The Brand New Testament (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Remarkable concept exploring absurdism
2) Interesting first half

 

 

Cons –
1) The black-comedy could’ve been funnier with this concept.
2) Uncertain climax

 

 

Quote –
God: Law 1522: If one day you fall in love with a woman there’s a great chance you will not spend your life with her.

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Court (2014)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

 

Pros –

1) A cinematic triumph.The way an ordinary story is executed breaking 4 language barriers on celluloid is a matter of study.
2) Powerful screenplay – addressed GIANT socio-political issues with the unadulterated simplicity of court proceedings while each sub-plot highlights the people linked with the case.
3) Unique and brave cinematography – most of the scenes are single-take with the camera at a single steady position.
4) Chaitanya Tamhane pulled a miracle from non-professional actors and almost unknown cast.
5) Folk songs with political overtones are also a highlight of this movie.

 

 

Cons –

N/A

 

 

 

Quote –

Vinay: Sir, Where is the bomb?

The End of the F***ing World (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Coming-of-age love story of 2 teenage psychopaths
2) Fast paced screen-play
3) The guitar-based soundtrack – mesmerizing! The strongest asset of this show.
4) The narration by lead characters gives a very authentic comic-book experience.
5) First sincere comic-book adaptation since Scott Pilgrim.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“I’m James.I’m 17. And I’m pretty sure I’m a psychopath.”

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) “Crips & Bloods” monologue with Father Montgomery
2) Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes – An unapologetic character
3) One shot scene – Red Welby threw off the window.
4) Woody Harrelson’s suicide note
5) Exemplary soundtrack – the highlight will be Mildred burning the police station with Molotov Cocktails with The Last Rose of Summer playing in the background.
6) Screenplay – new unpredictable events keep coming in this movie every 10 minutes.
7) Sam Rockwell as Officer Jason Dixon and his chemistry with his mother.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Mildred Hayes: So how’s it all going in the nigger-torturing business, Dixon?
Dixon: It’s ‘Persons of color’-torturing business, these days , if you want to know. 

Newton (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) Strong sociopolitical satire
2) No singing-dancing or romantic subplot
3) Pankaj Tripathi’s performance stands-out in this film
4) Powerful supporting cast with Raghubir Yadav and Sanjay Mishra

 

 

Cons –

1) Rabidly alt-left movie dismissing the current state of Indian democracy.
2) The film is vilifying Indian Army and undermining their sacrifice.
3) An Oscar nomination will be good for the film but at the same time, this will strengthen the negative prejudice about India in the world.

 

 

 

Quote –

Aatma : Main likh ke deta hoon koi nahi aayega vote dene…
Newton : Likh ke dijiye koi nahi aayega vote dene main ye collector office mein submit kar deta hoon.

Get Shorty (1995)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Barry Sonnenfeld being a long time cinematographer of Coen Bros, the movie appears to be a Coen Bros movie.
2) John Travolta as Chili Palmer – The movie buff loan-shark
3) Outstanding cast
4) Smooth music & sleek fast paced screenplay

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Harry Zimm: I once asked this literary agent, uh, what kind of writing paid the best… he said, “Ransom notes.”

Okja (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A social satire on big food corps and also on animal-rights activist
2) Strong star-cast
3) Nancy Mirando final monologue

 

Cons –

 

1) The most probable message of this movie is “GO VEGAN !” which is the problem.
2) Bong Joon-ho fans will be left disappointed

 

 

Quote –

 

Jay: Translations are sacred.