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 sub-plot
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.

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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.

Network (1976)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A true prequel to Fight Club, a strong satire with timeless characters way way ahead of it’s time
2) Monologues. 3 monologues from Mad Prophet, 1 from Jensen, 2 from Schumacher, 2 from Diana.Apart from mad prophetic rant from Beale, Jensen blunt acceptance was top notch – “We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale.”
3) Must give credit to Paddy Chayefsky for the Original Screenplay.
4) Faye Dunaway as Diana Christensen – A ruthless corporate mad about ratings.
5) Strong supporting cast.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

“I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

In Bruges (2008)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It’s having all the elements of a Coen Bros. film. Gory with dark humor- very much like Fargo .
2) Principled goodfellas.
3) Little conversation like Jules and Vincent in Pulp Fiction. Lollipop man, purgatory, Uzi, midget, black vs white war etc.
4) Uncertain climax

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

Marie: Why don’t you both put your guns down, and go home?
Harry: Don’t be stupid. This is the shootout.

 

A Serious Man (2009)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Opening folk-tale scene – better than the entire film.
2) The subtle black-comedy
3) 60s Music – Jefferson Airplane
4) The dentist’s story

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Boring for an average movie-goer.
2) Ambiguous climax

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Rabbi Scott: Just look at that parking lot.

The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Subtle dark humor.
2) “Stalker” de Niro.
3) Martin Scorsese Cameo.
4) Gripping screenplay with no loose ends.
5) Hints of Kubrick-ish set designs and non-linear story-line in the first half.

Cons –
1) It started as a character study of a struggling ‘persistent’ artist and ended up as “Dog Day Afternoon”.
2) Elements of fantasy.

Quote –

“Rupert Pupkin: Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.”