Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) One last time revisiting all those bygone eras with a sci-fi plot.

 

Cons –
1) A befitting finale episode but not the funniest.

 

Quote –
Blackadder: You really are as thick as clotted cream, that’s been left out by some clot, and now the clots are so clotted, you couldn’t unclot them with an electric de-clotter, aren’t you, Baldrick?

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) A perfect 97 minutes adaptation of this Oscar Wilde classic.
2) Director rightly put more effort into the comedy part than the romantic angle.
3) Great ensemble of actors. Even the minor role of Lane is played by veteran Edward Fox.

Cons –
N/A

Quote –
Lady Bracknell: I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate, exotic fruit. Touch it, and the bloom is gone.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Though Sharon Maguire is the official director here, all credits go to Jane Austen and the undisputed king of Brit-Rom-ComRichard Curtis
2) Presence of Hugh Grant and Colin Firth makes it a must watch.
3) The love story of an insanely lucky over-weight slacker.
4) Soundtrack (“Someone Like You” by Van Morrison)
5) Colin Firth – definitive Darcy

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Mark Darcy: I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Introduction of Statesman: American cousins of Kingsman
2) Supporting Cast: Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal
3) Elton John’s extended cameo – Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
4) Some good action sequences

 

Cons –
1) Similar story to its prequel – A insane villain trying to take over the world.

 

Quote –
President of the United States: Let the junkie scum go down in flames!

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Feel good movie
2) An ABBA musical
3) Fictional Greek island of Kalokairi

 

Cons –
1) Could be a lot funnier with such an ensemble

 

Quote –
Sophie: I want the perfect wedding, and I want my father to give me away.
Ali: Better be a wide aisle!

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) The fictional story with possibilities beyond a 2 hrs film.
2) Tom Wilkinson as Hugh Fennyman
3) Colin Firth as Lord Wessex

 

CONS –
1) A passionate love story but in fact it’s the most boring sub-plot of the film.
2) The interesting element of the film which could’ve made it funnier is not much explored.
3) There is no way this movie is better than Saving Private Ryan (1998). This Oscar win definitely didn’t age well.

 

QUOTE –
William Shakespeare: You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.

Love Actually (2003)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) A feel-good romantic montage – narrated in the prologue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the epilogue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with a strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.