Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gust Avrakotos: Superb character
2) Explained Birth Of The Mujaheddin
3) Om Puri as Zia-ul-Haq
4) Political black comedy

 

Cons –
1) Emily Blunt: What was she doing there?
2) Trivializing the history

 

Quote –
Charlie Wilson: What is the U.S. strategy?
Gust Avrakotos: Well, strictly speaking, we don’t have one. But we’re working hard on that.
Charlie Wilson: Who’s ‘we’?
Gust Avrakotos: Me and three other guys.

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Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –

1) A ruthless madman’s wild goose chase
2) Opening scene : Cinematography
3) “Apocalypse Now” in Amazon

Cons –

1) The title character hardly matches the superlatives
2) Highly influential for movie-makers but not for movie-goers

Quote –

Aguirre: I am the great traitor. There must be no other.

The Name of the Rose (1986)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) The Premise: 14th Century Abbey murder-mystery
2) The Rivalry: William of Baskerville vs Bernardo Gui
3) The Starcast
4) The labyrinthine library
5) The conflict between religion and logic
6) Ron Perlman as the hunchback Salvatore

 

 

Cons –
1) The love angle
2) Rushed climax

 

Quote –
“Jorge de Burgos: Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith because without fear of the Devil, there is no more need of God.”