote –
“Yatrion se nivedan hai ki jo ukhaadna hai ukhaad lein”

Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Chris Rock – Divorce mellowed down this artist but still good.One-third act was on relationship and divorce.
2) The bit questioning education system and bullies was solid.

 

 

Cons –
1) Police brutality, gun violence racism, guns – cliched jokes

 

 

Quote –
“You can be ANYTHING you’re good at…as long as they’re hiring.”