Under the Skin (2013)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) An alien’s tale of self-discovery.
2) The story is ordinary and got nothing special to offer but the direction and music make this movie a chilling ride.
3) Mica Levi – the haunting soundtrack.

 

Cons –
1) Not an entertaining movie for average moviegoer as it’s slow paced.
2) Unknown supporting cast

 

Quote –
Deformed Man: People wind me up.
Female: How?
Deformed Man: They’re ignorant.

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Man Up (2015)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Rory Kinnear as Sean
2) Uplifting climax

 

Cons –
1) One time watch Brit rom-com with predictable twist and turns.
2) Lake Bell as Nancy – miscast

 

Quote –
Fuck the past!

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) A perfect 97 minutes adaptation of this Oscar Wilde classic.
2) Director rightly put more effort into the comedy part than the romantic angle.
3) Great ensemble of actors. Even the minor role of Lane is played by veteran Edward Fox.

Cons –
N/A

Quote –
Lady Bracknell: I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate, exotic fruit. Touch it, and the bloom is gone.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Though Sharon Maguire is the official director here, all credits go to Jane Austen and the undisputed king of Brit-Rom-ComRichard Curtis
2) Presence of Hugh Grant and Colin Firth makes it a must watch.
3) The love story of an insanely lucky over-weight slacker.
4) Soundtrack (“Someone Like You” by Van Morrison)
5) Colin Firth – definitive Darcy

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Mark Darcy: I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1)The chances of this Jane Austen classic being ruined with slow-paced storytelling were too high but to my surprise, the movie is a well-made rom-com with some memorable romantic sequences (especially the climactic scene where Darcy is walking toward Lizzie at dawn).
2) A supporting cast with the likes of Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland.
3) Only the second feature film adaptation of the novel after 1940 – any such adaptation won’t be required for at least another 50 years.
4) Good amount of comedy
5) Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy – it’s never easy to step into Colin Firth’s shoes.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Mr. Darcy: I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.
Elizabeth Bennet: I don’t understand.
Mr. Darcy: I love you.

Sunshine (2007)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Ensemble cast
2) Oxygen garden
3) The primary concept of a dying Sun and frozen Earth

 

Cons –
1) Ordinary mission messed up by silly mistakes
2) Presence of Pinbacker makes the movie less scientific

 

Quote –
Capa: Icarus… who is the fifth crew member?

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Laurence Olivier as Professor Moriarty – straight out of Sidney Paget illustration.
2) Putting Sigmund Freud in a Sherlock Holmes adventure

 

Cons –
1) Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson: Great actor in a wrong role
2) Mediocre story with a mediocre villain. Professor Moriarty was only a side-show.

 

Quote –
Sherlock Holmes : Eliminate the impossible,my dear Doctor,
and whatever remains,however improbable,must be the truth.