The Killer Elite (1975)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) The slow-motion gun action sequences with Bo Hopkins.

 
CONS –
1) The martial-arts/Ninja sub-plot is poorly written and hilariously executed.
2) The entire James Caan’s recuperating sequence is long and boring.
3) The primary theme of the movie was betrayal, but it appears the director forgot that midway.

 

QUOTE –
Hansen: You just retired, Mike.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) One of the bravest movie ever made.
2) Ruthless bashing of both ends of the political, social and religious spectrum.
3) “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”
4) “Judean People’s Front” vs “People’s Front of Judea”

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Reg: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?
Francis: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
Reg: It’s symbolic of his struggle against reality.

The Body (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) A revenge story with a tinge of Oldboy (2003)  and The Invisible Guest (2017) 

 

CONS –
1) A mediocre level thriller that the CID team can solve without even ACP Pradyuman.
2) B-grade screenplay with zero chemistry between the lead actors.
3) Garbage soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“waqt har zakhm bhar deta hai, lekin badle ka zakhm waqt ke saath nasoor ban jata hai”

New Police Story (2004)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Jackie Chan’s prison escape scene got to be the only entertaining scene.

 
CONS –
1) A darker tone than any previous Jackie Chan movie. It’s very difficult to enjoy his action movie when the comical element is removed.
2) Emotionally disturbed parkour-enthusiast rich brat on a crime spree. There is high production value on action sequences but lacked soul.
3) Weak supporting cast.

 

QUOTE –
Goon: How to spell regretful?
Frank: Look it up in the dictionary while you are in jail you’ll have a lot of time.

The Woman in Black (2012)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A ghost taking revenge for her son’s death from the entire village.
2) Enough jump-scares with minimum dialogues to give audiences a mini-heart attack.
3) The climax reaffirms that the ghost woman in black continues her pursuits. It’s sad and fulfilling in a weird way.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Arthur Kipps: You don’t believe me, do you?
Daily: I believe even the most rational mind can play tricks in the dark.

The Bucket List (2007)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Two Hollywood stalwarts in a light-hearted but heart touching adventure movie, on a journey of self-discovery.

 
CONS –
1) Not the best Rob Reiner movie. The writing is plain and predictable from beginning to end. We all know where it’s going.

 
QUOTE –
Edward Cole: 3 things to remember when you get older: never pass up a bathroom, never waste a hard-on, and never trust a fart.

Shaft (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Good ol’ fun-action watch with all juicy dialogues from Samuel L. Jackson enough to burn the entire snowflakes generation. No doubt the movie got better audiences ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

 
CONS –
1) Tediously formulaic plot.

 
QUOTE –
John Shaft II: I’m an equal-opportunity ass-whooper!

Knives Out (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Return of the gentleman-sleuth in the line of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, solving a whodunit murder mystery.
2) A great ensemble.

 
CONS –
1) A one-time watch movie with switcheroo being the ultimate twist.
2) The entire suspense was already revealed during the first half of the movie.

 
QUOTE –
Benoit Blanc: Physical evidence can tell a clear story with a forked tongue.

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A light-hearted Nazi black-comedy from a POV of a fanatic 10-year-old Nazi kid. A movie for people who don’t have the stomach to watch The Pianist (2002), Life Is Beautiful (1997), or Schindler’s List (1993)
2) Colors and framing give a very distinctive look like a Wes Anderson movie.
3) Great casting
4) Soundtrack: Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand [ The Beatles], Everybody’s Gotta Live [Love], Mama [Roy Orbison], and a German version of Heroes [David Bowie].

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Adolf Hitler: I’ll burn down the house and blame Winston Churchill.

Suspiria (1977)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A textbook horror story which is now done to death. A girl in an establishment which is just a facade for murderous supernatural exploits.
2) The set designs with vivid colors.
3) The maggots scene; Sara’s jump in the razor wire’s pit.

 

 

CONS –
1) A mediocre climax where the boss witch is easily killed with a knife stab.
2) A horror movie that is dwelled more into visual style than in jump scares.

 
QUOTE –
Dr. Frank Mandel: Bad luck isn’t brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.