The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Meal Ticket – Liam Neeson as the cold-hearted impresario and Harry Melling as the limbless artist stole the show in this wintry tale.
2) The Gal Who Got Rattled – The sorrowful end of a budding love story.
3) All Gold Canyon – An uplifting climax of a Gold Miner.

 

CONS –
1) Anthology movies are destined to be doomed. Coen Bros being great writers themselves used a small collection of their short-stories and developed this project for Netflix. Interestingly, the story of a dybbuk which was already used in a prologue of their 2009 released A Serious Man belongs to this project.
2) Buster Scruggs – The most lifeless story.

 
QUOTE –
Trapper: Well, I’m not an enemy of betterment, but I’m kept very busy with my traps.

Gangs of New York (2002)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher – Probably his definitive role.It’s a shame he didn’t win the Oscar for this role.
2) Music: “Shimmy She Wobble” – Dead Rabbits riot

 

Cons –
1) To make the movie an “epic“, the length is unnecessarily increased. For the first 2 hrs, the story is stuck in the same place.The movie kick-starts once Amsterdam’s identity is revealed.
2) Epic start but not an epic climax.
3) Son returns to avenge his father’s death – secretly working for his father’s killer eventually killing him – every 80’s Bollywood movie ever.

 

Quote –
Bill: That, my friends, is the minority vote.

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.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) The concept and story
2) Angel Of Verdun and Her Sword
3) Mimics; A new look for aliens (best since District 9)
4) The boss battle in the Louvre Pyramid.
5) After “Oblivion”, another defining Sci-Fi for Tom Cruise
6) Europe as the battleground ; The Beach Invasion (a nod to Normandy Landings)

 

Cons –
1) Bad choice for the movie title. (Just like Oblivion)

 

Quote –
“Master Sergeant Farell: Battle is the Great Redeemer. It is the fiery crucible in which true heroes are forged. The one place where all men truly share the same rank, regardless of what kind of parasitic scum they were going in.”