Gurgaon (2017)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) A morbidly dark movie without a single cheerful character in a fast and unpredictable plot.
2) Aamir Bashir as Bhupi – the only character who looks realistic.

 

Cons –
1) Cementing established stereotypes of Gurgaon as the ultimate crime city.
2) This movie is a classic case of good actors in wrong roles. None of the actors are suited for the role given.

 
Quote –
“shikari jungle ke niyam roz todan lage to samjho jungle ki to aafat aa gayi”

“Yes Minister” Party Games (1984)

Verdict – 5/5

 

Quote –
Sir Humphrey: “There are certain items of confidential information which while in theory they might be susceptible to innocent interpretation, do nevertheless contain a certain element of, shall we say, ambiguity, so that were they to presented in a less than generous manner or to an uncharitable mind, they might be a source of considerable embarrassment, even conceivably hazard, were they to impinge on the deliberations of an office of more than usual sensitivity.”

Jim Hacker: “I am sorry?”

Rope (1948)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) A single location thriller with long takes like Dial M for Murder (1954).The real background of the Manhattan skyline from daylight to night adding authenticity to the entire plot.
2) John Dall as Brandon Shaw – a suave supervillain. His spineless accomplice Phillip got him caught which otherwise was a perfect murder.
3) The macabre plot of a dinner party over a dead body and handing over the murder weapon to the victim’s father as a gift. The whole discussion of murder being an art was fascinating.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Rupert: You were right, Phillip. Those books were tied clumsily.

Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) 15 minutes of superb comedy writing full of side-splitting one-liners.
2) Great acting talents – British humor in its full glory.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Baldrick: I have a cunning plan to save the king.
Edmund Blackadder: Ha! Well forgive me if a don’t do a cartwheel of joy; your family’s history in the department of cunning planning is about as impressive as Stumpy O’Leg McNolegs’ personal best in the Market Harborough marathon.

Blood Simple (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A story driven by decisions made by characters. Every next move depends on the characters involved.
2) M. Emmet Walsh as Private Detective Visser – cold-blooded rat.
3) Great editing and score.
4) The climactic scene where Abby drives the knife through Visser’s hand.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Ray: Never point a gun at anyone, unless you mean to shoot him And if you shoot him, you better make sure he’s dead. Because if he ain’t dead, he’s gonna get up and try to kill you. That’s the only thing they taught us in the service that’s worth a god damn.

Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 
Pros –
1) Some good non-CGI hand to hand combat scenes.
2) The only scene worth mentioning is when the masked vigilante decides to wait for the green traffic signal while being chased by goons.

 
Cons –
1) Kick-Ass meets The Karate Kid
2) 153 minutes for a movie whose entire plot is already revealed in the trailer.
3) Mediocre cast
4) Vikramaditya Motwane’s attempt may not be half-hearted but is definitely half-baked. Clearly, the makers were watching The Dark Knight too many times while writing the screenplay.

 

Quote –
Reality hit karti hai … toh bande ko badal deti hai

Mary Poppins (1964)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)” – a haunting melody
2) Dick Van Dyke as Bert, the jack-of-all-trades.
3) “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” – What a song for an upbeat climax!
4) The bank fiasco.

 

Cons –
1) The entire fantasy sequence inside the drawing.
2) Parenting guide – The movie.

 
Quote –
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death (1968)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Another spaghetti western gem.An essential watch for followers of this genre.
2) Sartana – the suave anti-hero in trench-coat with his four-barreled derringer.
3) Cinematography – some interesting camera angles.
4) Colorful characters – the gold digger wife, the glutton general, the sidekick coffin maker.

 

 

Cons –
1) Klaus Kinski in a small role – this legend deserves more screen time.
2) Spaghetti westerns are known for their score and this movie lacks it.

 

Quote –
Goon: Treason is punished by death, General.
General: What did you call me? The Most Excellent Don Jose Francisco Mendoza Montezuma Rio de la Plata Perez Rodriguez, also known as General Tampico. That’s how I like it.

Basic Instinct (1992)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) This erotic thriller is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) – a detective with mental issues, blonde femme fatale, San Francisco, very similar musical score, driving scenes.
2) The interrogation scene.
3) Final scene leaving the audiences to decide who the real killer is.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Catherine: Killing isn’t like smoking. You can quit.

The Terror (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The sheer production value of this entire miniseries is amazing.
2) Great background score
3) The vicious psychopathic character of the imposter Cornelius Hickey
4) Tuunbaq: The supernatural creature and its final battle.
5) Cannibalism: This sub-plot is not for the weak-hearted.

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Captain Crozier: Friend. Mother. Lover. All the things they say a ship is to a captain, and they miss what really matters. Confessor. This ship knows everything about me.