Vice (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The transformation of Adam McKay from a full-fledged comedy director to political black comedy is remarkable.
2) The false end credits in the middle of the movie. It can’t get more audacious than that.
3) Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney gave her best performance to date.

 
CONS –
1) While the movie is indeed informative, it’s trivializing and simplifying history at the same time.

 
QUOTE –
Anonymous: Beware the quiet man. For while others speak, he watches. And while others act, he plans. And when they finally rest… he strikes.

Red Sun (1971)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand crossover of Western & Jidaigeki genres starring two of their respective greatest stars.
2) The trinity of international stars: Charles Bronson, Toshirō Mifune, and Alain Delon.

 

CONS –
1) Terence Young missed an epic opportunity of making probably one of the greatest movie of all time. The story with elements of honor, deceit, and sacrifice was ruined by bad direction and wacky soundtrack.

 
QUOTE –
Link Stuart: I think you’re one hell of a man.
Kuroda Jubie: I think you are one son of a bitch.

Killing Eve (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) It’s a one-woman show of Jodie Comer as Villanelle, the multilingual French-loving, cold-blooded psychopath assassin with a strong fashion sense. An evil James Bond.
2) Exceptional soundtrack with songs like Carnival and Mama by Unloved and Contact by Brigitte Bardot.

 

CONS –
1) Sandra Oh’s (as Eve Polastri) expressionless face is one of the biggest let down of the series. In a game of spies, she’s merely a pawn in the grand scheme of things.
2) The series is based on Villanelle novel series. She remains the central character in the entire series. Can’t understand why Eve is made the title character.

 
QUOTE –
Eve: Who do you work for? Why are you killing these people?
Villanelle: Do you not know? Do you know who you work for?
Eve: Yes.
Villanelle: Really?
Eve: Yes.
Villanelle: Really? I think if you went high enough, you’d probably find we work for the same people.

The Office (Season 2) [India]

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Mallika Dua as Kitty is a nice addition to the cast.
2) The chemistry between T.P. Mishra and Anjali

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“compromise sirf drug addicts, divorcee aur 35 ki upar ki auratein karti hain”

Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A treat for the fanboys of Between Two Ferns.
2) “Walking On A String” by The Nationals Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers

 
CONS –
1) One time average movie with a cliched and mediocre climax.

 
QUOTE –
Zach: Are you a practicing Jew?
Paul Rudd: No. I’m not a practicing Jew. I perfected it.

Pi (1998)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) A paranoid mathematical genius trying to find a pattern in the stock market for making stock predictions. The primary plot sounds intriguing but the output is meaningless.

 

CONS –
1) Pretentious to say the least. High contrast Black&White film is not serving any purpose.

 
QUOTE –
Sol Robeson: Have you met Archimedes? The one with the black spots, you see? You remember Archimedes of Syracuse, eh? The king asks Archimedes to determine if a present he’s received is actually solid gold. The unsolved problem at the time. It tortures the great Greek mathematician for weeks – insomnia haunts him and he twists and turns in his bed for nights on end. Finally, his equally exhausted wife – she’s forced to share a bed with this genius – convinces him to take a bath to relax. While he’s entering the tub, Archimedes notices the bath water rise. Displacement, a way to determine volume, and that’s a way to determine density – weight over volume. And thus, Archimedes solves the problem. He screams “Eureka” and he is so overwhelmed he runs dripping naked through the streets to the king’s palace to report his discovery.
Sol Robeson: Now, what is the moral of the story?
Maximillian Cohen: That a breakthrough will come.
Sol Robeson: Wrong! The point of the story is the wife. You listen to your wife, she will give you perspective, meaning. You need a break, you have to take a bath or you will get nowhere.

Mohalla Assi (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Chandra Prakash Dwivedi is not just another director. The guy clearly did a lot of homework before making this socio-political satire on one of the oldest city of the world.
2) The razor-sharp dialogues will equally offend and please the Hindu community.
3) The character of Gaya Singh was clearly speaking from the directors POV and sparing no one.
4) Sunny Deol convincingly played an unconventional character.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“brahmano mein tiwari, unth ki sawaari, maibha mahtari, haija ki bimari, kohda ki tarkaari, lalaon mein patwari, aur ameriki naari ka koi bharosa nahin”