Pataakha (2018)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Both lead actresses justified the roles.
2) Sunil Grover as Dipper plays the marionettist of this story.

 
CONS –
1) Another movie completely ruined by the trailer. Entire first-half is summarised in the trailer.
2) Third-Act is dud. The movie is forcefully trying to convey some “social message”.

 
QUOTE –
“hum apne dushman to chun saktey hain, par padosi nahin; rishtey to chun saktey hain par rishteydaar nahin”

The Nun (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Gothic Romanian setting.
2) The epilogue featuring Ed and Lorraine Warren with a possessed Maurice.

 
CONS –
1) The Conjuring Universe is dead without James Wan.
2) Weak screenplay brought down the entire myth around the Nun who first appeared in The Conjuring 2

 
QUOTE –
Frenchie: What’s the opposite of a miracle, Father?

Blazing Saddles (1974)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Mel Brooks in one scene as an Indian Chief speaking Yiddish.
2) Few good racist jokes

 
CONS –
1) Cleavon Little as Sheriff Bart – not the funniest actor to play the lead.
2) Unlike Airplane! (1980), this slapstick comedy does not stand the test of time.

 
QUOTE –
Bart: Well, can’t you see that’s the last act of a desperate man?
Howard Johnson: We don’t care if it’s the first act of “Henry V” .

Tigers (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) It was brave of Danis Tanovic to make a movie on this issue.
2) Great supporting cast – Adil Hussain’s performance stands out.

 
CONS –
1) Good story, mediocre screenplay and editing. The movie looks more like a stale documentary.

 

QUOTE –
“bahut sataye lagte ho beta, tabhi to murgi ke goo mein bhi umeed talash rahe ho”

The Happytime Murders (2018)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) The expectation was a Rated-R puppet black comedy of Sausage Party (2016) league. This movie is nothing of that sort.
2) An ordinary murder-plot with puppets – a sheer waste of time.

 
QUOTE –
I guess the carpet does match the drapes.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Meal Ticket – Liam Neeson as the cold-hearted impresario and Harry Melling as the limbless artist stole the show in this wintry tale.
2) The Gal Who Got Rattled – The sorrowful end of a budding love story.
3) All Gold Canyon – An uplifting climax of a Gold Miner.

 

CONS –
1) Anthology movies are destined to be doomed. Coen Bros being great writers themselves used a small collection of their short-stories and developed this project for Netflix. Interestingly, the story of a dybbuk which was already used in a prologue of their 2009 released A Serious Man belongs to this project.
2) Buster Scruggs – The most lifeless story.

 
QUOTE –
Trapper: Well, I’m not an enemy of betterment, but I’m kept very busy with my traps.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A time-traveling adventure movie for younger audiences.
2) An obvious precursor to Wayne’s World and Dumb and Dumber

 

CONS –
1) Childish predictable plot, bad acting.

 

QUOTE –
Party on, dudes!

Stree (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Spooky and funny. Possibly one of the best Bollywood movie of this genre. Great debut for Amar Kaushik.
2) Supporting cast: Pankaj Tripathi as Rudra got the best lines, and Vijay Raaz cameo was spot-on.
3) Shraddha Kapoor as the unnamed femme fatale. The final plot-twist involving her was remarkable.

 
CONS –
1) The soundtrack is forgettable but who cares. The songs and dances are added just to promote the movie as a regular Bollywood movie.

 

QUOTE –
“Ye naye Bharat ki chudail hai”

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) The horrors of War in those trenches. Definitive First World War documentary.
2) This documentary is a triumph, an homage to the greatest generation of Britain. A story much needed to be told.
3) Initial 25 minutes in Black&White, snapping to colour the moment the troops landed the battlefields and switching back to Black&White once the war ends.
4) The intense close combat sequence narrated by soldiers with the first-hand experience through “The War Illustrated” magazine.
5) End credits: “Mademoiselle from Armentières”

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“The only thing that really did annoy me was, when I went back to work after I’d got demobilised, I went down the stores, and the bloke behind the counter was a bloke who I knew. He said, “Where have you been ? On nights ?”