In Bruges (2008)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It’s having all the elements of a Coen Bros. film. Gory with dark humor- very much like Fargo .
2) Principled goodfellas.
3) Little conversation like Jules and Vincent in Pulp Fiction. Lollipop man, purgatory, Uzi, midget, black vs white war etc.
4) Uncertain climax

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

Marie: Why don’t you both put your guns down, and go home?
Harry: Don’t be stupid. This is the shootout.

 

The Hallow (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Changeling

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Simple story without any surprise twist
2) Zero effort from director to bring bring any new thrill

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Hallow be thy name.”
“Blessed be thy claim.”
“If you who trespass
put down roots..”
…then Hallow be your name.”

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Good old moral story by Rudyard Kipling exploring greed and it’s repercussions.
2) Sean Connery & Michael Caine : 2 British stalwarts in a comedic adventure with tragic climax
3) Saeed Jaffrey as Billy Fish – stole the show

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Daniel Dravot: Now listen to me you benighted muckers. We’re going to teach you soldiering. The world’s noblest profession. When we’re done with you, you’ll be able to slaughter your enemies like civilized men.

Black Mirror (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The National Anthem – Almost vomited in this episode
2) Fifteen Million Merits – Great social satire with a killer monologue.
3) The Entire History of You – The hazards of technology

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Bing : All we know is fake fodder and buying shit. That’s how we speak to each other, how we express ourselves, is buying shit. What, I have a dream? The peak of our dreams is a new app for our Dopple, it doesn’t exist! It’s not even there! We buy shit that’s not even there.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The fictional story with possibilities beyond a 2 hrs film.
2) Tom Wilkinson as Hugh Fennyman
3) Colin Firth as Lord Wessex

 
Cons –

 

1) Passionate love story but it’s the most boring sub-plot of the film.
2) Interesting element of the film which could’ve made it funnier are not much explored.

 

Quote –

 
William Shakespeare: You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.

Love Actually (2003)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A feel good romantic montage – narrated in the epilogue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the prologue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

Cons –

 

N/A
Quote –

 

Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Sherlock (Season 4)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

1) Mrs. Hudson driving Aston Martin.

 

Cons –

1) You can’t fool viewers by showing incoherent story-lines, plot full of potholes and claim it be a twisted psychological thriller of some sort.
2) This season reduced the iconic detective to a manipulated genius driven by other geniuses beyond his comprehension long before he hit puberty. There was also a hint given that he was brain-washed.

 

Quote –

High Rank Police Officer: Do you have any idea what speed you were going at?
Mrs. Hudson: No, of course not! I was on the phone.