Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Another John Hughes’ heart-warming classic chronicling a single day’s adventures of a high school senior.
2) Ferris Bueller on a parade float lip-syncing “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout”
3) Charlie Sheen’s cameo.
4) Jeffrey Jones as Edward R. Rooney – a man of expressions and eye-rolls.
5) Climactic run – March Of The Swivel Heads by The English Beat. In fact, the entire soundtrack is awesome

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Ferris: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Beginners (2010)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) A character-driven movie full of curious characters
2) Ewan McGregor voice-overs monologues
3) Christopher Plummer as Hal – A dying man living his last days to the fullest extent.

 
CONS –
1) A boring film with zero entertainment value for the average moviegoer.

 
QUOTE –
Hal: I don’t want to be just theoretically gay. I want to do something about it.

Mystic River (2003)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A riveting small-town murder-mystery from Clint Eastwood.
2) Sean Penn as James “Jimmy” Markum led the pack playing the grieving father of a murdered daughter hell-bent for revenge. The scene where he discovers his dead daughter and he’s restrained by the cops is extremely moving.
3) Marcia Gay Harden as Celeste – Apart from Sean Penn, her performance as the timid scared wife of Dave Boyle is worth noticing.
4) Eli Wallach as Mr. Loonie – The sheer presence of this legend on screen even for a minute is huge.

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Dave: Neighborhood needs a fucking crime wave. Get property values where they belong.

The Predator (2018)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) This movie is bad. A 90s sci-fi plot done to death. A doctor/scientist, an army super-soldier, a ruthless govt. agent, a kid, and a bunch of loonies team up to fight an alien.
2) Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna – bad choice for the lead

 
QUOTE –
Traeger: Gentleman, remember… they’re large, they’re fast, and fucking you up’s their idea of tourism!

Un Flic (1972)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Catherine Deneuve as Cathy impersonating as a nurse killing Marc with an air embolism.
2) Valérie Wilson as Gaby the blonde transvestite police informer – a fascinating character. There was clearly a romantic angle between Coleman and Gaby which is intentionally left up to the audiences to decide.

 
CONS –
1) It’s hilarious how the principal heist scene is done with a toy train and an RC helicopter.
2) An over-rated Jean-Pierre Melville movie. Neither the story is special nor the movie got any memorable scene.

 
QUOTE –
Coleman: The only feelings mankind has ever inspired in policemen are those of indifference and derision.

Searching (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) 6 minutes quick prologue like Up (2009)
2) Spooky as everyone can relate to it. Most of the movie is in POV mode with all major social media tools & websites. The camera angles are desktop recordings, hidden camera, news footage, facetime etc. A landmark movie for cinematography technique.
3) The Detective Vick twist.
4) Upbeat climax.
5) This movie joins the ranks of other good “missing person” movies like Gone Girl (2014), Changeling (2008), Prisoners (2013),  Taken (2008), The Searchers (1956) etc.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
David Kim: I didn’t know her. I didn’t know my daughter.

The Sultan and the Saint (2016)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) A short chapter of history

 
CONS –
1) A ridiculous attempt to trivialize history by portraying all the Christians as cruel attackers provoked by the Pope and the Muslims rulers as merciful and kind.
3) 53 minutes of cringe-worthy political correctness with made-up words like “dehumanization”

 

QUOTE
Bloodshed and war didn’t end with the Sultan and Saint Francis Angry dehumanizing words spark violence today as before.

The Undefeated (1969)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Confederates and Union army soldiers stuck in the middle of the war between Juaristas and Emperor Maximilian’s forces
2) Hudson vs Wayne: 2 Hollywood stalwarts as 2 Colonels post Civil War.
3) “Fourth of July” party drunken brawl.
4) A herd of 3,000 wild horses – high production value.

 

CONS –
1) The missing finale battle. Instead of fighting the Juaristas, Thomas and Langdon paid the ransom and returned back home empty-handed. The climax is unfulfilling.

 

QUOTE –
Ann Langdon: You went out there to talk, why did you have to shoot the man?
John Henry Thomas: Conversation kinda dried up, ma’am.

Population Zero (2016)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) The “Vicinage Clause” element.

 

CONS –
1) Julian T. Pinder as the main lead directing the mockumentary – not at all convincing
2) A mediocre twist in the thriller

 
QUOTE –
“You know, you put a man through what he went through, I guess everybody would have a breaking point”

Wild Wild Country (Mini-Series)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) Osho owes his empire in Oregon to Ma Anand Sheela. The foul-mouthed no-nonsense boss bitch is possibly the most under-rated Gujarati of all time. One can wonder what she’d have done as a politician or as a businesswoman.
2) Building Rajneeshpuram: A Shangri La destined to doom. The disillusioned architects of this paradise were as corrupt as anyone outside. In the hindsight, it’s fascinating how Osho was talking about “deprogramming” USA while hiding behind the same US constitution.
3) Muddy Ranch to Antelope to Wasco County – A new “Mayflower” community within the USA. A perfect case study to understand how US voting laws can be misused.
4) One of the most gripping and binge-worthy Netflix documentary series.Kudos to Netflix for producing this long-overdue documentary about the cult of a dopehead sex maniac conman called Osho and his overly possessive secretary Ma Anand Sheela.
5) Great soundtrack: Void Vision – Sour

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE
Ma Anand Sheela: Rajneeshpuram is a big living opera.Sheela a soprano.Bhagwan a tenor.Rajneeshpuram the setting. Operas are, at the end, always tragic. But there were so many facets, so many dimensions in this opera.I would like to say, “People of Oregon…think yourselves lucky that this opera came your way.”