Lucy (2014)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A fast-paced action-packed sci-fi flick with a lasting effect on the audiences.
2) The comparison to Limitless (2011), Akira (1988), and 2001: A Space Odyssey is inevitable. However, this movie got a life of its own.
3) Presence of legends like Morgan Freeman and Choi Min-sik.
4) Astounding CGI – especially towards the end of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) The climax will make you ask the reason for making this movie. The ending is not ambiguous but reduces the entire movie to a science documentary with a Korean mob sub-plot.

 
QUOTE –
Lucy: Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge.

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Night School (2018)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) This Kevin Hart comedy is a little better than many of his movies in past years.
2) End credits songs: “El Sueño” Frankie J & Humby and “Graduated (from Night School)” by Trinidad James ft. the Hipster

 
CONS –
1) Half fun is ruined if you’ve watched the trailer
2) Good first half and lackadaisical second half.

 

QUOTE –
Mila: Aren’t you a little old to be a pop-star?
Luis: Aren’t you a little young to die?

Crippled Avengers (1978)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Another Venom Mob gem from Shaw Brothers Studio. The villains were too strong and too legendary.
2) Forget about the main villain with Tiger Style, even the side villains like Iron Hands, Lin, Wan, & especially Mr. Chu are fascinating.
3) Great fight choreography – especially the entire training at Eagle Mansion is an example of amazing hard-work put by the lead actors of Venom Mob.
4) Mr. Chu though sided with Tu Tin Tao, his death was a textbook example of kung-fu treachery.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Wang Yi: His iron hand hurt me real badly”

Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A Shaw Brothers Studio’s Rated-R classic.A cult kung-fu cop-drama.
2) Fascinating mythology of 5 kung-fu fighters with unique animal styles.
3) Rich, smartly written suspenseful screenplay. The movie is not counting only on the action scenes, in fact, the story itself is intriguing.
4) Lo Mang as Toad – his death and torture scene will remain unforgettable.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Gecko: All judges are the same. If we kill him, the next one may be worse, and we can’t kill them all.

Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The current plight of unemployed graduates is accurately illustrated in the movie.
2) The Dhanush monologue about the hardship of students

 

CONS –
1) Typical masala second half.Entirely predictable and quixotic.
2) Uneventful romantic subplot

 

QUOTE –
You white trash! With absolutely no talent or academic qualification…You’ve jumped straight to the boss’s chair because your father was rich…Without doing a single day’s hard work, ever! If you can be so arrogant…My parents struggled to pay the donation and put me in school I studied so hard from kindergarten to tenth grade……just to pick a difficult subject in high school. Because that’s the only way I can become an engineer I took a different tuition for physics, maths, and chemistry I was juggling from one class to my another And my parents were juggling from one job to another… …to pay for those tuitions I’d stay up all night to study, sipping tea……waking up to an alarm every morning just to study And those grades weren’t enough so….another two months of preparing for entrance exams. The cut off from those exams were not good enough So we pledged my mother’s jewelry……to get an admission in an engineering college. I cleared the arrear papers in the fourth year. I enter into the society just to get jibed for not having a job Running from one place to another to find a job. For years, I was sitting at home idly to be called a freeloader by my father. All that food was stuck in my throat and hurting me, it was choking me And finally some good soul decided to give me a job…..and a jackass like you wants to take it away from me I’m standing before here talking to you, handling all this and more An unemployed graduate like me can be just as arrogant.

Vacation (2015)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Not as good as the original but still a fun one time watch.
2) Cameos – Chevy Chase, Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall.
3) Tartan Prancer – the funniest “character” of this road-trip movie.

 

CONS –
1) Nothing much was expected from this run-of-the-mill comedy anyway. Half of the jokes are already in the trailer.

 

QUOTE –
Rusty Griswold: [on ATVs] Are there helmets?
Stone Crandall: Yeah, I keep ’em with the tampons.

Tumbbad (2018)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A 100% epic desi horror folk-tale of greed. The supernatural character of Hastar and the cursed-immortal Lakkad-Naani will give nightmares to even Freddy Krueger.
2) The aspect of “cursed rain” which is part of the lore.
3) Exceptional screenplay respecting the intelligence of the audiences.
4) Extraordinary direction and cinematography capturing rural British India without any fuss. The troika of almost unknown directors has achieved something massive which will be difficult to emulate by any other bollywood horrors in the coming years. It’s a masterpiece.
5) Great sound mixing and score.
6) Inside Goddess’ womb – the things nightmares are made of.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Soja, Warna Hastar Aa Jaaega”