The Breakfast Club (1985)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A coming-of-age teenage drama where 5 teenagers spent a Saturday together and rediscover themselves. A must watch from John Hughes.
2) Natural performance from all actors.
3) Quintessential 80s soundtrack with some great sound-mixing. Closing credit: Don’t You (Forget About Me)
4) Minimal cast and single-day story.

 

Cons –
1) This movie is to be watched at a certain age to feel the essence of it. For a grown adult, the movie is of little consequences and influence.

 

Quote –
Andrew: We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.

 

Shikar (1968)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) A whodunit murder-mystery in a Jungle backdrop.A Dhruva Chatterjee classic.
2) Supporting cast – Sanjeev Kumar as Inspector Rai (though the character isn’t explored much) and Helen is her usual self, are adding weight in this thriller.
3) Songs – “Parde Mein Rahne Do” & “Tumhare Pyaar Mein”

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre final plot-twist
2) Background score towards the end of the movie is surprisingly comical.

 

Quote –
N/A

The Night Eats the World (2018)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Study of paranoia while alone

 

Cons –
1) In an era of “The Walking Dead”, this movie is redundant and sub-standard
2) Meaningless climax – in fact, there is no climax.
3) Sarah – unnecessary sub-plot adding nothing to the story.

 

Quote –
Sarah:… that you’re the last human on earth? Sorry to disappoint you.

Tomorrowland (2015)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Like Jumanji, it’s highly influential to younger audiences
2) Frank’s home security fighting AAs
3) Nix final monologue

Cons –
1) Disney’s wet-dream
2) Over-stretched and mediocre third act
3) Covert environmental message

Quote –
Casey Newton: There are two wolves and they are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. Which wolf wins?
Eddie Newton: Whichever one you feed.

Parks and Recreation (Season 5)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Possibly the best season so far
2) Patton Oswalt’s EPIC monologue
3) Return of Burt Macklin
4) Jenny Slate as Mona-Lisa Saperstein

 

Quote –
“Garth Blundin : Let the filibustering begin.”

Majboor (1974)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) A Salim-Javed thriller.A man staring at his death’s door last attempt to redeem his family. The concept very similar to Breaking Bad.
2) Pran as Michael D’Souza – He appears with his hand-binoculars in the 3rd act of the movie but stoles the entire show. His powerful screen presence is unmatchable.
3) Mac Mohan as Prakash – One of the rare movie where he’s playing a character with more than one spoken line.
4) Great supporting cast
5) Memorable songs like : Roothe Rab Ko & Daru Ki Botol Mein

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Ravi : michael, suna hai choron ke bhi kuch usool hotey hain ?
Michael : tumne thik hi suna hai, choron ke hi to usool hotey hain.

Unsane (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Stalker-psychological-thriller with elements of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
2) Nate being a journalist plot-twist
3) The horrific side of the insurance scam

 

Cons –
1) Shot on iPhone 7 Plus in 4K. Why? It’s not adding anything to the film. Soderbergh being an established A-Lister don’t need this gimmick.

 

Quote –
Nate : Column number two, for life.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Laurence Olivier as Professor Moriarty – straight out of Sidney Paget illustration.
2) Putting Sigmund Freud in a Sherlock Holmes adventure

 

Cons –
1) Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson: Great actor in a wrong role
2) Mediocre story with a mediocre villain. Professor Moriarty was only a side-show.

 

Quote –
Sherlock Holmes : Eliminate the impossible,my dear Doctor,
and whatever remains,however improbable,must be the truth.