Downfall (2004)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A rather sympathetic view on Hitler’s final days in the Führerbunker from the German POV.
2) Corinna Harfouch [as Magda Goebbels] executing her 6 children was an extremely disturbing scene.
3) Bruno Ganz’s portrayal of Hitler is possibly the best by any actor.
4) A superb ensemble of actors.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Joseph Goebbels: I feel no sympathy. I repeat, I feel no sympathy! The German people chose their fate. That may surprise some people. Don’t fool yourself. We didn’t force the German people. They gave us a mandate, and now their little throats are being cut!

Hagazussa (2017)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A horror folk-tale like The Witch (2015).
2) Scenic mountains and forests with a sense of impending horror. There is a strong body-horror factor.
3) The cinematography is fascinating with little or no dialogues.

 

CONS –
1) The primary story is plain and simple with little outcome.

 
QUOTE –
“Of those who don’t carry God in their hearts. The Jews and the heathens. They come in the night and like animals they take you. And then some months later you bear a child.”

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) Another great war black-comedy from Mike Nichols after Catch-22 (1970)

 

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.

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.”