Cliffhanger (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A mid-air heist went wrong, and then two rescue mountain climbers got embroiled in the subsequent treasure hunt for the dropped suitcases containing over $100 million.
2) A MacKenna’s Gold (1969) kind of adventure movie with thrilling action sequences and a strong supporting cast.
3) A must watch 90s adventure movie of mountaineering theme.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Eric Qualen: Kill a few people, they call you a murderer. Kill a million and you’re a conqueror.

Macbeth (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A decent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.
2) A Scottish general murders his King after getting instigated from his ambitious wife following a prophecy from a mysterious trio of witches. The film encapsulates the tyrannous advent and downfall of the power-hungry warrior committing murder after murder of his close aides to save his throne.
3) The battle sequences are worth watching.

 

 

CONS –
1) An underwhelming performance by Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.
2) Shakespearean English is not everyone’s cup of tea.

 

 

 
QUOTE –
Macbeth: Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect, whole as the marble, founded as the rock, as broad and general as the casing air. But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound into saucy doubts and fears.

The Pianist (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Roman Polanski’s holocaust masterpiece. A Polish-Jewish pianist’s survival story from his POV. The central character is not a fighter but a mere spectator trying to survive.
2) A screenplay with minimal dialogues. The final 45 minutes are almost without dialogues with edge-of-your-seat events. The screenplay is extraordinary and keeps the pianist as the central character during the entire duration of the movie. No silly sub-plots.
3) The Pianist title is quite inappropriate and makes it sound like a romantic musical journey of an artist during the 2nd World War. This is an out and out Holocaust drama, and almost equivalent to Steven Spielberg Schindler’s List (1993).
4) Adrien Brody gave an unforgettable performance as the timid pianist Władysław Szpilman.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Wladyslaw Szpilman: What are you reading?
Henryk Szpilman: “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1)The chances of this Jane Austen classic being ruined with slow-paced storytelling were too high but to my surprise, the movie is a well-made rom-com with some memorable romantic sequences (especially the climactic scene where Darcy is walking toward Lizzie at dawn).
2) A supporting cast with the likes of Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland.
3) Only the second feature film adaptation of the novel after 1940 – any such adaptation won’t be required for at least another 50 years.
4) Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy – it’s never easy to step into Colin Firth’s shoes.

 

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Mr. Darcy: I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.
Elizabeth Bennet: I don’t understand.
Mr. Darcy: I love you.

The Two Faces of January (2014)

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

 

VERDICT  – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) A tight story with few characters.
2) The 60s European setup

 

CONS –
1) Only a few moments of thrills.
2) Shallow character development
3) One time watch

 

QUOTE –
Chester MacFarland: I’m sorry I disappointed you.