Audition (1999)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) That final torture scene is one of the most disturbing slasher scene in cinema.
2) The element of body-horror is Cronenberg level.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Ordinary plot but extraordinary direction
2) Eihi Shiina as Asami Yamazaki – not the best actress for an iconic role

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Asami Yamazaki:  Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri!

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Princess Mononoke (1997)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

 

1) The trademark multi-layered fantasy story-line from Studio Ghibli.
2) Ashitaka – Atticus Finch of this story
3) Lady Eboshi – character who deserves her own film.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Misleading title – Mononoke is definitely not the central character here.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Jigo: So you say you’re under a curse? So what? So’s the whole damn world.

Castle in the Sky (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Another gem from Studio Ghibli with it’s trademark elements of fantasy, music ,female protagonist and cyberpunk machines.
2) Fast paced
3) Mythical Laputa
4) Rich characters like Dola, Muska and Uncle Pomme.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Dola: There’s nothing worse than having your pigtails shot off!

Rashomon (1950)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) Story : cornerstone of the movie
2) Cinematography : Vintage Akira
3) Toshiro Mifune as Tajōmaru, the bandit
4) A story of morality, humanity & conflict.
5) One of the most influential story-line in world cinema.

 
Cons –

n/a

 
Quote –
“Commoner: I even heard that the demon living here in Rashômon fled in fear of the ferocity of man.”

Akira (1988)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/4

Pros –

1) Multilayered story
2) Music
3) Way ahead of it’s time
4) “2001 : ASO” of animated movies
5) Concept of Neo-Tokyo
Cons –

n/a
Quote –
Kiyoko: The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 2/4

Pros –

1) Characters : Calcifer / Turnip
2) Surreal world with a blend of medievel times wizards with portal doors and hi-tech aircrafts.

Cons –

1) Too many plot-holes
2) Sophie-Howl’s first encounter remain unexplained
3) How Sophie returned to her young form ?
Quote –
Old Sophie: A battleship?
Howl: On its way to burn cities and people
Old Sophie: The enemy’s? Ours?
Howl: What difference does it make?

One Punch Man : Season I

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Saitama & Genos : Sherlock and Watson of anime world
2) The animation quality : two sides of Saitama
3) Plethora of Super-Heroes & Super-Villains
4) The concept of Hero Association and S/A/B/C Classes
5) Silver Fang / Pri-Pri-Prisoner / Atomic Samurai / Tatsumaki
6) Mumen Rider : The hero city needs and deserve : the best character of the show.
7) Disaster Levels
8) Intelligent & smart humor
9) Saitama’s training secret
10) Class S #1 hero “Blaster” is yet to appear.

Cons –

n/a

Quote –

“100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and a 10km run EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!”
— Saitama