Jojo Rabbit (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A light-hearted Nazi black-comedy from a POV of a fanatic 10-year-old Nazi kid. A movie for people who don’t have the stomach to watch The Pianist (2002), Life Is Beautiful (1997), or Schindler’s List (1993)
2) Colors and framing give a very distinctive look like a Wes Anderson movie.
3) Great casting
4) Soundtrack: Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand [ The Beatles], Everybody’s Gotta Live [Love], Mama [Roy Orbison], and a German version of Heroes [David Bowie].

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Adolf Hitler: I’ll burn down the house and blame Winston Churchill.

Suspiria (1977)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A textbook horror story which is now done to death. A girl in an establishment which is just a facade for murderous supernatural exploits.
2) The set designs with vivid colors.
3) The maggots scene; Sara’s jump in the razor wire’s pit.

 

 

CONS –
1) A mediocre climax where the boss witch is easily killed with a knife stab.
2) A horror movie that is dwelled more into visual style than in jump scares.

 
QUOTE –
Dr. Frank Mandel: Bad luck isn’t brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.

Your Name. (2016)

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

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) A wholesome fantasy-romance.
2) Makoto Shinkai is now the Richard Curtis animation-romance genre. Just like The Garden of Words (2013), this movie is a visual delight.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Mitsuha Miyamizu: There’s no way we could meet. But one thing is certain. If we see each other, we’ll know

Uncut Gems (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) How Much Land Does a Man Need? Safdie Brothers recreated Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale of greed. A gambling addict risked it all but paid with his life.
2) Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner gave his performance of a lifetime. Never Before.
3) The movie reminds me of Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956), where the audiences are rooting for the protagonist to win but the climactic twist will leave everyone shell-shocked.
4) Kevin Garnett’s playing himself gives great weightage to the plot.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Howard Ratner: I know, I know. Jews and colon cancer. What’s is that? I thought we were the chosen people.

Ford v Ferrari (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Story of Le Mans ’66 chronicling the heroics of Ford Motor Company led by Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles.
2) Tragic to know how corporate narrow mindedness cost Ken Miles the racing triple crown.

 
CONS –
1) It’s a one-time watch generic sports drama with predictable twists and turns.
2) After Logan (2017), we’re expecting something bigger from James Mangold.

 
QUOTE –
Carroll Shelby: There’s a point at 7,000 RPM… where everything fades. The machine becomes weightless. Just disappears. And all that’s left is a body moving through space and time. 7,000 RPM. That’s where you meet it. You feel it coming. It creeps up on you, close in your ear. Asks you a question. The only question that matters. Who are you?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Matt Smith as Parson Collins gave suffiecient comic relief.

 

CONS –
1) A preposterous and futile attempt to amalgamate Jane Austen’s classic with zombie fiction.
2) Mediocre fight and action scenes.
3) We already have definitive versions of the story with the 1995 BBC TV Series and Joe Wright’s 2005 movie. This movie was supposed to put more weight on the zombie plot but the love story dominated the plot.

 

QUOTE –
Mr. Darcy: Of all weapons in the world, I now know love to be the most dangerous.

1917 (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A cinematic triumph by Sam Mendes. The entire movie appears as one long shot without any cuts.
2) Best Cinematography award confirmed for Roger Deakins for the second time. Not since Birdman (2014), we have watched such wonder.
3) The movie is mainly a one-man show by George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield meeting characters along the way of his mission.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“General Erinmore: Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.”