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.

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Citizen Kane (1941)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Biography of Charles Foster Kane – a selfish and arrogant millionaire maverick media mogul from the perspective of 5 different people.
2) The story, non-linear screenplay, cinematography, sound-editing is way ahead of its time.
3) Some iconic shots – the election campaign speech sequence is astonishing.The sequence showing Kane & Emily at the breakfast table as their love fades away with time is amazing.
4) Citizen Kane – The Wolf Of Yellow-Journalism – correctly predicts the influence of mass media conglomerates in future
5) Make-up & set-design: some ground-breaking achievement in these departments

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Charles Foster Kane: I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life.

The Third Man (1949)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A perfect film-noir. The editing and cinematography is out of the world. However,a pinch of Casablanca can’t be denied.
2) The climactic sewer chase. Pure cult.
3) Final scene – the tragic theme – the open ended finish – the longest walk – the cold heartedness of Anna analogous to the falling leaves of autumn.
4) The first appearance of Orson Welles as Harry Lime – The character was well developed before he even appeared.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Harry Lime: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Huge ensemble but it’s a David Strathairn show – The defiant cigarette smoking broadcast journalist.

 

Cons –
1) It’s a documentary – if any movie is using prime elements of the plot from archive news footage, don’t sweat to call it a feature film.
2) Pretentious movie – lacking adrenaline of a newsroom.

 

Quote –
Edward R. Murrow: This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights in a box. Good night, and good luck.

The Killing (1956)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Cult heist movie – non-linear story-line – Huge influence on Reservoir Dogs.
2) 85 minutes running time – A definitive pulp fiction.
3) Marie Windsor as Sherry – The epitome of a deceitful wife.
4) Kola Kwariani as Maurice – the chess loving wrestler – short but unforgettable role.

 
Cons –

 
n/a

 
Quote –

 

Fay: Johnny, you’ve got to run!
Johnny Clay: Eh, what’s the difference?

Manhattan (1979)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Generic Woody Allen film. Woody and his profound love with New York City.
2) Woody Allen monologues
3) There is this uncanny resemblance in Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld universe. In both universe, New York always plays a central character. In this movie, the character of Isaac played by Woody is a perfect amalgamation of Jerry and George. The story is filled with sarcastic dialogues and quick & casual love relationship.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Isaac Davis: Why do you think this is funny? You’re going by audience reaction? This is an audience that’s raised on television, their standards have been systematically lowered over the years. These guys sit in front of their sets and the gamma rays eat the white cells of their brains out!

Paths of Glory (1957)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) One of the best First World War fim.
2) George Macready as General Mireau : The old school scarred officer
3) Battle charge sequence with Kirk Douglas : Vintage Kubrick
4) Final scene : French soldiers humming with the German girl.

 

Cons –

 

n/a

 
Quote –
Soldier 1: If it’s death that you’re really afraid of why should you care about what it is that kills you?
Soldier 2: Oh, you’re too smart for me, Professor. All I know is, nobody wants to die.