Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Gary Oldman’s performance as Count Dracula stands out. The entire movie is sympathetic to Dracula making it more of a romantic film.

 

 
CONS –
1) The terrible casting of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in the lead roles.
2) Incoherent screenplay and bad acting. Even a veteran like Anthony Hopkins playing Van Helsing can’t do any justice to his character with such bad writing.

 

 
QUOTE –
Dracula: I have crossed oceans of time to find you.

The Remains of the Day (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A heartfelt story of an old diligent workaholic butler making a last attempt to revive his unfinished and repressed love story.
2) The World War II / Nazi backdrop is only a ruse in this poignant love story of two duty-bound people.
3) Anthony Hopkins’s performance is Oscar-worthy. His stone face reactions as the duty-bound butler concealing his emotions even during the death of his father, or him refusing to answer any auxiliary question to his master’s guests deserve special mention. He was acting through his eyes.
4) The final goodbye in the rain is one heart-rending scene

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Stevens: In my philosophy, Mr. Benn, a man cannot call himself well-contented until he has done all he can to be of service to his employer. Of course, this assumes that one’s employer is a superior person, not only in rank, or wealth, but in moral stature.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Funniest movie in MCU – Thor and Hulk team up in this action-packed laughter ride
2) Filled with lovable characters – Korg, Grandmaster, Skurge
3) “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin – overall music is not great but an effort is made after a long time in MCU.
4) Out of all the MCU movies – this is thoroughly entertaining with high rewatchability.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Effortless end of 3 important characters: Hogun, Volstagg, and Fandral.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Valkyrie: This team of yours, it got a name?
Thor: Yeah, it’s called the… uh… Revengers!

The Lion in Winter (1968)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A must watch for moviegoers to know why Katharine Hepburn is the greatest female star.60 year old Hepburn playing Queen Eleanor opposite to 25 years younger Peter O’Toole.
2) The realistic approach by director showing the king Henry II ruling a palace which looks like a cow-shed.
3) The whole movie is filled with witty one-liners.
4) The chemistry of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine is shown as an epitome of love-hate relationship of a power-couple.
5) Probably one of the greatest Christmas film where Christmas is the not the central theme like Die Hard.

 

Cons –

 

1) 134 minute running time will make this historical drama tedious.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Henry II: It’s heavy… Oh Eleanor, you’ve brought me my tombstone! You spoil me!

Westworld (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Core sci-fi concept of a future park.
2) Anthony Hopkins as the lead character.The hero and the villain.
3) “Man in Black/William” twist: the sub-plots were actually different timelines.
4) Bernard Lowe/Arnold twist

 

CONS –
1) 4 episodes too long.
2) Thandie Newton as Maeve: most boring sub-plot.
3) Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores subplot: too much philosophy
4) The main plot-hole of the story is Ford. He is the ringleader. No matter how hard the host tries, their final move is just another narrative. So no plot-twist can alter the climax when it is already decided by Ford.

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Robert Ford: Since I was a child… I always loved a good story. I believed that stories helped us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that told a deeper truth.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor: The Dark World

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) Loki emerging as one of the most lovable MCU characters.
2) Kat Dennings as the comic relief

 

CONS –
1) Unwanted Sequel with too much Asgard

 

QUOTE – 
Darcy Lewis: Meow Meow

RED 2 (2013)

Red 2

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Byung-Hun Lee
2) John Malkovich

 

Cons –
1) Same Old Action film
2) No Bruce Willis Action

 

Quote –
What happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin!