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.

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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.

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.