Ek Hasina Thi (2004)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Urmila Matondkar in her full glory. The entire prison drama is the core of this movie.
2) Gripping first half.

 
CONS –
1) Supporting cast lacking any memorable role.
2) Weak cinematography and screenplay.

 
QUOTE –
“sher har ek ke andar hota hai, unglee karne wala chahiye”

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The Insider (1999)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Some intense monologues from Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer
2) The opening prologue with Hezbollah
3) Bruce McGill: Deposition in Mississippi scene – best scene of the entire movie!

 

CONS –
1) 157-minute long boring movie with very few good moments.
2) Russell Crowe is performance is annoying and pretentious.
3) Too much time wasted in building up and make this entire project an Oscar bait.

 

QUOTE –
Ron Motley: Boy, you got rights… and lefts. Ups and downs and middles. So what? You don’t get to instruct anything around here! This is not North Carolina, not South Carolina, nor Kentucky! This is the sovereign State of Mississippi’s proceeding. WIPE THAT SMIRK OFF YOUR FACE! Dr. Wigand’s deposition will be part of this record! And I’m gonna take my witness’ testimony whether the hell you like it or not!

Andhadhun (2018)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Ayushman playing “Teri Galiyon Mein” on piano before discovering the dead body. This scene can’t be executed in a more better way. The song is probably Anil Dhawan’s best-known song and the lyrics match the situation perfectly.
2) Homage music: All in all, the entire first hour is a living homage to Anil Dhawan. From the flashback from his 70s movies to songs like “Guzar Jaye Din”, “Ye Jeevan Hai” played at his character’s funeral. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony played during second murder.
3) Sriram Raghavan managed to pull a Coenish thriller where every next scene depends on the decision made by the characters at that moment which keeps the story unpredictable till the last minute.
4) Though the climax is left open-ended for audiences interpretation, in a story full of morally bankrupt characters making selfish choices, one can clearly guess the obvious.
5) End credits montage is a fitting tribute to the contribution of the piano in Bollywood.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“kuch cheezein adhuri hone ki wajah se hi poori hoti hain”

Captain Phillips (2013)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Barkhad Abdi as Abduwali Muse – born to play this role.

 

CONS –
1) A story worth a Nat Geo documentary, not a feature-length movie
2) 45 minutes too long.
3) Walk in the park role for Tom Hanks. His acting is getting more & more annoying and pretentious.

 

QUOTE –
Muse: Look at me.
Captain Richard Phillips: Sure.
Muse: Look at me.
Captain Richard Phillips: Sure.
Muse: I’m the captain now.

G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)

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

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) Cobra-La mythology. Fascinating super-villains like Golobulus, Pythona and especially Nemesis Enforcer.
2) The rich storyline with engaging sub-plots. A movie full of heroes and villains.
3) The Trial Of Cobra Commander. 
4) Sgt. Slaughter and his “Renegades” at the “Slaughter House”.
5) The charm of traditionally animated movies of the 80s is unparalleled.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
YO JOE!

Badhaai Ho (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Gajraj Rao as Jeetender Kaushik : a role tailor-made for him. He can expect either a Filmfare or a National Award for this role.
2) Surekha Sikri and her rants.

 
CONS –
1) It could’ve been funnier and entertaining with this great primary-plot.

 
QUOTE –
“doctor ne kahi ke mehmaan aane wala hai … chotta mehmaan”

Batman & Bill (2017)

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

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) Marc Tyler Nobleman quest for the justice for the man who created possibly the greatest comic character of all time. A documentary 10 years in the making.
2) The motion comic effect used gives the documentary astounding authenticity.
3) The fulfilling climactic scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) where Bill Finger got his due credit.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“There are so many fans who clamber for justice for the creators. I think in the end it takes more than this amorphous mass of fans. There has to be one person who steps up and leads the charge.”