Miss Congeniality (2000)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Fun and entertaining one-time watch buddy-cop movie.
2) Michael Caine as Victor delivered best lines.

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre antagonist with an ordinary primary motive
2) Predictable plot.No reasons to hate this movie and also no reasons to like.

 

Quote –
Victor Melling: They had their Southern belles, their Midwestern farmers’ daughters, spunky western cowgirls, and I have… Dirty Harriet!

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) An ordinary story elevated by the performance of Penélope Cruz as María Elena. Notably, her screen time is less than 15 minutes.
2) Though the movie is a generic rom-com, at times it appears as a great satire on characters like Cristina who are confused about their life and sexuality.
3) The first meeting of Juan Antonio with Vicky & Cristina.Brazenly outspoken.

 

Cons –
1) This primary plot is of little consequences. A one time watch.

 

Quote –
Cristina: If you don’t start undressing me soon this is going to turn into a panel discussion.

Padman (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) A movie made too late just like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. This movie needs mandatory premiere in every school for social awareness.
2) “Aaj Se Teri” by Arijit Singh

 

 

Cons –
1) Poor supporting cast.
2) The first half is too melodramatic while the second half is like a documentary.R. Balki is undoubtedly one the most over-rated director in Bollywood.
3) Sonam Kapoor love triangle towards the end of the movie is completely silly and unnecessary.
4) Surprisingly just 6-months before the release of this movie, a movie on the same theme, Phullu is already released.

 

 

Quote –
“Big company having money for doing R&D … research and development … I poor, I doing T&F … try and fail”

Preacher (Season 3)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Best season so far. While most of the season 2 was spent at Denis’ dilapidated house, this season was at Angelville. Probably the best supernatural black-comedy on TV right now.
2) Exciting new characters like Satan and Allfather were introduced however Betty Buckley as Marie “Gran’ma” L’Angelle and Colin Cunningham as T.C. will take the top spot.
3) Each episode was better than the previous one with the story unfolding with new subplots and new characters.

 

Cons –
1) “Les Enfants du Sang” – this entire sub-plot for Cassidy was boring.

 

Quote –
TC: What’s a Genesis?
Featherstone & Tulip: A band!

Atomic Blonde (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) John Woo redefined stylized action movies 30 years ago. David Leitch is adding a new chapter in this genre. Neon lightings, retro wave music, hand-to-hand combat, single sequence shot are key elements of his direction.
2) End Credits : Under Pressure – Queen ft. David Bowie
3) James McAvoy as Percival – his hungover, show-up-late, don’t-know-which-way-is-up act.

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre cold-war spy-thriller. Style over substance.

 

Quote –
“It’s a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”

Identity (2003)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie. The final twist came when the audiences thought the movie is already over.
2) The whodunit premise – a convict, a patient, adverse weather, and 10 strangers.

 

Cons –
1) I lost interest when 20 minutes before the climax, it’s revealed that the entire action is taking place inside the fat man’s head. A major flaw in the screenplay.

 

Quote –
As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish I wish he’d go away.

Parks and Recreation (Season 6)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Ron meets Ron – Sam Elliott as Ron Dunn

 

Quote –
“Live your life how you want, but don’t confuse drama with happiness.”

Sanjuro (1962)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Kurosawa’s regular Toshiro Mifune as Sanjuro, the bored Ronin – One man army.A samurai reluctant to kill.
2) Muroto death scene.The blood fountain was unexpected as during the entire movie Sanjuro killed scores of men but without the presence of blood.
3) Sanjuro’s trademark shoulder twitch, beard scratching, and hands hidden inside his ragged kimono.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“You’re like a drawn sword. Sharp, naked without a sheath. You cut well. But good swords are kept in their sheaths.”

Hereditary (2018)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) This movie belongs to a certain group of films which includes Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining and most recently The Witch. Evil exists in shadows and it prevails eventually.
2) Toni Collette as Annie gave the performance of a lifetime. Her emotional paranoia of a mother losing her child is extraordinary.
3) Unsettling third act.
4) Joan plot-twist

 

Cons –
1) First one-hour is slow and without much action (except Charlie’s death) like a family drama.

 

Quote –
Annie: DON’T you swear at me, you little shit! Don’t you EVER raise your voice at me! I am your mother! You understand? All I do is worry and slave and defend you, and all I get back is that fucking face on your face! So full of disdain and resentment and always so annoyed!

Beauty and the Dogs (2017)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) The slow and vicious wheels of govt. bureaucracy. From the hospital to the police station.
2) From the birthplace of the Arab Spring comes a powerful film with some great performances especially from the lead actress – Mariam Al Ferjani. Even the movie trailer was brilliant with Battle Cry by Wild Yawp.
3) A story from dusk till dawn. Superb screenplay divided into 9 chapters.
4) Great Cinematography – most of the scenes are single sequence shot.

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“My whole life is a zombie movie. The walking dead run after me, trying to bite me.I’m trying to save myself. Sometimes I get away and sometimes, they get close to me. I might let them eat me.I’ll become a zombie and rest.”