The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1 Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Shozo Hirono‘s giant fish tattoo
2) The main theme played during every major kill.
3) An epic guide for the uninitiated to know about the rise of the Yakuza
4) Exceptional editing and cinematography.
5) Wakasugi’s prison escape hara-kiri; Hirono’s yubitsume

 

CONS –
1) Generic gangster rise-and-fall plot with documentary-style storytelling.

 

QUOTE –
A sniper can never hide from another sniper.

Perfect Strangers (2016)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A stage-play adapted as a movie.
2) The revelation of the secret lives of people, trapped inside their phones.

 
CONS –
1) Very similar to Carnage (2011).

 

QUOTE –
Because we’re breakable… all of us, some more than others. You’re right, this has become our black box, it’s got everything inside. Perhaps too much.

Us (2019)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) This is some seriously mediocre govt-conspiracy-horror movie from Jordan Peele where an army of scissors-wielding undergrounds doppelgangers with speech impairment are killing their counterparts to achieve the goal of “joining hands across the country”.
2) It took 60 minutes of built-up to take off the story. This movie is 30 minutes too long.
3) None of the actors are convincing in their respective roles. I wonder what Elisabeth Moss was doing in that “blink & miss” role.
4) I feel pity for those critics who are digging hidden “socio-cultural” meaning in this over-hyped movie.

 

QUOTE –
Kitty Tyler: Ophelia, call the police.
Ophelia: OK. Playing “Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A.

Barry (Season 2)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Fast paced witty screenplay
2) The comedic duo of Cristobal & NoHo Hank
3) Finale shootout
4) Ep #5 “ronny/lily : The entire Taekwondo dual between Ronny and Barry was very impressive. We will possibly see more from the mysterious “mutant” like the character of Lily.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Gene Cousineau: Are you not familiar with the Japanese ritual of harakiri?
Barry Berkman: The baseball announcer?

Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (2019)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) “Nakhrewali” action scene
2) Experimental music
3) Fresh slow-motion action scenes
4) The entire personality cult of Karate Mani

 

CONS –
1) Too much time wasted in built up.
2) Abhimanyu Dassani as Surya: expressionless actor
3) Vasan Bala tried making a cult movie on purpose.

 

QUOTE –
“har mind-blowing life ke pichhe kuch bahut burey decisions hotey hain”

Chicago (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) All publicity is good publicity. Although the movie is set in the 1920s, it eerily summarises the modern media, making and breaking a person’s public image, creating false gods & celebrities for gullible readers & audiences with a short attention span.
2) Great screenplay and editing amalgamating the entire movie with jazz performances.
3) John C. Reilly as Amos, the simpleton pushover husband of Roxie Hart.
4) Magnificent musical numbers moving the story forward.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
1.
Billy Flynn: This is Chicago, kid. You can’t beat fresh blood on the walls.
2.
Roxie: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Matron Mama Morton: You’re talking to the wrong people.

Kill the Messenger (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An educational movie for the audiences to understand the CIA-Contra deal to traffic cocaine into the US.
2) Andy García as Norwin Meneses. The flamboyant drug-lord in a Nicaraguan prison.

 

CONS –
1) The biographical tone of the movie is it’s the biggest problem. A story from a different point of view would’ve been more interesting. A TV Series like Narcos explaining how the drug trafficking actually started would be worth watching.

 

QUOTE –
Some stories are just too true to tell.