Dunkirk (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Music and Cinematography – Top notch! Hans Zimmer’s music will keep you on edge of your seat throughout the movie.
2) Opening ambush scene – Open matte.
3) “We shall fight on the beaches”.

 

Cons –

 

1) Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy – meaningless roles. While one is shell-shocked in a boat doing nothing, the other’s face was shown 2 times in the entire film
2) There are claims that Atonement‘s one-track-shot of Dunkirk is better than this entire movie – well those are not entirely wrong. The emotion captured in that 5-minutes scene is way strong and captivating than this entire 100 million adventure.
3) No doubt there are few great moments in the movie but the movie as a whole is like a war documentary with unknown nameless characters.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Captain Winnant: What do you see?
Commander Bolton: Home.

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The Madness of King George (1994)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One man show : Nigel Hawthorne as King George III
2) Zadok the Priest – perfect timing

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s very light hearted film even when primary plot concerns the regency crisis

 

 

Quote –

 

Dr. Willis: I have You in my eye, sir. And I shall KEEP You in my eye until You learn to behave and do as You’re told.
George III: I am the King. I tell, I am not TOLD. I am the VERB, sir, not the OBJECT.

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.

The Lion in Winter (1968)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A must watch for moviegoers to know why Katharine Hepburn is the greatest female star.60 year old Hepburn playing Queen Eleanor opposite to 25 years younger Peter O’Toole.
2) The realistic approach by director showing the king Henry II ruling a palace which looks like a cow-shed.
3) The whole movie is filled with witty one-liners.
4) The chemistry of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine is shown as an epitome of love-hate relationship of a power-couple.
5) Probably one of the greatest Christmas film where Christmas is the not the central theme like Die Hard.

 

Cons –

 

1) 134 minute running time will make this historical drama tedious.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Henry II: It’s heavy… Oh Eleanor, you’ve brought me my tombstone! You spoil me!

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.