Talvar (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The real-life incidence itself is so intriguing that a 133 minutes cinematic adaptation without any songs is extraordinarily gripping.
2) Brilliant casting
3) Rashomon effect amalgamated with the most notorious unsolved murder mystery in India.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

“Saboot aur saza jaise jachcha aur bachcha … tandurust jachcha toh mazboot bachcha”

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Ghostbusters (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It’s a landmark movie for nerds community
2) Rick Moranis as Louis Tully – The freindzoned next door
3) Sigourney Weaver – Posing for some iconic and striking poses

 

Cons –

 

1) Low quality CGI

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Ray: Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve WORKED in the private sector. They expect *results*.

Sadgati (1981)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A classic from the master story-teller : Premchand
2) The travesty of caste system can’t be described in a more better way.
3) Om Puri as Dukhi – Effortless excecution

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

N/A

Black Dynamite (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The “Code Kansas” decoding scene – the best part of the movie
2) Funny names – Cream Corn, Tasty Freeze, Gunsmoke, Bullhorn etc.
3) Kung-Fu treachery !

 

Cons –

 

1) Not just a spoof of the blaxploitation films, it was a lot like the grind-house experiments done by Tarantino and Rodriguez but still a half-hearted effort.

 

Quote –

 

Black Dynamite: Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Feel good movie
2) An ABBA musical
3) Fictional Greek island of Kalokairi

 

Cons –

1) Could be lot funnier with such an ensemble

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Sophie: I want the perfect wedding, and I want my father to give me away.
Ali: Better be a wide aisle!

Touch of Evil (1958)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Orson Welles as Captain Quinlan – unrecognizable with heavy make-up as the obese limping police captain
2) Opening scene – one continuous crane shot from the Mexican border to the bomb explosion

 

Cons –

 

1) The screenplay is incoherent with multiple sub-plots with ordinary outcomes
2) Marlene Dietrich – half-baked character

 

Quote –

 

Quinlan: That’s the second bullet I stopped for you.

Rick and Morty (season 3)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Pickle rick
2) Return of evil Morty
3) Morty’s Mind Blowers

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Mediocre finale
2) No birdperson ?
3) Interdimensional Cable – sorely missed this season

 

 

Quote –

 

Evil Morty: Seems like a good time for a drink and a cold calculated speech with sinister overtones. Speech about politics, about order, brotherhood, power but speeches are for campaigning. Now is the time for action.