The Sign of Four (1983)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Ian Richardson & David Healy’s spot-on performance as Holmes & Watson. The further episodes were canceled due to the arrival of the Granada TV series otherwise these two actors would have given Jeremy Brett & Edward Hardwicke a run for their money.
2) A wholesome Sherlock Holmes adventure which covers almost all aspect of the character. Sherlock in disguise, the irregulars, Watson’s affinity to the female character, Inspector Layton in place of Inspector Lestrade, etc.
3) There is no element of surprise in the movie as the audiences are already made aware of the happenings however the screenplay is still gripping.

 

CONS –
1) Absence of Mrs. Hudson.

 

 
QUOTE –
“Sherlock Holmes: The best place to hide a needle is not in a haystack, but among a lot of other needles.”

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) One of the bravest movie ever made.
2) Ruthless bashing of both ends of the political, social and religious spectrum.
3) “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”
4) “Judean People’s Front” vs “People’s Front of Judea”

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Reg: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?
Francis: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
Reg: It’s symbolic of his struggle against reality.

The Woman in Black (2012)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A ghost taking revenge for her son’s death from the entire village.
2) Enough jump-scares with minimum dialogues to give audiences a mini-heart attack.
3) The climax reaffirms that the ghost woman in black continues her pursuits. It’s sad and fulfilling in a weird way.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Arthur Kipps: You don’t believe me, do you?
Daily: I believe even the most rational mind can play tricks in the dark.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A well made 87 minutes long adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel.
2) Peter Cushing’s performance as Sherlock Holmes was very close to the one portrayed by Jeremy Brett years later.
3) The right amount of thrill and suspense with decent production value.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sherlock Holmes: This, I think, is a two-pipe problem.

Animal Farm (1954)

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

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) The story of a revolution. The story of civilization. The story of the Soviet Union.
2) An animated movie is primarily targetting younger audiences and Halas and Batchelor justified this timeless novel with a stupendous adaptation.

 
CONS –
1) The novel is Orwellian and the ending is supposed to be bleak. The upbeat climax is against the spirit of the novel.

 
QUOTE –
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

Zorba the Greek (1964)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An half-English writer’s disastrous business venture in a poverty-stricken Greek village with a mystical man called Zorba.
2) Lila Kedrova as Madame Hortense. The poignant subplot of this courtesan was extremely touching. Once a damsel and now spending her final years recounting her glory days of a bygone era.
3) The plight of a young widow in a narrow-minded village. The character played by Irene Papas shares a great resemblance to that of Malena (2000)
4) Zorba – the easy-going man full of life. The juxtaposition of stoic & epicurean at the same time.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Alexis Zorba: You’ve got everything except one thing: madness! A man needs a little madness, or else…
Basil: Or else?
Alexis Zorba: …he never dares cut the rope and be free.

War & Peace (2016 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand adaptation of a grand novel. Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece with a classic happy ending. Primary themes of this classic include love triangles, forgiveness, sacrificing love for family, spirituality, the cycle of karma, etc.
2) Great casting including Jim Broadbent, Brian Cox, Paul Dano, etc.
3) A story is as good as it’s the main villain. This grand story’s grand villain is none other than Napoleon Bonaparte.
4) Rated-R war scenes
5) Andrei and Natasha love story
6) Some of the most fascinating characters of this story are the mild-mannered generous Count Ilya Rostov, and the villain-turned-hero Fedor Dolokhov.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Pierre Bezukhov: They say sufferings are misfortunes. But if I was asked, would I stay as I was before I was taken prisoner, or go through it all again? I would say for God’s sake, let me be a prisoner again.