The Big Gundown (1966)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Tomas Milian as “Cuchillo” – a scapegoat in a political game.
2) The Verdict (Dopo La Condanna) – “Für Elise” (Ludwig van Beethoven) sampled by Ennio Morricone in the final duel.
3) Gérard Herter as Baron – Small but fascinating character; straight out a Sherlock Holmes story.
4) Nieves Navarro as the enigmatic “Widow”
5) Final plot-twist

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Cuchillo: I’ve got a family.I’ve got three children! No money to feed them. My wife is a saint.She works from morning to night as a maid to a priest. And if I was in your place, I bet,I would say,”This man should be free to go.”

Colorado: If I was in your place,I’d say the same thing.But, I wouldn’t be foolish enough to expect another man to believe me.

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The Death of Superman (2018)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Almost 40 minutes long boss fight with Doomsday.Epic.
2) Diana-Clark sub-plot.

 

Cons –
1) Even with a 100 minute running time, the movie’s first half is terribly slow & boring
2) Lex Luthor voiced by Rainn Wilson – doesn’t fit the character.

 

Quote –
Lois: We need to call in the cavalry!
Superman: I am the cavalry.

102 Not Out (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) After 47 years, Amitabh got his version of Anand.A tear-jerker featuring 2 Bollywood stalwarts.
2) A story with 3 lead characters and no subplots.
3) Unlike generic Bollywood family-drama where the evil sons are generally forgiven, this movie took the Baghban way.
4) Only Amitabh can swing from one extreme of over-acting to the other end of brilliance.

 

Cons –
1) Forgettable music (except the “mere ghar aana..” scene)

 

Quote –
“aulaad nalayak nikle toh usse bhool jaana chahiye … sirf uska bachpan yaad rakhna chahiye”

The Purge (2013)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Intriguing dystopian plot. A near future where crime is legal for a day.
2) Decent background score

 

Cons –
1) The direction is awful. No proper character development. Neither horror nor slasher.
2) The right story was not picked to start the series. The national insanity was reduced to a house-break-in.

 

Quote –
Mary Sandin: We are gonna play the rest of this night out in motherfucking peace. Does anyone have a problem with that?

Juno (2007)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) All credits to Jason Reitman for making a movie on a complicated topic as a feel-good funny fairy tale movie.
2) Great casting.Definitive Ellen Page role.
3) Well written screenplay with funny dialogues.
4) Refreshing soundtrack – “All I Want Is You” 
5) Opening credits with rotoscoped Juno.

 

Cons –
1) Teenage pregnancy is no fun topic. Unlike “Knocked Up”, here we have a teenage school kid getting pregnant in a utopian ideal environment and everyone is behaving as if it’s completely normal.
2) Primary plot is ordinary. Even the reaction of Juno is surprisingly calm. Any ordinary kid would freak out in such situation.

 

Quote –
Paulie Bleeker: I still have your underwear.
Juno MacGuff: I still have your virginity.

Super Troopers 2 (2018)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Good to see the old pack back again.
2) Kevin Heffernan as Farva – this character stood out in this one-time watch comedy.

 

Cons –
1) This is the problem when you make a fan favorite movie sequel too late.
2) A predictable storyline full of lame jokes.

 

Quote –
“happiness in your household”

Under the Skin (2013)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) An alien’s tale of self-discovery.
2) The story is ordinary and got nothing special to offer but the direction and music make this movie a chilling ride.
3) Mica Levi – the haunting soundtrack.

 

Cons –
1) Not an entertaining movie for average moviegoer as it’s slow paced.
2) Unknown supporting cast

 

Quote –
Deformed Man: People wind me up.
Female: How?
Deformed Man: They’re ignorant.